The Vision of a Catholic College in the Midwest

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. St. Thomas is one of the largest and oldest Catholic colleges or universities in the United States and is the largest private college or university in Minnesota. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 90 major and 60 minor fields of study and more than 60 graduate degree programs in seven academic divisions. Its graduate programs lead to master’s, education specialist, juris doctorate and doctoral degrees.

Mission

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

Vision

We seek to be a recognized leader in Catholic higher education that excels in effective teaching, active learning, scholarly research and responsible engagement with the local community as well as with the national and global communities in which we live.

Convictions

As a community we are committed to:

  • Pursuit of truth
    We value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas.
  • Academic excellence
    We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking.
  • Faith and reason
    We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.
  • Dignity
    We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
  • Diversity
    We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
  • Personal attention
    We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
  • Gratitude
    We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.
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