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Aquinas College Announces Campus Expansion Amid “Problem” of Needing More Space

Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., recently announced some big news: the campus is growing!

Responding to the need for additional space—a great “problem” to encounter at a growing college—Aquinas College released plans to purchase the Welch College campus, which is located less than a mile from the current Aquinas campus.

The Welch campus includes 13 buildings on eight acres providing ample new space for the college to expand, and Aquinas will continue to use the facilities on its current campus.  Aquinas will occupy some of the buildings on the new campus beginning in summer 2014, with plans calling for them to fully occupy the new campus approximately a year later.

According to the college Associate provost, Dr. William Smart, the acquisition will allow the college to “quadruple the available space for our students and faculty, and will include all the amenities necessary for a full flourishing of campus life.”

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia are the sole owners of the college, which was originally a training school for Dominican sisters.  Aquinas became a four-year college in 1994, and limited housing was made available on campus for the first time in 2012.

With the addition of graduate studies in that same year, the need for on-campus housing options and additional facilities became a priority for the college.

Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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