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I am a statistics and economics major and I recently finished my freshman year at St. Thomas.|
-Amazing professor commitment to the students (seriously the best part of the school)
-Classes are relatively small, and all professors know your name after the first week or two.
-Exams are all based off applying the main concepts and material you learned in class, not random facts or information.
-Classes are require effort but are certainly doable.
-Administration is efficient and certainly cares about the individual. They always email back questions within a day with complete answers to your questions.
-Student body overall is very nice, friendly, and down to earth.
-Great with merit aid (I got 64,000 for 4 years after a solid but unspectacular high school career)
-Since the St. Thomas accepts almost everyone, the quality of classmates can sometimes be a detriment to the overall learning environment (this has only been a problem for the required GenEd classes, the students in my calculus classes, etc. have been extremely talented)
-St. Thomas cannot seem to decide whether it wants to be a professional school (business, engineering, etc.) or a liberal arts school (english, history, philosophy, etc.). This can sometimes lead to tension among the faculty and it makes it hard to tell which one the university is focused on.
-There are plenty of rich, snobby kids here off of daddy's money but like I said before, overall the student body is friendly, down to earth, and fun.
-Lack of racial and economic diversity, which can hurt the overall atmosphere.
-Not sure how much the reputation will help outside of Minnesota. I have big dreams for grad school and I always wonder whether it would be easier from a more nationally known school like Macalester or Carleton. Overall, St. Thomas has been an excellent experience so far. The quality of education is truly outstanding and the faculty commitment to the students is unbelievable. My only serious complaints about the school are the lack of diversity and its national reputation. If I do get into a great grad school after St. Thomas then I will bump up my opinion of the national rep though. If I had to do it all over again, I would either go to St. Thomas or go to Macalester and take classes at St. Thomas through ACTC. Overall, St. Thomas is a great school and I have been happy with my experience so far.
|Jun 27 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| The school is amazing. teacher are amazing and u really feel part of a community. the student body is friendly and open. but there is no football following i wish there was a big football following. but classes are small and make it possible to secede |
|Oct 21 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| This school was one of the worst decisions i could have made. I went here for my first semester and transfered right at second semester. It's tiny and geared only towards one type of person- the snobby, rich, arrogant, conservative. There is absolutely nothing to do on the weekend, most everyone heads to the University of Minnesota campus on the weekend, which costs money and time to get there. Also The University isn't much better with it's social life, they have "frat row" which is a place just as awful as you could imagine. My academic advisor couldn't have cared less about me or have been less help. My classes were not nearly as challenging as i was hoping they would be. Their extra curricular activities are lacking and there is very little focus on political/social/service involvement. There is no escaping campus either, St. Thomas is in a quiet little (and may i mention cold) suburb in St. Paul. There is very little in walking distance. All in all it is claustrophobic and awful. Nearly every person i know from St. Thomas is planning on leaving and/or hates it there. |
This is a quote from somebody who knows multiple people who went to St. Thomas:
"Wow, they must have a great tour our something because everyone i know that went there was all pumped to go and now hates it and is planning on leaving"don't let the tour fool you. St. Thomas forms only two types of people 1. bitter people who hate their school 2. dumb jocks who don't know any better.
|Feb 07 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |