At UST you live and learn on a beautiful riverside campus in a lovely neighborhood, just minutes from the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Not to mention major arts and culture, food and entertainment. A free bus connects our St. Paul campus to our downtown Minneapolis campus.
The 78-acre St. Paul campus consists of the original 45-acre campus, five acres of adjacent properties and 28 acres of the Saint Paul Seminary campus (informally referred to as the "south" campus) that was transferred in a 1987 affiliation between St. Thomas and the seminary.
The main campus, built on a farm site once considered "far removed from town," is located where St. Paul's stately 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 beautifully landscaped campus has been used as a setting for two motion pictures.
The St. Paul south campus, situated west of Cretin Avenue and south of Summit Avenue, is the site of the new Frey Science and Engineering Center, the largest construction project in St. Thomas history. The two-building, 210,000-square-foot, $37 million center opened in fall 1997 and serves as a gateway to the south campus. The western edge of the south campus borders the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park.
St. Thomas began offering classes in 1987 at a remodeled department store in downtown Minneapolis. In fall 1992, the university opened a permanent, $25 million, 150,000-square-foot campus at 1000 LaSalle Ave. The building, named Terrence Murphy Hall in May 2000, is headquarters to the Opus College of Business. Today, St. Thomas has become one of the top colleges in Minneapolis.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law began operations in Terrence Murphy Hall in fall 2001; in then moved to the School of Law building located on the block south of Terrence Murphy Hall in 2003.Directly across the street from the Terrence Murphy Hall is Opus Hall. The $14.5 million, four-story, 100,000-square-foot building opened in summer 1999 and is home to St. Thomas' School of Education. During summer 2009, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology moved from Terrence Murphy Hall to Opus hall. Connected to Opus Hall is a K-12 magnet school opened in 1999 by a consortium of nine Minneapolis area school districts. The city of Minneapolis owns a 640-car parking ramp under the two buildings.
Artist Mark Balma created one of the largest frescoes in the United States on the arched ceiling of Terrence Murphy Hall's atrium. The seven-panel, 1,904-square-foot fresco was completed in the summer of 1994 and portrays the seven virtues discussed in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the university's patron. The fresco was featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" and was the subject of a nationally broadcast PBS documentary in 1999.
The University of St. Thomas' Bernardi Campus is located on the west bank of the Tiber River at Lungotevere delle Armi in Rome, Italy. Purchased by St. Thomas in 1999, the Bernardi Campus provides housing to St. Thomas students and others participating in academic and summer programs and offers accommodations for overnight guests. Situated in the Prati neighborhood, the campus is near both the center of Rome and Vatican City. Visit Site >>