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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
2115 Summit Avenue - Murray Herrick Center
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Phone
(651) 962-6154

Email
admvisit@stthomas.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Anderson Student Center
Anderson Athletic and Rec Center
Scooters
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: M-F 9:130 & 1:30 and select Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F 9:30 am and 1:30 pm

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).

Admissions

Applicants: 6,819
Acceptance Rate: 82%
Average HS GPA: 3.58







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