Aquinas College recognized for social mobility in 2021 Best College rankings

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report recognizes Aquinas College for helping students who face economic challenges complete their degrees and get jobs after graduation.

“Part of Aquinas College’s Catholic and Dominican mission is to prepare our students to lead lives of purpose and success in service to the world,” President Kevin Quinn said. “Economic challenges should not impede success. We work extremely hard to ensure that we offer high value to our students through faculty mentorship, small class sizes, affordability, a vibrant campus life and a workforce dedicated to supporting our students and their goals.” 

Aquinas tied for 80th on the list of Top Performers on Social Mobility among 223 schools that were included in the list of national liberal arts colleges. The social mobility list ranks how well these colleges enrolled and graduated economically disadvantaged students, such as those who received federal Pell grants.

In total, U.S. News assessed nearly 1,500 institutions, and the magazine “grouped schools by academic mission into 10 distinct rankings.”

Aquinas is ranked on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list, which includes schools that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study. Last year was the first year that Aquinas appeared on that list after updates in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education reclassified many institutions.

These new recognitions come several months after Colleges of Distinction, a national guide for colleges, named Aquinas as one of the renowned 2019-2020 Colleges of Distinction for individualized and engaging academic offerings and continued focus on student success and satisfaction.