Thomas Aquinas starts first year with a four class levels on Northfield campus

  • Students walk between classes at the Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • A student walks between classes at the Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students walk between classes at the Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 9/2/2021 3:04:47 PM

NORTHFIELD – For this first time since opening in 2019, Thomas Aquinas College’s New England campus in Northfield is filled with students in all four class levels and has moved in its largest freshmen class to date.

According to Director of Communications Christopher Weinkopf, the new freshmen class arrived on campus for Aug. 20, and classes began Aug. 23. 

“We’ve completed our first week of classes — so far, so good,” he said, Tuesday, August 31.

This year’s freshmen class is the largest to arrive at the New England campus since it opened for the 2019-2020 school year. In 2019, the school opened the campus with a new freshmen class and sophomores who transfered from the school’s main campus in California. Last year, a new freshmen class joined the then-sophomores and juniors. This year, the original sophomore class will be seniors and will be the first class to graduate from the New England campus. 

“The timing is fortuitous,” Weinkopf said.

Not only is this the first year with a graduating New England class, he said, but Thomas Aquinas College is celebrating its 50th anniversary as an academic institution.

In their first year on the Northfield campus, students at Thomas Aquinas College were forced to cut their time on the New England campus short due to the start of COVID-19 pandemic. The college returned to in-person instruction, with COVID-19 health safety restrictions in place, for the 2020-2021 school year.

This year, students will again be returning to a full, in-person schedule. Weinkopf said the campus did not require vaccinations for students or faculty, and will monitor campus populations for COVID-19 symptoms and testing as needed. They will have rules in place for social distancing, mask wearing and quarantining if students express symptoms of the virus.

While last year had limitations for visitors, Weinkopf said the college is again permitting visitors — though this subject to change as rules are contingent upon the regulations and restrictions set by the Northfield Board of Health.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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