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

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  • 93.1% of 2020 AQ graduates either employed or in graduate schools within six months of graduation
  • 100% of graduates in nursing (AQ/Detroit Mercy nursing program) and chemistry employed within six months of graduation
  • 95% pass rate for recent nursing graduates (AQ/Detroit Mercy nursing program) NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination)
  • 92.4% of AQ education students pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
  • 90% acceptance rate into physician assistant, physical therapy and dental programs
  • AQ internship partners include Amway, Disney, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Van Andel Research Institute, 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


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