St. Thomas Aquinas College

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St. Thomas Aquinas College
Stac torch.png
PresidentDr. Margaret Fitzpatrick
ProvostDr. Robert Murray
Location, ,
Senior AdministratorVin Crapanzano, Senior VP
ColorsMaroon      gold     
Athletics18 Varsity Teams
East Coast Conference
NCAA Division II
The campus of St. Thomas Aquinas College, showing Costello Hall in the background.

St. Thomas Aquinas College or sometimes known as STAC is a private four-year liberal arts college in Rockland County, New York, that occupies a 60 acres (24 ha) campus. At 125 Route 340 in Sparkill, New York, the college is named after the medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas. It was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, whose headquarters are in the town. The college has grown in its 65+ years to offer 35 majors across three schools—Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education.

Programs offered[edit]

Bachelor of arts[edit]

  • Art
  • Art Therapy
  • Communications Arts
  • English
  • English 7-12 certification
  • History
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages
  • Spanish
  • Spanish 7-12 certification
  • Mexican language

Bachelor of science[edit]

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Biology 7-12 certification
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics 7-12 certification
  • Medical Technology
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 7-12 certification
  • Psychology
  • Recreation & Leisure (Leisure Management, Sports Management, Therapeutic Recreation)
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences 7-12 certification

Bachelor of science in education[edit]

  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6), Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies.

Pre-professional studies[edit]

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Pharmacy

Dual degrees[edit]

  • Biology/Biomedical Engineering
  • Chiropractic
  • Engineering
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry

Master in business administration[edit]

  • Finance
  • General Studies (also available in an online format)
  • Marketing

Master science in teaching[edit]

  • Available for students whose undergraduate degree is not in teaching.
  • Childhood Education Grades 1-6 (39 credits)
  • Childhood and Special Education Grades 1-6 (45 credits)
  • Adolescent Education Grades 7-12

Master science education[edit]

  • Educational Leadership (leading to School Building Leader certification)
  • Special Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Special Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Literacy Education (Birth- Grade 6)
  • Literacy Education (Grades 5-12)
  • Post Masters Professional Certificate in Literacy
  • Post Masters Professional Certificate in Special Education
  • Advanced Certificate in Autism

St. Thomas Aquinas partners with Hudson Link, an organization that provides a full college degree through local universities to incarcerated individuals.[1] In 1998, as part of the get-tough-on-crime campaign, state and federal funding for college programs inside prison was stopped. Understanding the positive effects of education in the transformation and rehabilitation of incarcerated people, "Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison" runs pre-college and college degree programs at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg.


Romano Center

  • Also known as the Romano Student-Alumni Center, or RSAC for short. This building houses the Spartan Grille, a fast food counter restaurant along with dining seating areas located throughout the hall. Romano Center also houses the campus' bookstore, a small stage, a small video game area, a pool table area, and other campus service offices.

Maguire Hall

  • Primarily consists of offices and classrooms. This section of the campus also houses Sullivan Theater, a small performing arts theater. It also features some art studios and a seminar room, known as the Smith Seminar room.

Naughton Hall / Marian Gardens

  • Naugton Hall consists of professors offices. Marian Gardens consists of a walking path and a small rest area.

Aquinas Hall

  • This hall is located at the center of the campus. It consists of Campus Safety & Security, the Mail Room, the Aquinas Hall Gymnasium, The Kraus Fitness Center, and Athletics Offices.

Costello Hall

  • Consists of offices and classrooms related to the division of science education. It has science labs and lecture-like classrooms. The hall also houses the Azarian-McCullough Art Gallery and the Poggi Family Terrace.

Spellman Hall

  • Consists of classrooms, computer labs, and many academic and administrative offices. This hall also consists of the Lougheed Library and the Center for Academic Excellence, a tutoring center for all STAC students. There is also a television/media studio.

Borelli Hall

  • Consists of offices and classrooms related to the majors of business and education. It is also the hall where the Office of the President is housed.

Aquinas Village

  • Consists of residence dorms for upperclassmen and tennis courts where the men's and women's tennis teams play.

McNelis Commons

  • Consists of residence dorms for lowerclassmen and a buffet-styled cafeteria.


Official athletics logo.

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans field 14 varsity NCAA Division II East Coast Conference athletic teams. These include Track and Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Golf, and Tennis. Club sports are also available at the college, and these include bowling, cheer and dance team, and volleyball.[citation needed] The Spartans have a cross-campus rivalry with Dominican College since they are geographically a mile away from each other.

Notable alumni[edit]

Pop culture[edit]

The 1989 direct-to-video film "Fright House" used the campus as a filming site.[citation needed]

The campus was also used as a filming location for the 2003 Katie Holmes film Pieces of April. External shots of Marion Hall, an educational building that also houses the school's main business office and several professors offices, is used as the grandmother's nursing home.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "St. Thomas Aquinas College to Host a Screening of First Degree", Hudson Link, October 2017
  2. ^ Assemblyman Johnson's Legislative Website Archived 2007-08-18 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed July 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Limnios, Michalis. "New York poet Frank Messina talks about David Amram, Gil Scott-Heron, and his Spoke n' Roll memories", Keeping the Blues Alive, February 7, 2013
  4. ^ The 30th Anniversary of WWE Magazine, August, 2013, p.55
  5. ^ " Jeremy K. Brown: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  6. ^ Stoller, Gary. "Nearly 1 Million YouTube Followers Of 'TheReportOfTheWeek' Hunger For John's Fast-Food Reviews", Forbes, May 11, 2018

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