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Thomas More College Review

Established in 1921 by nuns of the Benedictine order, Thomas More College was originally called Villa Madonna College and specialized in training Catholic school teachers. It was founded as a women's institution, with male students in the region served by an affiliated satellite college, but a co-ed declaration in 1945 and a broadening of available subjects for study worked to shape the college as it exists today. The student body at the institution now known as Thomas More College is relatively small, and a sense of community among students, alumni, faculty, staff and regional residents is among the highest institutional priorities. The campus is located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, about 10 minutes outside downtown Cincinnati.

Admissions
  • Total enrollment, 2012-13: 1,758
  • Full-time enrollment, 2012-13: 1,349
  • Part-time enrollment, 2012-13: 409
  • Steps for high school student admission:
    • Fill out the Thomas More College application (online or printed)
    • Arrange for official high school transcripts with GPA of 2.5 or better to be sent to the Thomas More College Office of Enrollment
    • Submit SAT or ACT exam scores
    • Have your guidance counselor fill out and submit the Counselor Evaluation Form
  • Steps for non-traditional student admission:
    • Fill out the Thomas More College online application
    • Write and submit a general personal background statement, which may include a résumé, a brief autobiography, a description of life experiences or other specific components, depending on the desired program
    • Submit proof of high school graduation or completion of an equivalency program such as the General Educational Development (GED) test
    • Submit all relevant transcripts, whether from prior college coursework, military service or other time earned toward potential course credit
  • Are transfers accepted in both spring and fall? Yes
  • Certain programs, particularly those in the Thomas More College Adult and Professional Program (TAP), may feature additional application requirements

Financial aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid? 98 percent (100 percent of traditional, full-time undergraduate students receive scholarships)
  • What percentage of students receive federal financial aid? 37 percent
Student Body Demographics
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Sources: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics. Demographic data covers all enrolled students, including those at any campus of the university or studying online.
Featured Programs

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Master of Business Administration

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Health Care Management

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Culture

The campus mission at Thomas More College is to provide a peaceful and intellectually nourishing community committed to the development of well-rounded human beings in all academic disciplines. As a limited-attendance private institution — fewer than 2,000 students were enrolled on campus in 2014 — the resulting small class sizes and intimate learning environments provide opportunities for growth that may never manifest for those who attend larger institutions. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1.

The school has 19 NCAA Division III sports teams, plus intramural sports, leadership opportunities, public service and other types of activities — including a marching band — that can help students get to know their peers and their community. The community outreach programs include service learning options in Jamaica and near the border with Mexico; students who participate might be building homes for Habitat for Humanity, providing tax assistance or tutoring children.

The campus mission at Thomas More is to provide a peaceful and intellectually nourishing community committed to the development of well-rounded students in all academic disciplines.

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Rankings

  • U.S. News and World Report:
    • • Best Regional Universities, South (2015): No. 49
    • • Best Colleges for Veterans (2015): No. 16
  • Named a College of Distinction each year by the Colleges of Distinction Project, which honors schools for academic quality, campus atmosphere, student engagement and graduate success

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Melanie Anderson, an alumna from the class of 2001, received the 2013 Book Prize from the South Central Modern Language Association for "The Beloved Paradise: Spectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison"
  • David A. Armstrong, College President, is a member of three Halls of Fame: the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at St. Peter Chanel High School and the Football Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame at Mercyhurst University
  • Christopher N. Lorentz, Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Environmental Science Program and Biology Field Station, has received several grants and awards for teaching, and is Co-Chair of the VISION 2015 Educational Excellence Planning Committee
  • The Phi Alpha Theta honor society at Thomas More College received the 2014-15 Best Chapter Award for Division I; the society received the same award for the 2013-14 school year
  • Geoff Yovanovic, an alumnus of the college's Way of Beauty summer program, received the Addison Mizner Medal for an Emerging Classicist from the Florida chapter of the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture in 2014
Sources:

1. Thomas More College, http://thomasmore.edu/
2. "Thomas More College 'Way of Beauty' Program Alum Wins Architecture Award," Catholic Education Daily, The Cardinal Newman Society, Dec. 31, 2014, http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3844/Thomas-More-College-%E2%80%98Way-of-Beauty%E2%80%99-Program-Alum-Wins-Architecture-Award.aspx
3. Thomas More College: Basic Info, CollegeStats, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://collegestats.org/college/157809-thomas-more-college
4. Thomas More College, Colleges of Distinction, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://collegesofdistinction.com/school/thomas-more-college/
5. "Thomas More College wins Phi Alpha Theta's Best Chapter Award for second year in a row," Kim Harp, MOREOVER, Oct. 2, 2014, http://more.thomasmore.edu/?p=1383
6. "Thomas More College alumna wins regional book prize," Kim Harp, MOREOVER, Oct. 9, 2014, http://more.thomasmore.edu/?p=1385
7. Thomas More College: The Basics, The Princeton Review, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://www.princetonreview.com/ThomasMoreCollege.aspx
8. Registered Nurses, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition," Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Jan. 8, 2015, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm
9. Thomas More College: All Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/thomas-more-college-157809/overall-rankings

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