St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University

Established nearly a century ago, St. Thomas is the ideal liberal arts institution, consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate universities in Canada. Teaching is the highest institutional priority, and professors are directly engaged in challenging programmes that foster each student’s intellectual development.

The cornerstone four-year Bachelor of Arts programme has more than 30 academic disciplines. Students explore various disciplines during their first two years of study, allowing them to broaden their interests before selecting an honours program or major. Small class sizes (no class is larger than 60, with an average class size of 30) encourage students to participate in discussions with peers and professors.

St. Thomas University is unique in Canada: our sole focus is liberal arts education. We think it is the best way to prepare you for a life as a leader, thinker, and global citizen. Liberal arts education gives you the ability to find solutions to problems, make independent decisions, and act on them. It teaches you how to argue logically, write clearly, and master new ways of thinking. It means gaining skills in communication, critical thinking and open-mindedness.

At St. Thomas, you can expect small classes, engaged classmates, and teachers second-to-none. Choose from among more than 30 academic disciplines: from traditional fields like Philosophy, History and Languages, to innovative programmes in Journalism, Human Rights, Criminology, Environment and Society, and Native Studies.

Wherever you want to go, St. Thomas will help you get there.

You’ll develop your interests, discover your passions, learn the skills and subjects you need, and see a different point of view. It all starts with the freedom to think for yourself.


The origin of St. Thomas University dates back to 1910. At that time, the Most Reverend Thomas F. Barry, Bishop of Chatham, invited the Basilian Fathers of Toronto to assume charge of an institution in Chatham, New Brunswick, providing education for boys at the secondary and junior college levels. The institution was called St. Thomas College.

The Basilian Fathers remained at St. Thomas until 1923. That year the school was placed under the direction of the clergy of the Diocese of Chatham. In 1938, the Diocese of Chatham became the Diocese of Bathurst. In 1959, a section of Northumberland County, including within its territorial limits St. Thomas College, was transferred from the Diocese of Bathurst to the Diocese of Saint John.

Volunteerism, Service & Social Justice

St. Thomas’ students are devoted to justice and service, as the extraordinary number of student service organizations on campus goes to show. We don’t just learn about the world’s problems in class, we act to bring about change in our community.

Campus Diversity

We want you to feel at home at St. Thomas, no matter where you come from, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. You’ll be able to find a student group on campus where you will feel supported, included, and empowered to share your experiences and culture with friends.

Campus Ministry

At St. Thomas, people of all faiths are welcomed and invited to participate fully in the community. If you are interested in becoming more involved in your faith, join our active Campus Ministry team or one of several other campus groups devoted to faith. Whatever your religious affiliation, feel free to spend some time in the beautiful St. Thomas chapel, or to get involved with the social justice initiatives of Campus Ministry.

Jobs on Campus

Short on cash? The JOBS programme provides a centralized listing of the many jobs available on campus, and the Career Counselling Centre at UNB is also available to St. Thomas students.

Symbols of Community

T-Pins and T-Rings are treasured reminders of membership in the STU family. On the eve of the first day of classes, all first-year students gather in the courtyard. Our president welcomes the new students to the academic world, presenting each with a T-Pin. Donning academic robes is a tradition that dates back centuries, and after four years at St. Thomas, our students join the tradition, becoming graduates and donning their own black gowns and hood. On the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of all Catholic universities and students, fourth-year students earn the coveted T-Ring – a nationally recognized symbol that unites our graduates as they go their separate ways.

Home of the Tommies

Sports fans and athletes alike come together to cheer on the Tommies-men’s and women’s hockey, soccer, volleyball, rugby and basketball teams – as they battle for pride of place in league play. Join the epic Battle of the Hill, when the Tommies play against our nearest rival, UNB. If you’re not a player, cheer your team to victory!

The St. Thomas men’s and women’s ice hockey teams compete in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Basketball (M&W), soccer (M&W), and volleyball (M&W) compete in the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). Rugby (M&W) compete in the an organized club league.


If you want to play for fun, join an intramural league: St. Thomas partners with UNB for an intramural sports programme that attracts over 3,000 participants each year.


The J. B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre is a 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art gymnasium. As a student, you will have free access to cardio and weight training equipment, basketball and squash courts, as well as to UNB’s facilities: three more gyms, a pool, tennis courts, and outdoor fields. Fitness classes offered at both UNB and St. Thomas will also be open to you.


St. Thomas is home to the Black Box Theatre, an intimate playing space where Theatre St. Thomas (TST) performs both classics and experimental theatre. Auditions for roles onstage and off are open to all, and recent productions have included Schwartz’s Godspell, Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and Auburn’s Proof.


St. Thomas Early English Drama Society performs one show annually, focusing on early Drama. Past productions have included Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.


St. Thomas is home to two instrumental ensembles: The Thomists big-band-style orchestra, and STU Jazz, featuring experimental jazz stylings and tight ensemble work. If voice is your instrument, check out the St. Thomas Singers, performing in a variety of styles.

Visual Arts

This year St. Thomas students launched their inaugural art exhibition, START, with great success. If you are a painter, sculptor, photographer, or visual artist of any description, watch out for your chance to showcase your work and share your craft with fellow artists.

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