To determine who your advisor is, go into Murphy Online and login to the Student Information System. Once you are at the Student Records menu click on View Student Information. Your current advisor is listed there. If you have trouble accessing your advisor online, call Academic Counseling at 651.962.6300.
The University of St. Thomas is charged with providing "a strong core curriculum for all students that exposes them to enduring, transcultural human truths, provides for multicultural exploration, and encourages integration that crosses disciplinary boundaries" (St. Thomas Vision statement). To learn more about the specific requirements, click here.
Once you are a degree-seeking student at St. Thomas, any transfer course that you intend to complete to meet major, minor, or core requirements must be pre-approved by the appropriate St. Thomas academic department. Complete the Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Form and submit it to the department in which you wish to earn credit. If, for example, you wish to take a Biology class at a local community college, you are required to acquire the signature of a faculty member in the St. Thomas Biology department, who will review the details of the transfer course and assess if/how the course will apply to a St. Thomas degree. Please be aware that some departments may require a course syllabus for this review and approval process. Please also be aware that courses offered in an online format are not approved by all St. Thomas departments. Please consult with each department for details related to their transfer course review process.
Please be aware that the online “Transfer Credit Tool” that is available on the St. Thomas Admissions website is only intended for students who have not yet been admitted as degree-seeking students at St. Thomas.
Students who were admitted as degree-seeking students for Fall 2013 and after are allowed to transfer a maximum of two (2) non-UST courses to meet core curriculum requirements, and the two transfer courses cannot fulfill requirements within the same area of the core. For example, a current degree-seeking student is not allowed to complete both a science course with lab and a math course from a local community college, as both courses are part of the “Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning” curricular area within the core.
For more information about transfer credit policies, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Declaring your major may occur after your first semester of enrollment at St. Thomas. To officially declare a major or a minor, complete a Major or Minor Declaration Form and meet with the department apprprate to your intended major or minor. If you desire to major in more than one field, simply declare each major with each department. A list of majors and minors can be found here.
Your professor is generally your best resource to help you figure out why you are struggling and develop strategies to succeed in that particular class. St. Thomas has a variety of resources that can also help, please call Academic Counseling at 651.962.6300 and we will help you identify the resources that will best fit your individual needs.
Once enrolled at St. Thomas, early registration for summer and Fall semester courses takes place in April, and for J-term and Spring semester courses in mid-November. Your registration date depends upon how many credits you have completed (this does not include credits in progress). Before you may register each semester you must meet with your advisor. For more information on how to register, including a brief video tutorial on registering in Murphy online, click here.
The normal course load is 16 credits. During the first semester at the university, a first-year student is limited to 17 credits. All other students are limited to 21 credits during a semester. If you wish to take more than 21 credits during a semester, or four credits during a J-term, you must first receive endorsement from your faculty advisor, who will forward to the dean for approval.
First-year students may not register for courses numbered 300 or above without permission from the department chair (except for foreign language courses when they have already completed a fourth semester of the language or its equivalent).
Students on academic probation may not register for more than 16 credits.
Students who have taken courses outside of St. Thomas and would like those credits to count toward their degree must have the institution through which you took the credits send an official transcript with your final grade to firstname.lastname@example.org or the address below. In order to get credit at St. Thomas, you must earn a C- or better on all transfer coursework. Once your transcript is received, the credits will be evaluated, and if appropriate, applied to your degree. If you have questions as to how your course will be evaluated, see an academic counselor.
Official Transcripts must be sent to:
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
Students can receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a score of three (3) or higher, although most subject areas require a score of four (4). Check with an academic counselor to find out which scores we recognize and how they transfer into college credit at St. Thomas. Students that earn credit for an Advanced Placement Examination will receive four credits and an “S” grade. This examination must be taken prior to matriculation to a college.
Students who pass the International Baccalaureate Examination(s) in subjects included in the St. Thomas curriculum with a score of 4 will ordinarily receive 4 credits toward graduation. Students who receive a score of 5, 6, or 7 will ordinarily receive 8 credits toward graduation. The specific courses for which credit would be awarded will be determined by the appropriate academic department. With the exception of Foreign Language, the examinations referred to are at the higher level. Credit awarded will be assigned an “S” grade.
You will need to petition for the credits to count towards a requirement. These petitions generally must be completed during your first semester at St. Thomas and require that you meet with an Academic Counselor to discuss the process. Please call our office at 651-962-6300 to make an appointment.
First, all is not lost! Student may re-take a course if the grade is F, R, W, D, D-, or D+. Only the higher grade will be used to compute the GPA. Credit will not be given more than once for the same course. Both notations, however, will remain on the transcript.
If the course is retaken elsewhere, the student must obtain preapproval from the relevant department to confirm that the course is equivalent to the course originally taken at St. Thomas. If the student earns a C- or higher after taking the off-campus course, the course can transfer to St. Thomas to fulfill a requirement, but credit will not be given for the course the second time and the St. Thomas grade will not be replaced in the GPA. Both notations, however, will be included on the transcript.
A student who has attempted twelve credits or more at the University of St. Thomas and has not achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is put on academic probation.
Each student who is placed on probation will receive a letter from the Office of the University Registrar informing that student of her or his probationary status and identifying both the implications of probation and the conditions under which probation will be lifted.
The student will be required to discuss her or his situation with an academic counselor or faculty advisor.
A student is suspended from the university for one semester (not a January term or summer session) if he or she is on academic probation and one or both of the following occurs:
1. The student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.0 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.
2. The student has twice not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.
Each student suspended will receive a letter from the Student Data and Registrar's Office, identifying the nature of the suspension and the events leading up to it. A student may re-enroll following a semester of suspension.
A student is dismissed from the College if the student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.0 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester following Academic Suspension.
Each student dismissed will receive a letter from the Student Data and Registrar's Office, identifying the nature of the dismissal and the events leading up to it.
Students who are dismissed may petition the Committee on Studies for readmission. A dismissed student may not register for summer school, or any other term.
Academic suspension applies only to fall and spring semesters. After the semester of suspension, the student is free to register for the following term, upon consultation with an academic counselor in the Office of Academic Counseling. This semester becomes a probationary semester and is subject to the conditions listed above under Academic Dismissal.
If a student is readmitted to the university by the Committee on Studies after Academic Dismissal, the conditions of readmission will be stated by the Committee. The student in both cases (suspension or dismissal) will also be required to have a returning student appointment with an academic counselor as well as fill out returning student paperwork. More information can be found on the returning student link on our website.