Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic affiliated liberal arts university based in St. Paul and Minneapolis, between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Twin Cities can be a great place for students to live and study, offering both a wide range of cultural locations such as the Walker Art Centre and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and internship opportunities in areas such as advertising, communications, and business development.
There are more than 90 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs at St. Thomas, between the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, Divinity, Engineering, Law, and Social Work. An initiative of the Theology department, the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Centre is dedicated to fostering relations with communities, and works closely with Phillips Centre for Interfaith Learning. Also at St. Thomas is the Maths Resource Centre, Centre for Economic Education, and the Veritas Institute, which carries the mission statement of ‘advancing the common good through positive social impact’.
Athletics teams at St. Thomas are known as Tommies with a mascot of the Tomcat, and compete in the NCAA Division III. There are a total of twenty sports programmes, including basketball, golf, and soccer. American football games are played at O’Shaughnessy Stadium, and are also broadcast over local radio.
Graduates of St. Thomas include game designer Larry Bond, actor T. R. Knight, activist and international lawyer Semhar Araia, and long-serving congressman Jim Oberstar.
There is a strong tradition of Catholic led education in the area, with women’s college St. Catherine University located nearby. The university is not to be confused with the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.