Thomas Aquinas College is one of only 20 colleges and universities nationwide recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in its latest edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which was published on October 7.

In its review of the College, The Newman Guide notes:

“Founded in 1971, Thomas Aquinas College was the first in a wave of new Catholic colleges born from the crisis of Catholic identity in American Catholic higher education. Although TAC’s success has encouraged the emergence of other faithful Catholic colleges, including some that share its emphasis on the Great Books, TAC still has the distinction of being the only Catholic college in America that teaches exclusively from these classic works of Western civilization…. [It has] an impressive intellectual rigor that is matched by a commitment to orthodox Catholicism.… There is a certain sense of ongoing immersion in a special adventure at TAC that can last a lifetime — and beyond.”

Says Director of Admissions Jon Daly, “We are grateful for the Cardinal Newman Society’s work in sifting through the sea of information available on Catholic institutions of higher education. Though their recommended colleges all share a commitment to Catholic orthodoxy, they differ significantly in terms of curriculum, teaching method, student body size, and other factors. It is, therefore, very helpful to prospective students and parents alike to have this guide that highlights the distinctive characteristics of each of these schools.”

Dean Brian Kelly adds, “Since its inception, Thomas Aquinas College has sought to offer an excellent education that is fully faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We are delighted that the Cardinal Newman Society takes note of both aspects of our unique program in this new edition of its college guide.”

Published since 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 20 colleges and universities within the United States, plus seven online and/or international programs, for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education. Primary sections include in-depth information on academics, spiritual life, residence life, and student activities. The entire Guide is available online at

In addition to receiving the endorsement of faithfully Catholic publications such as The Newman Guide and the National Catholic Register, the College has also earned the highest ratings from secular organizations, such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and the Association of College Trustees and Alumni.