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Aquinas Scholars Honors Program

Join a Vibrant Community of Scholars

The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program supports an enthusiastic community of the university's most academically motivated and engaged students.

Through small class sizes and the program's academic and social activities, the Aquinas Scholars experience helps students pursue their scholarly ambitions at St. Thomas and connect more deeply with their course material while forming close friendships with their fellow honors students and closer bonds with their professors.

Admission to the program is dependent on a student's academic record and a short essay. If you have high academic curiosity and a desire to change our world for the better, this program is for you!


About the Program

Are you ready for a good challenge? Do you want to be in a community that strives to be better and do more? The program is designed to enrich the St. Thomas experience with intellectually challenging classes and a variety of cultural and social experiences.


Honors Courses and Seminars

The program offers a variety of honors sections and interdisciplinary seminars each semester that allow Aquinas Scholars to explore provocative subjects in new and exciting ways.

Eligibility and Admissions

The most important qualifications for success in the Aquinas Scholars Honors Program are intellectual curiosity, openness to new ideas and an eagerness to actively participate in class. Learn more about what it takes to be an Aquinas Scholar.

Requirements and Policies

To graduate as an Aquinas Scholar, students must complete a minimum number of honors courses and seminars while participating in their choice of honors program activities each semester, including service projects, special events or social activities.