homeAquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.

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Our Vision

Aquinas College is recognized as the exceptional Catholic liberal arts college that prepares individuals for careers of leadership and service in developing a sustainable and just global community.

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts education is comprehensive education, designed to develop students who thrive in all dimensions of life. At Aquinas, while students receive career preparation in specific disciplines, the goal is to be fit for everything. An education for the whole person that is best for all of life, not just the 9-5 workday, but preparing you for an ever-changing world.

What can it do for me?

  • The freedom of a liberal arts education includes spiritual freedom and promotes ways of thinking and living that enable students to realize God’s purpose for them in life.
  • By focusing on the whole person, students gain an understanding of how to fill important roles in their free time, for example by being a good friend, church member, spouse, or a positive contributor to the community.
  • In acquiring a broad, foundational education, students are prepared for a wide range of career options throughout life.
  • With a smaller size and smaller student/professor ratio than larger universities, you’ll receive more personalized attention, be more likely to be referred to internships and jobs and learn to foster deeper relationships.

outcome There are many things to be proud of at Aquinas. Recognized nationally, and awarded for our strong academic programs, athletics, success in sustainability and service efforts, and above all the outcomes of our students.

National Awards

  • Celebrating our distinctly Catholic and Dominican roots, Aquinas was awarded a Top 50 Catholic College (2015 Rankings of Best Catholic Colleges and Universities).
  • Aquinas was also ranked the #3 Best Value Midwestern School (2017 U.S. News & World Report)
  • #41 Best Midwestern Regional University (2016 CollegeChoice.net 2016 Rankings).

Student Success

There is a multitude of opportunities for our students to explore their interests. Whether through studying away, performing undergraduate research, or pursuing an internship, there is something for everyone.

  • Aquinas has an extremely high placement rate, where 90% of our 2014 graduates were either employed or in graduate schools within six months of graduation.
  • Internship partners such as Amway, Disney, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Van Andel Research Institute and the Detroit Tigers and many more!
  • Aquinas is ranked in the top 3 percent of all accounting programs in the country based on the 2014 CPA Exam pass rate.
  • We have nearly a 70% acceptance rate into medical school and thrive with the partnership with MSU College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program.
  • 100% of graduates in Nursing and Chemistry are employed within 6 months of graduation.
  • Education students pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification at a rate of 92.4%.
  • Our graduates have a 90% acceptance rate into Physical Assistant, Physical Therapy and Dental programs.

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Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

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The Athletic Training program (ATP) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). ... [+]

Why Study Kinesiology?

Love sport, fitness or helping people heal? Kinesiology has you covered. Kinesiology is the study of body movement, and it is home to everything associated with moving bodies. With four majors and six minors, you can gain the skills and education needed to combine your love of sport, fitness and helping people with healthcare, athletic training, teaching, coaching and personal training or business to land the job of your dreams. We are one of the few programs in the state where Athletic Training majors can also compete in intercollegiate athletics - giving our students a competitive edge. Our Business Administration/Sport Management majors can work with faculty to custom tailor their education to match their career goals by adding minors and concentrations. Our exercise science students get hands-on experience with faculty and our large network of successful alumni who work in the fitness industry. Physical Education Teaching majors benefit from small classes with state of the art sport and fitness facilities, giving them the best opportunity for success. No matter your specific major, our Kinesiology department will prepare you for a successful, rewarding and fulfilling career.... [-]

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Starting in fall 2017, Aquinas College will offer a new Child Life Specialist major, preparing students to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their fam ... [+]

Starting in fall 2017, Aquinas College will offer a new Child Life Specialist major, preparing students to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families who are facing medical procedures or developmental risks.

The multidisciplinary degree will prepare students to handle many important duties, such as educating children in developmentally appropriate terminology about procedures, diagnosis, or treatments, and working with the family to support their needs. In a 2014 policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Child Life Specialist support decreases sedation use, radiation costs by increasing coping skills for painful treatments, and helps reduce fear and anxiety.”... [-]

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The Aquinas College Biology Department has been selected to join the Small World Initiative (SWI), a Yale-University-based non-profit organization that aims to teach stud ... [+]

Newly Organized Department Features Major in Health Science

Responding to national and regional employment trends in the fields of health and medicine, Aquinas College will begin offering a major in Health Science to support the college’s mission to provide a liberal arts education with a career orientation.

The new Health Science major is part of the renamed Biology and Health Sciences Department (formerly the Biology Department). Students take the liberal arts core along with Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Mathematics courses tailored to equip them for postgraduate training in allied health fields like Physician Assistant (PA), Physical Therapy (PT), podiatry, and public health. As a part of our commitment to the sciences, Aquinas College has embarked on a campaign that includes a $32 million renovation and expansion of our science facilities.... [-]

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Detroit Mercy offers a 4-year baccalaureate program in nursing at Aquinas College. Students begin their career path early, with direct admittance to the program as freshm ... [+]

Why Study Nursing?

Detroit Mercy offers a 4-year baccalaureate program in nursing at Aquinas College. Students begin their career path early, with direct admittance to the program as freshmen. The unique partnership between Aquinas College and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s provides students the opportunity to complete a liberal arts education with supportive coursework taught by Aquinas College faculty while gaining hands-on clinical experience clinical experience at facilities throughout West Michigan. As part of the Mercy/Jesuit tradition, our students will have the opportunity to serve the poor, underserved, vulnerable and marginalized - preparing themselves for a career of making a difference. Our program also boasts a strong mentor program that will match nursing students with upperclassmen to help them through their training. Many of our graduates go on to assume leadership roles in the workplace as well as graduate programs at schools such as University of Michigan, Duke, Rush University, and Washington State.... [-]

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