College Spotlight - Aquinas College

As rugby continues to grow at an incredible rate, more college programs are either moving form club to varsity or just newly forming varsity programs.  Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a brand new varsity rugby program starting this Fall 2021. 

The man in charge of getting this college program off the ground is former professional rugby league player from New Zealand, Lance Hohaia. The "Huntly Hurricane" is a highly decorated rugby player and brings his experience of high performance to Aquinas after a spell with D1-A side Davenport University. 

Aquinas is a small liberal arts college with a student population of round 1200 students. This guarantees a strong student to faculty ratio so that incoming internationals always feel welcome and are closely supported. The athletics program is NCAA DII and they support a variety of sports including basketball, track and field, soccer and  tennis. 

The Saints boast top quality facilities to allow the college to compete at the DII level across the board. The Mens rugby program will compete in a number of friendlies against some top opposition as well as enter some college performance 7s competitions. Following this they aim to playing top Division 1-A rugby and kick on form there.

Popular majors to studying at Aquinas include Business, Biology, Psychology, Sport & Fitness Management and Communication. The college also operates a rolling admissions policy meaning you can apply at anytime in the year for enrolment that Fall. 

Aquinas College will offer high quality U.S College rugby in the next few seasons. They will rival some of the other smaller but very competitive programs such as Life, Lindenwood and Notre Dame College.

Get in touch with us now if you are interested in attending Aquinas College and playing varsity rugby next year.

All the best to Coach Hohaia and the boys for the season ahead.
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