University of St. Thomas
Programs and Degrees Offered
At the University of St. Thomas, we believe in hard work, human dignity and the transformative power of purple. We work to build bridges, create solutions and power ideas that move the world forward. And every day, our 100,000 alumni, our 10,000 students and our faculty and staff commit themselves to being agents of change— to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully. As Minnesota's largest independent college or university, we are known nationally for academic excellence that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. We welcome all students to discover what it means to be All for the Common GoodTM.
University of St. Thomas at a glance
- Undergraduate: 6,111
- Graduate: 3,872
Undergraduate student distribution
- Domestic students: 81% White, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 2% Black, 3% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 3% of total undergraduate enrollment
- Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
- Average class size: 21
- Number undergraduate majors: 103
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 24 and 29; 96% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: The middle 50% range for SAT composite: 1080-1290; 7% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.6
- Percentage from Minnesota: 78%
- Percentage who live on campus: 94%
- 2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees: $39,594
- Room and board: $9,760
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: More than 90%
Read about some of our graduates who are going places, doing great things and contributing to society.
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Undergraduate degrees offered
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Top 5 declared undergraduate majors:
- Social Sciences
- Communication and Journalism
Average class size
Graduate programs offered
- Master of Arts: Art History; Catholic Studies; Community Education Administration; Counseling Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction; Education; English; 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; Religious Education; Special Education Programs; Teacher Education/Licensure; Technology for Learning, Development and Change; Theology
- Master of Business Administration — Evening, Executive, Full-time, Health Care
- Master of Science: Accountancy, Business Analytics, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Health Care Communications, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Regulatory Science, Software Engineering, Software Management, Software Systems, Systems Engineering, Technology Management
- Master of Divinity: Formation, 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, licensure
- Master of Studies in Law — Ethics and Compliance
- Doctoral programs: Counseling Psychology, Educational Leadership, Organization Development and Change, Social Work
- Juris Doctor
- 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
- M.B.A./M.S. dual degree in Software Engineering; Software Management
- M.S.W./M.A. Divinity
Education and teacher licensure programs
- Community Education Director; Education Specialist; Principal K-12; Superintendent
- Chemistry (9-12), Communication Arts and Literature (5-12), Earth and Space Science (9-12), Elementary Education (K-6), Health Education (5-12), Life Science (9-12), Mathematics (5-12), Music Education K-12, Physical Education (K-12), Physics (9-12), Reading (K-12), Social Studies (9-12), World Languages (K-12)
Post-graduate certificates available in the following colleges:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Education, Leadership and Counseling
- Opus College of Business
- School of Engineering
- School of Divinity
445 full time, 424 part time; 96% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Physician's assistant
- Veterinary medicine
The main campus in St. Paul is located in a beautiful St. Paul neighborhood along the Mississippi River just minutes from the learning, internship and entertainment opportunities of downtown Minneapolis. A free bus connects our St. Paul campus to our Minneapolis campus, home to the Opus College of Business, the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling and the School of Law. The Minneapolis campus covers about three city blocks, and was opened in 1992. Bernardi Campus in Rome, Italy, is a 20,000-square-foot building, which opened in 2000 and hosts study abroad programs.
The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) is a partnership with Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College, St. Catherine University 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.
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 150-plus programs in more than 50 countries. Students may choose from academic year, semester, J-term or summer programs.
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.
The Career Development Center offers information on job postings, seminars and other resources for career development. In addition, career specialists can be consulted 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.
Accreditation & approval
- St. Thomas is accredited accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
- The Opus College of Business maintains professional accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
- The Health Care MBA is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
- The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association.
- The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
- The Psy.D. degree is accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a designated program of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology.
- The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.
- The B.S. degree in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training.
- The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
- The B.S. degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
- The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Online application: www.stthomas.edu/fr/apply/
Application requirements: Complete application, official high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, writing sample/essay. Recommendations are optional.
Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT
- Early Action: Nov. 1 (decision by Dec. 15, merit awards announced by Dec. 15, need-based aid notices begin Jan. 15, deposit due by May 1)
- Regular Decision: Jan. 15 (decision by Feb. 15, merit awards announced by begin Feb. 15, need-based aid notices begin Feb. 15, deposit due by May 1)
- Rolling: after Feb. 15
Application fee (amount): None
Advanced placement credit
Students entering the University of St. Thomas 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 a minimum of 2.3.
Transfer process (deadlines and materials)
The university admits transfer 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 have attended. A completed Dean of Students Form and an official high school transcript are also required.
2016-17 undergraduate tuition and fees: $39,594
Room and board: $9,760
Net price calculator: www.stthomas.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/resources/netpricecalculator
Graduate tuition and fees: Graduate tuition and fees vary by school and program type. Consult the St. Thomas website for program by program information.
Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: more than 90%
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.
St. Thomas awarded more than $146 million in financial aid during the 2015-16 academic year. For students entering St. Thomas in the fall of 2016, merit-based scholarships and awards ranged from $4,000 - $26,000. This past year our students earned approximately $2.3 million in community scholarships.
More information about our financial aid programs.
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.
- NCAA Division III
- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
- Swimming and diving
- Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
- Swimming and diving
- Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
- Bean bags (cornhole)
- Frisbee golf
- Hockey (floor)
- Ping pong
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Video games
- Volleyball (sand)
- Ultimate Frisbee
Fine arts offerings
- Aquinas Yearbook
- Summit Avenue Review (student art and literary publication)
- KUST (student-run radio station)
- African Music Ensemble
- Chamber Singers
- Chamber Winds
- Concert Choir
- Donne Unite
- Guitar Studio and Ensemble
- Jazz Singers
- Keyboard Studio and Ensemble
- Liturgical Choir
- Schola Cantorum
- Symphonic Wind Ensemble
- Symphonic Band
- String Orchestra