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University of St. Thomas: Narrative Description


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St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
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Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1885. Setting: 78-acre urban campus with easy access to Minneapolis. Endowment: $314.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $338,371. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,569 per student. Total enrollment: 10,474. Faculty: 817 (400 full-time, 417 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 4,249 applied, 81% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 86% from top half. 11 National Merit Scholars, 34 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,788 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 514 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 54 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 10% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 5 members of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, interview, ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $28,370 includes full-time tuition ($21,440), mandatory fees ($388), and college room and board ($6542). College room only: $4040. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $670 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 94 open to all. Major annual events: Taste of St. Thomas, Homecoming, Spring Fling. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,888 students; 1,953 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library plus 2 others with 440,023 books, 964,335 microform titles, 4,168 serials, 3,516 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.6 million. 1,549 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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