University of St. Thomas
Programs and Degrees Offered
The University of St. Thomas is the largest private university in Minnesota with campuses in St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. As a result, students get big opportunities – more than 150 majors and minors to choose from, clubs from film to entrepreneurship to just about any activity you can name, 22 highly ranked varsity sports teams and an active alumni network 110,000 strong to support your career goals. A Catholic university, St. Thomas develops leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. Our liberal arts education is a foundation for long-term success, helping students develop lasting qualities such as the ability to empathize with others and express their point of view. Students are immersed in finding solutions to real-world problems in hands-on coursework, community partnerships, study abroad programs, internships and faculty-student research. One hundred percent of classes are taught by faculty (not teaching assistants). Our faculty not only teach students, they mentor them. Our students leave ready for their next step; more than 93 percent of Tommies have jobs or are in graduate school within eight months of graduation.
University of St. Thomas at a glance
- Undergraduate: 6,395
- Graduate: 3,640
Undergraduate student distribution
- Domestic students: 77% White, 5% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 3% African-American, 3% multiracial, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 4% race/ethnicity unknown
- International students are 3% of total undergraduate enrollment
- Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
- Average class size: 21
- Number of undergraduate majors: 118 (plus 62 minors)
First-year student profile
- Percentage from Minnesota: 77%
- Percentage who live on campus: 91%
- ACT: 96% of students submitted; middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 24 and 29
- SAT: 5% of students submitted; middle 50% range for SAT composite was 1200-1399
- Average high school GPA: 3.58
Cost & financial aid
- 2019-20 undergraduate tuition and fees: $45,780
- 2019-20 room and board: $11,162
- Percentage of first-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships: 96%
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Undergraduate degrees offered
- Associate of Arts
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education
- Bachelor of Music in Music Performance
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
- 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, Counseling Psychology, Counseling Psychology Direct Admit to Doctorate, Creative Writing and Publishing, Educational Leadership and Administration, Education Studies: Engineering, Education Studies: Mathematics, Educational Studies: Non-Engineering, Educational Studies: Reading, Educational Studies: Special Education, Educational Studies: Teaching College English, English, Leadership in Student Affairs, Music Education: Choral, Music Education: Instrumental, Music Education: Kodály, Music Education: Orff Schulwerk, Music Education: Piano Pedagogy, Pastoral Ministry, Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership, Religious Education, Special Education Academic Behavioral Strategist, Special Education Autism Spectrum Disorders, Special Education Developmental Disabilities, Special Education Early Childhood, Special Education Emotional Behavioral Disabilities, Special Education Learning Disabilities, Teacher Education Elementary K-6, Teacher Education K-12 Health/Physical Education, Teacher Education K-12 Instrumental Music Teacher Education K-12 Spanish, Teacher Education K-12 Vocal Music, Teacher Education Secondary Chemistry, Teacher Education Secondary Communication Arts and Literature (English), Teacher Education Secondary Earth and Space Science, Teacher Education Secondary Life Science, Teacher Education Secondary Mathematics, Teacher Education Secondary Physics, Teacher Education Secondary Social Studies, Theology.
- Master of Business Administration — Executive, Full-time, Health Care, Online, Part-time
- Master of Science: Accountancy, Business Analytics, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering: Communication and Signal Processing, Electrical Engineering: Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (IoT), Electrical Engineering: Power Systems, Electrical Engineering: Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles, Health Care Communications, Health Care Innovation, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Regulatory Science, Software Engineering, Software Management, Systems Engineering, Technology Management
- Master of Divinity: Catholic School Leadership, Divinity, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education, Theology, 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
- 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
452 full-time, 91% hold a Ph.D. and/or terminal degree in their field; 374 adjunct faculty, 35% with Ph.D. and/or terminal degrees
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Physician's assistant
- Veterinary medicine
The main campus in St. Paul is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the Mississippi River just minutes from the learning, internship and entertainment opportunities of both of the Twin Cities. A free shuttle connects our St. Paul campus to our Minneapolis campus, home to the Dougherty Family College, the Opus College of Business, the School of Education and the School of Law. Our 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 University, 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 120-plus programs in more than 38 countries. Students may choose from academic year, semester, J-term or summer programs.
Both faculty and the Career Development Center 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 by the Higher Learning Commission.
- The Opus College of Business maintains professional accreditation from the 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 Master of Laws program (LL.M.) in Organizational Ethics and Compliance in the School of Law is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
- 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.
- The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
- 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 doctorate in Social Work is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
- 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.
- 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: None
Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT scores are optional
Application requirements: Complete application, official high school transcript and self-reported ACT or SAT test scores. Writing sample/essay and recommendations are optional.
Earning college credit in high school:
View a summary table of what is recognized and accepted as well as how many of those credits can be applied toward your degree.
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 average of 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.
Net price calculator: www.stthomas.edu/netprice
Undergraduate tuition and fees: $45,780
Undergraduate room and board: $11,162
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, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships: 96%
Financial aid application deadline: Early Action, Dec. 1; Regular Decision, Feb. 15
FAFSA code: 002345
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 $150 million in financial aid (from all sources) during the 2018-19 academic year. For students entering St. Thomas in fall 2019, merit-based scholarships and awards ranged from $9,000-$30,000. This past year our students earned more than $2.7 million in community scholarships.
More information about our financial aid programs.
A wide variety of student clubs, activities and organizations at St. Thomas offer opportunities to get involved. An activities fair, held at the beginning of each semester, introduces students to the many options available to them 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)
- Baseball (men’s)
- Crew/Rowing (men’s and women’s)
- Lacrosse (men’s and women’s)
- Rugby (men’s)
- Hockey (men’s)
- Soccer (women’s)
- Volleyball (men’s and women’s)
- Ultimate Frisbee (men’s)
Fine arts offerings
- 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