Students Say

A “Catholic university dedicated to a liberal arts education,” the University of Saint Thomas is “about creating well-rounded, educated individuals with strong morals and values.” It’s “the perfect size—small enough so that all your professors know your name and you always run into people you know on campus, but big enough to the point where you never stop meeting new people!” Professors, who “truly care about students,” are “very accessible during their office hours and generally very helpful. Classes are engaging and taught in a way to maximize how much information you’ll actually retain at the end of the semester.”

Overview

Applicants
5,540
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
380 - 540
SAT Math
430 - 530
ACT Composite
16 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

A “Catholic university dedicated to a liberal arts education,” the University of Saint Thomas is “about creating well-rounded, educated individuals with strong morals and values.” It’s “the perfect size—small enough so that all your professors know your name and you always run into people you know on campus, but big enough to the point where you never stop meeting new people!” Professors, who “truly care about students,” are “very accessible during their office hours and generally very helpful. Classes are engaging and taught in a way to maximize how much information you’ll actually retain at the end of the semester.” Students rate the business program highly and note that “UST has amazing study abroad opportunities” and “high job placement levels.” From the students’ perspective, “The administration is more focused on business concerns and pleasing the donors than it should be, but no more than most schools are.” Despite this, it somehow manages to be “concerned with what students want and how they feel about things on campus.” “The most frustrating thing is registration,” notes one student. “It’s such a pain.” Another agrees, “They need to figure out before registration the number of kids wanting to take specific classes so as to avoid some of the major headaches of waitlists and expanding classes.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Congressman James Oberstar
'56, Minnesota 8th Congressional Dist (since 1974)

Mary Brainerd
'79,President of HealthPartners

Rev. Jan Michael Joncas
'75,Internationally renowned theologian

Peter Lund
'62, former CBS, Inc. President

Ann Winblad
'75, Software Venture Capital Investor

Gerald Rauenhorst
'48, Founder Opus Corporation; R Estate Developer

Michael Ciresi
'68, Attorney, MN/BCBS v. Tobacco Industry

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,611

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,352

Average Need-Based Loan
$8,135

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,131

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,387

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,872
Required Fees
$810
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,170

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Visit the Saint Thomas campus and you are likely to run into many “white, middleto upper-class” undergraduates who hail “from Minnesota”—mainly “from the suburbs of the Twin Cities”—and the “surrounding Midwest states.” Many are focused on “going into business since Saint Thomas is a prominent business school” and business is the school’s most popular major. Students admit that there is “a stereotype at St. Thomas that says all students are rich, beautiful, and white,” but many are quick to point out that “to say everyone is like that would indeed be a huge generalization.” “St. Thomas is becoming more and more diverse each year,” one student brags. There are many “Christians,” but few of them are teetotalers. “The typical student here is one that gets drunk on Saturday and attends Mass on Sunday.” “There are a significant number of international students,” but in general, there “isn’t a huge minority population.” In short, the school’s “overall diversity could be improved.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,234
Out of State
20%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

3.42%
Asian
4.65%
African-American
4.65%
Hispanic
82.55%
Caucasian
1.35%
Unknown
3.32%
International

46% female
54% male
20% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

University of Saint Thomas is nestled near the Mississippi River in St. Paul, so it’s hardly surprising that UST students “like to take advantage of shopping and other opportunities offered by the Twin Cities.” And they can shop like no other, as the Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to the gargantuan “Mall of America.” What else do the Twin Cities have to offer? How about “plenty of concerts, museums, and art shows,” “Wild, Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves games,” chances to explore “new restaurants, bars, and dance clubs,” “great internship opportunities,” and “lots of outdoor activities” such as “rollerblading, running, [and] Frisbee”? When looking for fun on campus, “most people like to have parties,” which are “usually broken up by public safety.” “The major problem with the school is that it is basically a ‘suitcase’ college,” says one student. “So if you do not drink or go home for the weekend there is not a ton for you to do on campus…. The campus does try to have fun activities, but attendance is usually pretty low, with the exception of a few annual events.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
41%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Specialized Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Kimberly Schumann

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A psycho-eduactional assessment completed within last 3 years, Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement, Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Assessment completed within the last three years, letter outlining DSM-IV diagnosis, symptoms, methods used to diagnose.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
133
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tommies)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tommies)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Minnesota
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Minnesota
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
22

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, CDW

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carly Duckworth
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2115 Summit Avenue #32-F
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Phone
(651) 962-6150

Email
admvisit@stthomas.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Anderson Student Center
Anderson Athletic and Rec Center
Scooters non-alcoholic pub and restaurant
Frey Science and Engineering Center
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Minneapolis
Mall of America
Mississippi River Walking/Biking/Blading Area
Target Field
Grand Avenue Shopping Area

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: MWF 9:30 AM, 12:15 and 2:00 PM, T TH 10 AM, 2 and 3:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admvisit@stthomas.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted Seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The St. Thomas main campus is located just off the banks of the Mississippi River in beautiful St. Paul. Within minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Amtrak train depot and major freeways, St. Thomas is easily accessible from any location.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From East I-94 (from Minneapolis): Take I-94 east to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go right (south) on Cretin Avenue approximately one mile. Turn left at the Grand Avenue stoplight. Go one short block and watch for Finn Street. Immediately after Finn, turn left into Parking Lot L. From West I-94 (from St. Paul): Take I-94 west to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue approximately one mile. Turn left at the Grand Avenue stoplight. Go one short block and watch for Finn Street. Immediately after Finn, turn left into Parking Lot L. From East I-494 (from the airport): Take I-494 east to Highway 5. Take Highway 5 east and exit at Shepard Road/Ecumbe. There will be a fork in the road. Veer left on Edgecumbe. At the second stoplight, turn left on St. Paul Avenue. In approximately 3/4 mile, St. Paul Avenue becomes Cleveland Avenue. Stay on Cleveland for approximatel two miles. Turn left on Grand Avenue. Watch for Parking Lot L on the right-hand side, just before Finn Street. If you reach Finn Street, you've gone too far. North I-35(from Iowa): When I-35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E north to the Randolph exit. Make a left on Randolph (crossing over 35E) and follow Randolph for approximately two miles to Cleveland Avenue. Make a right on Cleveland Avenue and go approximately 1.5 miles to Grand Avenue. Turn left on Grand. Watch for Parking Lot L on the right-hand side, just before Finn Street. If you reach Finn Street, you've gone to far. South I-35 (from Duluth): When I35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E to Exit I-94 going west. Take I-94 west to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Aveune approximately one mile. Turn left at Grand Avenue stoplight. Go one short block and watch for Finn Street. Immediately after Finn, turn left into Parking Lot L. Additional parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility, one block west of the Admissions building, on Grand Avenue.

Local Accommodations
The following hotels are a short distance from campus: Embassy Suites Hotel (651-224-5400); Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown (651-225-1515); The Saint Paul Hotel (651-292-9292); Doubletree Guest Suites Downtown Minneapolis(612-332-6800); Millennium Hotel Minneapolis (1-800-522-8856); Holiday In Express Minneapolis Convention Center (800-870-0114) and the Hotel Minneapolis (800-445-8667).
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Key Stats

5,540
Applicants
6,234
Size
86%
Acceptance Rate
940
SAT Scores

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