Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

Mission, Convictions & Vision Statement


Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We're the largest private university in Minnesota, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 110,000+ alumni. Eight schools and colleges offer 150+ undergraduate majors and minors and 55+ graduate degree programs.


As a community we are committed to:

  1. pursuit of truth 
    We value intellectual inquiry as a lifelong habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas

  2. academic excellence
    We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking

  3. faith and reason
    We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture

  4. dignity
    We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community

  5. diversity
    We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society

  6. personal attention
    We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member

  7. gratitude
    We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God

    (Statement approved by the Board of Trustees October 21, 2004)


The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic comprehensive urban university, is known nationally for academic excellence that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. Through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry and deep intercultural understanding, we inspire students to lead, work and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.

(Statement approved 2014)

Link to Center for Campus Ministry

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Center for the Common Good coming soon

Center for the Common Good coming soon - Center for The Common Good