Accolades & Outcomes

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There are many things to be proud of at Aquinas.  Recognized nationally, and awarded for our strong academic programs, athletics, success in sustainability and service efforts, and above all the outcomes of our students.  

National Awards

Student Success


  • Celebrating our distinctly Catholic and Dominican roots, Aquinas was awarded a Top 50 Catholic College (2015 Rankings of Best Catholic Colleges and Universities). 
  • #41 Best Midwestern Regional University (2016 2016 Rankings). 
  • Designated a 2017-18 Military Friendly College
  • Aquinas College has been awarded the Green Star Award by the Professional Grounds Management Society for maintenance of the College's grounds.

There are a multitude of opportunities for our students to explore their interests. Whether through studying away, performing undergraduate research, or pursuing an internship, there is students in a classroom  something for everyone. 

  • Aquinas has an extremely high placement rate, where 95% of our 2017 graduates were either employed or in graduate schools within six months of graduation. 
  • Internship partners such as Amway, Disney, Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Van Andel Research Institute and the Detroit Tigers and many more! 
  • We have nearly a 70% acceptance rate into medical school and thrive with the partnership with MSU College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program.
  • 100% of graduates in Nursing and Chemistry are employed within 6 months of graduation. 
  • Education students pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification at a rate of 92.4%.
  • Our graduates have a 90% acceptance rate into Physical Assistant, Physical Therapy and Dental programs. 


Aquinas is successful not only academically, but athletically, too. 

  • In 2017, Aquinas was awarded as a Five-Star Champion of Character Institution from the NAIA. 
  • 11-Time winner of the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference) All-Sports Award.
  • Over history of the athletic department, Aquinas athletics has boasted over 250 NAIA All-Americans and over 375 Academic All-Americans. 


Zero Waste team picking up trash As the first school to offer an undergraduate program in Sustainable Business, Aquinas has worked tirelessly to implement sustainable practices throughout campus. 

  • AQ has been listed on the Sierra List of Greenest Colleges. 
  • In 2016, Aquinas was recognized as the 2016 Sustainable Business of the Year by the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.
  • We have also 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. 
  • Aquinas is listed on The Princeton Review's Green Colleges list in 2017.

Service & Community

Service is a vital part of keeping Aquinas involved with the greater Grand Rapids community.  Learn more about what makes Grand Rapids special here.

  • Our commitment to service has awarded us with multiple Michigan Campus Compact Awards, including the Faculty Service Learning award, the Commitment to Service award, and the Heart and Soul award. 
  • Aquinas has also been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.