Thomas Aquinas College - Bachelor's Degree

Thomas Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college nestled in the beautiful canyons of Los Padres National Forest, just inland of Ventura, California.It offers a unique education with courses based on the Great Books and seminar method.

  • Average Tuition USD 40,734

School Description

Thomas Aquinas College students receive a Bachelor of Arts in Liberals Arts. This is an integrated liberal arts curriculum made up primarily of the Great Books of the Western Tradition, with order of learning emphasized in the structure of the curriculum. Natural science, philosophy, and theology are studied all four years.The college replaces textbooks with original sources, the seminal works in all the major disciplines.

Bachelor Programs

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Biology

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Chemistry

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Economics

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    English

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    English Literature

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    History

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Languages

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on language, language development, and relationships among languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective. Includes instruction in subjects such as psycholinguistics, behavioral linguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, mathematical and computational linguistics, grammatical theory and theoretical linguistics, philosophical linguistics, philology and historical linguistics, comparative linguistics, phonetics, phonemics, dialectology, semantics, functional grammar and linguistics, language typology, lexicography, morphology and syntax, orthography, stylistics, structuralism, rhetoric, and applications to artificial intelligence.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Latin

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Latin language and literature from its origins through its decline and its current ecclesiastical usage, as a secular and/or theological subject. Includes instruction in philology, related Italic dialects, Late Roman and Medieval Latin, and modern Church Latin.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Liberal Studies

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Mathematics

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Music

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Philosophy

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Physics

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Political Science

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Psychology

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Sociology

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

  • 10000 Santa Paula Ojai Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA

    Theology

    USD 24,500 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the beliefs and doctrine of a particular religious faith from the intramural point of view of that faith. Includes instruction in systematic theology, historical theology, moral theology, doctrinal studies, dogmatics, apologetics, and applications to specific questions of ecclesiastical polity and religious life.

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Rankings

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    SchoolApply Ranking 244
  • US News (Liberal Arts)
    US News (Liberal Arts) 58
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 166

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum SAT 1160
  • Minimum ACT 23

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    Established in 1971

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    For over 40 years, the college has been producing well rounded alumni that are successful in any walk of life they choose.

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          • Testimony
            2010-2014, Bachelor's Degree, Liberal Arts--Great Books

            This is an excellent school.The curriculum is daunting and the senior thesis is, at first, terrifying. This school is definitely not for those who want to sail through their education. But if you put your heart and soul into it, a diploma from the College is achievable, and no doubt worth it. The education is invaluable because it gives you the foundation upon which to build your entire life: intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. The community and rich spiritual life provide opportunities to grow as a whole person, alongside those who are seeking the same Truth as you. If you are willing to put out the effort and if the school is right for you, you will not be disappointed.Elisabeth CervantesStaff Writer at Ballotpedia2010 – 2014, Bachelor's Degree

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            1999-2003, Bachelor in Liberal Arts

            Thomas Aquinas College was a phenomenal four year period of my life. From the professors, to the classes, to my fellow students, to the camaraderie, to the prayer life, I couldn't have asked for more. Classes were run using the dialectical method, which enabled each student to more actively participate in class. Professors were always willing to stay after class to discuss the topics more in depth, or provide a sounding board for us students. The bond formed with classmates, with whom you'd discuss all kinds of topics, was strong. It was furthered by the extra curricular activities, whether it be hiking in the mountains, swimming at the punch bowls, playing in sports tournaments or hanging out at the beach. Finally, I can't say enough about our 3 chaplains. Morning, noon or night, they were there when we students needed them. They were some of the best men I've known. Although not everyone will go to Thomas Aquinas College, I definitely would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a different sort of education and experience. My recommendation would be to attend the summer program. After those two weeks, one will have an excellent idea if they would like to make TAC their home for the next four years.Stephen RonnowBusiness Development Consultant at Process Donation1999 – 2003, Bachelor in Liberal Arts

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            2014-2018, Bachelor's degree, Liberal Arts

            The best choice in my lifeAttending Thomas Aquinas College was the best choice in my life. The course are challenging yet engaging, the tutors demanding yet encouraging, and the students intellectually driven, yet amazingly friendlyNicholas GartonzaveskyStudent work Study at Thomas Aquinas College2014 – 2018, Bachelor's degree