Aquinas College

  • Aquinas College

    Nashville, TN

  • Aquinas College

    Nashville, TN

  • Aquinas College

    Nashville, TN

  • Aquinas College

    Nashville, TN

  • Aquinas College

    Nashville, TN

Overview

For more than 150 years, the extraordinary Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (the “Nashville Dominicans”) have been a dynamic Catholic presence in Nashville, Tennessee. Their teaching mission is especially evident at Aquinas College, a faithfully Catholic college for both sisters and laypeople, focused primarily on teacher education and Catholic schools initiatives with solid courses in theology and philosophy. 

In 2017, Sister Mary Agnes Greiffendorf, O.P., was named president of Aquinas College.  Sr. Greiffendorf is currently on a six-month leave of absence for study, and Sister John Mary Fleming, O.P. is serving as acting president. Many other sisters are faculty members, and all Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia study at Aquinas during their initial years of formation, taking courses in theology, philosophy, and professional preparation for the teaching apostolate of the community. 

Whereas most women’s religious orders have pulled out of Catholic schools and dwindled in number, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia have expanded into 49 schools in 28 dioceses. They are located in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia. 

The Congregation itself has grown by more than two thirds since 2000. About 250 of the 300 sisters are active in various apostolates, and the average age of the Sisters is 39. Together with lay faculty at Aquinas College, they strive to live out the Dominican charisms of preaching and the salvation of souls—all with joy and fidelity to the Church.  

Aquinas is a small college that aims to grow, and only about a quarter of its students are currently lay men and women. But given the Sisters’ great reputation for excellent Catholic education, it’s a program that we recommend highly for anyone planning to teach in Catholic schools. 

Tuition in 2018-19 was $25,600. The College does not participate in federal student aid programs, but it does provide scholarships and loans from its own resources.

Academics

Aquinas College is focused primarily on teacher formation for both the Sisters and lay Catholic teachers through its School of Education and philosophy and theology courses. 

Teacher formation is a natural emphasis for the Nashville congregation, which has taught in Catholic schools since prior to the Civil War. 

The School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science degree (major in Interdisciplinary Studies) that prepares its graduates for licensure for teaching in elementary grades. It also offers Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in English and history that prepare its graduates for licensure for teaching these subjects at the secondary level. 

The School of Arts and Sciences also offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theology, philosophy, English and history. 

For all degrees, the core curriculum includes traditional liberal arts and science courses such as literature, mathematics, and at least two courses in theology. Bachelor of Arts students take three theology courses, logic, philosophy, and ethics, in addition to other core courses. 

Courses are permeated with faith and enriched by Christian principles and values. All theologians have the mandatumand the College maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio.   

In addition to teacher formation, the college sponsors two successful initiatives in education and evangelization. The Center for Catholic Education provides spiritual and professional formation for educators and parents beyond the college, and its annual WISE Conference for Catholic School Educators provides a much-needed emphasis on Catholic identity and mission. 

Spiritual

Sacramental opportunities are posted outside St. Jude’s chapel on campus, where Mass is offered at least once a month.  Mass is available daily in the chapel of St. Thomas Hospital, which is just a short walk from campus. Adoration is available in Corpus Christi Chapel every day of the week, Confession is available several times a month and there are other devotions, such as the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.  There’s also participation from the College at the March for Life, World Youth Day events, and service gatherings.  Additionally, the College offers inquiry classes to help interested non-Catholics learn more about the Church and her teachings. 

Residential

Housing for students is not available. 

Activities

Aquinas emphasizes an education that upholds the dignity off the human person, and forms students so that they may grow spiritually, academically and socially.  Formal student life activities are limited, but the College has a Student Activities Board, which offers cultural, social and spiritual events for faculty, staff and students.   

Bottom Line

Aquinas has carved out an important niche in the Bible Belt for the very important and urgently needed work of preparing teachers for faithful Catholic education worldwide. 

The Dominican Sisters provide careful attention and a dynamic spirit that is very attractive to Catholic families looking for a faithful Catholic education. As the College advertises, “A spirit of joy and fidelity to the Church marks [the Sisters’] way of life and permeates the close-knit Catholic college environment of Aquinas.” 

For mature, lay students who live locally or have accommodations in the Nashville area, the College’s education program is a solidly Catholic choice. 

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Aquinas College.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

Aquinas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.

The Aquinas College School of Education has been granted approval by the Tennessee State Board of Education to offer programs of study leading to initial licensure at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

N/A

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

N/A

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

The Aquinas College Handbook of Policies and Procedures states: “In keeping with the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae regarding the place of Catholic higher education within the Church, “It is the responsibility of the authority who is competent in accord with the status to provide for the appointment of teachers to Catholic universities who, beside their scientific and pedagogical suitability, are also outstanding in their integrity of doctrine and probity of life” (Canon 810 of The Code of Canon Law, quoted in Ex Corde Ecclesiae).”

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

The Aquinas College Handbook of Policies and Procedures states: “The Curriculum Committee is responsible for assisting the Vice President for Academics in ensuring the academic integrity of the programs and courses offered at Aquinas College, in keeping with the mission of the College. In this capacity, the committee seeks to remain informed of the needs of the Church in the area of higher education and of current professional developments in sound educational practice, as well as the needs of the students whom the College serves.”

 

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

The Philosophy Statement of Aquinas College states: “The College reflects the philosophy of the Catholic Church as it pertains to education. Each student is recognized as an individual of eternal worth whose immortal soul is destined for happiness with God. Aquinas College views its work of education as encompassing the human, spiritual, intellectual, and professional formation of the whole person. This total formation in the context of a community is united in Christ and the Church, and includes mutual seeking of truth and growth in charity. The College community strives together for the integration of faith, culture, and life that is the hallmark of Catholic education.”

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

The Philosophy Statement of Aquinas College states: “At Aquinas College, students are formed as educators in the Dominican tradition. An education in the tradition of St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena and the other Dominican saints is ultimately about ardently seeking the One who is Truth and Charity—God himself—through prayer, assiduous study, and community. Having themselves been formed in the contemplation of Truth and Charity, our graduates are then sent forth to share the fruits of their contemplation through teaching and the witness of their lives. Thus they share in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls.”

What is the median SAT and ACT of your most recently admitted class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students)

 N/A

What is the median H.S. GPA of your most recently admitted class?

N/A

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

Aquinas College stands in the Dominican and Catholic traditions of higher education. Our academic programs and service to the broader community focus on education: preparing students to be teachers and leaders in schools and communities, and providing ongoing formation opportunities for teachers, leaders, and catechists already engaged in these important works. We see our work of education as encompassing the human, spiritual, intellectual, and professional formation of the whole person. This total formation in the context of a community is united in Christ and the Church, and includes mutual seeking of truth and growth in charity. We strive together for the integration of faith, culture, and life that is the hallmark of Catholic education.

At Aquinas College, students are formed as educators in the Dominican tradition. This education is ultimately about ardently seeking the One who is Truth and Charity – God himself – through prayer, assiduous study, and community. Having themselves been formed in the contemplation of Truth and Charity, our graduates are then sent forth to share the fruits of their contemplation through teach and the witness of their lives. Thus they share in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls.

CENTER FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION

The Center for Catholic Education, in conjunction with the Aquinas College School of Education, serves Catholic elementary and secondary schools by providing spiritual and professional formation opportunities. These may be given for faculty and staff members of individual schools or on a diocesan level. Sessions for those engaged in school leadership as well as presentations for parents are also available.

CENTER FOR EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS

The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis at Aquinas College supports the work of catechists and leaders by providing workshops, retreats, and directed study of the Catholic Faith. Rooted in the Dominican charism of contemplative study and preaching, the Center trains parents, teachers, and parish volunteers in an approach to catechesis that engages both the mind and heart.

CATECHIST FORMATION PROGRAM

Aquinas College developed the Catechist Formation Program to help pastors, principals, and directors of religious education train prospective catechists in Roman Catholic doctrine. This initiative of the Center for Evangelization and Catechesis offers a sytematic and organic formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other catechetical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The program is a non-credit program supported by the College in light of its overall mission. Currently, the CFP forms the catechists of the Diocese of Knoxville and serves a growing online population.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

100%

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

Faculty responsibility in regard to the Catholic identity of Aquinas College is stated in job postings, discussed during the interview process and upon hire, and continued with curricular and professional development. All faculty members sign a Witness Statement prior to their employment with Aquinas College.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

The President of Aquinas makes the Catholic Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity.

Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Sister Elizabeth Anne Allen, O.P., Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Aquinas College Center for Catholic Education. Sister’s dissertation focuses on student perceptions of how Catholic Identity is expressed in their high schools.

Sister Matthew Marie Cummings, O.P. Ed.D., Professor of Education, is nationally recognized and consulted on the integration of technology with education.

Katherine Haynes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, teaches medieval and renaissance literature, including Dante and Shakespeare, and has recently contributed a chapter for the MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching The Divine Comedy.

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, served as editor-in-chief of the book, Praying as a Family, and directed a television series of the same title on EWTN. Sister was creator and founding Director of the University of Dallas Studies in Catholic Faith & Culture Program.

Vince Ryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, is co-founder of the Crusades Studies Forum.

Sister Thomas More Stepnowski, O.P., Ph.D., Vice President for Academics and Provost, has written and presented on the formation of the imagination in the Thomistic and Dominican tradition. She is a contributor to the book Reflections on Pope Francis’s Encyclical, Laudato si’

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

Aquinas College does not utilize “departments” in its academic organizational system. However, Theology is recognized as distinct from other disciplines.

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes. Aquinas College does not offer any courses, nor does it have any faculty, in “religion,” “religious studies” or other derivatives.

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Fundamental Theology, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, and Moral Theology are included in the undergraduate core. Aquinas theologians hold the doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum and may teach any of these courses in a given semester.

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

The study of Sacred Theology, the crown jewel and unifying discipline of higher education, is central to the Aquinas College student experience. For this reason, each of our bachelor-level degree programs requires a minimum of two courses in Catholic theology, and most of those programs require that one of the theology courses is to be Moral Theology.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

There are several core courses that every undergraduate student must take, notably, Moral Theology and Research & Rhetoric.

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

English: Speech, Research & Rhetoric; Literature (American or English); History: Western Civilization or United States; Philosophy: Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of the Human Person; Theology: Fundamental Theology, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Moral Theology; Foreign Language: Latin, Spanish; Fine Arts: Music or Art; Math: College Algebra, Statistics; Natural Science: General Biology; Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology, Flourishing of the Human Person

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

Bachelor degree programs require at least 120 semester hours for graduation. Core requirements vary from 46%-56%, depending on the particular degree program.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Depending on the academic program, two or three courses in Theology are required for all Bachelor-level students.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

Philosophy and Theology are integrated throughout every bachelor-level curriculum.

Number of majors:

5

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

There are several core courses that every undergraduate student must take, notably, Moral Theology and Research & Rhetoric.

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

English: Speech, Research & Rhetoric; Literature (American or English); History: Western Civilization or United States; Philosophy: Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of the Human Person; Theology: Fundamental Theology, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Moral Theology; Foreign Language: Latin, Spanish; Fine Arts: Music or Art; Math: College Algebra, Statistics; Natural Science: General Biology; Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology, Flourishing of the Human Person

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

Bachelor degree programs require at least 120 semester hours for graduation. Core requirements vary from 46%-56%, depending on the particular degree program.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Depending on the academic program, two or three courses in Theology are required for all Bachelor-level students.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

Philosophy and Theology are integrated throughout every bachelor-level curriculum.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

No

On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

A priest is available several times a month to hear confessions and offer Mass on our campus.

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

The chaplain of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Motherhouse and priests of the Diocese of Nashville celebrate the sacraments at Aquinas College through the year.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)

N/A

Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

No

Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

N/A

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)

No

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

100%

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)

No

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

97%

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

No

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Daily Mass is offered at St. Thomas Hospital, a few minutes’ walk from Aquinas College

Mass is several times a month in St. Jude Chapel on campus.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)

No

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Confession is offered at least once a month as posted.

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)

No, but Adoration is offered at the Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel on campus.

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-9:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Devotions vary throughout the year, often by liturgical season.

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

No

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia attend Aquinas College.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

N/A

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Rev. Justin Raines, Diocese of Nashville

Br. Vincent Bernhardt, O.P., St. Joseph Province

Rev. Anthony Stewart, Diocese of Nashville

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Aquinas College no longer offers residential life.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

…foster spiritual development:

Student Activities  offers cultural, social, and spiritual events for faculty, staff, and students.

…engage in corporal works of mercy:

N/A

…address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

N/A

…address issues of social concern:

N/A

…address particular academic interests:

Delta Epsilon Sigma for baccalaureate students in Catholic colleges and universities.

…address particular cultural interests:

N/A

…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

N/A

…please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

N/A

If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)

N/A

What athletic teams are offered for men and women?

N/A

How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?

N/A

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)

Yes

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

New programming, policies or procedures of any student club or organization requires the bylaws to be in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and follow the policies and procedures in the Student Handbook.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes

How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

Web site filtering is performed to block Internet sites that are malicious, offensive, bandwidth intensive, illegal, or unethical. It is a violation of the Aquinas College Network Acceptable Use Policy to bypass or attempt to bypass filtering controls or to circumvent or subvert other network security measures.

College and network administrators and their authorized employees monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that users are secure and in conformity with policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the networks to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement.

Aquinas College does not have a physical bookstore.

Library materials are reviewed by the Librarian.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement?

Aquinas College is a Catholic institution of higher education in the Dominican Tradition. The College directs all its efforts to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and professional formation of the human person in wisdom. Students are formed individually and in Christian community so that the harmonious integration between faith and reason can permeate every dimension of their lives. Immersed in exploring the relationship between human civilization and the message of salvation, the College community embraces the Dominican imperative to preach the Gospel, serve others, and engage culture in truth and charity.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

Yes

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

Aquinas College employees must secure prior approval of the Vice President for Academics for guest speakers, visitors or other persons who may wish to visit the campus. Clergy or speakers on matters of faith and morals must meet the tenets of the faith and cannot hold positions that are publicly dissident.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

The undergraduate population consists of primarily female students in education programs leading to licensure at either the elementary or secondary level. Most of these students are out-of-state and most are student-Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation. 97% of undergraduate students are Catholic.

Other male and female students attend Aquinas College, hailing from Tennessee and out-of-state. These students reside off campus in Nashville and the surrounding area.

Students come from a variety of school settings, including public, private, and homeschool.

Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution? (Yes/No)

Yes. When considering new members, the Aquinas College Board of Directors considers, among other criteria, mission compatibility. An orientation is provided to all new Board members clarifying and delineating their responsibilities.

Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes. All members of the Aquinas College Board of Directors are Catholic.

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

No

Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

A Message from the President

Dear Parents and Prospective Students,

Thank you for your interest in Aquinas College! In its almost sixty-year history, Aquinas College has maintained the same central focus: a desire to serve the Church through the formation of individuals who are prepared to be witnesses to Truth and Charity. Our founding mission in Catholic education is needed now more than ever: to be a leader in the formation of educators who are sent forth to teach, preach, and witness to Truth and Charity for the salvation of souls and the transformation of culture.

An Aquinas College education develops the whole person – intellectually, morally, spiritually, and professionally. Our students experience the integration of faith, culture, and life, through the education they receive. Each day provides the opportunity for personal growth in wisdom, knowledge, and virtue. Through this formation in the Dominican tradition, Aquinas College prepares its students to be teachers and leaders in schools and communities.

Aquinas College is an ecclesial community that participates in the evangelizing mission of the Church. Specifically, it is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious institute devoted to the apostolate of Catholic education. Aquinas College’s approach to education is unique because it is animated by the charism of the Congregation of St. Cecilia. We are a community of religious women engaged in service to educational institutions of all levels in over 50 schools in over 30 dioceses and 7 countries. We bring practical experience and dedication to Catholic education that flows from our consecration to God and zeal for the spread of the Gospel in the spirit of St. Dominic.

Our outstanding lay faculty and staff participate with the sister faculty and staff in the Dominican charism of preaching and the salvation of souls in an environment marked by devotion to Truth and Charity. Our student body is small, consisting primarily of Dominican sisters in their initial years of religious formation as well as laymen and women engaged in undergraduate and graduate studies.

We invite you to visit our website or campus to learn more about Aquinas College. St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

Sincerely in Christ,

Sister Cecilia Anne Wanner, O.P.

President

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615-297-7545, ext. 220

4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37205

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