Founded by the Dominican Sisters in Sparkill in 1952, St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts college. The school was named after famous Medieval philosopher and Christian thinker St. Thomas Aquinas, a major personality in the development of Western thought.
Students living in university housing and student housing at St. Thomas Aquinas have access to the school's various degree programs, including bachelor's degrees in arts, science and education along with master's programs in business administration, teaching, science education and pre-professional programs. Among the school's featured academic courses are engineering, podiatry, childhood education, history, Spanish, philosophy/religious studies, English, art, communication, biology and accounting. St. Thomas Aquinas also offers an honors program for students who have demonstrated exemplary academic and social leadership. Providing opportunities for students with disabilities, St. Thomas Aquinas developed the Pathways programs, formerly known as the STAC Exchange, which offers individual support and guidance for students in need.
Student living and university living at St. Thomas Aquinas features the school's Spartan athletic programs, which compete in the NCAA's Division II. The school features men's and women's sports in track and field, lacrosse, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball tennis and cross country. Students may also commute into nearby New York City, which offers world-class restaurants along with cultural, education and commercial centers like Madison Square Garden, Central Park, Wall Street, Times Square and the South Street Seaport.
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