Signature Programs

REAL Program

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services coordinates the Reaching Excellence in Academics and Leadership (REAL) Program, a selective, five-week academic and co-curricular orientation program for students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including students of color, asylees, refugees, and permanent residents) that are newly committed to attending the University of St. Thomas.


LINKAGES Mentor Program

Linkages Mentor Program, which began in 2007, and serves as a formal peer mentoring initiative designed to support the retention of underrepresented students (students of color, first-generation students, and students demonstrating significant financial need) at the University of St. Thomas. Upperclass student mentors serve as a resource to help first year students successfully transition from high school to college. By participating in this program, students will have an opportunity to meet new people, network and build relationships with UST faculty and staff. Throughout the year, students will participate in a variety of student success workshops, attend social activities and engage in interactive community outreach activities.


DEASE Scholarship Program

The Dease Scholarship Program is named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease. Father Dease initiated this program to increase access to a St. Thomas education for students historically underrepresented at the university. These full-tuition scholarships are awarded to students who attend a public or charter high school in Minneapolis/St. Paul, or any MN Catholic high school, who have high need, and also demonstrate commitment to academic excellence, leadership and their communities.

Awarded to approximately 10 first-year students annually, Dease Scholarships are renewable and thereby offer an outstanding opportunity for students to earn a four-year degree at St. Thomas.