US Today

USA Today and the statistics website College Factual have named Thomas Aquinas College to their list of The 10 Best Roman Catholic Colleges, schools that are “devoted to providing a strong education while being rooted in the Roman Catholic faith.”

The colleges included on the list are institutions at which “tradition and faith are important,” writes College Factual’s Megan Cahill, and which “also value diversity and open dialogue.” The rankings measure the schools’ academic performance by way of College Factual’s quality-ranking system, which focuses on students’ educational outcomes, such as graduation rates, loan-default rates, and future salaries.

“Thomas Aquinas College takes a unique approach to post-secondary education and only offers one integrated program of study that culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree,” writes Ms. Cahill. “Instead of textbooks and lectures, students read the original works of great thinkers and discuss them in various settings. The traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church are intertwined with this Socratic method of teaching for an education experience for both the mind and the soul.”

The story also cites the College’s “great student to faculty ratio,” “excellent graduation and freshman retention rates,” and “diverse student body that comes from states all across the nation.”