The University of St. Thomas also known as St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts and archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, United States. Founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary it is named after Thomas Aquinas, the medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher who was the patron saint of students in the Roman Catholic Church. The university is not to be confused with the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Thomas is a medium-sized university. It now offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and 60 minors in the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, Divinity, Engineering, Law, and Social Work. Its most popular academic programs are business, social sciences and biological sciences. In addition the school offers approximately 150 study abroad programs in more than 50 countries to which more than half of students opt to travel during their time at the university.
The University of St. Thomas is based in St. Paul and Minneapolis between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Twin Cities can be a great place for students to live and study, offering both a wide range of cultural locations such as the Walker Art Centre and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and internship opportunities in areas such as advertising, communications and business development.
An important initiative of the Theology department is the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Centre which is dedicated to fostering relations with communities. It closely collaborates with Phillips Centre for Interfaith Learning.
There are also the Maths Resource Centre, Centre for Economic Education and the Veritas Institute which carries the mission statement of ‘advancing the common good through positive social impact’ at St. Thomas .
Athletics teams at St. Thomas are known as Tommies with a mascot of the Tomcat and compete in the NCAA Division III. There are a total of twenty sports programmes, including basketball, golf, and soccer. American football games are played at O’Shaughnessy Stadium, and are also broadcast over local radio. Every spring student leaders are honored at The Tommies, an award ceremony recognizing significant contributions made on campus.
Graduates of St. Thomas include game designer Larry Bond, actor T. R. Knight, activist and international lawyer Semhar Araia and long-serving congressman Jim Oberstar.
The university offers its degree programs through nine divisions. The College of Arts and Sciences includes undergraduate departments in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, plus a number of interdisciplinary programs.
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are business administration and management, accounting, finance, marketing, communications, mechanical engineering, psychology, biology.