We believe smaller is better. Our small size is the reason we are able to give each one of our students a big university experience full of opportunity.
Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, St. Thomas University is a small, primarily undergraduate university dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education.
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts is the heart of our academic community, with more than 30 programs offered in the humanities and social sciences. For more than 100 years, our small, supportive community has been bonded by a shared commitment to the liberal arts and social justice.
Our 1,800 Bachelor of Arts students engage in a broad and rigorous education through exceptional offerings in traditional disciplines such as Psychology, English, Political Science, and Fine Arts, and more unique programs that offer increasing value to our world today—Communications and Public Policy, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Human Rights and Journalism. Our students participate in experiential learning opportunities—service learning, field work, internships and practicums, travel-study, lab work—that allow them to use their education in practical settings and experience the value of a liberal arts education to society.
We believe the liberal arts are the best preparation for a life as a leader, a professional and a global citizen. Our alumni are our proof.
Our post-degree programs in Education and Social Work complement the Bachelor of Arts community, and offer students outstanding training through course work and practicums.
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Students Are First
University is an exciting time. It’s a time for personal and intellectual growth. It's an opportunity for students to learn more about the world, and about themselves. New interests, new friends and new experiences help take students into the next chapter of their lives.
This time can always present challenges, and that’s why we are committed to providing a learning environment second to none, academic and personal support for when it’s needed and opportunities that provide students the experiences they need to reach their academic and professional goals.
Classes – Every single class is small and intimate. Capped at 60 students, our average class size is only 26 students, and upper year classes are even smaller. Classes are discussion and debate based, and professors are able to get to know their students and offer individualized attention. 99% of our full-time faculty have their Ph.D or highest degrees in their fields.
Teaching Excellence – 91% of first-year students rate their experience as excellent or good. One reason is that the emphasis on teaching, academic challenge, and developing new thinking skills are rated among the highest in Canada.
Financial Aid – The university dedicates $1.8 million to student financial aid every year. With more than 40 different kinds of scholarships and bursaries available, there are many ways to help offset tuition costs.
Support – Our Student Services Department supports students every step of the way. Offering resources for academic support, career planning, stress management, and more, students have a team of people to help them through their time at university.
Opportunities – A university degree is about more than just attending class. Our students attend national conferences, study abroad, publish their research and work on professional research with professors. They take on leadership roles in the Students' Union and Residence Life, work part-time jobs on campus, and intern and volunteer throughout the city.
However you plan to use your education from St. Thomas, it all starts with the freedom to think for yourself.
Goals of a Liberal Education
Value of a Liberal Education
-St. Thomas University Crest
The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Wəlastəkewiyik / Maliseet whose ancestors along with the Mi’Kmaq / Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati Tribes / Nations signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s.
Goals of Liberal Arts
St. Thomas University is devoted to open-minded inquiry and encourages a variety of disciplinary approaches to the quest to understand human life.
Value of Liberal Arts
Now more than ever, employers need well-educated generalists who are flexible, creative, curious, and capable of seeing the broader picture.