About St. Thomas
How far you go depends on where you go
We’re the largest private university in Minnesota, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 115,000+ alumni. Eight schools and colleges offer 150+ undergraduate majors and minors and 55+ graduate degree programs.
Our founding was inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, a 2,000-year-old practice of uniting faith and reason to explore the world. As a Catholic university, we develop future leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. And, we are the only academic institution in Minnesota to be designated a “Changemaker Campus,” meaning social innovation, entrepreneurship and caring for the common good are built into everything we do. Our three campuses in St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis and Rome, Italy, offer unique learning and living opportunities.
Mission, Convictions and Values
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
History/Our Founder John Ireland
1910: Growth of a College
1946: Welcome Veterans
1977: Becoming Coeducational
St. Thomas became coeducational in the fall of 1977, enrolling its first 211 women undergraduates.
1990s: From College to University
1992: A Minneapolis Campus
Learn more about the strategic approach St. Thomas is taking as we seek the next president of our university. We welcome insight and feedback from our community. All are invited to participate.