Thomas Aquinas College

Mr. Jonathan P. Daly
Director of Admissions
Thomas Aquinas College
10000 Ojai Road
Santa Paula, CA 93060-9621

800-634-9797

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.thomasaquinas.edu
Year founded  1971

Mission statement/description

Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year liberal arts college in southern California offering a single inter-disciplinary curriculum in the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church. Philosophy, theology, laboratory science, mathematics, and the humanities are integrated into a comprehensive curriculum that replaces electives, majors and minors.

With over 350 students, all classes are conducted in the Socratic method: seminars, tutorials, and laboratories in which students are guided by their teachers in analysis and discussion of the primary sources of wisdom — the Great Books — in each of the arts and sciences essential in liberal education. The College's program is a thorough introduction to the arts of enquiry and reasoning and aims at providing students with a broad and integrated vision of the whole of life and learning.

The College is listed in:
Choosing the Right College Review, Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)
Choosing a Catholic College, Cardinal Newman Society
The Best 371 Colleges, The Princeton Review

US News and World Report Profile

Qualifications for entry

Students' applications will include: 1) The application form and essay responses to questions posed on the application; 2) Three letters of reference (two are to be written by recent teachers); 3) Results of the SAT or the ACT (the SAT verbal scores of accepted students generally range from 580 to 800 and math scores range from 520 to 800; composite ACT scores generally range from 22 to 36); 4) Transcripts of high school and college studies, if applicable.

Formation program

There are full-time chaplains on campus. Mass is offered three times daily and confessions are heard before and after every Mass and at other times throughout the week. Eucharistic adoration is scheduled for several hours each day. The Rosary, Compline, and other liturgies and private devotions are well attended. Religious vocations are fostered and spiritual direction is offered.

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • While in Krakow I read George Weigel’s book on the city entitled City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Krakow.  I cannot think of a more fitting title about a city that has the ethos of sanctity emanating from its streets. Like a fountain, waters of sanctity and history flow from Wawel Hill … Continue reading Krakow: A City of Saints →

  • One of the little talked about issues surrounding religious vocations is the impact it can have on the parents of a young man or women entering religious life. The process of discernment can be challenging enough but  it is often complicated by the reaction of the parents. Even in the most supportive of families, the … Continue reading Parents of Vocations Forum →

  • This post, helpful for everyone in the process of discernment, comes from Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery  in Conception, MO . For the complete blog post, visit:  https://www.conceptionabbey.org/discernment-fears/ 5 Common Fears with Discerning your Vocation Many men and women who are discerning a religious vocation hesitate in taking the next step because they are restrained by … Continue reading 5 Common Fears As You Discern Your Vocation →