November Newsletter

Thanksgiving Break Dining Hours

For students staying on campus over the Thanksgiving Break encourage them to plan ahead for meals. Please note all dining locations are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Dining locations and hours can assist with planning.

J-Term & Spring Registration

Registration for J-term and spring semester is underway. Students need to consult with their advisor about their registration plans before their advising hold is released so they can register for classes. Registration Information and Registration Tools are available on the intranet for your student.

Thanksgiving Break

The University will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, Nov. 23- Sunday, Nov. 26. Classes will run through Wednesday, Nov. 22, and resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Pray It Forward

We invite alumni, parents, and friends of St. Thomas to join us once a month for 15 minutes to pause, gather online, and pray. Pray It Forward will include reading the upcoming Sunday's Gospel, a brief reflection, an offering of intentions, and a prayer.

Housing for 2024-25

November begins the housing re-application process. This is a great time to begin discussing next year's housing plans with your student. Students entering their second year are required to live on campus (On-Campus Living Requirement). The Residence Life website will be updated as housing information is released.

Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides a variety of grants to undergraduate students to support their research experience. Students in any major are eligible to apply for the grants. Encourage your budding researcher to check out UROP on our intranet.


Encourage your Tommies to join the J-Term VISION Program 2024 for a life-changing two-week community engagement trip. Tommies will dive into new cultures, tackle social justice issues, and assist communities in places like Quito, Ecuador, or at the U.S.-Mexico border. Application deadline is Nov. 16 for J-Term 2024 trips.

FAFSA 2024-25

Families will be able to complete the FAFSA for the next school year starting in December. The Department of Education delayed the release of the application to make a number of changes revolving around the FAFSA Simplification Act. Details on many of the changes can be found on

Counseling Available on Campus

The Center for Well-Being Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students manage stress and anxiety. Encourage your student(s) to use resources such as crisis drop-in hours, an anxiety toolbox, a self-compassion group, and other mental health resources available to them.

Sleep for Success Challenge

Have you noticed that your student is tired and feeling stressed? This is a common problem among college students. Sleeping 7-9 hours is essential for college students' well-being and academic success. The Center for Well-Being offers a Sleep for Success Sleep Challenge Dec. 4-22. Please encourage your student(s) to sign up for the challenge on Tommie Link so they can feel and do their best on finals.

Finals & Winter Break

Dec. 15 is the final day of classes for the fall term. Finals run from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22. Winter break begins on Dec. 23. J-Term classes run from Jan. 3 to Feb. 1. Spring term starts on Feb. 5. Students are not required to take a J-Term class. Please check out the Academic Calendar for additional important dates.

Financial Well-Being

The University of St. Thomas and U.S. Bank are partnering to provide students with financial services and education support. Students can connect with a U.S. Bank goals coach to learn more about available tools and resources. Learn more about the U.S. Bank Partnership.

Tommie Give Day

On Tommie Give Day, Tuesday, Nov. 14, the entire St. Thomas community rallies to support scholarship funding that ensures access to a whole-person education for current and future Tommies. This is a great time to make your gift!