We’re the largest private university in Minnesota, big enough to offer more than 100 majors from which to choose but small enough for professors to care about you personally. As a Catholic university, we develop future leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. Situated in the vibrant Twin Cities with campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, St. Thomas enrolls 6,100 undergraduate students (we call them “Tommies”) from 45 states and 37 countries.
Get More Than a Diploma to Frame
Your education needs to equip you not only for today’s workplace, but also for career success 25 years later. Our liberal arts education is a foundation that is critical in achieving this, helping you to develop lasting qualities such as the ability to empathize with others or to express your point of view well.
Your education will also be practical. You’ll have class projects that will teach you how to provide real solutions to real problems. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for the “real world.” And you’ll be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished.
An Education That Pays Off
Tommies are CEOs, scientists, humanitarians, diplomats, authors, teachers, surgeons, nonprofit leaders, engineers, attorneys, researchers and more. Even more impressive? More than half of St. Thomas students have jobs well before graduation; 65 percent do at least one internship; and within six months of graduation, 93 percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school.
A St. Thomas education is an investment in the future. And it may be more affordable than you think. Ninety-seven percent of first-year students receive merit scholarships.
Live Like a Tommie
For most students, the St. Thomas experience includes living on campus – a great opportunity to get to know people. If you want to bond with people who share your passion, explore our Living Learning Communities. From sustainability to wellness to global connections to Catholic studies, there are plenty of ways to connect. You’ll never run out of things to do if you live on campus. We have 150 student clubs ranging from anime to actuarial science, and club sports from lacrosse to ultimate Frisbee. Team spirit runs high with our 22 competitive varsity sports. We play hard and win big, including several national Division III championships.
Your Faith Practiced Here
St. Thomas was founded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, a 2,000-year-old practice of uniting faith and reason to explore the world. On campus, approximately half of the students you meet will be Catholic. Among the rest, you’ll meet Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, agnostics, atheists and students in the process of discovering a faith. We honor students’ diverse faith traditions and we’re especially passionate about creating more opportunities for interfaith dialogue.
As a student here, you’ll learn to exercise your talents and achieve more than you’ve dreamed possible. Majors in business, engineering and entrepreneurship are among the 100-plus majors at St. Thomas, and you’ll also take courses in our liberal arts core. This means you will be equipped with a foundation of knowledge that will allow you to be a continuous learner who can solve tomorrow’s problems.
Small Classes, Huge Opportunities
One hundred percent of our classes are taught by faculty. Small classes give you plenty of contact with your professors. They won’t just teach you – they’ll mentor you and challenge you. Under faculty supervision, students have performed research in fields such as biology, chemistry, psychology, engineering, English, business and more. And they’ve presented research at national conferences. Talk about having something to put on your resume!
The World Is Waiting for You
To expand their world, more than half of Tommies study abroad in over 50 countries. There are so many ways to go global from here including at the university’s own campus in Rome. You might study social entrepreneurship in India, the legacy of colonialism on indigenous culture in New Zealand, AIDS and apartheid in South Africa, neuroecology in the Bahamas or children’s literature in the U.K.
When you work at St. Thomas you are part of a community of students, staff and faculty with a true sense of purpose and connection. In small classes, our faculty get to know every student. They choose St. Thomas because they want to advise and mentor students. Our faculty often help students make connections within their own networks and they enjoy offering students opportunities to contribute to their scholarly research, with the chance to make a difference in the world, all for the common good https://www.stthomas.edu/mission/.