Science building's exterior including women art sculptures


Transfer student Alex standing in the Student Center

Major at St. Thomas: Mechanical Engineering


  • Why did you choose to transfer to St. Thomas?

I chose UST mainly for the size and location.  I enjoy the smaller class size and I’m able to learn much more effectively.  I also love being in the heart of the Twin Cities and to have the opportunity to work in the area after graduation. 


  • What was your transition like – was it easy to find new friends and get involved?

The smaller campus and friendly environment allowed me to have a seamless transition.  I was able to meet many different people through previous friends, different clubs, and various classes that I had. 


  • While you were looking for a new college, did the cost of attending UST deter you?

The advantages UST offers outweigh any monetary differences at other schools. The investment is worth it, and I am very happy I ended up at UST.


  • Did you receive grants or financial aid?

Yes. I received a grant specifically for incoming transfer students. 


  • What do you like about being a student in the Twin Cities?

I love that there is so much to do near campus.  I have taken advantage of many great deals to attend countless Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Wild games.  It is also convenient to have the largest mall in the world (and so many great restaurants inside it) only a few minutes away. 


  • What advice would you give a prospective transfer student?

When I first considered transferring, I certainly had a difficult time making the final decision.  But after considering everything, transferring schools turned out to be the easiest and best decision I have ever made.  The decision for any prospective transfer student can end up being just as easy as mine.  You might not know if it is the perfect fit before school starts, but go with your gut feeling.  After all, something good initially attracted you to the school.  You will know it is the best decision right away when you start at your new school. 


  • What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at St. Thomas?

While being at UST, I have discovered an even greater appreciation for Minnesota and the Twin Cities.  After returning from my freshman year, I have realized how great this area is.  There is no doubt that I have enjoyed college more because I have had the luxury to go to school in the Twin Cities.  Attending UST has allowed me to discover my desire to stay and work in this area for years to come.