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.