St. Thomas University

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

St. Thomas campus exterior

St Thomas campus.

St. Thomas University is an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts institution. It offers a diverse student population, with students coming from more than 40 countries, and an innovative curriculum with an emphasis on strong teaching and cross-disciplinary learning. The well-regarded journalism school hosts frequent guest speakers on a variety of topics.

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 recently renovated 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 of Rhodes Scholars in recent years. Classes and extracurricular opportunities focus on developing students’ sense of their social responsibilities, and experiential learning opportunities help expose students to social issues they learn about in class, with a chance to put that learning to the test. School spirit is strong and often on display as students cheer on their Tommies sports teams.

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Standout Programs
Law, Politics, and Society: A flexible interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between law, political life and Canadian society. It examines the nature of law and its influence on Canadians.
• Criminology and Criminal Justice: Looking at all aspects of the criminal justice system, this program explores the consequences of crime and reasons for engagement in it.
• Human Rights: An introduction to the philosophical, political and legal foundation of human rights, exploring the causes and consequences of violations around the world.

Cool Courses
• Moot Court: Students in this human rights course prepare legal briefs and arguments to compete against other universities in Supreme Court simulations in front of real judges, with a chance to compete in national tournaments.
• Musical Theatre: Students learn how to prepare for a role and hone their acting, singing and dancing skills as they research, rehearse and perform in a musical.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,898 · Part-time: 83
International Students: First-year: 14%
Male-Female Ratio: 27 to 73
Residence Spaces
611 (approx. 500 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $8,471 to $9,621 · Single room with meals: $10,525 to $11,675 · Apartment-style: $4,266

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