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University of Saint Thomas - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


We consider each application individually and look at two main criteria: your academic preparation for the St. Thomas curriculum and your ability to make a positive contribution to the St. Thomas community.

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Your application for admission will require several pieces of information including: Transcripts, test scores, class rank and essay. Each of these will be reviewed carefully before a decision is made. The application itself will give us information about who you are, what your academic and extracurricular interests are, as well as information about your high school, graduation date, activities, course selection and other schools attended.

Your high school and/or college transcript(s) will be evaluated with a special emphasis on the quality and strength of the courses taken, as well as the grade-point average earned. Your honors courses, PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) credits, high school/college curriculum and special circumstances are carefully considered.

Your rank in your high school graduating class also is considered as is the relative �strength� of the high school from which you did or will graduate. Students who graduate from high schools that do not calculate ranks are not penalized. Home-schooled students are treated on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Your ACT or SAT scores are reviewed. We consider the composite score along with each individual score (i.e., English, Reading, Science, Math or Verbal and Math). Your scores will be reviewed in relationship to the classes you have taken and how you performed in those classes. Scores will be compared to those of your peers seeking admission to St. Thomas and to current St. Thomas students.

You are required to write an essay on one of three questions provided on the application. This essay presents an opportunity for the Admissions Committee to get to know you better. The content will be considered along with your writing style, spelling, use of grammar and presentation. This essay may be used in determining your English placement.

Recommendations are optional. We will consider the content of recommendations from teachers, counselors, members of the clergy, employers and others who know something about your intellectual ability and personal integrity. If you have special or unusual academic or personal circumstances, you are encouraged to submit recommendations.

Rolling admission

Admission decisions at St. Thomas are made on a rolling basis. Each application will be considered as it becomes complete (i.e., all scores, transcripts and other paperwork is complete). In general, the university officially notifies students of their admissions status through the mail within three weeks of receiving a complete file. Your notification may be acceptance, a request for additional information (fall or spring grades, recommendations, new test scores, etc.) or denial. An appeal process exists for those students who feel there is additional information that the Admissions Committee was not aware of at the time the decision was made.

This admission process helps us determine those students who will be successful at the University of St. Thomas. Our commitment to and connection with our community along with our mission statement guide our efforts to find those students who will add to the character and quality of the university.


If you have questions about the admission process, please send e-mail to or call (651) 962-6150 or 1 (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-6150. We are here to help you make the college choice that is right for you.