Welcome to the Aquinas Scholars Page

The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program is the undergraduate honors program of the University of St. Thomas. The program is designed to enrich the educational experience of the school's most talented and dedicated students through intellectually challenging courses and a variety of cultural and social experiences. 

Honors classes provide students with a unique and intimate learning environment. They are based on active learning, with opportunities to explore provocative subjects in new and exciting ways. Aquinas Scholars usually take 22 of the 132 credits required for graduation in honors classes, which consist of honors "sections" (general education courses taken by all students but distinguished as "honors" by smaller class size, outstanding faculty, and an increased emphasis on discussion and in-depth examination of topics) and honors "seminars" (2-credit, team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that focus on creative and experimental topics).  Although the number of credits students take in honors courses is not large, honors students often say that these courses are the most stimulating and significant educational experiences of their college careers.

One can combine a major in any academic discipline (both liberal arts and professional) with honors education. Anyone interested in the honors program should go to the "about" page in the menu on the top of this page, or e-mail the Faculty Director of the honors program.

First-Year Honors students who are accepted into the program will also have the opportunity to live in the Aquinas Scholars Honors Living Learning Community on a floor in Dowling Hall or on a floor in Brady Hall. Honors students residing in the Living Learning Community (LLC) will be assigned another Honors roommate, will live on a floor with other first-year Honors residents, will take Honor’s classes with students on their floor, and will participate in a variety of co-curricular events designed to enrich the academic experience.  Apply for this exciting new living option when you complete your Housing Preferences in the spring. To learn more about the LLC, please visit http://www.stthomas.edu/livinglearningcommunities/