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Thomas Aquinas College

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First two years were good but I wishReligion/Religious
First two years were good but I wish I had moved on to a more traditional college. TAC is good for people who want to be priests or high school teachers. If your parents will fund your life while you spend a few years taking catch-up classes, you will be golden but most grads have survival jobs for life.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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TAC hasn't helped me at all in theReligion/Religious
TAC hasn't helped me at all in the work world except in the general sense that it grants a college degree. I wish I had known that the key to life success with a TAC is plenty of family money and support. Those who have that support go on to real careers, those who don't, stay in survival jobs for years. One of my classmates had 8 kids and has been assistant manager at a Catholic bookstore for 25+ years. My recommendation is to plan your life, not just your college years.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I loved the school, and would like toQuite BrightOther
I loved the school, and would like to give back to it in any way I can.
The school's philosophy is centered on building well-rounded persons, rather than professions. Four years required math, science, theology, and philosophy are designed to integrate with each other so that students learn to make connections between disciplines. The classes are all discussion based, and train students not only to think critically and to communicate their thoughts clearly, but also to listen well to the thoughts of others.

The rules of residence might be taken by some to be restrictive, but they are designed both with the good of the students in mind and for the sake of fostering the intellectual life. The curriculum is challenging, engaging some of the most important questions mankind has been asking for centuries, as well as following the development of major scientific and mathematical discoveries, such as Kepler's theory of elliptical orbits, the atomic theory, Darwin's theory of evolution (and it's sucessors) Einstein's relativity, and Maxwell's wave equation. This requires a level of dedication and focus that really are incompatible with the stereotypical college "party life". Thus alcohol is not permitted on campus except for certain school sponsored events; movies and video games are restricted to the weekends, and internet access is restricted to certain public rooms.

If you want to party, TAC is not the place for you. If you want to learn, to develop habits of self discipline, and to grow as in individual- maybe give it a try.

As a final note, it's true that students and graduates must be careful of a tendency to be arrogant. The education is truly an excellent education that touches on many areas, and students are used to engaging with and yes, challenging ideas that are posed in the texts or the classroom. They can often forget that not everyone they are speaking to has had the benefit of the same education, or expects a young college student to confidently ask questions about the things they propose. Nevertheless, one of the first things you learn at TAC is how much there is to learn, and how little you really know. We're all of us fallen human beings, and sometimes fail to keep our egos in check, yes. But I think the education itself strives for wisdom with humility rather than pride.Finally, it's a Catholic school that really is Catholic. If that bothers you, you're in the wrong place. The handful of non-Catholics who have attended have been welcome additions to the community and the classroom, however, they have all been, as the college requires up front, respectful of Catholic tradition and willing to abide by Catholic moral teaching. Catholicism really is at the heart of the community and the studies.

4th Year Female -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A+, Innovation: B+
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