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St. Thomas University (New Brunswick)

St. Thomas University (STU) is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. It is a primarily undergraduate university offering bachelor's degrees in the arts (humanities and social sciences), education, and social work to approximately 1,900 students. The average class size is 30 and no class is larger than 60.[4]

St. Thomas University
St. Thomas University Coat of Arms.jpg
MottoLatin: Doce Bonitatem Scientiam et Disciplinam
Motto in English
Teach me Goodness and Knowledge and Discipline[1]
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic[2]
ChancellorRobert Harris
PresidentDawn Russell
Location, ,
ColoursGold      & Green    
St. Thomas University (New Brunswick) Logo.svg

The university offers a number of unique programs including recognized majors in Criminology, Journalism, Human Rights, and Communications and Public Policy. St. Thomas is the home of the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy.[5] The university is unique in Canada for its sole focus on liberal arts and its commitment to social justice.

Relationship with the UNBEdit

St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus are located in the College Hill neighbourhood in Fredericton. The two institutions share facilities for their student unions, libraries, athletics, and a common heating plant and building maintenance services. Students from STU are permitted to take a certain number of classes at UNB and vice versa. However, STU and UNBF itself are financially and academically separate. STU is able to offer many amenities other smaller schools cannot, in large part to its UNB partnership. The two universities enjoy a good-natured rivalry.[citation needed]


STU offers the following programmes to students: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Applied Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work.[6]

STU offers the following degrees to students: Anthropology, Catholic Studies, Communications and Public Policy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature (with the option to additionally concentrate in Creative Writing or Drama), Environment and Society, Fine Arts, French, Gerontology, Great Books, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Irish Studies, Journalism, Mathematics, Media Studies, Native Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Science and Technology Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies and Gender Studies.

Scholarships and bursariesEdit

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. St. Thomas University scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: ATV Media Scholarship.[7]


At St. Thomas University, there are 6 focal areas of research: qualitative analysis, human rights and social justice, New Brunswick studies/Atlantic region, narrative studies, global and international studies, and 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. The university is home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative.[8]

Campus lifeEdit

There are six academic buildings on campus housing classrooms and faculty offices. They are: James Dunn Hall, Edmund Casey Hall, George Martin Hall, Brian Mulroney Hall, Holy Cross House, and Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.

STU's athletic facility is called the J.B. O'Keefe Centre.

There are four residence buildings at St. Thomas University. Three are located on campus (Harrington and Vanier Halls, and Holy Cross House), while one is located a short distance away (Rigby Hall).

The university maintains its own campus police force. Campus police members are students who are hired annually by the University to maintain security at campus events.[9]

The student newspaper, The Aquinian, is available on campus and around the city during the regular academic year.

St. Thomas University Presidents and Vice ChancellorsEdit

  • Very Rev. Nicholas Roche, C.S.B., 1910–1911
  • Very Rev. William J. Roach, C.S.B., 1911–1919
  • Very Rev. Frederick Meader, C.S.B., 1920–1923
  • Very Rev. Raymond Hawkes, 1923–1927
  • Most. Rev. James M. Hill, D.D., 1928–1945
  • Very Rev. Charles V. O'Hanley, 1945–1948
  • Very Rev. A.L. McFadden, 1948–1961
  • Rev. Msgr. Donald C. Duffie, 1961–1975
  • Rev. Msgr. George W. Martin, 1975–1990
  • Dr. Daniel W. O'Brien, 1990–2006
  • Dr. Michael W. Higgins, 2006–2009
  • Mr. Dennis Cochrane, 2010–2011
  • Prof. Dawn Russell, 2011–present

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Psalm 119, Verse 66
  2. ^ "Mission statement". St. Thomas University. 2014. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Full-time plus Part-time Enrollment" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  4. ^ "St Thomas University". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26.
  5. ^ "Frank McKenna donates $1M to STU". CBC News New Brunswick.
  6. ^ St. Thomas University Programmes Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ St. Thomas University Overview of Scholarships Archived 2013-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative". St. Thomas University. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Employment on Campus
  10. ^ "CBC Digital Archives: "Looking Back on the Mulroney Years."".

Further readingEdit

  • Fraser, J. A. "By Force of Circumstance": A History of St. Thomas University. Fredericton: Miramichi Press, 1970.
  • Spray, William and Anthony Rhinelander. Church, Politics, and STU: The Relocation of St. Thomas University from Chatham to Fredericton. Fredericton, NB: STU, 2014.

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