St. Thomas University

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Founded in 1910, St. Thomas is one of the top undergraduate universities in Canada. St. Thomas University is located on Canada’s beautiful east coast in New Brunswick and sits atop a hill overlooking the capital city of Fredericton and the St. John River Valley. The campus is nationally recognized for its beauty, which contributes to the exceptional learning environment. Fredericton is a friendly college town (population 85,000) that is home to two universities. New Brunswick has three airports with daily flights to international destinations.

St. Thomas University is unique in Canada with its sole focus being liberal arts education and its highest institutional priority is teaching. Students graduate with bachelors of arts, applied arts, education or social work. Bachelor of Arts students can chose from among more than 30 academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The Bachelor of Education program encourages cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching and learning, and emphasizes inclusionary teaching approaches. The Bachelor of Social Work program is nationally recognized for excellence and is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

Small classes – no class is larger than 60 and an average class size is 30 – encourage students to participate in discussions with their peers and professors. The professors are distinguished scholars, authors and public commentators. Through a variety of teaching approaches – lectures, readings, discussions, group activities, debates, research assignments, writing, on-line discussions – students learn to think critically.

Research by the 110 full-time faculty has six focal areas: qualitative analysis, human rights and social justice, New Brunswick studies/Atlantic region, narrative studies, global and international studies, and scholarship on learning and teaching. The university holds Canada Research Chairs (with the associated research centres) in New Brunswick studies, social justice, qualitative analysis, and narrative and is home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative. The research has been funded by external sources including SSHRC, NSERC, CHIR, CRC Secretariat, CIDA, DIAND, Health Canada, Justice Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, Canadian Heritage, Province of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, business courses and charitable foundations. An annual Student Research and Ideas Fair encourages student research, and many students are employed as research assistants.

Distinguished alumni include author David Adams Richards, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and children’s author Sheree Fitch.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,945

International student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $12,855

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 2,380
Part-time (undergraduates): 120

* Source: Association of Atlantic Universities