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Saint Thomas Aquinas College

Saint Thomas Aquinas College is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

More Than Just The Basics

The criminal justice bachelor of science degree program offered at Saint Thomas Aquinas College provides students with a unique, comprehensive curriculum that will prepare them to enter the field of law enforcement with a solid understanding of more than just the basics. After graduating from their degree program, students will truly understand the relationship between criminal behavior, law, the workings of the entire criminal justice system, and society as a whole. FBI special agents, district attorneys, professionals in the prison system, and county prosecutors will all directly offer their expertise to students throughout their criminal justice education - making Saint Thomas Aquinas College a good fit for prospective students unsure of precisely where they fit into the criminal justice machine and who would like to be prepared to enter the field in virtually any role.

About Saint Thomas Aquinas College

Located just 15 miles north of New York City, Saint Thomas Aquinas College offers a safe and welcoming campus and access to career opportunities after graduation. The college is named after the medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas, a priest and doctor of the Catholic Church and occupies 60 acres in Rockland County New York. Established in 1952, Saint Thomas Aquinas college offers 35 degree majors. Notable alumni include Frank Messina, Barbara Corcoran, and Craig Zucker.

Saint Thomas Aquinas College Accreditation Details

In addition to being accredited by the Middle States Council on Higher Education as a whole, several of its schools have acquired additional accreditation. The Saint Thomas Aquinas College School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and its School of Education has earned accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The university has also been recognized as a Military Friendly Institution, as a Top-Tier Regional University by the US News & World Report, and has received accolades from the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Graduates of the university can be found in Fortune 500 companies, working in federal agencies, and at some of the top medical facilities in the region.

Saint Thomas Aquinas College Application Requirements

The university tries to take every aspect of an individual's goals, accomplishments, and grades into consideration when reviewing applications. There are no across-the-board application requirements and the guidelines are different depending on whether an individual is applying to an undergraduate or graduate program and whether they are a freshman, transfer, or international student.

• International Students

Since coming to a new country can be a very stressful and confusing ordeal, the faculty and staff put at Saint Thomas Aquinas College put forward every effort to smooth the transition. Applicants will be guided through the process of applying for a student visa, have access to tutoring services, and will be connected to social and career opportunities throughout the degree program. How does a prospective student get started?

1. Complete and submit the common application

2. Send transcripts

3. Send ACT or SAT scores

4. Take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE English Language proficiency exam

5. Send a letter of recommendation from a coach, advisor, teacher, or mentor

• Transfer Students

Saint Thomas Aquinas College has agreements with a number of community colleges, including Dutchess Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Nassau Community College, Orange County Community College, Queensborough Community College, Rockland Community too often College, Suffolk Community College, Sullivan Community College, Westchester Community College, Ulster Community College, and State University of New Jersey Bergen Community College. Students transferring from any of the above-listed community colleges may transfer up to 70 credits directly toward their bachelor degree program. Whether or not there is a matriculation agreement between Saint Thomas Aquinas College and the community college or university a prospective student has earned their degree, the requirements are the same. The prospective student must:

1. Complete the Application

2. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended

3. Official high school transcripts or GED report

4. If high school graduation was less than a year ago, SAT or ACT scores

• Freshman Students

The process for applying as a freshman student who has never attended college is very straightforward. Individuals interested in attending Saint Thomas Aquinas College as a freshman student should send their official high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, an Essay on one of the topics listed on the common application, Letters of recommendation, and a resume of extracurricular activities. A decision will be made and the prospective student will be notified within four weeks of review. There are a number of special programs that freshman students can enter upon admission, such as the pathways program for students with select learning disabilities and the Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship Program.

Saint Thomas Aquinas College Tuition and Financial Aid

Currently, the cost of tuition at Saint Thomas Aquinas College is $15,575 per semester for undergraduate students with a course load of twelve to sixteen credits. For students attending part-time, the cost of tuition is $990 per credit. For graduate students, the cost of tuition is $1,000 per credit. Fortunately, Saint Thomas Aquinas College offers a number of financial aid programs. In fact, over 85% of the student body at Saint Thomas Aquinas College receives grants and scholarships. There is also a Net Price Calculator on their website to help students calculate their total cost of attending college.

A few popular scholarships awarded to freshman in amounts ranging from five to fifteen thousand dollars annually include the Academic Scholarship, the Merit Scholarship, the Honors Program Scholarship, Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship, and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship for Transfer Students. The university also offers a number of athletic scholarships as well as support in applying for federal and state student financial aid programs.

Though there are many exceptional universities, there really is no "best" college to attend. The best fit for a particular student attends a number of factors including tuition, degree programs offered, and long-term goals of the student. The criminal justice program at Saint Thomas Aquinas College is an exceptional option for anyone interested in being prepared for a broad array of career opportunities.