New Student Checklist

We're happy you've chosen 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 4, 2013. 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.  For more information, visit their website at
  • Email: To set up your email account, visit  Email is UST’s official form of communication, so check yours regularly by visiting If you have questions about email or any other technology needs, call the Tech Desk at (651) 962-6230.
  • Health Requirements: The following information should be entered in Murphy Online at
    • 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 university health insurance ($1,197/semester).
    • 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. One of the best events for new students is the Activities Fair, scheduled for 12:00-1:00pm on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, on the John P. Monahan Plaza. Contact Campus Life at (651) 962-6130 or visit for more information on welcome events.
  • Student Policy Book: Students are expected to be familiar with university policies. The online student policy book can be found at
  • Address Updates:  It is important that you let us know whenever you move. You can update your address anytime in Murphy Online at  Students are required to verify their address annually in Murphy Online.

 The following items may only pertain to some new students:

  • Transcripts: Make sure you submit all of your official transcripts to the Admissions Office. If you have concerns or questions about how your transfer credits were evaluated, talk with Academic Counseling and Support at (651) 962-6300 to discuss appeal options.
  • Financial Aid: Meet with your financial aid counselor to make sure everything is in order for the 2013-2014 academic year. Call (651) 962-6550 or visit for more information.
  • Parking Permit: Contact Parking Services at (651) 962-PARK (7275), 2119 Grand Avenue, or visit for more information about parking permits and alternative modes of transportation.
  • Campus Mailbox: If you are a full-time student you will be assigned a campus mailbox. Stop by the post office in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHC) to get the box number and combination.  Check your mailbox regularly.
  • 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 in MHC 101, call them at (651) 962-6069, or visit the Card Office website at:
  • Declaring a Major: Once you have earned 48+ credits, you should complete a major field declaration form. Forms are available at the Academic Counseling and Support Office, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, Room 110.
  • Off-Campus Housing: If you currently live off campus or plan to in the future, you will find excellent resources online at
  • On-Campus Housing: For more information here about living on campus, please visit: