St. Thomas University

About St. Thomas University

Welcome to St. Thomas University, the small university of big opportunities. 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, in eastern Canada, St. Thomas is a small, primarily undergraduate university dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education. 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, Economics, Political Science, and Fine Arts, and more unique programs that offer increasing value to our world today—Communications and Public Policy, Criminology, Gerontology, Human Rights, International Relations, and Journalism. Our students participate in experiential learning opportunities—service learning; field work; internships; practicums; travel study; lab work; and partnerships with the Harvard Business School, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and American Moot Court Association—that allow them to apply their education in practical settings and develop professional contacts and skills needed to excel after graduation.

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. They include award-winning lawyers, authors, and journalists, politicians, social workers, Olympic athletes, CEOs, entrepreneurs, humanitarian workers, educators, pilots, doctors, actors, the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, premiers, and more.

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.

Why Choose St. Thomas University?

Students Are First

University is an exciting time. It's a time for personal and intellectual growth. It is 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 – Capped at 60 students, every class is small and intimate. Our average first-year class size is only 29 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. We are the only Canadian university where 100% of our full-time faculty have their Ph.D or highest degrees in their fields.
  • Teaching Excellence – 91% of our first-year students rate their experience as excellent or good. Our emphasis on teaching, academic rigor, and the pursuit of critical thinking is why we're ranked among the highest in Canada.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid – The university dedicates $1.8 million to student financial aid each year. With more than 40 different types of scholarships and bursaries available, there are many ways to help offset tuition costs and reward academic merit and leadership.
  • Support – Our Student Services Department supports students every step of the way. Offering resources for academic support, international-student advising, career planning, stress management, counseling, 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 student government and residence life, work part-time jobs on campus, and intern and volunteer throughout the city. Our community of students is unique and united, and shares a similar passion to leave their mark on the world while helping others in the process. We encourage everyone at St. Thomas to be their true selves, and express their ideas openly and freely, in a safe and accepting place. You will not be taught what to think, but how to think independently and from different perspectives.
  • However you plan to use your education from St. Thomas, it all starts with the freedom to think for yourself.

Scholarships @ St. Thomas University

  • $8000 - $50,000 Scholarship based on academic achievements, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial needs (Competitive, Per Year)
  • Please get in touch with PTC for details!

Notable Alumni of St. Thomas University

  • Daniel Joseph Bohan 7th Catholic Archbishop of Regina
  • T.J. Burke former cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
  • Greg Byrne former cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
  • Roger Clinch former member of parliament
  • Chris Collins 67th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
  • Ivan Court 65th Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Matt DeCourcey member of parliament
  • Mike Eagles former NHL hockey player
  • Sheree Fitch author, poet
  • Harry Forestell journalist
  • Raymond Fraser author
  • Shawn Graham 31st Premier of New Brunswick
  • Stephen Horsman Deputy Premier of New Brunswick and cabinet minister
  • Kelly Lamrock former cabinet minister and Attorney General of New Brunswick
  • Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal (Canada)
  • Sandra Lovelace Nicholas senator
  • Brian Mulroney 18th Prime Minister of Canada, (alumnus of St. Thomas College, Chatham)
  • Candy Palmater lawyer, comedian, aboriginal and gay rights activist
  • Al Pittman poet, playwright
  • David Adams Richards President of St. Thomas University, former Dalhousie University Dean of Law
  • Anna Silk actress
  • Greg Thompson former federal cabinet minister and member of parliament
  • Lyman Ward actor
  • Doug Young former federal and provincial cabinet minister, former Leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick