Academic Distinction

Excellence in the Classroom and Beyond

The classroom is at the core of the Aquinas mission as a place where students are challenged to think, learn and grow academically as well as spiritually. With every program added, every resource expanded, and the best and brightest faculty recruited as a part of Vision 2020, we will continue to recruit more top students, attract excellent faculty and earn national attention for what our students and alumni already know: our unique brand of rigorous, whole-person, supported academics.

Academic Distinction:

High Standards with Heart

“The academic culture at Aquinas is both rigorous and incredibly supportive. Knowing that your professors believe in your ability to achieve is a powerful motivator to succeed confidently.”

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  • Professorships Goal: $12,000,000

    Expanding support for faculty teaching, research and other expenses allows Aquinas to
    attract and retain some of the best talent from around the world in their respective disciplines. Dedicated professors support students in their quest for complete formation inside
    and outside of the classroom.

  • Scholarships Goal: $1,500,000

    Deeper resources for financial aid and scholarship support will help more students offset the
    cost of tuition and other expenses incurred while earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • School Excellence Fund Goal: $2,000,000

    Increased unrestricted funding available to the four schools of Business, Nursing, Arts & Sciences, and Education will support areas of greatest need within each schools.

  • Simulation Lab Goal: $1,400,000

    Housed on the 6th floor of St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, the Castello Nursing Simulation Learning Center features 24 patient rooms designed to give nursing students access to life-like situations to learn how best to care for patients. Continued technology upgrades and additions to the lab will keep it on the cutting edge and further set our nursing program apart from others around the country.

  • Multimedia Lab Goal: $200,000

    The planned Aquinas Multimedia Lab (available for named recognition) will give students, faculty and staff access to the latest multimedia technology to build in-demand skill sets and further enhance learning and research experiences.

  • Faculty Development Fund Goal: $1,000,000

    Support of this initiative will allow faculty time for further specialized research, shaping
    them as respected leaders within their disciplines and visible ambassadors for Aquinas College
    name in their fields of study.

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Campaign Goal $30M