Thomas Aquinas College: Narrative Description

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10000 North Ojai Rd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060-9980
Tel: (805)525-4417
Free: 800-634-9797
Fax: (805)525-9342
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Independent Roman Catholic, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 170-acre rural campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $9.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9966 per student. Total enrollment: 331. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 209 applied, 82% were admitted. 45% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 87% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 331 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 6 other countries, 54% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 0.3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 4% 25 or older, 99% live on campus, 0% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $24,400 includes full-time tuition ($18,600) and college room and board ($5800).

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organizations: choir, Drama Club, Legion of Mary, language clubs, Pro-Life Ministry. Major annual events: St. Thomas Aquinas Day, Presidents Day, Alumni Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, daily security daytime patrol. 398 college housing spaces available; 329 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. St. Bernardine Library with 58,000 books, 3,100 microform titles, 84 serials, and 2,200 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $117,795. 15 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is located in a rural setting 60 miles from Los Angeles and 45 miles from Santa Barbara. It is bordered on three sides by Los Padres National Forest.

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