First-Year Student Checklist

We're happy you've chosen the University of St. Thomas for your education! To help you with your transition into UST, we've provided a list of things we hope you'll accomplish in your first weeks at UST:

  • First Day of Class:  The first day of class is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Instructors have the option to drop you from the class if you do not attend on the first day, so be sure to contact them if you are unable to make it.
  • Books:  Many students purchase their books at the campus Bookstore located on the lower level of Murray–Herrick Campus Center in St. Paul and the first floor of Terrence Murphy Hall in Minneapolis.
  • Email: To set up your email account, visit the "Accepted" webpage.  Email is UST’s official form of communication, so check yours regularly by visiting mail.stthomas.edu. If you have questions about email or any other technology needs, contact Information Resources & Technology.
  • Health Requirements: The following information should be entered in Murphy Online:
    • Health Insurance Verification: All undergraduate degree seeking students taking 12 or more credits must demonstrate health insurance coverage. If you do not provide information about your existing insurance coverage by the tenth day of classes, you will be billed for St. Thomas' health insurance.
    • Immunization Records: Your immunization information should be entered before the 45th day of classes. Failure to enter this information by the deadline will result in a hold on your registration.
  • Welcome Events & Activities Fair: Attend campus-wide events to become more familiar with campus and meet new and continuing students. Connect with Campus Life for more information.
  • Student Policy Book: Students are expected to be familiar with university policies.
  • Address Updates:  It is important that you let us know whenever you move. You can update your address anytime in Murphy Online at banner.stthomas.edu.  Students are required to verify their address annually in Murphy Online.
  • Financial Aid: Meet with your financial aid counselor to make sure everything is in order for the 2014-2015 academic year. Visit Financial Aid for more information.
  • Parking Permit: Visit Parking Services for more information about parking permits and alternative modes of transportation.
  • Meal Plans: Whether you live on or off campus, you have the option of purchasing a meal plan. Meal plans, flex dollars and eXpress dollars are all great ways of saving money if you will be eating on campus. For information, visit the Card Office.
  • Declaring a Major: Once you have earned 48+ credits, you should complete a major field declaration form. Forms are available through Academic Counseling & Support.
  • Off-Campus Housing: If you currently live off-campus or plan to in the future, you will find excellent resources at Off-Campus Student Services.
  • On-Campus Housing: For more information here about living on campus, please visit Residence Life.
  • Submit Final Transcripts and Advanced Placement (AP) Scores: Students should submit final official transcripts from high school, any college-level coursework, and any AP or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit to the Office of Admissions. Questions can be directed to Academic Counseling & Support at (651) 962-6300.
  • Identify Authorized Users for eBill/ePay: UST provides eBilling notices only - paper bills are not mailed. When a new statement has posted, an email message will be sent to your UST email address. You can authorize a delegate to access or make payments to your account.

During Your First Few Weeks at UST, You Should:

  • Continue to check your UST email account regularly for messages from your Orientation Leader. They will send you updates on exciting activities and on-campus events. You will also receive messages from professors regarding your courses.
  • If you didn’t get your UST ID card at orientation, stop by the Card Office on the 1st floor of the Murray Herrick Center.
  • Involvement on campus broadens knowledge of the university, develops leadership skills, adds to a resume and helps connect to the campus community. If you plan on working during your first-year, find on-campus jobs through Human Resources or the UST Job Opportunities website, or off-campus jobs through the Career Development Center.
  • Full-time residential students receive a campus mailbox (off-campus students can request a mailbox). If you don't remember your mailbox number or combination, stop by the post office in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHC) to get this information.
  • Like UST Student Affairs on Facebook and Follow @USTStdntAffairs on Twitter.
  • Go to class! Some may not have attendance requirements, but it is still important to attend! Don’t forget to get to know your professors during their office hours.
  • Make a budget for your first-year.