St. Thomas University

Founded 1910 | 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 well-regarded journalism school hosts guest speakers through the Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. The university teaches a diverse student population; students come from 35 countries. STU has the rare advantage of being a small university where it’s easy to recognize fellow students and professors.

It also offers access to social and academic amenities, including the library and student centre, at the nearby—and much larger—University of New Brunswick. 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.

“STU’s distinct educational experience provides students with numerous academic advantages including significant knowledge within and outside chosen majors, rigorous honours programs and opportunities to work directly with faculty members on research projects,” says president Dawn Russell. 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.

Standout Programs

• Law, Politics and Society: This flexible interdisciplinary program explores the relationship between law, political life and Canadian society. Students explore the philosophical, societal and institutional foundations that shape the law.

• Social Work: Students complete two years of liberal arts courses, followed by two years of social work courses and field placements. They gain both theoretical and practical experience.

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

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 1,865 · Part-time: 105

International Students: First-year: 11%

Male-Female Ratio: 25 to 75

Housing Facts

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

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $8,955 to $10,186 · Single room with meals: $11,787 to $14,055 · Apartment-style: $4,843

Cool Courses

• Sociology of Disease: Students explore the social construct of disease, focusing on the human experience of illness in society.

• Madness and Medicine: Students review the psychiatric classification system of mental disorders and consider the social, scientific and political dimensions.

Student Life on Campus

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