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St. Thomas University (International Student Information)


An International, Multicultural Haven for Diversity in Education

Florida's St. Thomas University has students enrolled from more than 70 countries around the world, with many different cultural backgrounds. The university takes pride in having a student body that includes men and women from a wide variety of racial, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and national identities. STU adheres to the traditional liberal arts goal of exposing students to diverse cultures to expand their intellectual horizons and analyze the differences between people.

The Office of Student Affairs assists multicultural organizations on campus that enable students to maintain and strengthen their cultural identities while staying connected to the university through campus-wide activities.

Dual Enrollment Program Gives High School Students a Jump Start on a College Education

St. Thomas University's dual enrollment program gives high school juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credits while they are still attending high school.

Dual enrollment courses are taught at participating high schools by St. Thomas University professors and/or high school professors that have been approved by the university. Courses vary among high schools, but they are the equivalent of St. Thomas undergraduate courses, and all credits received are accepted by STU and are usually transferrable to other colleges.

Students enrolled in the dual enrollment program are automatically admitted to St. Thomas University upon graduation from high school and completion of admissions paperwork.

New Campus Expansions Bring Lasting Impact for Students

Two new facilities on the campus of St. Thomas University are expanding opportunities and educational experiences for students. The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness is an athletic and educational hub that serves as the home to the university's sports administration programs, the School of Leadership Studies, and the volleyball and basketball teams.

The Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building offers undergraduate students a dramatic increase in research abilities and unique science programs such as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) FELLOWS cohorts, which offers selected minority students the chance to pursue majors in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

The new facilities and academic programs at St. Thomas University expand the school's mission to help students develop skills they can use to bring about positive change in their local communities.

General Education Requirements Facilitate Lifelong Learning

St. Thomas University has a well-designed curriculum of general education requirements that let students select from a wide variety of courses that support value-oriented education. Humanities courses develop skills in written communications, while fostering in students an appreciation for fine arts, foreign language studies, and masterpieces of literature. The natural world and quantitative reasoning classes employ scientific methods and technology to help students explore the material world.

Philosophy emphasizes the "foundational wisdom of human reason," and the culture and society requirement strengthens powers of judgment and analysis by examining great achievements of the past and present. Religious studies courses examine the phenomenon of religious experience, and the Catholic identity requirements help students develop an understanding of the Catholic intellectual and artistic heritage.

Engaging Community Activities Enrich Life beyond the Classroom

St. Thomas offers students many types of activities and organizations to engage their minds and hearts, providing opportunities to interact with other students and participate in university life. Athletic events, student government, service and theme clubs, concerts, cookouts, the campus literary magazine and TV station, exciting speakers, and worship services all contribute to the welcoming sense of community at STU.

The Florida campus is conveniently located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, and students can readily explore the rich cultural diversity and ecological uniqueness of the area while preparing for a life of personal and professional leadership.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Post-Master&Apos;S, Postbachelor&Apos;S, And First Professional Certificates
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business/Commerce; Finance; Hotel/Motel Administration; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Marketing/Marketing Management; Organizational Leadership; Tourism And Travel Services Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programscommunication And Media Related; Mass Communication/Mediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer Science; Information Science/Studieseducationelementary Education; Secondary Education; Social Studies Teacher Educationengineeringengineeringenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishhealth Professions And Related Programshealth/Health-Care Administration; Pre-Dentistry Studies; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Nursing Studieshistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Fire Services Administrationlegal Professions And Studiespre-Law Studiesliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studiesparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiessport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesreligious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistrypsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionshuman Services; Public Administrationsocial Scienceseconomics; Political Science And Governmenttheology And Religious Vocationspastoral Studies/Counseling


Admission: 681 applied; 268 admitted; 209 enrolled Average high school GPA: 2.94

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $40
Required: high school transcript, minimum 2 GPA
Recommended: essay or personal statement, 1 letter of recommendation, interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
1,085 Undergraduate Students, 56% Women, 44% Men, 16% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
26% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.4% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 41% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.9% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 7% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
13% Representing 52 Other Countries
Housing Info
25% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Men-Only, Women-Only, Campus Housing Is University Owned
Student-Run Television Station, Choral Group, Psychology Club, National Society Of Leadership And Success (NSLS), Criminal Justice, Kreyol Nation, Gay Strait Alliance (GSA)
Most popular organizations
Psychology Club, National Society Of Leadership And Success (NSLS), Criminal Justice, Kreyol Nation, Gay Strait Alliance (GSA)
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Distance Learning, Double Majors, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters




Total: 238Full-Time: 43% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 14 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$33,870 includes full-time tuition ($26,370) and room and board ($7500). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition: $527 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program
Room and board:Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,751 applied for aid, 690 were judged to have need, 114 had their need fully met
In 2013,190 non-need-based awards were made
Average need-based loan:$4284
Average need-based gift aid:$3194
Average non-need-based aid:$7915




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