Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my advisor?
To determine who your advisor is, go into Murphy Online and login to the Student Information System. Once you are at the Student Records menu click on View Student Information. Your current advisor is listed there. From Student Records, you can also click Degree Evaluation and your advisor is listed in the top section. You can click on your advisor's name here to send an email. If you have trouble accessing your advisor online, call Academic Counseling at 651.962.6300.
How many credits are required to graduate?
A minimum of 132 credits are required to graduate. Some majors and combinations of majors/minors require more courses and thus more credits. To view the current undergraduate catalog and to learn more about requirements for a degree, click here.
What is the Core Curriculum and why is it important?
The University of St. Thomas is charged with providing "a strong core curriculum for all students that exposes them to enduring, transcultural human truths, provides for multicultural exploration, and encourages integration that crosses disciplinary boundaries" (UST Vision statement). To learn more about the specific requirements, click here.
Can I take a class at another school and transfer the credit to St. Thomas?
Once you are a degree-seeking student at UST, any transfer course that you intend to complete to meet major, minor, or core requirements must be pre-approved by the appropriate UST academic department. Complete the Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Form and submit it to the department in which you wish to earn credit. If, for example, you wish to take a Biology class at a local community college, you are required to acquire the signature of a faculty member in the UST Biology department, who will review the details of the transfer course and assess if/how the course will apply to a UST degree. Please be aware that some departments may require a course syllabus for this review and approval process. Please also be aware that courses offered in an online format are not approved by all UST departments. Please consult with each department for details related to their transfer course review process.
Please be aware that the online “Transfer Credit Tool” that is available on the UST Admissions website is only intended for students who have not yet been admitted as degree-seeking students at UST.
Students who were admitted as degree-seeking students for Fall 2013 and after are allowed to transfer a maximum of two (2) non-UST courses to meet core curriculum requirements, and the two transfer courses cannot fulfill requirements within the same area of the core. For example, a current degree-seeking student is not allowed to complete both a science course with lab and a math course from a local community college, as both courses are part of the “Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning” curricular area within the core.
For more information about transfer credit policies, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
How do I declare a major or minor?
Major Field Day occurs annually in March and is a great time to declare. Outside of that, declaring your major may occur once you have completed 48 credits. To declare, pick-up a Major Field Card from the Registrar's Office in 126 Murray-Herrick and meet with the department appropriate to your intended major. If you desire to major in more than one field, simply declare each major with each department. Once a student has declared a major, he or she may also add a minor field of study (or more than one). The procedure for declaring a minor is the same. Minor Field Cards are available at the Registrar's Office. To see a list of majors and minors, click here.
Where can I get help if I am struggling in a class?
Your professor is generally your best resource to help you figure out why you are struggling and develop strategies to succeed in that particular class. St. Thomas has a variety of resources that can also help, please call Academic Counseling at 651.962.6300 and we will help you identify the resources that will best fit your individual needs.
When and how do I register for classes?
Once enrolled at UST, early registration for summer and Fall semester courses takes place in April, and for J-term and Spring semester courses in mid-November. Your registration date depends upon how many credits you have completed (this does not include credits in progress). Before you may register each semester you must meet with your advisor. For more information on how to register, including a brief video tutorial on registering in Murphy online, click here.
How can I transfer in credit from PSEO, College in the Schools, or other college classwork?
Students who have taken courses outside of St. Thomas and would like those credits to count toward their degree must have the institution through which you took the credits send an official transcript with your final grade to the address below. In order to get credit at UST, you must earn a C- or better on all transfer coursework. Once your transcript is received, the credits will be evaluated, and if appropriate, applied to your degree. If you have questions as to how your course will be evaluated, see an academic counselor.
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Does UST recognize Advanced Placement (AP) credits?
Students can receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a score of three or higher, although most subject areas require a score of 4. Review the Undergraduate Catalog to find out which scores we recognize and how they transfer into college credit at UST. Students that earn credit for an Advanced Placement Examination will receive four credits and an “S” grade. This examination must be taken prior to matriculation to a college.
Does UST recognize International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Students who pass the International Baccalaureate Examination(s) in subjects included in the St. Thomas curriculum with a score of 4 will ordinarily receive 4 credits toward graduation. Students who receive a score of 5, 6, or 7 will ordinarily receive 8 credits toward graduation. The specific courses for which credit would be awarded will be determined by the appropriate academic department. With the exception of Foreign Language, the examinations referred to are at the higher level. Credit awarded will be assigned an “S” grade. For more detail, read the Undergraduate Catalog section on International Baccalaureate credits.
I transferred in a course that isn't counting towards a requirement for graduation. How can I get it to count for a core/major/minor requirement?
You will need to petition for the credits to count towards a requirement. These petitions generally must be completed during your first semester at UST and require that you meet with an Academic Counselor to discuss the process. Please call our office at 651-962-6300 to make an appointment.
What if I fail a course?
First, all is not lost! Student may re-take a course if the grade is F, R, W, D, D-, or D+. Only the higher grade will be used to compute the GPA. Credit will not be given more than once for the same course. Both notations, however, will remain on the transcript.
A student may repeat a University of St. Thomas course only at St. Thomas. A student who transfers to the University of St. Thomas and wishes to repeat a course taken elsewhere must receive permission from the University Registrar to do so.
What does it mean to be on academic probation?
A student who has attempted twelve credits or more at the University of St. Thomas and has not achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is put on academic probation.
Each student who is placed on probation will receive a letter from the Office of the University Registrar informing that student of her or his probationary status and identifying both the implications of probation and the conditions under which probation will be lifted.
The student will be required to discuss her or his situation with an academic counselor or faculty adviser.
What does it mean to be academically suspended for a semester?
A student is suspended from the university for one semester (not a January term or summer session) if he or she is on academic probation and one or both of the following occurs:
1. the student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 1.75 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.
2. the student has twice not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.
Each student suspended will receive a letter from the university registrar identifying the nature of the suspension and the events leading up to it. A student may re-enroll following a semester of suspension.
What is Academic Dismissal?
A student is dismissed from the College if one or both of the following occurs:
1. the student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 1.75 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester following Academic Suspension.
2. the student has twice not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester following Academic Suspension.
Each student dismissed will receive a letter from the university registrar identifying the nature of the dismissal and the events leading up to it.
Students who are dismissed may petition the Committee on Studies for readmission. A dismissed student may not register for summer school, or any other term.
How can I re-enroll after academic suspension or dismissal?
Academic suspension applies only to fall and spring semesters. After the semester of suspension, the student is free to register for the following term, upon consultation with an academic counselor in the Office of Academic Counseling. This semester becomes a probationary semester and is subject to the conditions listed above under Academic Dismissal.
If a student is readmitted to the university by the Committee on Studies after Academic Dismissal, the conditions of readmission will be stated by the Committee. The student in both cases (suspension or dismissal) will also be required to have a returning student appointment with an academic counselor as well as fill out returning student paperwork. More information can be found on the returning student link on our website.
I am considering transferring to St. Thomas, where do I start?
In addition to following the general application procedures, students wishing to transfer from another college should have official transcripts of their high school and college work sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible. Previous college work and other academic information will be reviewed in the admission decision. A minimum GPA of 2.30 (4.0 scale) is required in transferable previous college work to be considered for admission. All transferable coursework, regardless of grade, is considered when calculating the GPA used to determine admission. Only coursework in which the student earned a grade of C- or higher will be recognized for credit at St. Thomas.
Besides fulfilling the core curriculum requirements, transfer students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 in courses taken at St. Thomas and must successfully complete thirty-two of their last thirty-six credits at the university.
In order to stay within enrollment goals, the university reserves the right to adjust published application and standing deposit deadlines when necessary.
Students interested in transferring to the university should request a copy of the brochure, Transfer Student Guidebook, from the Office of Admissions.