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St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University | Fredericton, N.B. | Founded 1910


St. Thomas University

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 the study hall in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall with its leather chairs and copper-domed lamps and the new Great Hall. 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. Classes and extracurricular opportunities focus on developing students’ sense of their social responsibilities; experiential learning opportunities help expose students to social issues they learn about in class. Meanwhile, school spirit is strong and often on display as students cheer on their Tommies sports teams.

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Standout Programs

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; it covers financial accounting, business analytics and more.

Criminology and Criminal Justice: Students explore political, social and personal implications related to crime and the justice system, developing knowledge and skills to evaluate systems and policies. Students interact with local police, visit detention centres and can complete an honours thesis.

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.

Cool Courses

Moot Court: Students develop writing, speaking and analytical skills as they develop and deliver oral legal arguments in moot court competitions.

Model United Nations: Students learn to simulate the roles and responsibilities of representing a country at the United Nations.

Minimum entering grade Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70% $7,014 1st & 2nd year: 39.4
3rd & 4th year: 17.5
Undergraduates: 2,095 (no graduates) 630 (approx. 400 reserved for first years) Graduation: 53.5%
Retention: 76.2%

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