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STAC Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

Jul 04, 2018

STAC Honored Among National Colleges of Distinction

St. Thomas Aquinas College has been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

St. Thomas Aquinas College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building opportunities to learn and grow in mind, body, and soul: offering more than 100 majors, minors, and specializations in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education.

Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D, president of St. Thomas Aquinas College remarked "It is gratifying that, once again, St. Thomas Aquinas College is named a National College of Distinction. The credit goes to our outstanding faculty and student-centered personnel that create a dynamic learning environment for student success."

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize St. Thomas Aquinas College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with St.Thomas Aquinas’ curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, St. Thomas Aquinas College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”

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St. Thomas Aquinas College has been recognized for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

St. Thomas Aquinas College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building opportunities to learn and grow in mind, body, and soul: offering more than 100 majors, minors, and specializations in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education.

Dr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D, president of St. Thomas Aquinas College remarked "It is gratifying that, once again, St. Thomas Aquinas College is named a National College of Distinction. The credit goes to our outstanding faculty and student-centered personnel that create a dynamic learning environment for student success."

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize St. Thomas Aquinas College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with St.Thomas Aquinas’ curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, St. Thomas Aquinas College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow, and succeed.”

For more information about the Colleges of Distinction, contact Annie Lombardi at 845-398-4016 or alombard@stac.edu.


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 Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.