Mission & History

Our 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.

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Our History

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic, independent, liberal arts, archdiocesan university that emphasizes values-centered, career-oriented education. St. Thomas is Minnesota’s largest independent college or university, with 10,984 total students (fall 2007).

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" survey in 2005 placed St. Thomas in the national universities-doctoral category where it was listed in the third of four tiers. Prior to 2001, St. Thomas was ranked in the magazine's regional universities category, where St. Thomas placed in the top 10 of 125 Midwest colleges and universities.

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