STAC recognized as a top-tier university – Campus News

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St. Thomas Aquinas College was named a Top-Tier Regional University (North) this month by U.S. News & World Report in their 2018 Best Colleges annual report, announced College president Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C.

“The entire St. Thomas Aquinas College community is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional University (North) category for the fifth consecutive year,” said Fitzpatrick. “We have been ranked highly by multiple external reporting agencies over the years. We have always considered our students, faculty and alumni to be Top-Tier and this is a tribute to the entire College Community.”

The rankings include about 1,500 schools nationwide and are based on survey information collected and by peer ratings conducted by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator is assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most, with an emphasis on outcomes. Additional information about the methodology can be found online:


The 2017-2018 Colleges of Distinction designation was earned by St. Thomas Aquinas College in both the New York and Catholic editions. The accolade is earned by colleges and universities who excel in the key areas: alumni success; quality of its teaching faculty; and the atmosphere on its campus. In addition, these institutions take a holistic approach in its admissions decisions and have a strong national reputation.  Colleges of Distinction can be found online at

St. Thomas Aquinas College received the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Military Friendly School designation by the organization for doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and their families and ensuring their success on campus. St. Thomas provides a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship to all eligible veterans, enabling them to receive up to a full tuition scholarship each year they are eligible. In addition, the College offers a West Point and Stewart Air Force base program for active military and an online associates and master’s degree at a deeply discounted rate for active military members.

“We continue to grow our campus and our academic offerings, most recently with the addition of our Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice Administration and a Sport Administration concentration to the MBA Program offerings. Our students and alumni are the beneficiaries of our growth and maturity as an institution and this latest recognition is a reaffirmation of what we are and where we are going as a premier institution,” Dr. Fitzpatrick added.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit

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