New students and their parents tour St. Thomas.

Families of New Students

Parents and families, welcome to the University of St. Thomas

We are thrilled to have you join the Tommie community. You play an important role in helping your student navigate the transition into the life of a scholar and the beginning of adulthood.

We look to you as partners in this journey. At St. Thomas we take pride in our conviction of personal attention—we strive to foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member. We are an inclusive community of learners and educators and we believe in creating an environment where all students feel welcomed. We are here to support your student(s) and we are here to support you.

We are hoping to meet you in-person this summer at orientation! The safety of our community remains our top priority. We will have ongoing communication with you this spring and summer about modes available for orientation. We look forward to meeting your student(s) soon.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions as we move through the spring and summer.

Key Dates for New Fall 2021 Students Date / Date Span
Deciding on St. Thomas May 1
Start the New Student Orientation Course in Canvas May 4
Complete Registration Readiness module and submit Course Preference Form June 2
Meet with Faculty Advisor to discuss your schedule at your Orientation & Registration session
Welcome Days for new students September 3-7

Helping Your Student Get Started

Since the St. Thomas email account is our official method of communication with students, it’s critical they have this set up and are checking it regularly. Make sure to ask every once in a while if they have anything new from us.

We asked your student to update parent/family emails with us so we can communicate directly with you. If you have not received an initial welcome email from us, be sure to work with your student to update that email, or reach out to us at orientation@stthomas.edu.

Nuts and Bolts for Students To Do

Students should start by claiming their St. Thomas account and setting up their email, along with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

Next, log into our campus systems, including OneStThomas and Murphy Online, to confirm personal information (name, address). Then students are ready to start the New Student Orientation course in Canvas.

Students are the conduit to help ensure parent/family emails are updated in the St. Thomas system.

Mother and daughter viewing content on a computer

Family Orientations

In addition to the Family sessions offered during your student's Orientation & Registration Session Day, webinars on additional topics related to your student's transition to St. Thomas and college life will be available throughout the summer.  If you would like to attend the live webinars, make sure your student has updated their family emails for you to receive your invitation to these virtual events. Recordings of each of the webinars will be available to view approximately one week after the scheduled live webinar date.

The 2021 Family Orientation webinar topics include:

  • Student Academic Sucess- June 2
    • This interactive panel discussion will provide an overview of the academic support resources available to your student and how you can support them on their academic journey.
  • Housing and Residence Life- June 9
    • Living in the residence hall can be an exciting time for first-year students. This webinar will provide families with residence hall expectations and insights on the holistic experiences your student will engage with while living on campus. 
  • Student Well-Being and Campus Safety- June 16
    • This session will provide families with the necessary information to understand the various campus safety, health, and wellness resources that are available to your student.
  • Billing and Financial Aid- June 23
    • We know you may have questions about billing and financial aid.  Join this session to learn how to support your student with the financial aspects of college.

Each 30-minute webinar begins at 6 p.m.

Academics

Orientation

Student Responsibilities for Orientation

Engage with their fellow students in their New Student Orientation course in Canvas

Connect with future classmates through their Registration Readiness and FYEX 100 Cohorts

Follow TommieOrientation on Instagram

Complete online training

Submit a photo for Tommie Card (St. Thomas student ID) by June 18

How to Support Your Student Through Orientation

Help them make an action plan for this summer. The academic pieces noted earlier on this page are due in June, but we’ll be connecting students with additional content, and fellow classmates, throughout the summer.

You should participate in our online Information Fair as well. Get your questions answered, and also help your student take initiative to explore the resources on their own.

We know that after getting the class schedule, connecting with fellow students is the next thing students value most. 

Follow the St Thomas Parent page on Facebook

Engage with their fellow students in their New Student Orientation course in Canvas

Connect with future classmates through their Registration Readiness and FYEX 100 Cohorts

Follow TommieOrientation on Instagram

Complete online training

Submit a photo for Tommie Card (St. Thomas student ID) by June 18

Help them make an action plan for this summer. The academic pieces noted earlier on this page are due in June, but we’ll be connecting students with additional content, and fellow classmates, throughout the summer.

You should participate in our online Information Fair as well. Get your questions answered, and also help your student take initiative to explore the resources on their own.

We know that after getting the class schedule, connecting with fellow students is the next thing students value most. 

Follow the St Thomas Parent page on Facebook

The Money Stuff

  • Finances and Your Student
  • Student's Financial Tasks
  • Finances and Your Student

    We know many of our students are blessed to have you involved in managing the financial aspects of college.

    That being said, the law requires us to treat the student as an adult and work directly with them. Your student can grant you access to some items (via Proxy Access), but in the end much of this is their responsibility.

    You can be a tremendous support by coaching them on that responsibility, helping them know what to pay attention to and having clear conversations with them about how you want to work with them on all of these aspects.

    And, be sure to get good information for yourself. You can do this by:

    • Watching the videos that make up the Billing & Financial Aid training your student is required to complete. (In their New Student Orientation course in Canvas.)
    • Reviewing the Financial Aid Checklist and help them in completing these items.

    Student's Financial Tasks

    Students need to review the Financial Aid Checklist and complete all items. It includes items such as:

    • Accepting or declining Financial Aid
    • Reporting outside scholarships
    • Consider assigning Proxy and/or Authorized User access
    • Look into Tuition Insurance
    • Complete the Student Payment Agreement form.

    Complete the online Billing & Financial Aid training (found in the New Student Orientation course in Canvas).

    Regularly check their St. Thomas email for communications from the Business Office, including future tuition bills.

    Finances and Your Student

    Finances and Your Student

    We know many of our students are blessed to have you involved in managing the financial aspects of college.

    That being said, the law requires us to treat the student as an adult and work directly with them. Your student can grant you access to some items (via Proxy Access), but in the end much of this is their responsibility.

    You can be a tremendous support by coaching them on that responsibility, helping them know what to pay attention to and having clear conversations with them about how you want to work with them on all of these aspects.

    And, be sure to get good information for yourself. You can do this by:

    • Watching the videos that make up the Billing & Financial Aid training your student is required to complete. (In their New Student Orientation course in Canvas.)
    • Reviewing the Financial Aid Checklist and help them in completing these items.

    Student's Financial Tasks

    Student's Financial Tasks

    Students need to review the Financial Aid Checklist and complete all items. It includes items such as:

    • Accepting or declining Financial Aid
    • Reporting outside scholarships
    • Consider assigning Proxy and/or Authorized User access
    • Look into Tuition Insurance
    • Complete the Student Payment Agreement form.

    Complete the online Billing & Financial Aid training (found in the New Student Orientation course in Canvas).

    Regularly check their St. Thomas email for communications from the Business Office, including future tuition bills.

    Care and Support

    You are absolutely our partners in the care and support of your student, and we want to work with you. Your student isn’t the only one experiencing change this summer and fall – you are as well! We will launch our digital parent/family orientation program in June, which will support you as you:

    • Learn more about how our values as an institution inform how we support your student by attending a panel discussion hosted by the Dean of Students office.
    • Review the Family Handbook, and start conversations with your student about the topics it raises. Look to our parent/family virtual orientation to support the content, and follow up with questions at orientation@stthomas.edu.
    • Engage in content around Family Transitions prepared by our Personal Counseling team.

    Check back on this site for updated information, and make sure your student has submitted updated email addresses for you so we can be in touch.

    In the meantime, your student needs to prepare to take care of themselves more and manage their own physical and mental care, which includes:

    You can assist your student by asking if they have questions about their tasks and empowering them with information such as: phone numbers for their doctors, details on the college budget, and documentation on past accommodations for disabilities.