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St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, New York

From the day students first arrive, St. Thomas Aquinas College celebrates its strengths, talents, and individuality. The College encourages students to push past their limits and strive for great things, providing the opportunities for students to learn and grow in mind, body, and soul. With a choice of leading-edge academic programs, exciting field experiences, NCAA Division II athletics, and an array of student clubs, students can explore their creativity and meet friends. Anyone can be who they are in a place where everyone knows their name.


When students graduate, they possess the tools and skills they need to succeed in any career they choose. St. Thomas Aquinas College’s goal is to help students become the best version of themselves possible. The promise students that they will become “the BEST. YOU. EVER.”



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,696 undergraduate students
66% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
18% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
60 full-time faculty
104 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

The suburban campus includes two residential complexes: Aquinas Village, which consists of self-contained townhouse units that house 300 students, and the McNelis Commons, which consists of townhouse residential units that house 375 students and a common dining hall and laundry building. Approximately 45 percent of the College’s full-time student population resides on campus.

School Location

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s 60-acre scenic campus is located in the Rockland County community of Sparkill, New York. The College is 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge and 20 miles south of West Point. The campus is easily accessible from all points in New Jersey and the entire New York City metro area.

Retention Fall 2015

82% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 8%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, St. Thomas Aquinas College currently sponsors 18 intercollegiate teams, the maroon and gold Spartans. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons). Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, field hockey, and track (indoor and outdoor seasons).

Other Information

Founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill as a teaching college,  the school has grown to a 60-acre campus, providing a safe, welcoming place to study more than 100 majors, minors, and specializations in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. It’s just 15 miles north of New York City, giving students quick access to learning, cultural, internship, and career opportunities in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

The College’s students come from around the globe and are active inside and outside of the classroom. At STAC, the faculty are dedicated to creating a learning environment that extends beyond the classroom with various clubs and activities, 18 NCAA Division II athletic Teams, study abroad opportunities, and a community where students can make lifelong friendships and “stand out” while “fitting in.”

More Distinctions

  • Recognized by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions

  • Recognized by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment

  • Included as a Military Friendly School®.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

  • The School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

  • The School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  • The College is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities

By linking academic programs to the real world, St. Thomas Aquinas College offers valuable opportunities to enrich students’ education through hands-on experiences. Everyone at STAC is prepared to enter the workforce with practical and marketable skills.

Inside the Classroom

St. Thomas Aquinas College students are presenting scholarly research at international conferences; forensic science majors are interning with the local sheriff’s department to investigate crimes; biology students are conducting hypothesis-driven research in state-of-the-art labs; and future educators are working with faculty to enrich science education through digital literacy and 3D gaming. These opportunities prepare students to land jobs and/or pursue graduate study after graduation.

Beyond the Classroom

STAC students study abroad and expand their global breadth and understanding, traveling to France, Spain, Italy, and other countries all over the world. Honors students can look forward to a study abroad experience at Oxford University in England.

In the Community

The largest organization on campus, the Spartan Volunteers, hosts fundraisers for local nonprofits, collects books for underprivileged inner-city schools, and gives food and clothing to New York City’s homeless during the popular monthly Midnight Run. These are just a few examples of how St. Thomas Aquinas students are reaching out to those in need and educating students to be responsible citizens.

St. Thomas Aquinas College programs of study within its School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, and School of Business speak to the needs of today’s society. The campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, an innovation center, labs, and study centers to facilitate learning.

Experiential Training

Combining academic rigor with experiential training, St. Thomas Aquinas College prepares students to excel in high-profile fields, from business to education, and in specialized subfields, such as accounting, forensic science, graphic design, sports management, and social media.

STAC is continually evolving its programs of study and recruiting new scholars to its faculty so that it can best prepare students to think outside the box, communicate with conviction, and give back to society in meaningful ways.

Those pursuing careers in media can learn in an actual television studio at the communications center. Students in scientific fields have access to the latest technical equipment, such as a DNA sequencer in Costello Hall. Future teachers gain hands-on knowledge of lesson planning with SMART technology.

Involved Professors

At St. Thomas Aquinas College, a personalized education builds upon each student’s strengths and talents. This is possible through STAC’s small class sizes and extraordinary educators who are deeply committed to getting to know their students’ unique needs. The faculty work side-by-side with students to help them grow intellectually, applying their knowledge to solve problems in the real world. Professors get to know their students personally and provide helpful advice to guide them through fulfilling years at STAC.

The St. Thomas Aquinas community is just the right size to make students feel at home as they begin the journey toward their futures. Whether a student’s interests are in sports, the performing arts, campus ministry, radio, publishing, or student government, there is a place there for them.

St. Thomas Aquinas welcomes residents and commuters alike, ensuring a superior education and all of the comforts of a home away from home. If one chooses to live on campus, they can feel right at home in the townhouse-style residence complexes, where they can meet friends for coffee in the dining hall and enjoy the outdoors at the annual Springfest and Oktoberfest.

On campus, life is good. Students have plenty of opportunities to have fun and make friends just steps outside their doors. Residents and commuters also take advantage of St. Thomas Aquinas’s close proximity to New York City by venturing out together on weekends. Everyone gets the chance to expand their cultural horizons and enjoy a wide range of professional sports games, Broadway plays, concerts, museums, galleries, fine dining, and sightseeing excursions.


The athletics programs, including 18 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s teams, attract students from around the globe. Student athletes at St. Thomas Aquinas College build determination and sportsmanship, develop critical life skills such as leadership and personal discipline, and make lifelong friendships with like-minded peers.

In addition, the emphasis on academics, along with strong faculty support, ensures that student athletes will strike the perfect balance in learning both on the field and off, all while maintaining time to socialize and explore their other interests.

Club sports (including ice hockey, soccer, baseball, and bowling) and intramurals are also popular.  For more information on athletics programs, visit

The College’s athletic facilities include four outdoor, all-weather tennis courts, the Spartan Athletic Complex, with soccer, softball and lacrosse fields, and the College utilizes nearby Provident Bank Park for baseball, a state park cross country course, and an area golf course for its NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Spartan Athletic Complex sits on 12 acres and is home to the Spartans’ soccer teams, the women’s softball team, the women’s field hockey team, and the lacrosse teams.

Athletes practice in state-of-the-art sports facilities, and baseball stars play, courtesy of STAC’s partnership with Palisades Credit Union Park, on a professional minor league ball field.

STAC Clubs

St. Thomas Aquinas College offers many clubs and organizations through which students can enrich their college experiences, develop leadership skills, and make new friends. For a full listing their more than 40 students clubs on campus, visit

The Career Development Office is a resource available throughout all four years of a student’s education that prepares them for their futures and, more practically, how to successfully enter a competitive workforce after graduation.

Career Network: Access to Alumni

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Career Network provides students and alumni various opportunities to develop their skills through internships, virtual career fairs, etiquette seminars, résumé building workshops, and mock interviews. The College pairs students with alumni from around the nation and world, creating a collegial and relaxed setting for an exchange of real-world perspectives. Often times, these relationships lead to internship and employment opportunities, channels for sound professional advice, and everlasting friendships.

Preparation that Leads to Results

St. Thomas Aquinas College puts the tools at students’ fingertips for them to build their confidence and become polished job candidates. Whatever career students choose, STAC prepares you to enter tomorrow’s workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Visit to learn more about the various tools, workshops, counseling, and training that students land jobs upon graduation.

Successful Alumni

STAC alumni show the value of their education by achieving success in careers across a wide range of industries and pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, law, and education.

St. Thomas Aquinas College alumni include CEOs of international corporations, financial analysts at leading investment firms, social media experts, and award-winning journalists. They are teachers educating new generations, doctors who heal the sick, lawyers and politicians working to ensure justice, and performers who are entertaining audiences across the nation. In so many diverse professional paths, graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas College are applying their education to achieve their personal best, reach out to others, and make the world a better place.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,918 Total Applicants 
1,513 Total Admissions 
276 Total Freshman Enrollment

78.88% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 410 520
SAT Math 420 530
SAT Writing 410 510
ACT Composite 18 22
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Application Information

St. Thomas Aquinas has a rolling admissions policy and admits new students-incoming freshmen and transfers-in both the fall and spring semesters. As soon as the Admissions Office has received a completed application and all of the required materials, the application will be assigned to a counselor for review. Prospective students will be updated throughout the process, and the Office of Admissions will notify them of its decision about two weeks after the College receives the completed application and all supporting materials.

To be considered for admission to St. Thomas Aquinas College, one should submit an application as early as possible during their senior year of high school. If one accepts the invitation to attend St. Thomas Aquinas College, they will need to submit a deposit by the required date (May 1 for fall enrollment). For detailed information and requirements, visit the Admissions webpage at

Transfer students are admitted to the College in both September and January, and while there is no deadline, applications should be submitted as early as possible. For detailed information and requirements, visit the Transfer Admissions webpage at

St. Thomas Aquinas College welcomes international students to the campus, offering services from the International Student Counselor to help with any concerns. For detailed information and requirements, visit the International Students Admissions webpage at


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $28,240
Fees $500
Total $28,740
Room and Board (on campus) $12,720
Room Only $7,180
Board Only $5,540
Estimated Total On Campus $41,460


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
62% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,703 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,381 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Financial Aid includes scholarships, grants, awards, loans and work study programs — all but scholarships are determined by FAFSA results. Scholarships at St. Thomas are based on a student’s application materials. There is no separate application to be considered for STAC scholarships. It is important include the St. Thomas Aquinas College school code on the FAFSA application (002832).

St. Thomas Aquinas only requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA process provides the College with the results in the calculation of one’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution). The EFC is the amount of money that the federal government believes one’s family can contribute to their student’s education.

Visit the St. Thomas Aquinas College Financial Aid webpage for more information at

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