Academic Support

Academic Counseling and Support

The Office of Academic Counseling and Support serves as a resource and referral agent for both students and faculty.

Through one-on-one partnerships, academic counselors challenge undergraduate students to determine meaningful academic and life goals by encouraging them to reflect upon their educational experiences and achievements. The Academic Counseling staff offers special support to those students who are experiencing academic challenges, provides assistance with class registration, long term academic planning individual assistance in study skills improvement, time management, test taking preparation, college reading techniques, and college survival skills.

Faculty Advisers

Full-time faculty members serve as advisers to all students. Faculty advisers assist students with class schedules and enrollment decisions each semester during their first and sophomore years.

Major field advisers guide their advisees’ progress toward a degree by reviewing grade reports and degree evaluations, assisting students with academic challenges, and consulting with them about acreer decisions.

Academic Development Program

The Academic Development Program (ADP) is a team-taught combination of courses designed to help incoming first year students develop proficiency in reading, writing, library and learning skills necessary for college success.

Students are invited to participate in this program if high school records and entrance exams (such as the ACT) indicate weakness in the areas of reading and writing.

Participants in the program register for twelve or sixteen credits in fall semester: ENGL 110 Intensive Writing; a companion course covering one of the core curriculum requirements; and one or two additional courses of the student’s choice.

Mathematics Resource Center

The Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC) provides a variety of resources including a tutoring staff, math placement exam proctoring and preparation, and general mathematics advising. Also available from the MaRC is a list of private tutors, whose rates are subject to individual negotiations.

Students must satisfy all prerequisites in order to enroll in a math course. Most entry-level math courses require an appropriate math placement derived from an ACT math score or from a UST Math Placement Exam, which is a proctored test offered weekly by the MaRC Director.

Students whose math placement is 099 cannot take any for-credit math course at St. Thomas. However, St. Thomas offers MATH 005 (Basic Math Skills) which serves as a prerequisite for MATH 006, MATH 100 and MATH 101. Successful completion of MATH 005 receives placement into MATH 100 or MATH 101. MATH 005 has a nominal registration fee and is offered every fall, J-Term and spring.

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Disability Resources

Students qualify for services through Disability Resources through self-disclosure of a disability and the presentation of current and comprehensive documentation. Reasonable academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis in order to provide students with disabilities equal access to all university programs. The University of St. Thomas is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Center for Writing

Writers at all levels of experience use the Center for Writing. Through individualized conferences, peer consultants work with writers to help them focus, develop, and organize their ideas, and revise and edit their drafts. Students can seek assistance on any work in progress before they write, as they write, and after they write. Most writers bring course assignments, including analytical, research, and capstone papers. Those writing essays for application to graduate school or study abroad are also welcome.

The Center is staffed by peer consultants selected each spring through a rigorous application and interview process. The consultants do not edit or proofread, but instead help writers strengthen their approaches to all facets of the writing process.

Conferences with consultants are free and confidential.

Appointments should be made through our website Online consultations are available through our website as well. For more information on our services, please contact the director, Dr. Susan Callaway, in JRC 361, 651-962-5601.

Major Field Advisers

After a student has completed 48 semester credits, the student completes a major field form and applies to be accepted as a major in his or her chosen academic discipline.

When the student has been accepted as a major in a particular department the guidance of her or his program is then transferred from the pre-major adviser to a departmental major field adviser.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) is the University of St. Thomas' information technology division which focuses on three areas" academics, service and operations, and security. ITS is charged with developing initiatives that create and reflect best IT practices in higher education and support the University of St. Thomas' mission and strategic goals.

ITS provides a variety of software and services to students at no additional cost to support their academic and personal goals while at St. Thomas. All students receive a St. Thomas account upon acceptance to the university that includes email, file storage, on-campus printing, Microsoft Office suite for personal devices, and access to important university-wide systems that allow students to stay on top of their coursework, grades, and campus activities. The Tech Desk also offers free walk-up assistance for general troubleshooting on personal devices, including malware and virus removal.