Mission, Convictions and Vision Statement


Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers bachelor's degrees in over 85 major fields of study and more than 45 graduate degree programs including master's, education specialist, juris doctor and doctorates.


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.


As a community we are committed to:

  1. pursuit of truthWe 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

  2. academic excellence
    We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking

  3. 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

  4. dignity
    We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community

  5. diversity
    We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society

  6. personal attention
    We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member

  7. 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


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.

(Statement approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004)

Strategic Planning: Developing a University Strategy

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Mission Book Groups

The Office for Mission supports two book groups. 

1)  The Fall 2014 Common Good colloquium will use the book Vatican II:  The Battle for Meaning by Massimo Faggioli.  Dr. Faggioli, assistant professor of theology, has an intimate knowledge of Vatican II, having served on the team which produced the 5-volume History of Vatican II.  Dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 18 at noon in JRC 201. A light lunch is provided.  To register and receive a copy of the book, email Steve Laumakis.

2)  An environmental stewardship colloquium is also sponsored by the Office for Mission.  This group will discuss:  Closing the Food Gap:  Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty by Mark Winne.  "Food...is a basic necessity, but stands as a glaring example of how the gap between this country’s 'haves' and 'have-nots' remains deep and wide."  This series will be led by Elise Amel, professor of psychology and director of environmental studies at UST.  Dates and time will be posted here soon.  To join this fall discussion and receive a copy of the book, email Elise Amel.

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