In January, St. Thomas Aquinas High School welcomed Dr. Danny Richer to our community as the Director of Admissions. His unique experiences, insights, and connections with institutions of higher education combined with his enthusiastic drive to launch STA into strategic partnerships with nationally reputable colleges and universities has resulted in the formation of uniquely guaranteed admissions and scholarships opportunities for our students. In the following, Dr. Richer elaborates on the collaborative agreements and shares his pride in moving St. Thomas Aquinas forward to greater heights, all in honor of our patron saint Thomas Aquinas and in perpetual adherence to Catholic education’s promise of educational excellence. 


As one of the greatest minds the world has ever known, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the great St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of students and of higher education.  After four years of rigorous academics and involvement in athletics, campus ministry, the arts, and the many wonderful opportunities here at STA, it’s exciting to see where our seniors will continue their education; in the past two years, our seniors have enrolled in over 100 different institutions in 24 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.  One hundred percent of our graduates continue on to higher education or a vocation like the military, service work, religious life, and even careers in the visual and performing arts.  The STA experience ensures that students are prepared for life after high school, and colleges and universities across the country recognize us truly as a school of excellence.

STA is proud to announce partnerships with twelve outstanding colleges and universities that recognize our talented students and help them continue their education beyond Dover Point Road.  STA has entered into formal agreements with these twelve institutions that will guarantee admission - and academic scholarship money - to our seniors!


Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic, Lasallian, DI (West Coast Conference), liberal arts college of 3,600 students, and is one of the oldest colleges on the West Coast.  Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Saint Mary’s College is committed to social justice, respect for all persons, and the power of education to transform lives.  At the heart of the curriculum is Collegiate Seminar, in which undergraduates read and discuss great works and learn how to listen.  The academic calendar operates on a 4-1-4 calendar schedule, with a January term that allows students to travel, volunteer, explore new ideas, or take a courageous step towards personal change.

3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale, SAT and ACT optional, will receive a Cordero Scholarship.


University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire is our state’s flagship, research institution, offering 11 schools and colleges, 200 academic programs, Division I athletics, and is in the top 20 percent of universities nationwide for research and funding.

3.1/4.0 recalculated GPA (some majors may have additional requirements) who are admitted to UNH will receive a minimum of Director’s Scholarship ($1,000 for NH residents, $4,000 for non-residents).

Admission into some majors is not guaranteed (may be admitted as undeclared)


Catholic University of America

CatholicU is a leading Catholic university, the only institution founded by the U.S. Bishops, in Washington, DC and excels in teaching and research with a curriculum dedicated to advancing Faith and Reason. 

3.0 unweighted GPA (Nursing, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics majors have additional math/science requirements.) and $20,000 per year scholarship


Bridgewater College (VA):

Established in 1880, Bridgewater College is a private, liberal arts college of 1,800 students.  The 300-acre campus is located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

2.5 GPA and 990 SAT or 19 ACT; guaranteed admission and $27,000 per year Eagle Award Scholarship


Indiana Tech (IN):

Indiana Tech is a private university of approximately 9,000 undergraduates; located in Fort Wayne, IT offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business, engineering, computer science, arts and sciences, and education.

3.0 GPA and 1000 SAT or 21 ACT; guaranteed admission and $15,000 per year scholarship


Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH):

Under the auspices of the Franciscan Friars, Steubenville is a Catholic university of 3,000 students, offers 40 majors, and is located in eastern Ohio.

2.4 on a 4.0 scale and 1000 SAT or 21 ACT; guaranteed admission and $10,000 per year scholarship

Franciscan will award at minimum the St. Anthony Grant in the amount of $7,000 annually


Mount St. Mary’s University (MD):

Known as “The Mount,” MSMU is a Catholic, liberal arts university in Emmitsburg, MD.  Approximately 1800 students are enrolled in this Division I institution.

2.4/4.0 GPA and SAT or ACT optional; guaranteed admission and University Scholarship of $22,000 per year


University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE):

A comprehensive research institution and the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska System, the Cornhuskers have approximately 25,000 students and are a member of the Big 10.  Nebraska is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions, and a research leader aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

3.0 GPA and 1040 SAT or 20 ACT; guaranteed admission and $5,000 per year scholarship


Saint Anselm College (NH):

Located in Manchester, Saint Anselm College is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts institution of 2,000 students.  Home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP), presidents and presidential candidates always make the campus part of their campaign trail.* 

A recalculated 3.0GPA on the Saint Anselm College 4.0 scale and SAT or ACT optional; guaranteed admission and $8,500 per year scholarship

*Admission into some majors is competitive; admission into these programs is not guaranteed, and an STA student may be admitted as an undeclared student.


Quinnipiac University (CT):

Through a combination of classroom theory and practical experience tailored to meet market demands, QU exposes students to the life-changing challenge of working and learning around the globe.

2.8/4.0 GPA and SAT/ACT Optional; $15,000 per year scholarship; admission into some majors is not guaranteed (may be admitted as undeclared)


Nichols College (MA):

Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education.  Over 1,300 students are enrolled in the Dudley, MA campus, and the Bison have 22 Division III athletic teams.

3.0 GPA and SAT or ACT optional; guaranteed admission and minimum $16,000 per year scholarship


St. Thomas University (FL)

St. Thomas University is a fantastic Catholic university is located in Miami Gardens, FL, It is a comprehensive university that offers24 majors, 21 graduate programs, seven doctoral degrees, a School of Law, and 25 competitive NAIA athletic teams (not to mention a phenomenal name). STA seniors with 3.0 GPA and minimum 1020 SAT or 20 ACT are guaranteed admission and a minimum scholarship of $13,000.