Application Process

Please follow the instructions below to apply.

There is an online application process for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current St. Thomas students.

Before you begin, you will need:
- Application essay (click here for guidelines and criteria)
- 9-digit St. Thomas ID number (click here if you do not have an ID number)

Click here to begin the application process once you have completed your essay and obtained a UST ID number.
Note: The application site is not yet mobile-supported. For best results, use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

If incoming or transfer students have technical difficulty or need your St. Thomas ID number, please call the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-6150. If you are a current student, please call Erica Berglund at (651) 962-6023.

(Incoming freshmen students who meet certain application thresholds may automatically qualify for the Honors Program and therefore need not submit an application essay. If you have already received an admission letter, you still need to indicate you wish to join the Honors program. Please contact the Office of Admissions for Details.)

Decisions and Deadlines

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to sign and submit the appropriate Aquinas Scholars contract found here.

Incoming Students: November 1, 2017 to March 23, 2018

The admission decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. We begin reviewing applications after November 1 and continue to review them on a rolling basis through Friday, March 23, 2018. The sooner an application is received, the sooner a decision can be made. The earlier you send in a thoughtful essay, the better. The application review process typically takes four to six weeks.

Transfer Students: January 1 to August 10, 2018

The admission decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. We begin reviewing applications in January and continue to review them on a rolling basis through the “final” deadline of Friday, August 10, 2018.The sooner an application is received, the sooner a decision can be made. The earlier you send in a thoughtful essay, the better. The review process during the academic year is four to six weeks. During the summer months it is typically two weeks.

Current Students: January 1 to March 9, 2018

The admission decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. The deadline for receipt of your application is Friday, March 9, 2018. This will give us time to review your application and notify you of our decision before registration for fall semester begins in April. Students hoping to enroll in honors sections during spring semester should apply before mid-January. If you are accepted into the program, you will want to register for Aquinas Scholars sections of core courses.