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University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

This article is about the institute of higher education in Minnesota. For other schools named University of St. Thomas, see University of St. Thomas.

The University of St. Thomas (St. Thomas) is a private, Catholic university in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, it is named after Thomas Aquinas, the medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher who is the patron saint of students. St. Thomas currently[when?] enrolls nearly 10,000 students, making it Minnesota's largest private, nonprofit university.


Founded in 1885 by John Ireland, archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, St. Thomas began as an all-male, Catholic seminary. In 1894, the liberal arts program became an independent college through a gift from local railroad tycoon James J. Hill, who provided funds to establish the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity apart from the college. In 1903, the College of St. Thomas established a military program on campus, and it was officially termed a military school by the U.S. War Department in 1906. Initially, the school gave out two-year diplomas in commercial and classical programs before awarding its first academic degrees in 1915. In 1922, military training became optional.

From the late 1920s through the mid-1930s, the Holy Cross Fathers, who run the University of Notre Dame, controlled the college's administration. The diocese called those priests in to help with the school's financial problems; those priests were known as a crisis intervention team of sorts for parochial schools of that time. During World War II, St. Thomas served as a training base for naval officers, which kept the school open when men who would have attended college were fighting in the war. After the war, in 1948, the college established "Tom Town" on the eastern end of the lower quadrant, which is currently the site to the O'Shaughnessey-Frey Library and O'Shaughnessey Education Center. Tom Town, made of 20 double-dwelling huts, consisted of white, barracks-like housing units for faculty, students, and their families. The units helped to meet housing demand after World War II.

In the latter half of the 20th century, St. Thomas started two of its most notable graduate programs, education in 1950 and business administration in 1974. The school became co-educational in 1977, and although women were not allowed to enroll until then, female students from St. Catherine University (then the College of St. Catherine) often took classes at St. Thomas. Women were also present as instructors and administrators on campus, but the staff, faculty, and administration have seen a vast increase in female employment since the move to co-education. In 1990, the College of St. Thomas became the University of St. Thomas and the following year, the university opened the Minneapolis campus. In 2001, St. Thomas reinstated its School of Law at its Minneapolis campus; it had been shut down during the Great Depression. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was the speaker at the grand opening.


Saint Paul[edit]

Arched entryway to the St. Paul campus

The St. Paul campus is the main campus and is home to most undergraduate students. The main campus, built on a farm site once considered "far removed from town", is located where St. Paul's Summit Avenue meets the Mississippi River. The site was farmed by ex-Fort Snelling soldier William Finn, who received the property as a pension settlement after he accidentally shot himself in the hand while on guard duty.

The western edge of the campus borders the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park. Summit Avenue, which runs through the middle of the campus, is the country's longest span of Victorian homes. This tree-lined avenue includes the Governor's Mansion, F. Scott Fitzgerald's townhome, and James J. Hill's mansion.[11]

In 2005, a new apartment-style residence hall was built on an existing parking lot.[12] McNeely Hall was also built the following year. It is a large classroom building for business that replaced the smaller building of the same name.[13] A new residential village, more parking ramps, and general planning all have been negotiated successfully with the surrounding neighborhood. These developments are expected to begin within the next five years.[citation needed]

In early 2012, St. Thomas completed the final stage of its three-building expansion on the St. Paul campus.[14] The two main additions that were completed are the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center (AARC) and the Anderson Student Center. These projects were completed in the summer of 2010 and January 2012, respectively.[15] The Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center has a field house, basketball arena, weight room, and swimming pool.[16] The track in the field house is home to the most dominant track team in the MIAC conference. Other St. Thomas sports that use the AARC's facilities have also had recent success, including a playoff run for the football team, and a national championship for the men's basketball team.[citation needed] The new Anderson Student Center is home to new food venues, as well as entertainment options, including a game room and bowling alley, and a coffee shop. An art gallery on the second floor is home to the American Museum of Asmat Art.[17]


Downtown Minneapolis Campus

In fall 1992, the university opened a permanent 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) campus at 1000 LaSalle Ave. in Minneapolis. The first building, named Terrence Murphy Hall in May 2000, is headquarters to the university's Opus College of Business. Artist Mark Balma created one of the largest frescoes in the United States on the arched ceiling of its atrium.[18] The seven-panel, 1,904 square feet (176.9 m2) fresco was completed in the summer of 1994 and portrays the seven virtues discussed in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Minneapolis campus also holds St. Thomas' School of Education, the School of Law, and Schulze School of Entrepreneurship.

Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center (Owatonna)[edit]

As announced on May 15, 2014, the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center was to be sold to Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC, with a plan to convert it to a treatment facility for addiction and behavioral disorders. The deal closed in August 2014. The deal included the entire 180-acre property and all the buildings except for the Winston Guest House, which was designed by architect Frank Gehry. St. Thomas is still exploring options for the house, which was to remain on the Gainey property for up to two years.[19] Terms were not disclosed.[20]

Bernardi (Rome)[edit]

Since 1999, the University of St. Thomas has been the only university in the United States to have a formal affiliation with the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).[21]


Each year, the university awards almost 2,500 degrees, including five different bachelor's degrees (B.A., B.M., B.S., B.S.M.E. and B.S.E.E.). It has 88 major fields at the undergraduate level, with 59 minor fields of study and seven preprofessional programs. At the graduate and professional level, the university offers 41 master's degrees, two education specialist degree, one juris doctor, and five doctorates.

Schools and colleges[edit]

Frey Science and Engineering Center

The university offers its degree programs through nine divisions. The College of Arts and Sciences includes undergraduate departments in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, plus a number of interdisciplinary programs. The Opus College of Business has seven departments offering graduate and undergraduate curricula including Executive Education and Professional Development at University of St. Thomas, and is one of six AACSB accredited business schools in Minnesota.[22] St. Thomas also houses the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, which offers master's- and doctoral-level degrees oriented to theological study and the practice of ministry. St. John Vianney Seminary, a minor college seminary, is also at St. Thomas. Other schools include the School of Education, the School of Engineering, and the School of Social Work. The Master of Social Work is offered as a double degree program with the St. Catherine University.

Schools housed on the Minneapolis campus include the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Education, Graduate Programs in Software Engineering, and the School of Law, which was re-opened in 1999 after a 66-year hiatus.

The University of St. Thomas is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), a consortium of five private liberal arts colleges. This program allows students to take classes at one of the associated colleges for no additional cost. Other schools include Hamline University, St. Catherine University, Macalester College, and Augsburg University.

In 2017, St. Thomas was named a Changemaker Campus by joining AshokaU, a higher education consortium that focuses on social innovation in higher education.[24]


Main article: St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies

MIAC Basketball Finals versus Carletonin 2006

St. Thomas's school colors are purple and gray, and the athletic teams are called the Tommies. The mascot for these teams is "Tommie". "Tommy" was changed to the "ie" spelling when women were accepted as full-time students, to be more inclusive.

St. Thomas were a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), which performs at the NCAA Division III level. Since 1885, athletics have been present on St. Thomas' campus. The first sports teams that became popular were intramural. The top intramural baseball teams in the 1890s were the "Blues" and "Grays", which is where the school colors come from. Varsity sports did not begin until 1904. St. Thomas celebrated its 100th year of varsity athletics in 2003–2004.[25]

St. Thomas' longtime archrival is Saint John's University from Collegeville, Minnesota. Recent national titles include men's basketball in 2011 and 2016;[26] men's baseball in 2009 and 2001; women's softball in 2005 and 2004; men's lacrosse (MCLA Division II) in 2019, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009; women's volleyball in 2012; and dance team in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2006. St. Thomas also won national championships with women's basketball in 1991; men's cross country in 1986 and 1984; men's indoor track in 1985; and women's cross country in 1987, 1986, 1984 and 1982. In 2012, St. Thomas played for the first time in the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia, which is the Division III Football National Championship game, against the University of Mount Union, losing 28-10.[27] In 2015, St. Thomas reached the Stagg Bowl for the second time, prompting another championship match against Mount Union. St. Thomas ultimately ended up losing the game, with a final score of 49-35.[28]

WCCO has broadcast radio coverage of Tommies football games since 2011.[29]

On May 22, 2019 it was announced that St. Thomas was "involuntarily removed" from the MIAC.[30] St. Thomas was to have been allowed to remain as a member of the conference until the spring of 2021 while they searched for a new conference had that become necessary but would be allowed to leave at an earlier date should a new conference accept them prior to spring 2021 or should they have decided to become an independent. On October 4, 2019, St. Thomas announced that it had been invited to the Summit League, an NCAA Division I conference. This announcement also noted that St. Thomas had applied for a waiver from the NCAA to move directly from Division III to Division I beginning with the 2021-22 season. While the process of transitioning from Division III to Division I normally takes twelve years and requires transitioning through Division II, on July 15, 2020, the NCAA announced they had approved St. Thomas's application to move directly to Division I. As the Summit League does not sponsor football or ice hockey, St. Thomas joined the Pioneer Football League for football, the CCHA for men's hockey[31] and the WCHA for women's hockey. [32][33]

Student life[edit]

Student housing[edit]

Cretin Hall, built in 1894

Undergraduate housing is found on the St. Paul Campus. Approximately 2,400 residents live in 10 traditional halls and apartments. Additionally, St. John Vianney College Seminary holds approximately 140 students. All but one (Murrary Herrick) traditional halls are single-sex, while apartment residences are co-ed by floor. Residence halls on campus are named after Archbishops of St. Paul-Minneapolis, such as William O. Brady, Austin Dowling, and John Ireland. The all-female traditional hall of John Paul II is named after the former Pope. Built in 1894, Cretin Hall is the oldest hall on campus and was designed (along with Loras and Grace halls) by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray.

Recently the department of residence life has purchased additional buildings on what they are calling 'mid-campus' in the area between Grand and Summit Avenues. These buildings house men and women transfer students in one of two buildings, separated by gender. There are two apartment complexes that are specifically designed for sophomores. Students are also housed in the residence above the Child Development Center, a day-care facility on campus.

Morrison Hall is connected to Koch Commons with a skyway.

The University of St. Thomas offers special interest floors, or floors that are intended to house specific residents with similar interests or class standing. Almost one-third of all floors are First Year Experience floors, which consist of only freshmen. This practice attempts to create a cohesive community by placing students together who will have a similar experience. First year students have the opportunity to participate in Living Learning Communities (LLCs). These include Sustainability, Aquinas Scholars, Tommies Do Well(ness), Pathways to Engineering, COJO MOJO, Bridging Divides, Catholic Studies, Major Explorers, and Business for the Common Good.[34]

Housing policies
The campus is not dry: students over 21 years of age are allowed alcohol in their rooms.

Undergraduate Student Government[edit]

The on-campus student association is the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), formerly known as the ACC. The student government is made up of an executive board and general council. Each executive board member receives a stipend. The executive board consists of the president of the student body, executive vice president, vice president of financial affairs, vice president of academic affairs, vice president of administrative affairs and vice president of public relations. The general council consists of class presidents, class senators and representatives from various university organizations.

The student government oversees funding to all clubs on campus, approves new club requests, appoints students to various university committees and represents the student body to the administration. USG has its own offices located in the student center. Elections are held in the fall and spring every academic year.


Desmond Tutu[edit]

In 2007, the president of the University of St. Thomas, Father Dennis Dease, cancelled a planned speech by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid figure, Desmond Tutu, on the grounds that his presence might offend some members of the local Jewish community.[35] Many faculty members of Voice for Peace led an email campaign calling on St. Thomas to reconsider its decision,[36] which the president did and invited Tutu to campus.[37] Tutu declined the re-invitation, speaking instead at the Minneapolis Convention Center at an event hosted by Metropolitan State University.[38] However, he addressed the issue two days later while making his final appearance at Metro State.

Demolition of Foley Theater[edit]

In 2008, plans were announced to the public that the theater department at the University of St. Thomas was to be dissolved and that the school would no longer offer this major. Declining numbers of theater majors was publicly cited as the reason. However, during this same time, plans were underway to make space for a new student center to be named after the Anderson family, then the largest single donors to a single private institution in United States history. Despite protests from senior faculty and students, the decision was made to demolish the theater and dissolve the department the same semester; though, according to the Dean of St. Thomas's College of Arts and Sciences, Marisa Kelly, the two decisions were "completely unrelated".[39]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

See also: Category:University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) faculty

Notable alumni[edit]

See also: Category:University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) alumni

Academia and education[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]


Business and leadership[edit]

Law, politics, government, and military[edit]

  • Semhar Araia – social activist
  • James N. Azim, Jr. – Wisconsin State Assemblyman
  • Mike Beard – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • William V. Belanger, Jr. – Minnesota State Senator
  • Michelle Benson – Minnesota State Senator
  • David H. Bieter – mayor of Boise, Idaho
  • John E. Boland – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Stephen F. Burkard – attorney
  • Michael Ciresi – attorney
  • Ted Daley – Minnesota State Senator
  • Gary DeCramer – Minnesota State Senator
  • Terry Dempsey – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Joe Dunn – California State Senator
  • Sondra Erickson – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Peter Fischer – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Burke Harr – Nebraska State Senator
  • John Harrington – chief of metro transit police in Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Brian H. Hook – former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • Paul Kohls – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Charles B. Kornmann – United States federal judge
  • Arthur Lenroot, Jr. – Wisconsin State Senator
  • Patrick Lucey – Governor of Wisconsin
  • Erin Maye Quade – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Mike McFadden – 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Minnesota
  • Jim Oberstar – former U.S. Congressman
  • James Hugh O'Neill – brigadier general, U.S. Army
  • Cindy Pugh – member, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Patrick J. Ryan – chief of chaplains of the U.S. Army
  • Henry Timothy ("Tim") Vakoc – first U.S. military chaplain to die from wounds received in the Iraq War
  • Conrado Vega – Minnesota State Senator
  • D.D. Wozniak – former chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals



See also[edit]


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  18. ^ University of St. Thomas finds buyer for Owatonna conference center May 15, 2014 Retrieved October 23, 2014
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St. Thomas University (Florida)

St. Thomas University (STU) is a private Catholic university in Opa-locka North, Miami Gardens, Florida. The university offers 23 undergraduate majors, 24 graduate majors, 4 doctoral programs, and 1 professional law program. As of 2018, the university enrolls 4,223 students, which includes 982 undergraduate students; 977 graduate students; 571 law students; and 1,693 dual enrollment (high school) students.[3] Over the years, the University's students have represented several states across the nation, and more than 70 countries.[4]

St. Thomas University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS).[5] The school of law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)[6] and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).[7] The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).[8]


St. Thomas University's history can be traced back to 1946 Havana, Cuba, where it was founded as the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova. In 1961, Fidel Castro's militia confiscated the school's land and expelled the faculty and priests. In turn, the Augustinians fled to Miami and opened a new Catholic men's college – Biscayne College. In 1984, with the establishment of the School of Law and other graduate degree programs, the college, by then co-educational, again became St. Thomas University. The university came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored university in the state of Florida.

From 1970 until 1993, St. Thomas University was the training camp home[9] of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Biscayne College, now known as St. Thomas University, was also the former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles.

It was in the Opa-locka North census-designated place, in an unincorporated area,[10][11] until Miami Gardens incorporated as a city on May 13, 2003.[12]

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, St. Thomas University formally installed David A. Armstrong, J.D. as the University's 10th president.[13]


President Tenure
The Reverend Edward J. McCarthy, O.S.A. 1962-1968
Ralph V. Shuhler, O.S.A. 1968-1969
John H. McDonnell, O.S.A. 1969-1975
The Reverend John J. Farrell, O.S.A. 1975-1980
The Reverend Dr. Patrick H. O’Neill, O.S.A. 1980-1986
Dr. Pasquale di Pasquale 1987-1988
Dr. Richard E. Greene 1989-1993
The Reverend Edward J. McCarthy, O.S.A. 1993-1994
The Reverend Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale 1994-2018
David A. Armstrong, J.D. since 2018


STU offers 23 undergraduate majors, 24 graduate majors, 4 doctoral programs, and 1 professional law program.[14]

St. Thomas University is a member of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities,[19] the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida,[20] the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities,[21] and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.[22]

Study Abroad[edit]

Study abroad opportunities offer students study abroad experiences in Croatia, India, Israel, Italy, and Spain.[23]

Student demographics[edit]

Ethnic Enrollment, Fall 2018 Students
Hispanic 48.4%
Black 17.1%
White 16%
International 8%
Two or more races 3.4%
Asian 1.4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.4%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
Unknown 5.3%


150-acre campus is located in Miami Gardens, Florida; minutes away from Miami's beaches, Wynwood Art District, the MiMo District, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Downtown. The University Library also contains the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum.[25] The museum opened in 2008 and is open to visitors free of charge during the week and by appointment on Saturdays [1]


St. Thomas has four residence halls: Villanova Hall, Cascia Hall, Sullivan Hall, University Inn, and Donnellon Hall (currently under construction).[26]


Main article: St. Thomas University Bobcats

St. Thomas University offers athletics programs through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)[27] and is a member of The Sun Conference (TSC).[28] Men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving (2020), tennis, track & field, and wrestling (2020); women's teams compete in basketball, beach volleyball, cross-country, flag football (2020), golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving (2020), tennis, track & field, and volleyball. The University also sponsors three co-ed varsity sports, co-ed competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, and eSports. Last year, 12 of its 14 athletic teams received NAIA Scholar Team honors while five of the teams competed in national tournaments. Moreover, athletes annually maintain a 3.0 overall GPA. St. Thomas University prides itself on being “Champions of Character” and has annually been sighted as a Five Star Champions of Character Institution by the NAIA.[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

Main article: List of St. Thomas University Alumni

Notable alumni of the university include:


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