University of St. Thomas

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University of St. Thomas
Office of Admissions
2115 Summit Avenue
Mail 5017
St. Paul, MN 55105

phone: 651.962.6150
toll-free: 800.328.6819, ext. 26150
fax: 651.962.6160
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Programs and Degrees Offered



The University of St. Thomas, founded in 1885, is a Catholic, independent, liberal arts university that emphasizes values-centered, career-oriented education. With 10,221 students, it is Minnesota's largest independent college or university. St. Thomas maintains an average student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. Classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. The university welcomes students of all ages, religions, races and financial backgrounds.

University of St. Thomas at a Glance


  • Undergraduate: 6,234
  • Graduate: 3,992

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 85% White, 4% Black, 4% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 3% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 5% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Average class size: 21
  • Number undergraduate majors: More than 90

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 23 and 28. 96% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: Middle 50% range for SAT composite: 1040-1260. 7% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.6
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 80%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 90%


  • 2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $36,682
  • Room and board: $9,200
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: More than 95%

Religious affiliation

  • Catholic


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Master of Arts in: Art History; Catholic Studies; Community Education Administration; Counseling Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership and Administration; English; English as a Second Language; Gifted, Creative and Talented Education; Human Resource and Change Leadership; International Leadership; Leadership in Student Affairs; Music Education; Pastoral Ministry; Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership; Public Policy and Leadership; Reading Instruction — Elementary or Secondary Focus; Religious Education; Special Education; Teacher Education/Licensure; Technology for Learning, Development and Change; Theology. Master of Business Administration — Evening, Executive, Full-time, Health Care. Master of Science degree in: Accountancy; Data Science; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Real Estate; Regulatory Science; Software Engineering; Software Management; Systems Engineering; Technology Management. Master of Business Communication. Master of Divinity — Lay Program; Seminary Program. Master of Laws — Organizational Ethics and Compliance; U.S. Law. Master of Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Master of Software Systems; Master of Social Work. Master of Studies in Law — Organizational Ethics and Compliance. Doctoral Programs in: Counseling Psychology; Leadership; Organization Development; Social Work; Juris Doctor.

Dual Degrees
J.D./LL.M. dual degree in Organizational Ethics and Compliance
J.D./M.B.A. dual degree
J.D./M.A. dual degree in Public Policy and Leadership
J.D./M.S.W. dual degree
J.D./M.A. dual degree in Catholic Studies

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Top 5 declared majors

Business, Communication and Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, Neuroscience


461 full-time, 405 part-time; 92% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

St. Thomas is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Theological Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition, the Opus College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The Chemistry Department is approved by the American Chemical Society. The BS degree in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The BS degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. St. Thomas is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music. It is also accredited by the American Psychological Association Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Pre-professional programs

Chiropractic, dentistry, law, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician's assistant,veterinary medicine

Teaching licensure programs

Elementary Education: Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages and Cultures. Middle and Secondary: Communication Arts and Literature, Dance and Theatre Arts, Health Education, Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, Sciences, Social Studies, World Language and Cultures.

Certification programs

Post-graduate certificates available in the following schools and programs: Graduate Programs in Software Engineering; Graduate School of Professional Psychology; Programs in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Management; School of Divinity; School of Education.

Satellite campuses

School of Education offers an extended degree program with graduate courses offered at many locations around the Twin Cities area as well as wider Minnesota.

The Minneapolis campus covers about three city blocks, and was opened in 1992. Bernardi Campus (2000), in Rome, Italy, is a 20,000-sq.-ft. building which hosts study abroad programs.

Intercampus agreements

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) is a partnership with Augsburg College, St. Catherine University, Hamline University, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas. The partnership allows students to register for courses at the other colleges, and collaborative majors are offered through the partnership. An inter-campus bus is available to transport students to the participating colleges. St. Thomas also is part of a seven-college consortium that participates in Superior Studies at Wolf Ridge, a program that offers environment-related coursework and wilderness experiences at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Honors program

The Aquinas Scholars Program is the undergraduate honors program. Scholars are required to complete a minimum of four honors seminars.

Study abroad programs

More than half of St. Thomas students study abroad before graduation. We typically offer between 150 and 160 programs in more than 45 countries.

Internships/career services

Both faculty and Career Services assist students in finding career-related internships. St. Thomas' location (close to both Minneapolis and St. Paul) helps students to easily access internships — most within five miles of campus.

The Career Development Center maintains a website with information on job postings, seminars and other resources for career development. In addition, career specialists can be seen to discuss career goals and issues. Throughout the year, workshops are offered on topics such as resume writing and interviewing. Career presentations are given to classes and student organizations upon request. Historically, more than 80 companies interview on campus each year.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Application requirements: Complete application, official high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, writing sample/essay. Recommendations are optional.

Application deadlines: Rolling

Application fee (amount): Free

Advanced placement credit

Students entering the University of St. Thomas (UST) as first-time college students may have college credits earned prior to graduation from high school.  Students who successfully complete: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses before enrolling; and who demonstrate their achievement by presenting exam scores may earn UST credit, advanced standing and/or placement into specific courses. Individual departments determine credit/placement.  Generally, AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 and IB exam scores of at least a 4 or higher will be considered. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for details about these programs.

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

Transfer students must submit an official transcript of all post secondary work completed to the Office of Admissions, along with completing an application for admission. To be considered for admission, transfer candidates must present a cumulative, transferable grade point of average of a minimum of 2.3

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

The university admits all students on a rolling-basis. Transfer students should apply for admission well in advance of the start of a new term (Fall or Spring). Transfer applicants should complete an application for admission and submit official transcripts directly to the University from each post secondary institution they've attended. A completed Dean's Form and official high school transcript are also required.


2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $36,682

Room and board: $9,200

Graduate tuition and fees: Graduate tuition and fees vary by school and program type. Consult the UST website for program by program information.

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: more than 95%

Financial aid information

The University of St. Thomas is committed to making a St. Thomas education a possibility. We award merit-based aid to new first year students who are admitted as regular, degree seeking undergraduates. This award is determined based on a holistic review of the applicant's academic credentials and the contributions the student has made to their school, community and/or church. St. Thomas also awards need-based financial aid.
More information about our financial aid programs.
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Student involvement

Student organizations

There are more than 150 student clubs, activities and organizations at St. Thomas. An activities fair, held at the beginning of each semester, introduces students to the many opportunities at St. Thomas.

Athletic programs

Conference membership

NCAA Division III, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field

Women's varsity

Basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor track and field


Basketball, floor hockey, football, kickball, racquetball, sailing, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate and volleyball

Club sports

Alpine racing, crew, lacrosse, sailing ultimate, dance team

Fine Arts Offerings

TommieMedia, Aquinas Yearbook, Summit Avenue Review (student art and literary publication), KUST (student-run radio station), Guitar Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Brass Choir, Handbell Choir, Percussion Ensemble, African Music Ensemble , Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers, Piano Ensemble Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir

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