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SANTA PAULA, CA—August 17—Thomas Aquinas College provides one of the best undergraduate educations in the country, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the 4-year, Catholic college in the 2023 edition of its annual guide, The Best 388 Colleges. Only about 14 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

The guide rates colleges in key aspects on a scale from 1-99. Thomas Aquinas College earned high scores across the board: 91 for academics, 93 for quality of life, and 96 for financial aid. Faculty members likewise earned scores of 97 and 98 for being “interesting” and “accessible,” respectively.

The Best 388 Colleges also includes 50 lists of “Top 25” colleges based on a survey it conducted of 138,000 students nationwide. Thomas Aquinas College appears on the following “Top 25” lists:

  • #1 – Most Religious Students
  • #3 – Their Students Love Their College
  • #4 – Best Classroom Experience
  • #6 – Most Beautiful Campus
  • #7 – Great Financial Aid
  • #8 – Happiest Students
  • #9 – Most Accessible Professors

In its profile of Thomas Aquinas College, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from the College’s students:

  • Academics are “difficult, mind blowing, extremely enjoyable, and intensely interesting.”
  • The Great Books curriculum focuses students on “grappling with the greatest thinkers directly instead of … through a secondary text.”
  • Through the Discussion Method, students “find the truth themselves,” especially about “core ideas of the highest nature such as relativity, time, space, and being.”
  • Members of the teaching faculty are “always accessible outside of their class hours” and are “strong role models and mentors.”
  • The Catholic faith is dear to the students, many of whom “attend Mass daily.”
  • The college is a haven for a “culture of casual kindness,” where students are “friendly and comfortable with each other” and “always willing to have a good conversation.”

“We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide of the country’s best colleges,” says the college’s president, Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly. “We find the high scores for our academic and financial aid programs especially gratifying. Our goal has always been to provide the best education at the most affordable price, and The Princeton Review’s latest profile strongly suggests that we are succeeding.”


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About Thomas Aquinas College

A four-year, co-educational institution with campuses in California and Massachusetts, Thomas Aquinas College has developed over the past 50 years a solid reputation for academic excellence in the United States and abroad. It is highly ranked by organizations such as The Princeton Review, U. S. News, and Kiplinger. At Thomas Aquinas College all students acquire a broad and fully integrated liberal education. The college offers one, four-year, classical curriculum that spans the major arts and sciences. Instead of reading textbooks, students read the original works of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization — the Great Books — in all the major disciplines: mathematics, natural science, literature, philosophy, and theology. The academic life of the college is conducted under the light of the Catholic faith and flourishes within a close-knit community, supported by a vibrant spiritual life. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education.