University of St Thomas
Saint Paul, MN, USA

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University of St Thomas
4.12 Average Rating

Jessica from Coon Rapids, MN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
St. Thomas is a beautiful school with a very wide variety of students. It is filled with wonderful teachers and students, with a bunch of fun activities and clubs. Everyone should check out this school!
Tips for prospective students
My tip would be to come out and check out the campus! Take a tour, meet some students, attend a game!! College should be the best time of your life, and with St. Thomas it could be!
Academic Rigor
The Academics here are tough but worth it. St. Thomas is well known for having hard core curriculum-but in the long run potential jobs will be impressed with a degree from St. Thomas!
Dorm Life
The Dorm life is fun and exciting! The dorms, especially JP2, are bigger than dorms I've seen anywhere else! Some ever come with their own bathrooms. I feel that they do a really good job pairing you up with roommates that you really connect with! Dorm life here is a very good time!
Food and Dining
The food here is amazing. Also, there is so much to choose from! There's a buffet, a home style kind of cafe, coffee shops, convenient stores, and so much more! It is so tasty, it will be hard to stay away.
What to do for fun
There is so much to do here! Countless clubs to join, so many activities going on, gyms to work out, football games to cheer on fellow Tommies! Also, a free shuttle coming every 20 minutes if you feel like going to downtown Minneapolis!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Tommie Tuesday! Wear purple and get free stuff! Also, marching under the famous Arches, which makes you a true Tommie! Finally, if you get kissed on the Arches, it is good luck!
Great for these types of students
Social, or students who want to make friends! Everyone here is SUPER friendly. It would be hard to NOT make friends! Also, if you are looking to major in business. St. Thomas is known for it's amazing business college.
Clubs and Activities
Dozens of clubs to join! From Swing Dancing to Academic clubs; it would be hard to not find a club you want to get involved in!!
Campus Safety
It is super safe-don't let the big city scare you! It's in a super safe part of Saint Paul, and if you don't want to walk alone during night or day, there are buttons located around campus that will call cops to walk with you. A super safe environment!
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Kale from Deerwood, MN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at St. Thomas do everything they can to help the students achieve their goals. They constantly remind us that they want us to come to them for help whenever we need it. Besides that, the professors here know their stuff! They make class entertaining and enjoyable. There are over 50 majors to choose from. Once you declare a major you are assigned to a personal adviser associated with the major. These advisers help you in every way possible. They help you choose your classes, select extracurricular activities, and decide what you want to do with your life.
Am enjoying being here
For one thing, St. Thomas does an excellent job of matching you with a roommate. My roommate and I are pretty much best friends. Getting along with your roommate is a huge part of the college experience because you do have to share a room with him/her for a year. At St.Thomas there is plenty of stuff to do. There is a new rec center that has an amazing weight room, basketball court, tennis court, and indoor track. There are also many activities put on by the various clubs and organizations at the school. There is anything from movie nights and picnics to create-your-own t-shirt opportunities and giveaways.
Bang for the buck
The price tag for St. Thomas is quite hefty, but it's definitely worth the money. From the helpfulness of the professors, the numerous activities going on every day, and all the other opportunities presented to the students here, the money put in goes to a great education and a great experience! St Thomas is bursting with opportunities. You won't be disappointed!
Tips for prospective students
My main tip would be to visit campuses that you are interested. It's the way I found the college that was right for me. Do research on prospective schools, and keep your grades up in high school.
Great for these types of students
St. Thomas is great for students who like the city feeling, but also want safety. St. Thomas has a community feeling to it that creates a sense of belonging. It's also for people who want a private school but don't want it to be too small.
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a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
My first semester at St. Thomas I took a full course load to start work on my Biology degree for Pre-Med. I took general Biology and Chemistry, which was a ton of work but totally worth it. The amount of information I learned from these classes prepped me for the classes I am currently in spring semester. I also took Calculus my first semester and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise; I had a great teacher who improved my math skills so much and I made new friends with the tutors in the Math Resource Center. I also took my first foreign language as part of my Core Requirements and it was the funnest class of my week, especially since my teacher was a native of Sevilla, Spain.
Am enjoying being here
St. Thomas has been one of the best experiences I have gone through in my life so far. It has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to meet so many new people who I may have never had the chance to meet. The campus is always welcoming whether it's in the fall when everyone is out in the quad playing football and reading on blankets or in the winter when everyone is sitting inside the library around Cafe Bene.
Bang for the buck
I think the sticker price on a St. Thomas education shocks a lot of people and really turns them off to considering this school as a possibility for their post secondary education. Let me be one of the many people to tell you how worth it the money actually is. I know many friends who attend large public schools where their Calculus classes may have 100-200 people in them; my Calculus class had under 20 people in it and gave us great opportunity for individual attention and time to work on the problems that were struggling with versus having to run through lessons to finish the syllabus by the end of the semester. I also think it's great that the money we invest into this school goes to pay for tutors for all students in every subject here at St. Thomas, it's a great resource that I have used for many classes. The money is also providing students with 'extra perks' you wouldn't find at a public school such as free shuttles to downtown Minneapolis or $10 dinners at Fogo de Chao.
Tips for prospective students
I would advise high school students still making college decisions to start early and make a list of what you want and try your hardest not to compromise on anything you put on your list. Also if you know you want to go to a private college Minnesota Private College Week is a great chance for you to experience all the private colleges in Minnesota you wish to see in a short period of time. For students who just arn't sure check out both types of schools and make sure you tour a lot it's one of the greatest ways to get a feel for the campus.
Great for these types of students
St. Thomas is a great school for students who are willing to be outgoing and meet tons of new people. When you're at this school it's hard not to meet people and make connections that can last a life time.
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Sienna - Cedar Rapids, IA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Dorm Life
The WiFi could be better, but majority of dorms have private bathrooms which is a major plus!
Greek Life
There is no Greek life because this is a private school. There are geek chapter wishin major as academic honors, but no frats. However the university of Minnesota is only 15-20 minuets away if your looking for a Greek party.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students who like to have small class sizes and like class participation. It is also great for those who like a strong sense of community with the college you attend as the pride here is very high. When the weather is nice the campus’s beauty makes studying outside amazing for students. This school instill a great sense of pride and community between all members, and if you like instant bonds with people this school is for you!
In three sentences
This school is great for buisness majors, and is held in high regard for that major. It has a strong sense of pride. And it is a gorgeous campus that makes up for the cold weather.
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Emily from Osceola, WI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Beautiful private college campus located in a big city that offers opportunities both on and off campus. Small class size so you get a lot of attention from your profs. World class education!
Tips for prospective students
Join a club - there are tons on campus and they are a great way to get to know people and get involved in campus life.
Academic Rigor
Outstanding profs who are excellent in their fields. Tough classes but small class sizes give you chances to know your profs and get one on one instruction as needed.
Dorm Life
Nice variety of dorms and apartments. Clean and safe.
Food and Dining
The food is outstanding. We have a brick fire pizza oven in the cafeteria!
Great variety of food at every meal. If you don't want to eat at the main cafeteria there are other smaller places on campus to eat that still take your meal plan.
What to do for fun
there are a lot of on campus activities from movies to music. There is also a free shuttle that takes you to downtown Minneapolis. You can find places to eat and things to do down there. We also have some of the top Division 3 sports teams here. Out football team is at or on the top of the MIAC every year. Our basketball and volleyballs teams are ranked nationally often. Sporting events are free with your student id!
Bang for the buck
Because it is a private school the cost is higher than public colleges but the small class size and other amenities make it well worth the cost. UST alumni are actively involved with students on campus providing internships and opportunities for other Tommies.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The seminary students that make up Caruso's Crew and cheer at the football games are awesome.

We have a room in the library that is called the Harry Potter room.

The annual Christmas Concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolils. A professional venue that is fun to sing in or attend a concert in.
Great for these types of students
Students who want a private college near and urban setting.
Clubs and Activities
There are too many to list! Everything from Academic Quiz Bowl to fencing to radio to ultimate frisbee. UST has it all!
Greek Life
There is not much Greek life at UST
Campus Safety
Very safe campus. Great security on and around campus.
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Mirella from Burnsville, MN

a current student here
15 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at this university really push you to your academic limits and help you to be the best student you can be. If you ask for help or extra tutoring, the professors are more than willing to set aside time for you.
Am enjoying being here
The amount of extracurriculars, groups, and school events is enough to keep anyone busy. I love the balance I have between schoolwork and fun time. I have made so many great friends from my time here already.
Tips for prospective students
Get as involved as you possibly can! Meet new people and don't be afraid to put yourself out there the first couple weeks. Everyone is going through the same adjustments as you are.
Great for these types of students
-Students who want a medium sized school
-Students who love the feel of a community
-Students who like seeing familiar faces everyday
-Students who don't want a huge intimidating campus
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Molly from St. Paul, MN

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
As a graduating senior, I know St. Thomas has prepared me well for life after college. I've taken classes in a variety of fields, and I'm always impressed with how helpful my professors can be. My classes have been more than just educational; they're interesting and exciting too.
Am enjoying being here
I love St. Thomas, and I can't imagine being anywhere else. The Twin Cities location is great, the UST community is friendly, and the opportunities for internships and research are almost endless.
Bang for the buck
Scholarships and financial aid packages help make St. Thomas affordable. The amount I've learned from my classes and the preparation I've been given for my future career greatly outweigh any cost issues.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved on campus in order to meet new people and try new activities, but make time to just hang out with friends and explore the area too. Use the Box Office to get discounted tickets to pro sports games, movies and concerts. Finally, keep your dorm room door open as much as possible in order to meet new people.
Great for these types of students
St. Thomas is great for students who want to see both familiar and new faces around campus. The athletic programs are top-notch, and there are clubs and organizations for almost every interest. Students who want both a campus community and the opportunities of a big city will do well at UST.
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freshman at UST

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All the professors make the classes interesting. They are funny and very helpful. The professors also encourage students to ask questions and go to them for help. Students should make sure to apply themselves. If students make an effort they will find everything interesting. I learned so many things that I did not know before just from spending a semester at St. Thomas. It is all challenging, but extremely worth it.
Am enjoying being here
By getting involved in activities it's impossible not to meet good people. College is the place to make life long friends. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. Students shouldn't be shy. They should take a chance and have fun. There is always something to do on campus. It is easy to create a balance of fun and work throughout the college experience. Students should find a club or activity that has a purpose they are passionate about. Students will find people there who share their same ideals.
Bang for the buck
It is an expensive school, but what college isn't? It is challenging, interesting, and fun. Students learn so much from professors, make new friends, and have wonderful opportunities.
Tips for prospective students
Students should make sure to get involved in extracurriculars right away. It helps with the adjustment to college life. Everyone is going through the same thing. The more activities students do, the more connected they will feel. It eventually will feel like a second home. Students should just put themselves out there. They'd be surprised how easy it is to make friends. In classes, students should ask questions, get help from professors, and speak with other students about their work. The more students do, the more they will get out of it. Students should make sure to stay healthy though and get rest amongst their activities and work. None of it will be worth it if students can't function properly.
Great for these types of students
UST is wonderful for anyone who is looking for a medium sized school. The classes are fairly small, but the school is still big enough so that students won't know everyone. The campus is not too big and it is beautiful. If students desire to meet friends who will support them, UST is a great place. People really act like a community to each other. There is always support and students will always see familiar faces around them.
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Amanda from Onamia, MN

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All of the classes that I have taken have been positive experiences. The professors are very personable, and accessible as well. The professors that I've had have given us contact information and reminded us often to contact them if we had any questions, at any time.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely love St. Thomas. Not only does this school provide a great education, but there are always other activities going on as well. With all of the sports, clubs and other activities, I have the option to get involved in as many activities as I want.
Bang for the buck
St. Thomas may appear to be very expensive from the sticker price, but there are many scholarships available through the school. Also, by going to sporting events and other activities, you can get free UST gear (mittens at a swim meet, a hat at a hockey game...) by just attending.
Tips for prospective students
Come visit!! Apply for scholarships and get involved when you get here.
Great for these types of students
St. Thomas is a good fit for any student that likes getting personal attention from their professors in small classes, and those who would like to get a small school experience, even though they are in a big city.
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a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I cannot even describe how much I have learned at UST. The professors are fantastic and present the material in a way that invites you to think in a new way.
Am enjoying being here
I thoroughly enjoy spending my time at UST. I am from out of state and have very few opportunities to go home, but St. Thomas has become my second home. There are many places to go both on and off campus.
Bang for the buck
The University of St. Thomas is an expensive school, but they strive to make it affordable to their students. After getting accepted, they will send you a letter telling you how much of a scholarship they will give to you. There is no need to fill out another form. There are many opportunities to get free stuff, including t-shirts, Snuggies, and free or reduced tickets for shows and concerts.
Tips for prospective students
Work hard your last semester of high school. Just because you have been accepted doesn't mean you should be done in high school, plus it will make for an easier transition into college. Research schools and go on tours. Come to an overnight here; they are a blast and completely free.
Great for these types of students
A student looking for a small school in a big city
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