Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC)
The University of St. Thomas has joined with four other private colleges in the Twin Cities to form the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), a legal entity designed to facilitate cooperative activities among the five benefiting institutions. Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Hamline University, Macalester College and St. Catherine University in St. Paul are the other institutions that make up this consortium with the University of St. Thomas. These colleges possess a long history of cooperative academic activity.
Presently, ACTC operates an intercampus bus system that transports students among the colleges to take courses at schools other than their own. St. Thomas has approximately 250 students who take advantage of exchange courses each semester. In some cases, faculty members from one institution will teach a course on another campus.
Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students in the day division are eligible to register for exchange courses in the fall and spring semesters. Students are limited to one exchange course each semester. An exception to this are students majoring in Social Work which is a joint program with St. Catherine University, and students with approval to pursue an ACTC major or minor.
Exchange courses are not transfer courses, and thus courses taken through the ACTC are considered UST courses and do not impact the senior residency requirement. Note: For courses during the summer sessions, students register and pay tuition at the college offering the courses and have a transcript of the completed work sent to St. Thomas.
In addition to the course exchange, St. Thomas students may choose a major or minor area of concentration at any of the other four institutions. The student must be accepted into the major or minor by the appropriate department chair at the school where the program is offered. Not all programs offered by other ACTC universities are available through the ACTC: for instance, Nursing at Saint Catherine University is not available to St. Thomas students or other ACTC students per Saint Catherine University’s policy. The proposed program must be approved by the Committee on Studies at St. Thomas. For additional information consult the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advisement in AQU 110-F.
For more information on the ACTC visit: http://actc-mn.org