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Thomas Aquinas College ranked on 'Financial Aid Honor Roll'

  • —Contributed by Anne Forsyth



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The new owners of the Northfield campus are receiving high praise for their original college campus in Santa Paula, Calif., from The Princeton Review.

Thomas Aquinas College, a Roman Catholic liberal arts college, was ranked as No. 6 of 10 on The Princeton Review’s national Financial Aid Honor Roll, according to a Thomas Aquinas College press release. It’s the only Catholic college in the country to make the list.

Additionally, Thomas Aquinas College was featured in the newly released 2018 edition of the review’s annual guide, “The Best 382 Colleges.” According to the release, only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the publication, and the college is one of only three Catholic schools recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society to make the list.

To be among the 382, each college is ranked in three categories — academics, quality of life and financial aid — with 99 being the best possible score in each category. Thomas Aquinas College received a 95 for academics, a 94 for quality of life, and a 99 for financial aid, the release states.

The Princeton Review also has 62 lists of categories that range from students’ assessments of their professors to opinions about campus food, with Thomas Aquinas College being ranked in the Top 20 on several. Among others, the college ranks No. 1 in the country for having the “Most Religious Students,” No. 8 for “Best Classroom Experience,” and No. 15 for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction,” according to the release.

“We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide,” Admissions Director Jon Daly is quoted as saying in the release. “Of particular note, in addition to the perfect rating we received for our financial aid program, are the high scores we received for our academic program and for our students’ ‘quality of life.’ Our goal has always been to provide the best education at the most affordable price, and The Princeton Review profile offers some strong evidence that we are succeeding.”

The liberal arts college took over ownership of part of the former Northfield Mount Hermon School campus on May 2, with hopes of starting another branch in Northfield. The Moody Center owns the remainder of the property.

President Michael McLean previously said he plans for the first classes in Northfield to begin in the fall of 2018. However, the college is still waiting for approval from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Director of College Relations Anne Forsyth predicts could come as soon as October or November.

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