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Freshman Application Process

Parts of the Application

  • Apply Online
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Test Scores
  • Essay Questions
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • What are we looking for?
  • Required

    Apply online (for free) using our St. Thomas application or the Common App.

    If you're applying for the Fall 2021 semester or later you will not be required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) as part of your application to St. Thomas.

    Instead, you'll choose whether or not to include your scores. If you do not choose to submit your scores, you will apply “test optional” and your scores will not be considered in our admission and primary merit scholarship review processes.

    Required

    We require an official high school transcript be sent to us directly from your school before your app can be reviewed. This transcript must include your entire set of high school grades to date.

    If you’ve attended multiple high schools – and your entire record isn’t included on the transcript of your current high school – you're required to submit an official transcript from your previous high school(s) as well.

    If you’ve taken college classes before, we recommend you submit official college transcripts as well – though this IS NOT required.

    Pass/Fail Grading
    We know that COVID-19 may have affected the way your school awards grades. We encourage you to share your story when applying for admission. Let us know how COVID-19 impacted your learning and grades/GPA.

    Letters from high school teachers may also help to give us a better understanding of your situation. For example, if you were getting a strong grade and then your school moved to pass/fail grading, knowing of the grading directly from the teacher will have a positive impact on the review of your application.

    Optional

    St. Thomas is a test optional school, which means that students applying for the Fall 2021 semester or later will not be required to submit ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application.

    Our test optional page has more information about this policy and offers guidance about whether or not to submit your scores. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions.

    If you do choose to submit your test scores, you can self-report your highest composite and subject scores for the ACT and/or SAT on the application. Your scores DO NOT need to be officially sent to us during the application process.

    Recommended

    Though you aren’t technically required to answer our essay questions, we highly recommend that you do – especially if you apply without test scores.*

    Below are the current essay prompts. You can choose to write about them or to submit a different personal essay of your choosing. We want to learn a little about you as a person, so please submit an essay that will help us do that.

    1. Discuss a meaningful contribution you have made through involvement in school, church or community activities.
    2. Describe an event, a person or an educational experience that has had a major impact on your life and why.
    3. Share additional information about your personal story that would be beneficial to the application review process. What do you want the readers to know about you apart from courses and academic credentials?

    We recommend that your essay be one to two pages long.

    We also ask a second essay question about your experience with diversity and inclusion. This essay is also optional, but will give you a chance to reflect and speak from your heart.

    * If you're applying without a standardized test, we strongly recommend submitting both essays to provide a more well-rounded understanding of your experience.

    Recommended

    Though it's not required, we suggest that you submit one or two letters of recommendation from teachers or other people in your life who can help us get to know you better as we review your application.

    If you're applying without a standardized test, we strongly recommend submitting two letters of recommendation to provide more insight into your college preparedness.

    There’s no single thing we look for in an application. Each is evaluated holistically, with your academic, extracurricular and personal achievements all considered.

    To give you a sense about what successful applicants look like, here are some facts about our most recent first-year class:
    Middle 50 percent ACT: 24-29
    Middle 50 percent SAT: 1080-1290
    Middle 50 percent high school GPA: 3.4-3.9

    Apply Online

    Required

    Apply online (for free) using our St. Thomas application or the Common App.

    If you're applying for the Fall 2021 semester or later you will not be required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) as part of your application to St. Thomas.

    Instead, you'll choose whether or not to include your scores. If you do not choose to submit your scores, you will apply “test optional” and your scores will not be considered in our admission and primary merit scholarship review processes.

    Official Transcript(s)

    Required

    We require an official high school transcript be sent to us directly from your school before your app can be reviewed. This transcript must include your entire set of high school grades to date.

    If you’ve attended multiple high schools – and your entire record isn’t included on the transcript of your current high school – you're required to submit an official transcript from your previous high school(s) as well.

    If you’ve taken college classes before, we recommend you submit official college transcripts as well – though this IS NOT required.

    Pass/Fail Grading
    We know that COVID-19 may have affected the way your school awards grades. We encourage you to share your story when applying for admission. Let us know how COVID-19 impacted your learning and grades/GPA.

    Letters from high school teachers may also help to give us a better understanding of your situation. For example, if you were getting a strong grade and then your school moved to pass/fail grading, knowing of the grading directly from the teacher will have a positive impact on the review of your application.

    Test Scores

    Optional

    St. Thomas is a test optional school, which means that students applying for the Fall 2021 semester or later will not be required to submit ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application.

    Our test optional page has more information about this policy and offers guidance about whether or not to submit your scores. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions.

    If you do choose to submit your test scores, you can self-report your highest composite and subject scores for the ACT and/or SAT on the application. Your scores DO NOT need to be officially sent to us during the application process.

    Essay Questions

    Recommended

    Though you aren’t technically required to answer our essay questions, we highly recommend that you do – especially if you apply without test scores.*

    Below are the current essay prompts. You can choose to write about them or to submit a different personal essay of your choosing. We want to learn a little about you as a person, so please submit an essay that will help us do that.

    1. Discuss a meaningful contribution you have made through involvement in school, church or community activities.
    2. Describe an event, a person or an educational experience that has had a major impact on your life and why.
    3. Share additional information about your personal story that would be beneficial to the application review process. What do you want the readers to know about you apart from courses and academic credentials?

    We recommend that your essay be one to two pages long.

    We also ask a second essay question about your experience with diversity and inclusion. This essay is also optional, but will give you a chance to reflect and speak from your heart.

    * If you're applying without a standardized test, we strongly recommend submitting both essays to provide a more well-rounded understanding of your experience.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Recommended

    Though it's not required, we suggest that you submit one or two letters of recommendation from teachers or other people in your life who can help us get to know you better as we review your application.

    If you're applying without a standardized test, we strongly recommend submitting two letters of recommendation to provide more insight into your college preparedness.

    What are we looking for?

    There’s no single thing we look for in an application. Each is evaluated holistically, with your academic, extracurricular and personal achievements all considered.

    To give you a sense about what successful applicants look like, here are some facts about our most recent first-year class:
    Middle 50 percent ACT: 24-29
    Middle 50 percent SAT: 1080-1290
    Middle 50 percent high school GPA: 3.4-3.9

    Application Timelines

    Students applying for the fall semester have two application timelines to choose from – Early Action (EA) and Regular Decision (RD). Both options are completely free and non-binding, so you don’t have to commit until May 1.

    Early Action

    Application Deadline: Nov. 1

    Admission Decision: By Dec. 15

    St. Thomas Scholarship Notification: By Dec. 15

    • Your St. Thomas merit scholarship will be sent with your admission decision.

    Deposits Due: By May 1

    • Confirming Deposit: $400
    • Your deposit is fully refundable until May 1

    Regular Decision

    Application Deadline: Jan. 15

    Admission Decision: By Feb. 15

    St. Thomas Scholarship Notification: By Feb. 15

    • Your St. Thomas merit scholarship will be sent with your admission decision.

    Deposit Due: By May 1

    • Confirming Deposit: $400
    • Your deposit is fully refundable until May 1

    Applying after Jan. 15?

    Applications completed after Jan. 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Applying for the spring semester?

    Applications for the spring semester are reviewed on a rolling basis until the beginning of the spring semester. Contact your admissions counselor to learn more about spring semester admissions.