St. Thomas University

Founded 1826 | Fredericton, NB

St. Thomas University is an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts institution with an innovative curriculum that emphasizes cross-disciplinary learning and strong teaching. The student population at STU is diverse—students come from 39 countries—and the school has the rare advantage of being a small university where it’s easy to recognize fellow students and professors.

The cozy campus offers inspiring study spots, such as the Great Hall or the study hall in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall, complete with leather chairs and copper-domed lamps. Students also have access to social and academic amenities, including the library and student centre, at the nearby University of New Brunswick.

“STU’s personalized approach to the student experience allows students to discover their academic interests while developing their professional skills,” says president M. Nauman Farooqi. “The exploration of multiple disciplines and diverse perspectives in class, coupled with meaningful experiential learning opportunities outside of class, prepares our graduates to excel in almost every field imaginable.” Classes and extracurricular opportunities focus on developing students’ sense of their social responsibilities; experiential learning opportunities expose students to social issues that they learn about in class and give students a chance to put that learning to the test. School spirit is strong and often on display as students cheer on their Tommies sports teams.

Campus Buzz

The recently renovated Wabanaki Centre provides a hub on campus for Indigenous students, including an expanded space for Indigenous events and an upgraded kitchen. Home cooked meals are served every Wednesday. 

Standout Programs

• Human Rights: This program explores the philosophical, political and legal foundation of human rights. Students in the moot court class can participate in international competitions.

• Great Books: Students read a variety of texts drawing on works of literature, philosophy and politics. Through classroom discussion, students develop speaking and listening skills, as well as critical thinking.

• Law, Politics and Society: This program examines the relationship between law, political life and Canadian society. Students explore factors that shape the law and influence judicial outcomes, as well as the conditions that may bring individuals into contact with the law.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,545 | Part-time: 119

Graduates: Full-time: 21

International Students: First-year: 13%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 458 (335 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $9,744 to $11,113 | Single room with meals: $12,733 to $14,142 | Apartment-style: $5,064

Cool Courses

• Perspectives on Missing Persons: Students in this criminology course analyze missing persons cases.

• Human Rights Advocacy Through Social Media: Explore how social media has both helped and hindered human rights.

Student Life on Campus

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