University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN

Learn about the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of St. Thomas

Founded in 1885 in what used to be the outer reaches of St. Paul, MN, the University of St. Thomas today serves over 10,000 students at a 78-acre campus on the Mississippi River. Though over 120 years old, the university has added all but one of its graduate programs as well as three campuses in the last 25 years. In addition to the original and South campuses, the school also maintains campuses in Minneapolis and Italy, as well as a conference center in Owatonna. The Minneapolis campus features one of the largest frescoes in the U.S., using 1,904 square feet to depict St. Thomas Aquinas' seven virtues.

As of 2012, St. Thomas was ranked 113 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The majority of undergraduates consider themselves Roman Catholic, but religious affiliation isn't mandatory for admission. However, students are required to take three theology classes while enrolled.


The University of St. Thomas offers roughly 90 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate programs. Students can also study outside the U.S. through more than 130 study abroad programs. As of 2012, the school's student-to-faculty ratio was 15:1; at the undergraduate level, the average class size was 21 in 2011.

The University of St. Thomas offers a variety of programs through its seven academic divisions, including degrees in social work, divinity, engineering, business and the arts and sciences. St. Thomas' School of Law was ranked second in faculty productivity in a 2011-2012 study, based on the number of publications found in law journals. The School of Education provides numerous remote opportunities for study in Minnesota cities other than St. Paul.


The University of St. Thomas begins reviewing applications on October 1 for the following year's Fall class. There are no admissions deadlines, but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Individuals must submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT score reports, as well as an application form and completed essays. Letters of recommendation are optional but can help the admissions office better understand an applicant.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, the University of St. Thomas charges an undergraduate tuition rate of $1,032.50 per credit. Based on a course load of four classes per semester, the total tuition cost is about $33,040 for the year. Students also pay technology, facilities and student activities fees, totaling $747 for the 2012-2013 school year. Students may incur additional fees as well; for example, courses administered by the business school cost an extra $206 per course.

To help students cover these costs, St. Thomas administers a number of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Merit-based awards are given to students with exemplary academic and community-service backgrounds. First-time freshmen receive consideration for these awards as part of their regular application, but other students must renew their awards applications annually. Over 95% of college freshman at the University of St. Thomas received scholarships or awards as of 2012.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body About 6,300 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students in Fall 2012**
Student Housing Four female-only halls, three male-only halls, three co-ed structures**
Schools and Programs Over 90 undergraduate majors and more than 60 graduate degree programs across seven academic divisions**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Marketing and Marketing Management (140)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (352)
Doctorate: Law (132)
Certificate: Teaching of Individuals with Autism (55)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 56% in four years
72% in six years
72% in eight years (students beginning in Fall 2003)*
Admission Rate 84% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,324 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 88% (full-time students)*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students 26 (ACT)
1157 (SAT) as of 2012**
Application Due Date Rolling, applications are accepted until classes are filled; applications are reviewed beginning October 1 of the previous calendar year**
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks from receipt of application**
Tuition About $33,040 per year as of 2012-2013**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (21%), state and local grants (22%), institutional scholarships (97%), federal loans (63%)*
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of St. Thomas.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of St. Thomas, Office of Admissions, Mail 32F, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55105
  • Phone: (651) 962-6150
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