Academic Support

Academic Counseling 

The Office of Academic Counseling 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 Advisors

Full-time faculty members serve as advisors to all students. Faculty advisors assist students with class schedules and enrollment decisions each semester during their first and sophomore years. 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 advisor to a departmental major field advisor. Major field advisors guide their advisees’ progress toward a degree by reviewing grade reports and degree evaluations, assisting students with academic challenges, and consulting with them about career 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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

UROP offers several different kinds of grant funding for faculty-mentored, independent student research projects in all fields. UROP accepts proposals three times a year and provides student and faculty stipends for a semester or summer of non-credit student research projects. Funding is also available for students to travel for research and presentation purposes. UROP hosts two research posters sessions each year to showcase the results of students conducting independent research in any capacity. UROP is a partner unit of the Center for Student Achievement. To learn more, please visit www.stthomas.edu/urop .

Center for Student Achievement (CSA)

The Center for Student Achievement, opening on the first floor of Murray-Herrick Center in Fall 2018, is a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that intentionally integrates resources to empower students as they navigate academic and professional goals. Through the CSA, students can get assistance exploring majors and careers, connect with offices and programs that provide academic support, and learn about opportunities that will enrich their academic experience at St. Thomas. More information can be found at: https://www.stthomas.edu/centerforstudentachievement/.

English Language Consulting

English Language Consulting provides help for undergraduate multilingual and international students to improve language and academic skills.  The ELC offers support for vocabulary development, grammar, reading comprehension, note-taking , speaking and listening skills, study skills, and other English as a Second/Additional Language concerns.  More information can be found at: https://www.stthomas.edu/centerforstudentachievement/signatureprograms/englishlanguageconsultants/

Math Placement Tutoring

All University of St Thomas students must complete at least one math course, as determined by their field of study. Math Placement Tutors are professional math educators who are available to help students place into the math course that best fits their needs and their major requirements. Students who are working to improve their math placement can schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions as they work through online prep and learning material tailored to the areas of math that challenge them. Tutors are also available for virtual tutoring sessions for those students who would benefit from that flexibility. Consult the website for more information and current hours: https://www.stthomas.edu/centerforstudentachievement/signatureprograms/mathplacementtutors/

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.

Consult the website for more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/marc

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 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.

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.

Consult the website for more information: https://www.stthomas.edu/writing/

Innovation & Technology Services

Innovation & Technology Services (ITS) is the University of St. Thomas' technology division. As part of its mission to connect and empower the St. Thomas community, ITS focuses on technology support, academic computing, process improvement, infrastructure services, and security. ITS is charged with developing initiatives that create and reflect best IT practices in higher education while supporting 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.

For more information: https://www.stthomas.edu/its/