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Forbes Ranks Thomas Aquinas College Among 'Top Colleges' for 'Return on Investment'

The Business Magazine Also Lists the College Among Nation’s Top Private Institutions and Top 50 in Western United States.

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In assembling its annual list of America’s Top CollegesForbes magazine distinguishes itself from other guides by its emphasis on the return on investment (ROI) that students get for four (or more) years’ time and tuition payments. “ROI matters most,” the magazine proclaims. Thus it focuses not on selectivity metrics — such as acceptance rates and SAT scores — but on five measures of achievement: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates, and academic success.
Judging by these criteria, Forbes has once again named Thomas Aquinas College to its selective list.
Only about 15 percent of American colleges and universities, 660 in all, are included on the Forbes list, and among those, Thomas Aquinas College ranks within the top half. The business magazine also lists the college among the nation’s top private institutions and the top 50 in the Western United States.
Notably, Thomas Aquinas College’s scores mark a significant rise from Forbes’ 2015 rankings. Its overall national ranking has jumped 30 spots, from No. 281 last year to No. 251 for 2016. Likewise, the College’s rank among private institutions improved from No. 201 to No. 182, and among Western colleges and universities from No. 51 to No. 46.
“When considered with our highly favorable ratings from the Princeton ReviewU.S. News,  the National Catholic Register, and the Cardinal Newman Society, the Forbes ranking is encouraging,” says Thomas Aquinas College’s director of admissions, Jon Daly. “The magazine’s favorable assessment of our ‘ROI’ is more evidence that Catholic liberal education succeeds by every measure.”
About Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college with a fully-integrated curriculum composed of the Great Books, the seminal works in the major disciplines by the great thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. There are no textbooks, no lectures and no electives. Instead, under the guidance of faculty members and using only the Socratic method of dialogue in classes of no more than 20, students read and discuss the original works of authors such as Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, the American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, and of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology and education. They have distinguished themselves serving as lawyers, doctors, business owners, priests, military service men and women, educators, journalists and college presidents.

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