St. Thomas University is an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts institution. It offers a diverse student population, an innovative curriculum with an emphasis on strong teaching and a healthy lineup of guest speakers hosted by a well-regarded journalism school. STU has the rare advantage of being a small university where it’s easy to recognize fellow students and professors in the halls, while also offering access to the social and academic amenities, including the library and student centre, at the nearby—and much larger—University of New Brunswick. The campus is cozy, with inspiring places to study such as Margaret Norrie McCain Hall with its leather chairs and copper-domed lamps. The residences, including the attractive red-brick Harrington Hall, house one-third of the student population. “Although I later pursued studies at UNB, Dalhousie and Cambridge, to this day, I regard some of the professors here as having been the best I ever had,” says president Dawn Russell. Perhaps that’s why so many graduates go on to great things, including a strong showing in Rhodes Scholars in recent years. School spirit here is strong and often on display at STU’s impressive sports and leisure complex, the Grant-Harvey Centre.
• HBX CORe: As the only Canadian partner of Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe, which stands for “credential of readiness,” students acquire essential concepts needed for careers in business; covers financial accounting, business analytics and more.
• Human Rights: The program introduces students to the philosophical, political and legal foundation of human rights. Students explore the causes and consequences of human rights violations around the world.
• Communications and Public Policy: Students prepare for careers as communication professionals in the public and private sectors through courses on policy-making and social responsibility. Regular learning events are hosted, which have included speakers such as former prime minister Paul Martin.
• Native Philosophy: This course considers the Indigenous perspective in spiritual, political, social and economic systems. Students explore how these Indigenous philosophies exist today and their influence on Western thought.
• Organized Crime: Study organized crime in all its forms, including Mafias, triads, cartels and biker gangs. Students learn how these groups operate and examine their portrayal in the media.
|Minimum entering grade||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Arts: 70%||$6,652||1st & 2nd year: 30.2
3rd & 4th year: 18.8
|830 (approx. 400 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 54.9%