Student Experience

Help us build on our campus and on our traditions.

Meeting the evolving needs of both our residential and commuter students is a major focus at Aquinas for the next several years. With your help, we will grow with intention, adding amenities, services and academic programs that will help us attract and retain more exceptional students. And we will never lose what our prospective, current and former students love most about student life: our “small town” campus feel within Nashville’s vibrant, bustling urban environment.

Student Experience:

Home Away From Home.

“What I appreciate most about student life at Aquinas is the close-knit community in the dorms. It is supportive, academically focused and faith-rooted – and that doesn’t happen just anywhere.”

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  • One Stop Student Services   Goal: $500,000

    Students will access the registrar, financial aid, student activities, student health services
    and more from one convenient and central location.

  • Career Services   Goal: $500,000

    We will equip every student with professional resume help, interview preparation, career fair opportunities, real-world guidance and more.

  • Athletics   Goal: $500,000

    Competitive intercollegiate athletic teams and intramural sports will broaden the student experience, attract new students and give our campus community something to shout about.

  • Residence Halls  Goal: $8,000,000

    Expanding our on-campus housing options for both male and female students is essential to our growth goals. An exceptional student “home base” is the key to recruitment, retention and building lifelong community for our students.

  • Study Abroad   Goal: $2,000,000

    Supporting and maintaining our satellite campus in Bracciano, Italy, will give more students the chance to immerse themselves in international culture and make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Chapel   Goal: $6,000,000

    A gorgeous new space for daily Mass will become the heart of our spiritual growth.

  • Library   Goal: $5,000,000

    Expanding our on-campus library system will give students greater access to a world-class collection of books, periodicals, videos, journals and research tools in print and digital formats.

  • Fourth Pillar Program   Goal: $2,000,000

    Growing the Fourth Pillar Program at Aquinas College will continue our mission to create student leaders who are informed, engaged and reflective about local, regional and national issues that impede or prevent a minimum standard of life for all people.

Siena Hall

Womens Residence Hall perspective rendering

On Thursday, August 28, an official groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction of a new women’s residence hall behind Aquinas’ main academic building. The last time Aquinas College broke ground on new construction was with the Aquinas Center gymnasium in 1976, which now serves as the library. Aquinas students voted to name the residence hall Siena Hall from a list of nominations.

Other future plans include the transformation of two large classrooms in the main academic building into a full-service dining facility, set to begin midway through the academic year.

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, O.P., President of Aquinas College, reminded faculty and staff during Convocation on August 17 that the mission of the College “is the true edifice. The buildings will be beautiful because they will reflect the beauty of what happens here each day.”

Keep up with the progress of Siena Hall by viewing the construction progress webcam which updates once per minute.

All we need is you

Add your spark to our flame, and help us burn bright for generations to come.

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Campaign Goal $30M