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Accolades & Outcomes

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    Accolades & Outcomes

Aquinas College is regularly recognized on the national stage for its strong academic programs, athletics, sustainability achievements, service efforts, and the success of Aquinas students.

Student Success

  • U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best Colleges
    For the third year in a row, Aquinas College is ranked on the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility. Aquinas is also ranked on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list.
  • Top 50 Catholic College (2015 Rankings of Best Catholic Colleges and Universities)
  • 2016 #41 Best Midwestern Regional University
  • Earned a 2021-2022 Military Friendly School designation by Viqtory.
  • Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Award
  • 2021-2022 Colleges of Distinction
  • students in a classroom 93.1% of our 2020 graduates were either employed or in graduate schools within six months of graduation.
  • 100% of graduates in nursing (AQ/Detroit Mercy Nursing program) and chemistry are employed within six months of graduation.
  • 95% pass rate for recent AQ/Detroit Mercy nursing graduates NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).
  • Education students pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification at a rate of 92.4%.
  • 90% acceptance rate into physician assistant, physical therapy and dental programs.
  • Aquinas College's internship partners include Amway, Disney, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Van Andel Research Institute and the Detroit Tigers and many more.
  • Partnership with MSU College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program.


  • NAIA 2017 Five-Star Champion of Character Institution 
  • 11-time winner of the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) All-Sports Award
  • More than 250 NAIA All-Americans
  • More than 375 Academic All-Americans


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First school in the nation to offer an undergraduate program in sustainable business 

Aquinas signed the St. Francis Pledge for Sustainability with the Catholic Climate Covenant to continue caring for our planet in a way that aligns with our Catholic and Dominican views.

Service and Community

  • Multiple Michigan Campus Compact Awards, including the Faculty Service Learning award, the Commitment to Service award, and the Heart and Soul award. 
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll