Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Freshmen Students:
 
All applicants must have a High School Diploma or its equivalent, write a personal essay, and have at least one letter of recommendation sent to St. Thomas University. The minimum criteria for consideration by the Admissions Committee are:
  1. Minimum, unweighted GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. SAT score of at least 880 (Critical Reading + Mathematics sections) or a composite score of 18 on the ACT exam.

Applicants must meet the above requirements to be considered for admission. Applicants with lower credentials are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee with special emphasis on the personal essay, letter of recommendation, and placement test scores.
 
Required Documents: 

  1. A completed Undergraduate Application for Admission, along with a non-refundable $40 application fee.
  2. An official copy of the high school transcript mailed electronically or directly from the issuing institution, or an official copy of the General Education Diploma (GED) mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Official SAT, ACT or CLAST/GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST scores. In the absence of SAT, ACT or CLAST/GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST scores, students must take the University Placement Test prior to registering for classes.
  4. A letter of recommendation. (MUST be signed)
  5. A personal statement/essay of 500 words. (See topics below and choose ONE)

    - Why I wish to attend St. Thomas University
    - How my activities and experiences will enhance the student body at St. Thomas University
    - Qualities of an effective leader (for School of Leadership applicants majoring in Education or Communication Arts)
      

First-Year Students:
Applicants must present a minimum of 18 high school units of which 12 units should be in the academic subjects listed below. Students should successfully complete the following courses in high school: 

English
Mathematics (Algebra or above)           
Science                                                  
Social Science
4 Units
3 Units
2 Units 
3 Units

  
SAT and ACT Scores:
While testing is not always a precise indicator of a prospective student’s academic abilities, the Admissions Committee considers it as a reliable measure of an applicant’s classroom performance. Therefore, prospective students must submit scores from one of the two nationally recognized academic tests, the College Entrance Examination Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). Test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Information concerning the tests and test dates is available in high school guidance offices. Applications without test scores are considered incomplete.
 
Students without passing scores on all sections of the CLAST/General Knowledge Test or SAT scores at or above 500 Math/440 Critical Reading/440 Writing must take the University Placement test before enrolling.  Those students submitting ACT scores will be exempt from the English portion of the exam if they score at or above an 18 on Reading and a 17 on English, Mathematics scores do not allow students to gain exemption from the Math portion of the exam; only SAT Math scores will be accepted.
          
Students who have passed the GED with a score of 2250 and have received an acceptable score on the STU placement test are eligible for admission to the university provided all other admission criteria have been met.
 
A student who fails to meet the above criteria and does not receive a passing score on the University Placement Test has not demonstrated an ability to benefit from the St. Thomas University educational experience, and may be denied admission.
 
 
Requirements for Transfer Students   

Any student with 30 or more credits from an accredited college or university is considered a transfer student.

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.50
  2. A completed Undergraduate Application for Admission, along with a non-refundable $40 application fee.
  3. An official transcript from all institutions attended sent directly from the issuing institution to St. Thomas University
  4. A letter of recommendation
  5. A personal statement/essay of 500 words. (See topics below and choose ONE.)
    1. Why I wish to attend St. Thomas University
    2. How my activities and experiences will enhance the student body at St. Thomas University
    3. Qualities of an effective leader (for School of Leadership applicants majoring in Education or Communication Arts)

 

Requirements for International Freshmen & Transfer Students
  
Required Documents

  1. A completed Undergraduate Application for Admission
  2. An official copy of high school/secondary school/college/university transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution.  *Applicants who have attended high school/secondary school/college/university outside of the United States must present a course by course evaluation and translation (if necessary) of their credentials converted to a 4.00 grading scale. Presently, St. Thomas University uses the following translation and evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services
  3. Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form (A)
  4. Statement of Finances Form (B)
  5. For the issuance of an initial I-20 Form, please send a copy of the information page of your passport
  6. Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS are required from all applicants whose native language is not English
  7. Official SAT or ACT scores are not required. However, it is recommended that these tests are taken as they do assist the Admissions Committee in the evaluation process.
  8. A letter of recommendation.
  9. A personal statement/essay of 500 words. (See topics below and choose ONE)
    1. Why I wish to attend St. Thomas University
    2. How my activities and experiences will enhance the student body at St. Thomas University
    3. Qualities of an effective leader (for School of Leadership applicants majoring in Education or Communication Arts)

   

Application Deadlines for all Undergraduate Students
  
Admission to the university is on a “rolling” basis. Prospective entering freshmen may apply any time after completion of their junior year in high school. Transfer students may apply at any time prior to the start of the semester for which they are seeking admission. However, there is a priority deadline of May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. Applications after the priority deadline will be considered for admission according to the number of spaces available for the semester for which they are applying. The Office of Admissions will review applications upon receipt of all required documents. 

Acceptance Classifications:
A student may be accepted into the university as an undergraduate in one of the three categories: 

  1. Full Admit – Degree-seeking student meeting the admission criteria listed above.
  2. Probational Admit – Admitted as a student who must complete certain academic testing requirements during the first semester or academic year, in addition, students must maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree.
  3. Conditional Admit – Candidates admitted to the university pending receipt of official documents, which must be submitted prior to the end of the first semester of attendance.