TAC and the Ivy League

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently awarded Thomas Aquinas College its highest ranking among 1,070 colleges and universities nationwide.

The ACTA evaluation focuses on the substance of schools’ mandatory courses and texts, or core curriculum. The association has identified seven essential areas of study for undergraduates — composition, literature, American history, foreign language, mathematics, science, and economics. The more of these areas of study required by a college or university, and the more substantive the curricula in these areas, the higher the school’s overall ACTA rating. Less than 2 percent of colleges nationwide received an “A,” and only 0.3 percent, including Thomas Aquinas College, achieved a perfect score.

Here’s a chart comparing Thomas Aquinas College with the nation’s historic Ivy League universities:

School Grade Composition Literature Foreign Language U.S. History Economics Mathematics Science Tuition Graduation Rate
Brown University F $42,230 95%
Columbia University B $45,290 93%
Cornell University B $41,541 93%
Dartmouth College B $42,996 95%
Harvard University D $39,851 97%
Princeton University C $37,865 96%
Stanford University C $41,564 96%
Thomas Aquinas College A $22,850 69%
University of Pennsylvania C $42,098 96%
Yale University D $40,500 97%

2 thoughts on “TAC and the Ivy League

  1. Odd that most of the schools are passing in composition but failing in literature.
    But TAC’s quality is actually major news and ought to occupy some space in major newspapers, magazines and on TV. Don’t think it will, though.


  2. Bill, you’re right, it should, but I’m sort of glad that TAC will remain a hidden treasure. I would be pleased if more people discovered the model and it were replicated elsewhere.

    If you ever get out to CA, you would thoroughly enjoy a visit.


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