Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College is a Catholic liberal arts college in western Michigan. Aquinas offers undergraduate degrees in over 100 fields of study including the first Sustainable Business program in the United States. Additionally, Aquinas features a Four Year Guarantee program ensuring that all students will graduate in four years or the college will waive tuition expenses for up to one additional school year. For students interested in online gaming, Aquinas features an esports team that competes in the National Association of Collegiate Esports.
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+ amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
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divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
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The professors are amazing and care, but the student life is a little dead, the administration is too controlling, and there is nothing going on for the weekends. They need visitor parking and better housing opportunities.
Aquinas college is very small. However this provides a close community. It has great teachers.
Amanda from Rockford, MI
Centrally located between East Grand Rapids, East town, and Ottawa Hills lies the campus of Aquinas College. Rooted in Catholicism (Dominican), Aquinas College offers the traditional liberal arts approach towards higher education. With graduating classes smaller than most modern day high school graduating classes, its appeal is obvious to the student who enjoys the best parts of an urban social environment combined with a private school feel.
Michael from Holland, MI
I absoutely love Aquinas College! It is a small school and you get the feeling of a close-knit family on campus here. All of the teachers that I have had have been great- they really care about their students!
Abigale from Manistee, MI
Aquinas offers a great learning environment on its campus; just outside the city of Grand Rapids, this enclosed, wooded area is simply beautiful. The professors are here to help and show great enthusiasm while teaching. Even though it is a smaller college, there are always fun activities being planned, such as concerts, sporting events, and speakers.