Application Process

There is an online application process for incoming freshmen, incoming transfer students, and current St. Thomas students.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

To begin the application process, incoming freshmen and transfer students will need their St. Thomas acceptance/welcome materials, 9-digit St. Thomas ID, and the e-mail address they used to apply to St. Thomas. If assistance is needed with finding this information, please call the Office of Admissions at (651) 962-6150.

Incoming freshmen who meet application thresholds will be alerted by the Office of Admissions via their St. Thomas acceptance and welcome materials. Students who wish to apply should consult their St. Thomas acceptance materials for information on beginning the application process and logging into their admissions portal.

Transfer students who meet application thresholds will similarly be alerted by the Office of Admissions. Transfer students who wish to apply should consult their St. Thomas acceptance materials for information on beginning the application process and logging into their admissions portal.

Current St. Thomas Students

Current St. Thomas students with an Overall GPA of 3.60 or above may apply to the honors program. Because honors requirements can take some time to complete, it is recommended that current students apply either in the second semester of their freshman year or early in their sophomore year.

Freshmen who earn a 3.60 GPA or above during their first semester at St. Thomas will receive an invitation (via their St. Thomas e-mail address) to apply to the honors program early in their second semester. Application instructions are included in that invitation.

Qualifying upperclassmen who are interested in applying to the program should contact Erica Berglund, Administrative Assistant, at aquscholars@stthomas.edu or 651-962-6023 for further information.

Decisions and Deadlines

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to sign (electronically via an online form) the appropriate Aquinas Scholars contract. The contract policies and language may be found here.

The decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. We begin reviewing applications after November 1 and continue to review them on a rolling basis through Friday, March 20, 2020. The sooner an application is received, the sooner a decision can be made. The earlier you send in a thoughtful essay, the better. The application review process typically takes four to six weeks.

The decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. We review transfer applications each year on a rolling basis through the “final” deadline of Friday, August 7, 2020. The sooner an application is received, the sooner a decision can be made. The earlier you send in a thoughtful essay, the better. The review process during the academic year may take four to six weeks. During the summer months it is typically two weeks.

The decision will be made on the basis of the thoughtfulness and clarity of the essay, in conjunction with your GPA and standardized test scores. The deadline for receipt of your application is Friday, March 6, 2020. This will give us time to review your application and notify you of our decision before registration for fall semester begins in April. Students hoping to enroll in honors sections during spring semester should apply before mid-January. If you are accepted into the program, you will want to register for Aquinas Scholars sections of core courses.