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 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. Meanwhile, school spirit is strong and often on display as students cheer on their Tommies sports teams.
• HBX CORe: As the first 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.
• Irish Studies: This interdisciplinary program highlights the culture of early Irish migrants to North America, drawing on Catholic studies, education, criminology, history and philosophy.
• 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.
• Radio and Podcasting: Study the enduring influence of the spoken word and explore the evolving media of podcasts. Students create podcasts and programming for the campus and community radio station.
• Crime and Society in Historical Perspective: Examines how definitions of crime have changed over time. Students learn how criminals have been dealt with in the past and the role media has played in defining crime.
|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%