Many colleges are bringing students back to campus this fall. Among them, New York's own, St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. Thomas Aquinas college students are heading back to campus on Sept. 8.
And the students couldn't be happier. Mark Keegan, a junior, says he misses his friends and professors.
“At STAC every teacher knows my name, helps guide me and want to see me succeed.”
What can students and staff expect when the school reopens? President-elect, Ken Daly explains some of the protocols. “There will be masks when traveling around campus, going to classes, 6 feet of social distancing, smaller class sizes, most classes are in person each will have online or virtual capabilities.”
St. Thomas Aquinas College will also be opening a new dorm, allowing for fewer students per building.
Daly, who takes over July 1, says the college is unique in that it's small, in a beautiful location, Rockland County, and so close to all the boroughs, but it's really the people who drew him to the college. “What everyone had in common was passion and commitment to serving students.”
St. Thomas Aquinas college recruits from 20 states and 20 countries creating a diverse culture. “If you come to our campus you really will have many different views. It’s a place where voices will be heard.”
And when it comes to paying for school, Daly says financial needs should never be a barrier to education, and he's jumping in to help.
"Today we're announcing a new scholarship. $50,000 over four years for any student impacted by COVID, whether it was health or economic," Daly said.
And here's the good news! St. Thomas Aquinas College is accepting application today through their start date Sept. 8. They are being flexible so they can support all students during this difficult time. Head to www.stac.edu for more information.