New Student Checklist

We're happy you've chosen the University of St. Thomas for your education! To help you with your transition, we've provided a list of things we hope you'll accomplish in your first few weeks at the University of St. Thomas:

The first day of the 2019 Spring semester is Monday, February 3, 2020. Instructors have the option to drop you from the class if you do not attend on the first day, be sure to contact them if you are unable to make it.

Many students purchase their books at either the St. Paul Campus Store located on the lower level of Murray–Herrick Campus Center (MHC) or at the Minneapolis Campus Store located on the first floor of Terrence Murphy Hall. You can get textbooks shipped to you as well. 

To set up your email account, claim your account through your admitted student portal.  Email is the official form of communication at St. Thomas, so check yours regularly by visiting If you have questions about email or any other technology needs, contact

All students are required to have health insurance.  For further information, please see the Health Services website.

Attend our upcoming Student Activities Fair, featuring information about student clubs and organizations on campus. Over 140 clubs and orgs will be set up at the James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 from 12-1pm. Feel free to sign up for any and all clubs in attendance! 

Transfer Students: TOMMIE TRANSFERmation is a dinner series program for new transfer students who are first starting their St. Thomas student experience in the Spring Semester. Each week, students and facilitators will come together to learn more about St. Thomas culture, traditions, and resources as well as connect with other transfer students working through their transition. Transfers will have the opportunity to talk more about their transition to St. Thomas while becoming more familiar with campus resources and opportunities available to them. 

Students are expected to be familiar with university policies at St. Thomas.

It is important that you let us know whenever you move. You can update your address anytime in Murphy Online at Students are required to verify their address annually in Murphy Online.

 The following items may only pertain to some incoming students:

Make sure you submit all of your official transcripts to the Admissions Office. If you have concerns or questions about how your transfer credits were evaluated, connect with Academic Counseling & Support in Murray-Herrick Campus Center, Room 110.

Meet with your financial aid counselor to make sure everything is in order for the remainder of this academic year. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Visit Parking Services for more information about parking permits and alternative modes of transportation. This office is located at the Murray Herrick Center, 106.

Whether you live on or off-campus, you have the option of purchasing a meal plan. Meal plans, dinning dollars, and eXpress dollars are all great ways of saving money if you will be eating on campus. For information, visit the Card Office.

Once you have earned 48+ credits, you should complete a major field declaration form. Forms are available through Academic Counseling & Support.

If you currently live off-campus or plan to in the future, you will find excellent resources and programs to participate in at Off-Campus Student Services.

For more information here about living on campus, please visit Residence Life.

During Your First Few Weeks at St. Thomas, You Should:

  • Get your textbooks.
  • Continue to check your St. Thomas email account regularly for messages from your Transfer Orientation Leader or Orientation Leader. They will send you updates on exciting activities and events happening on-campus. You may also receive messages from professors regarding your courses.
  • If you did not get your St. Thomas ID card at orientation, stop by the Card Office on the 1st floor of the Murray-Herrick Center. They can also answer any questions you have about meal plans, flex dollars, or eXpress dollars.
  • Get Involved. Involvement on campus broadens knowledge of the university, develops leadership skills, adds to a resume, and helps you connect to the campus community. If you plan on working during your first-year, find on-campus jobs through Human Resources or the St. Thomas Job Opportunities website, or off-campus jobs and internships through the Career Development Center.
  • Verify your address and enter health insurance information in Murphy Online
  • Review the online student policies page to familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities.
  • "Like" St. Thomas Student Affairs on Facebook and Follow @USTStdntAffairs on Twitter.
  • Go to class. Some classes may not have attendance requirements, but it is still important to attend! And don’t forget to get to know your professors during their office hours.
  • Make a budget for your first-semester. 
  • Ask your Academic Counselor any questions or concerns you have about transferring credits correctly and be sure to complete the credit transfer process. 
  • Ask questions. We're happy to answer them.