New Two-Year College Expands Access for Underserved Communities

July 26, 2017
Terrence Murphy Hall, home to the Dougherty Family College
Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis campus, home to Dougherty Family College

Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas will open in August and is still accepting applications for the next two weeks

The first cohort of students will start on August 14. The final open house will be held August 3, 5 – 7:30 p.m. If you know recent high school graduates who have college aspirations, but haven’t found a way to make it happen, please introduce them to Dougherty Family College.

The University of St. Thomas is working to closing the educational attainment and prosperity gap in the Twin Cities. The new Associate of Arts degree program offers university-level liberal arts courses that will prepare students for a transition to a public or private four-year institution in Minnesota after graduation. Students will receive mentoring from St. Thomas faculty, participate in paid internships and benefit from additional academic and social support. For students with the great need, tuition is as low as $1,000 per year.

This program is best suited for students who meet the following criteria:

  • traditional college age (one who just graduated or very recently graduated from high school)
  • high level of financial need (determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Minnesota Dream Act Application)
  • cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or above
  • college readiness, perseverance, resilience and a commitment to achieving personal goals (determined by a written narrative and interview process)