University of St. Thomas

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2115 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Phone: (651) 962-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. National Universities

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University of St. Thomas is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,336, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 78 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of St. Thomas's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 112. Its tuition and fees are $34,013 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission statement of the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) reads as follows: "Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, The University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good." The Catholic university founded in 1885 by Archbishop John Ireland emphasizes values-based education and career preparation, and because of its location in the central cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis helps solve community problems through education and ambitious volunteer and service-learning programs. This is necessary, according to the Rev. Dennis Dease, president from 1991 until 2013, because as an urban university St. Thomas must not be only "in the city" but also "of the city."

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $321,811,349


When applying to University of St. Thomas, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 86.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 86.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of St. Thomas is 14:1, and the school has 42 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of St. Thomas include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 38%
Social Sciences 9%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 8%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

University of St. Thomas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,336, with a gender distribution of 53.5 percent male students and 46.5 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. University of St. Thomas is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,316
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of St. Thomas offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of St. Thomas also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of St. Thomas, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of St. Thomas.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of St. Thomas, 59 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,990.

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Tuition and fees $34,013 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,986 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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