Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Percent Women: 70%
Tuition (one year): $5,552 for Canadian students, $13,192 for international students
Most popular majors: Anthropology, Communications & Public Policy, Criminology, English Literature, Environment & Society, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: Minimum 70% average
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit St. Thomas University's website at http://w3.stu.ca/stu/futurestudents/.
Why Choose STU?
"I chose to attend St. Thomas University because of the price, and because it's also just far enough from home. And for the quality of the programs!"
"STU was actually my back-up plan; I never had expectations of coming here. I'm SO glad I did, though!"
"I decided to come to STU because of how small it is. Also, Fredericton is similar to the kind of town I come from! Also, because of their Gerontology program!"
"I chose STU because they have an excellent and competitive Journalism program.""I was born in Fredericton and after moving away as a child I always wanted to come back. I knew I wanted to write and publicly speak so STU seemed like a great opportunity to do so!""I chose St. Thomas University for its small class sizes and reasonable tuition."
"My favourite thing about STU is definitely how close I feel with my fellow classmates, and even my professors! I love the small town feel that Fredericton has."
"I love the sense of community at St. Thomas!"
"In the last couple years, STU has come a long way. Now, they're always adding new amenities to make life better for students, from the Off-Campus Lounge and Subway in 2013, to new seats around campus this year. These changes are resulting in a better experience for everyone!"
"I love the atmosphere. You're always welcomed at STU with open arms, no matter what!"
"The scenery on-campus is absolutely beautiful!"
"STU isn’t the biggest school in Canada but that just means that you have a much closer relationship with everyone around you! Smaller classes, shorter lines and more room in study hall are all bonuses when it comes to being at a small school! It also makes it really easy to get to know the people in your classes or in your houses."
"My least favourite thing has to be the gym - I wish it were bigger!"
"The food isn't that great. Granted, it's better than most other schools, but I wish there were more options for people with different diets."
"My least favourite thing is how darn cold Fredericton gets in the winter!"
"Something that isn't that great is the WiFi in my dorm room - suck city!"
"Sharing facilities with the University of New Brunswick can be annoying. Sometimes the library and Student Union Building seem so far away! But I understand why we share - STU is so small, there's just not enough room on campus for all of it."
New Collegiette on Campus
"I think STU makes the hard transition from high school to university fairly easy. There are lots of resources for first-years to adjust to their new life at uni."
"Instead of a typical frosh week, St. Thomas has a 'Welcome Week.' It's full of fun, team-building activities, like a downtown scavenger hunt, free concerts, and of course the famous residence Cheer Off! It's an alcohol-free week, which sounds like a downer, but is actually a great way to really get to know people."
"I recommend attending one of the open houses (there's usually one in the fall and one in springtime). It's a great way to introduce yourself to the community at St. Thomas."
"I find that upperclassmen are very helpful. We've all been in the same boat before, and they definitely understand where the first-years are coming from. Just another thing to love about going to a small school!"
"It's very easy to feel lonely and homesick in your first year. My best advice would to be to get out of your dorm room. STU has a bus pass included in tuition, and it's a great opportunity to go out and see everything that Fredericton has to offer!"
"One thing that every first-year STUdent looks forward to is the Cheer Off! All of the houses get their best cheers together for a night of screaming at each other at the top of their lungs while dressed in house colours and covered in face paint! It really makes you feel connected with your house from the moment you move in."
All About Academics
"STU's Journalism and Communications programs have been getting more attention in recent years. I think we're definitely on par with other Journalism schools across the country, like King's, Carleton and Ryerson."
"St. Thomas University is an exclusively Liberal Arts school (the only one in Canada!), which I love! The learning environment is really open, and they really emphasize free thinking. I think that's a great tool, no matter what career you want."
"The Spanish program at STU is great! All of the professors that I have had for my Spanish classes are awesome. They make the learning environment fun, exciting, and comfortable. You don't have to worry about making mistakes either, because they emphasize that it is part of learning and encourage you to ask lots of questions. They are all approachable and are eager to help you if you have any problems with the course material."
"Since we're so small here, course registration is fairly easy. Of course, you usually know which courses are the most popular, so you can plan ahead for registration (second-year Children's Literature is always a big one!)."
"There are lots of great study spots on campus, and around Fredericton. From the Off-Campus Lounge in James Dunn Hall to Read's Cafe downtown, there's always a good spot to get some reading in!"
Learn from the Best
"For the most part all of my profs take their courses seriously and are passionate about the material. There are about 60 people in all of my classes, which makes it less intimidating to speak up."
"Most first-year students sign up for Introduction to Literature. If you do, definitely try to get into Andrew Titus' class! Every class is like its own motivational speech - it definitely gets you hyped up for the four years you'll spend in university."
"When it comes to journalism and communications classes, you can't go wrong! Jamie Gillies, Michael Camp, Mark Tunney... enough said!"
"I really like most of my professors. They're always welcoming, friendly, and engaged!"
"Just like any school there are good and bad profs, but with STU the good ones are absolutely great!"
"The opportunity for a professional relationship with your professor is easier because of STU's size."
Interests & Involvement
"STU has a variety of clubs and societies to get involved with! There's a Clubs & Societies Fair every semester, which gives you a chance to see what's out there and join up."
"The most active club on campus is actually the Magic the Gathering Society. If that's not your thing, there's Her Campus, Students for Sustainability, the school newspaper, and a lot more. There's literally something for everyone!"
"It's super easy to start your own club. The Student Union is always willing to help you get your footing - they were instrumental in helping me start a Her Campus chapter at STU."
"One great thing about St. Thomas are the pub crawls! Clubs and societies routinely put on pub crawls (essentially, it's group bar-hopping) to promote themselves. Since the drinking age in Canada is 19, nearly everyone can get in on the fun!"
"If you're interested in student government, the Student Union is always looking for candidates. If you're looking to do it on a smaller scale, Residence Council is the way to go!"
"STU has a good variety of sports teams for men and women - hockey, volleyball, soccer and the like. If you're not on a varsity team, the residences have sports representatives. They schedule intramurals and other sports activities for residents!"
"One big sports event is The Washburn Cup, which is an annual hockey game between the residents/alumni of Forest Hill and the residents on Upper Campus. It's a crazy time!"
"I find you don't hear much about our varsity teams. It depends on the year - sometimes our teams our great, others they're not so great."
"STU isn't a big sports school. A lot of us are more concerned with academics, so sports events don't get much attendance."
"With a 70% female population, there are so many of us at STU! There's even an all-female residence on campus [Vanier Hall]. I find it easier to sit and talk with people, because most of them are going through all of the same things that I am."
"The female community is totally awesome! There are so many girls to get to know and have lasting friendships with! Gotta admit that the lack of boys kinda sucks, but we've got the University of New Brunswick down the hill to make up for that!"
"The women's community here is very vocal about feminist issues. There's a Women's Centre down the hill at UNB, and STU students are always welcome!"
"STU offers majors, minors, and honours in Women's and Gender Studies. They're definitely accommodating towards women - there's so many of us, they have to be!"
"The female community is really diverse. You'll see a variety of fashions and interests - everyone at STU is an individual."
Food & Drink
"When you hear about meal hall in university the things that are said aren’t usually the best, but STU is lucky to have a pretty decent meal hall! They offer many different options like a grill, a deli, and then center stage that has home cooked meals every day."
"There are two different meal halls, one on campus and one at the Forest Hill residence so no matter where you are you know that you can eat! Most off-campus students don’t purchase meal card plans but all of the dining services accept cash so you can still eat during the days that you’re on campus!"
"James Dunn Hall has a Tim Horton's and a Subway. Both accept meal cards, cash, credit and debit! It's perfect for a quick fix."
"University meal halls aren't exactly beloved, but STU's is known for being pretty good. Apparently students from the University of New Brunswick down the hill like to get their food at STU instead of their own campus!"
"The magic of meal hall kind of wears off after a while. I was really into the idea of having a meal hall my first year, but after that I preferred to cook on my own."
"Social Club (or S-Club) is the place to go on the weekends. It's located in the Student Union Building, and they're always good for cheap drinks and a fun time. Ladies Night on Thursday, Beer Buckets on Friday... you get the picture!"
"There are lots of cool clubs to check out Downtown. There's Klub Khrome and Boom! if you just want to dance, plus great pubs for those nights where you just want to chill with a few good friends."
"There's not a huge pressure to go out and drink. If you'd rather chill at home and watch Netflix or football with your friends, go for it!"
"There are always themed residence parties to check out. They're a fun way to meet people in your first couple years of university."
"Every fall, Fredericton has the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. It's one of the biggest events of the year, and a hot ticket for students. Even if you don't make it to a concert, there's always a ton of cool stuff going on for Harvest."
"STU offers five different residence options to students. There are three on campus and two on Forest Hill Road, which is about a 10 minute walk or five minute bus drive. On campus there's Vanier Hall, the all-girls residence as well as Harrington Hall and Holy Cross House, which are both mixed gender houses. On Forest Hill there's Chatham and Rigby Hall, which are both co-ed."
"Residence is one of the best ways to make friends at STU because there's so many opportunities to bond with your housemates. Not only are there house-wide bonding, but different wings also have their own bonding activities once every few months. It’s a safe and friendly environment for any new university student!"
"Students will usually spend up to two years in residence. Luckily, Fredericton has a lot of options for student housing off-campus."
"I love my residence! It's like living with my best friends!"
"I love living in Vanier. I could do without quiet hours, but I feel like it's a bit of a reverse psychology thing. We know that by 10:00 PM we have to be quiet, so we dont always do it."
"Sometimes you have to look a little hard, but there are lots of cool places in Fredericton. For shopping, uptown has all of the major stores like Target, Winners, Starbucks etc. Downtown has lots of cool independent shops and cafes; you'll find something new every time!"
"One of the best things about being at STU is that your student ID doubles as a bus pass, so you can literally go anywhere around the city for free! It’s just a short bus ride to both uptown and downtown."
"The nice thing about Fredericton is that it is a pretty decent sized city, but it can also have a small town feel. When you’re browsing through the boutiques downtown it feels as though you’re in a small little town, but then you make your way to uptown and you have all of the major shopping centres and restaurants!"
"On Saturdays, everyone loves to go to the Farmer's Market. There's tons of delicious food, cool crafts, and sometimes there are even performers. Make sure to line up for a samosa!"
"One thing that's really beautiful about Fredericton is the St. John River. There's tons of walking trails around, and you can really take in how pretty everything looks."
HC's Complete College Guide: St. Thomas University (Canada)
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