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University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas (UST or St. Thomas) is a private, Catholic, liberal arts, and archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, and it was named after the medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher who was also the patron saint of students in the Roman Catholic Church - Thomas Aquinas.

St. Thomas is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities.

UST is Minnesota's largest private university, and it enrolls more than 10,000 students.

The University of St. Thomas was founded in 1885 by John Ireland, archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. At first it was an all-male Catholic seminary. St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary became a liberal arts college in 1894. The College of St. Thomas established a military program in 1903. It became an official military school in 1906. St. Thomas finally started awarding its first academic degrees in 1915. Military training became optional in 1922.

St. Thomas started two of its most notable graduate programs, Education and Business Administration, in the second half of the 20th century.

The school became co-educational in 1977. The College of St. Thomas finally became the University of St. Thomas in 1990.

The St. Paul campus is home to most undergraduate students. The main campus is located where St. Paul's Summit Avenue meets the Mississippi River.

The campus' Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center has a field house, basketball arena, weight room, and swimming pool.

The Minneapolis campus holds St. Thomas' School of Education, the nationally recognized School of Law and Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. The campus was opened in 1992.

The Gainey Conference Center is a full-service conference and retreat facility located in Owatonna, Minnesota. It was built in 1981.

The Bernardi Campus is located on the west bank of the Tiber River on Lungotevere delle Armi in Rome, Italy. The Bernardi Campus houses St. Thomas students participating in academic programs abroad and graduate students offered through the Catholic Studies Department.

The University is divided into eight academic divisions:

1. College of Arts & Sciences
2. College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling
3. Graduate Programs in Software
4. Opus College of Business
5. School of Engineering
7. School of Social Work
6. School of Law
8. Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Students may choose from more than 90 majors and 60 minors in a variety of degrees. UST also offers more than 60 graduate degrees in a dozen subject areas.

St. Thomas also houses the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. It offers master's- and doctoral-level degrees oriented to theological study and the practice of ministry.

Approximately 2,400 residents live in 10 traditional halls and apartments on the St. Paul campus. The University of St. Thomas offers special interest floors, which are intended to house specific residents with similar interests or class standing. Almost one-third of all floors are First Year Experience floors. This practice attempts to create a cohesive community.

Most of the dorms have strict policies regarding guests within the residence hall. However, students over 21 years of age are allowed alcohol in the upper-class apartments.

UST has about 135 clubs and organizations. They provide the students an opportunity to continue their education outside of the classroom.

The on-campus student association is the Undergraduate Student Government. It is made up of an executive board and general counsel. It has its own offices, which are located in the student center.

The Career Development Center serves all undergraduate and some graduate students. They work with work with undecided students on choosing their majors. Their services are designed to assist students in all stages of career planning.

Apart from 730,000 volumes and 95,000 electronic books the UST library has 230 electronic databases. It also offers many services, which are available to all online users.

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