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University of St. Thomas
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educated students to be...

University of St. Thomas

St Paul, Minnesota

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educated students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,143 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
54% male — 46% female
21% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
464 full-time faculty
463 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
92% of first year students live on campus
41% of all students live on campus

School Location

Located in the state capitol, UST offers the best of both worlds. Explore unique restaurants, museums, scenic greenways and lakes while getting a top-notch education.

Retention Fall 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

76% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 2%
White 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III. 11 Varsity Sports for both men and women, including football, baseball, golf, and tennis. Mascot: Tommie the Tomcat Colors: Purple and Grey

Academic Programs

Actuarial Science, Aerospace Studies, American Culture and Difference, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Financial Management, General  Business Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Leadership and Management, Legal Studies in Business, Marketing Management, Operation Management, Real Estate Studies, Catholic Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilization, Classical Languages, Communication and Journalism, Computer Sciences, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education (K-12), Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Health and Human Performance, History, International Studies, Justice and Peace Studies, Literary Studies, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Renaissance Program, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Theology, Urban Studies, Women Studies. 

Community-Based Research Program

The Community-Based Research Program is open to students of all majors and disciplines. The program focuses on undergraduate research that takes place in collaboration with a community partner or organization. The research must both advance the student’s understanding of a topic, as well as positively impact the organization. All students that choose to participate in C-B Research receive a stipend of $4,000 and must commit to 400 hours of work.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is a highly rewarding experience that allows students to explore other cities and cultures. There are incredible benefits to study abroad. Those who participate generally gain skills in cross-cultural communication and independence, as well as a better knowledge of what the world has to offer. St. Thomas has several different options for study abroad, with programs ranging in focus and duration. Students can choose from semester, year-long, J-Term, and summer programs.

Semester and Year-Long Programs:
Students that opt to study abroad for a semester or longer can choose from 1 of 3 options. The first option includes co-sponsored programs, which are approved by a third party provider. Co-sponsored programs span all over the world and include exciting course offerings. The second option is the Catholic Studies Semester in Rome. Students interested in this program should visit the Center for Catholic Studies in order to learn more. The last option is London Business Semester.

J-Term and Summer Programs:
J-Term and summer programs are prefect for students that can’t commit to long-term study abroad. St. Thomas offers access to over 50 J-term options, both through the university and through third party providers. And there are six summer programs to choose from. Below are a few of the J-Term options available, as well as the six summer programs:

J Term:

  1. Introduction to Art History in London
  2. Introduction to Field Research in Costa Rica
  3. Christianity and World Religions in Hawaii
  4. Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods in Death Valley, Las Vegas
  5. Theology 101 in Rome


Summer Programs:

  1. Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter and Beyond: Modem and Contemporary British Children’s Literature—London
  2. Contemporary Research in Environmental Health in Croatia
  3. Financial Management in Siena
  4. Leadership in International Contexts of Brazil
  5. Management 480 in London and Ireland
  6. UST and Villanova Law in Rome

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement allows students to give back to the community through thoughtful integration of coursework and academic theory. This is made possible by the Office of Civic Engagement, which enables faculty to provide community-based learning experiences to students. In a service learning course, students split their time between lecture, service, and reflection. The reflection component of the course is especially important because it allows students and faculty to re-adjust their approach in order to provide the best service. Currently, UST offers service learning opportunities during the year, J-Term, and summer. Below are a few examples of the course available:

  1. Communication in the Workplace
  2. Conservation Geography
  3. Global Health in Uganda
  4. Veteran’s Affairs
  5. Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations (Hawai’i)

Fall Leadership Institute

The Fall Leadership Institute (FLI) is an annual event for undergraduate students. The conference explores the foundations of successful leadership and examines ways that students can develop their own skills. FLI is highly collaborative, with students and experienced faculty working together to find solutions and break new ground. Some of the concepts covered at the conference include: marketing, time management, and fiscal management. All interested students must register.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater  
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station x
Yearbook x

The Center for Writing

Writing can be a daunting task for students, with many needing a little extra time to learn how to write at the collegiate level. In order to address the needs of students and prepare each individual for success, St. Thomas established the Writing Center. At the center, peer consultants work one-on-one with students to address challenges at every stage of the writing process. Students are highly encouraged to utilize the resource, whether it’s to learn how format a paper or learn how to cite sources. The ultimate goal is to get each student to see their own potential through trial and error and thoughtful analysis.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 91 321 406 183 8 19 0 1028

Talking Circles

Talking Circles is a retreat for first year students interested in service and enacting change. The name of the retreat comes from the Native American tradition of the talking circle, in which members would gather to discuss issues and possible solutions. The retreat takes place at the end of January Term and lasts for three days.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLC) offer the unique experience for students to live among peers with similar interests and academic goals. In general, LLC members have a more stable learning environment, better access to study groups, and an overall higher satisfaction with their educational experience. That’s not to mention that participation includes access to extra-curricular activities and team-building opportunities. Currently, there are four LLC options available at UST:

Sustainability LLC: The Sustainability LLC explores environmental practices both in the classroom and in the Twin Cities. Members participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, relevant coursework, hands-on application, and research.

Aquinas Scholars Honors Living Learning Community: This LLC is an extension of the University’s Honors Program, an educational track designed to challenge the most academically gifted students. Members take part in a series of co-curricular activities, social experiences, and advanced coursework.

Wellness Living Learning Community: The Wellness LLC explores the foundations of healthy living through topics like exercise, nutrition, and personal training. Students will learn about the maintenance of both mental and physical well-being, as well as how to manage stress and keep a healthy diet.

Paired Courses Living Learning Community: The Paired LLC is a co-ed residential option that pairs courses. The two options for course selection are Math and Computer Science or Philosophy and Sociology. On top of the paired courses, students participate in co-curricular activities that enhance the learning experience.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms x
Women’s dorms x
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing x
Other housing options Catholic Men, Catholic Women

Career Services

There are lots of hard questions students must answer during college. Sometimes, it helps to have a guiding hand to alleviate the stress and expose the possibilities. The Center for Career Development is the go-to resource for all things career, internship, graduate school, and even undergraduate related. The center offers access to workshops, programs, and professional advice. There is something for everyone, and all students are welcome to stop by!

Minnesota Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair
Students are highly encouraged to attend the Job and Career Fair. Even if a student doesn’t have any interest in the visiting employers, the experience is a great opportunity to network. Registration is required.

On-Campus Interviewing
A handful of employers come to campus to conduct interviews with previously-selected students.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)
Students that wish to learn more information about a specific career can reach out to alumni for advice. UST often directs students to alumni for both networking and career insight, both of which are incredibly helpful during the undergraduate years.

Other Services Offered
1. Career and Self-Assessments
2. Choosing a Major and Exploring Careers
3. Networking and International Interviews
4. Job and Internship Search Strategies
5. Resumes, Cover Letters, and Thank You Notes
6. Company Research
7. Interviewing
8. Graduate/Continuing Education
9. Career and Life Management


Admissions Fall 2015

5,436 Total Applicants 
4,564 Total Admissions 
1,435 Total Freshman Enrollment

83.96% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Class rank
Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 510 620
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 24 28
ACT English 23 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $37,264
Fees $841
Total $38,105
Room and Board (on campus) $9,750
Room Only $5,886
Board Only $3,864
Estimated Total On Campus $47,855


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$26,952 First year students
$25,744 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

83.8% on average, the percentage of need that was met
20% of financial need students that had need fully met

$19,279 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$8,539 Average need-based loan