University of St. Thomas
Programs and Degrees Offered
The University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive university that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. As Minnesota’s largest private university, St. Thomas offers undergraduate majors with opportunities for cross-disciplinary coursework in the liberal arts, and graduate degree programs, including engineering, business and law. Broad offerings are paired with a low student-faculty ratio, allowing each student to enjoy personal attention from professors and opportunities to collaborate in student-faculty research. In addition, faculty, not teaching assistants, teaches one hundred percent of classes. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.
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 of undergraduate majors: 102
First-year student profile
- Percentage from Minnesota: 76%
- Percentage who live on campus: 94%
- ACT: 97% of students submitted; middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 24 and 29
- SAT: 4% of students submitted; middle 50% range for SAT composite was 1050-1290
- Average high school GPA: 3.6
Cost & financial aid
- 2017-18 undergraduate tuition and fees: $41,133
- 2017-18 room and board: $10,054
- 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 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
- 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
449 full-time, 90% hold a Ph.D. and/or terminal degree in their field; 338 adjunct faculty, 29.6% 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 new Dougherty Family College, the Opus College of Business, the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling 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 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 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
Application requirements: Complete application, official high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, writing sample/essay. 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 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.
Net price calculator: www.stthomas.edu/netprice
Undergraduate tuition and fees: $41,133
Undergraduate room and board: $10,054
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; also visit www.stthomas.edu/financialaid for additional details.
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 $153 million in financial aid (from all sources) during the 2016-17 academic year. For students entering St. Thomas in the fall of 2017, merit-based scholarships and awards ranged from $5,000 - $27,000. 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