Annual Report 2014-2015

President speaks to tommies

The University of St. Thomas took significant steps on its journey forward during the past Year. With the approval of a new strategic plan, continued robust enrollment exceeding 10,000, an endowment approaching $400 million, and more than 13,000 donors in support of our mission, our priorities for the future are, in the words of the strategic plan, “bold and expansive.”

Please enjoy viewing highlights of our year on this page, and learn more about St. Thomas using the links at right. Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas!

Presidents Signature

Julie H. Sullivan

By the numbers

10,229 students were enrolled at St. Thomas during the 2014-15 academic year: 6,234 undergraduate students and 3,995 graduate students.

The incoming undergraduate class of 2018 had 1,409 students, which is the third-largest class in school history.

There are 23 different music ensembles for St. Thomas students to join. More than 400 students participate each year.

Last year's freshman class averaged scores of
26.3 ACT
3.6 GPA

57% of St. Thomas students study abroad during their college careers.

8 St. Thomas athletic teams reached NCAA Playoff tournaments in 2014-15.

student-faculty ratio

95% Tommies are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

41,771 hours of community service were performed by students last year.

No. 1 The School of Law ranks No. 1 for practical training (National Jurist) and for its mentor externship program (preLaw).

100 Number of countries where alumni live.

The Student-Alumni Mentoring program matched 305 alumni-student pairs for mentoring last year.


Strategic Plan

In November 2014, the Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan for the university, "St. Thomas 2020: Living Our Mission, Expanding Our Horizon." It provides a new vision statement, five themes and eight priorities to guide the advancement of St. Thomas in the coming years. Click on the right-arrow below to read more.


    The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic comprehensive urban university, is known nationally for academic excellence that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. Through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry and deep intercultural understanding, we inspire students to lead, work and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.


    • Excellence in Learning and Student Engagement
    • Education Informed by Catholic Mission
    • Diversity and Inclusive Culture
    • Globalization
    • One University


    • Educating for the Future
    • Flexible Pathways Into UST, Within UST and to the Job Market
    • Enhanced Visibility and Profile
    • Global Connections
    • Embracing Our Differences as One Human Family
    • Catholic-Inspired Community Engagement
    • Integrated and Expanded Health and Wellness Programs
    • Integrated Planning

Header: Master Teachers and Innovators

Master Teachers and Innovators

St. Thomas students learn from and collaborate with leaders in their fields and creative thinkers. These sources of wisdom recognize the power of ideas and model for students how to bring concepts to life for the common good.

  • Sustainability advocate, ADAM KAY, associate professor of biology

    Sustainability is popular in many circles today, but biology faculty member Dr. Adam Kay teaches it to students in special ways. Kay focuses on “stewardship science,” which combines scientific discovery with community service.

  • Scientist-Counselor JOHN ABRAHAM professor of thermal sciences

    Dr. John Abraham brings his example of civil discourse to students and provides sage advice whenever he can. Dr. John Abraham provides sage and encouraging advice to students whenever he can. Lauren Vallez ’17 is one Tommie who is glad she met him.


    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last fall in the Young v. United Parcel Service pregnancy-discrimination case. St. Thomas School of Law professors Thomas Berg and Teresa Collett were among the primary drafters and organizers of an amicus brief on behalf of the plaintiff, with Professor Elizabeth Schiltz contributing as well.

Header: Leading by Example

Leading by Example, Learning by Doing

St. Thomas students learn beyond the traditional classroom and lab settings. They participate in leadership and mentoring programs, conduct research independently and alongside professors, and gain valuable work and life experience through internships, competitions and other activities.

  • JEREMY LITTLE '18, manufacturing entrepreneur

    The winner of the 2014 Fowler Business Concept Challenge at St. Thomas, entrepreneurship student Jeremy Little ’18, continued to garner accolades for a collapsible pontoon boat that he invented with his dad.

  • CECILIA GENTLE '15, chemistry researcher

    Cecilia Gentle was a chemistry major in her senior year at St. Thomas. After a last-minute decision to apply for a coveted American Chemical Society scholarship that was to be awarded to just 17 students nationwide, six months later she was on an airplane to Italy to spend 10 weeks doing the research of her dreams.


    Three School of Engineering students were accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in Miami in March. Their project is to create an affordable solar energy system targeting households in the developing world that would otherwise not have electricity.

  • CARLY DENT '14 (right), food delivery co-founder

    Students in the stewardship-science program, under faculty direction and with several community partners (including Adam Pruitt and Deedee Fuller, left), began piloting a new produce-distribution model to help address the issue of “food insecurity,” or limited access to affordable, nutritious food.

  • ST. THOMAS DANCE TEAM, national champions

    The University of St. Thomas dance team placed first in the Open Division Hip-Hop category at the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando, Florida, in January.

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Thousands Answered the Call

Every year, members of the St. Thomas community – students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff members – provide volunteer service to hundreds of nonprofit agencies, neighbors and other community partners, as well as to the university. Many also support the university financially; last year, more than 13,200 donors gave gifts.

  • Business 200

    All students majoring or minoring in business are required to contribute at least 40 hours of community service to a nonprofit organization before graduating.


    The VISION (Volunteers in Service Internationally or Nationally) program, based in Campus Ministry, provides service-immersion trips to St. Thomas undergraduate students during J-Term and spring break.

  • Feed My Starving Children

    St. Thomas celebrated its first day of service by hosting a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event in May. The MobilePack attracted 415 volunteers, including students, faculty and staff members, alumni and neighbors.

  • Up 'til Dawn

    Celebrating its 10th year, the University of St. Thomas branch of Up ’til Dawn hosted its annual all-night fundraising event last November and raised more than $46,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That amount pushed the total St. Thomas students have raised over the years to more than $500,000.

  • Ice Bucket Challenge

    Two hundred twenty-one people, mostly students, formed the letters “UST” on John P. Monahan Plaza on Sept. 4, 2014. Then they doused themselves with ice water in honor of the former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, Dr. Bruce Kramer.

Header: Tommies are Everywhere

Tommies Are Everywhere

Tommies are everywhere! With 100,000-plus alumni, the St. Thomas network is vast, influential and making a difference in the world. Tommies are in the corner office, in the courtroom, in the classroom, on the battlefield, in the pulpit ... and living next door to you.

  • SEMHAR ARAIA '99, activist and founder of DAWN

    After being named a White House Champion of Change in 2012, Semhar Araia ’99 was honored again last year for her community activism at the fourth annual African Diaspora Awards.


    ERICA GERRITY ’05 M.S.W. was named a change-maker in 2014 by the Minnesota Women’s Press for her innovative work in support of incarcerated women who are pregnant or who have had a baby in the last year (25 percent of all incarcerated women).


    St. Thomas is proud to recognize alumnus and now archbishop of Chicago, the Most Rev. Blase Cupich ’71, who received the honored assignment last fall from Pope Francis.

  • LYNN CASEY '86 M.B.A., CEO of PadillaCRT

    Public relations trailblazer Lynn Casey ’86 M.B.A. espouses the values of giving back from her corner office as CEO of PadillaCRT, now one of the top 10 independent public relations and communications firms in the country, after she orchestrated Padilla Speer Beardsley’s acquisition last year of CRT/tanaka.


Your Gifts Matter


  • Cash
  • Pledges
  • Planned Gifts


  • Alumnni
  • Parents
  • Friends
  • Organizations


  • Scholarships
  • Academic & Other
  • Capital Improvements
  • Annual Fund

(July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)


University Financials



(As of June 30)


(July, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

Tuition and Fees
Auxiliary Revenue
Endowment Revenue
Private Gifts and Grants
Government Grants and Contracts
Other Revenue
Total Operating Revenues

Prior-Year Operating Revenues $350,829,903


(July, 2014 - June 30, 2015)

Student Aid
Auxiliary Enterprises
Student Activities and Services
Total Operating Expenses

Prior-Year Operating Expenses $354,061,694