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August 2021

Upcoming Events

Parent & Family Handbook

The Parent and Family Handbook contains helpful information for families such as conversation starters with their student, support services offered by St. Thomas, and topics such as mental health, alcohol, relationships, and college culture. The handbook is available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus. - Parent & Family Handbook

Returning to Campus During COVID-19

The university is requiring all students, faculty and staff to have the Covid-19 vaccine before returning to campus this fall. The Center for Well-Being website has important information to help students and families prepare for the fall.

a person wearing a face mask. - CWB

Textbook and Course Materials are Now Available

Enourage your student to reserve their textbooks and course materials online or stop by the Campus Bookstore to purchase what they need for their fall courses. 

stack of textbooks - Texbooks

Dining Services News

Dining Services shares what is new on the menu, important dates, meal plan details, students employment opportunities in dining services, and registered dietitian services.


signage of The View buffet on campus. - Dining Services News

Parking and Transportation Options

Help your student prepare for fall semester by assisting them with plans for parking (vehicles and bikes) and public transportation for resident and commuter students. 

bicycles in a bike rack on campus. - Parking & Transportation

No car? No problem!

As St. Thomas prioritizes sustainability and student health, families increasingly are discovering that mass transit and bicycles are cheaper, more effective options than a car.

a Metro Transit Bus at a bus stop. - Transportation Options

Move-In 2021

Move-In 2021 is quickly approaching and we have been busy preparing the halls for the arrival of students. Students should refer to the move-in and check-in instructions that were emailed to their St. Thomas email address.

student hanging clothes in her residence hall closet. - Move-In 2021
bodies in a professional setting.

Student Employment

Student jobs are posted on the Human Resources website. Students can apply for any posted position, but should keep in mind their skills, interests, and availability. Encourage your student to view and apply for an on-campus job today. 

people shaking hands. - Student Employment

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

As the 2021-2022 academic year begins we are back on campus with in-person programming. Heritage Month celebrations begin with Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. 

logo for Hispanic Heritage Month - Hispanic Heritage Month

Doing Good with CCG: Get Involved!

The Center for the Common Good (CCG) is sponsoring a Community Partner & Volunteer Fair. Encourage your student to get involved in our local communities.

students engaging in the volunteer fair. - CCG

Friendship Families Needed for International Students

Help create joyful memories for new St. Thomas international students. Learn more about how local families can join the Friendship Family Program to support these students.

international students with their friendship family. - OISS

Career Development News

Read about important changes in the Career Development Center.

Career Development Center logo. - Career News

New Tommie Families: Has Your Student Earned College Credit?

Did your new Tommie earn college credit (PSEO, College in the Schools, or AP/IB) whilie in high school?  Enourage your student to make sure those transcripts have been sent to St. Thomas.

auditorium seats. - Student Retention

Sending Mail or Packages to your Student on Campus

Read about sending mail, packages, and flowers to your student.

mail envelopes on a table. - Sending Mail or Packages to your Student on Campus

Campus Ministry Welcome

Read a welcome for families of first-year students from Fr. Lawrence Blake, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry.

Iverson Center for Faith on St. Paul Campus. - Campus Ministry Welcome

Newsroom Stories

Want to stay up to date on the latest University news? The Newsroom offers stories about what is happening on campus.

the Anderson Student Center from the lower quad. - Campus News

Off-Campus Student Life

Encourage your off-campus student to check out the amenities in the new Off-Campus Student Life lounge space and learn more about programing for students living off campus.

the Off-Campus Student Lounge in Anderson Student Center. - OCSL

Study Abroad Information for First-Year Students

It’s never too early for your student to start planning for study abroad. Read on for more information about study abroad resources, J-Term programs, and scholarships available to first-year Tommies.

a group of students in Costa Rica. - Study Abroad

Selim Center for Life Long Learners

Do you enjoy learning? The Selim Center for Lifelong Learning engages adult learners in high-quality educational opportunities that promote growth in mind, body, and spirit. 

adult learners in an auditorium. - Selim Center for Life Long Learners