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New First Year Students

Welcome to the Tommie Family!

Throughout this summer you will get registered for your fall semester courses, meet other classmates, and connect with our supportive St. Thomas faculty and staff members.

You’ve been enrolled in our “New Student Orientation” course in Canvas (the online learning module used by St. Thomas).  This course will walk you through all of your next steps.  Both there, and here, you’ll find information on:

Key Dates for New Students Date / Date Span
Deciding on St. Thomas May 1
Submit Housing Preference Form June 2
Complete Registration Readiness course and submit Course Preference Form June 2
Attend Orientation & Registration (O&R) Session event June 28- July 15
Welcome Days for new students Begins September 2

Set up your St. Thomas account

  • Why claim your accounts?
  • Claim your St. Thomas email
  • Update parent/ guardian emails
  • Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Log in to OneStThomas
  • Why claim your accounts?

    New students must set up their email and user profile (or claim your account) in order to use the St. Thomas systems such as registration and payment. You should have received your student ID number and additional account information in the mail from Admissions after formal acceptance to St. Thomas.

    You must do this in order to prepare for and register for fall semester classes.

    Claim your St. Thomas email

    Your St. Thomas email account is the official method of communication for the University, so it's time to get familiar with using it.

    This would be a good time to start checking your St. Thomas email regularly. If you have a smartphone and want to get your email setup on your device, read instructions from Innovation & Technology Services (ITS) on adding email and other Microsoft Office programs to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

    Update parent/ guardian emails

    We hope to be able to communicate directly with parents or others supporting your transition to St. Thomas.  When you sign up for your O&R session, you’ll have a chance to provide emails for those folks.

    Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

    MFA helps keep your information safe by verifying that people logging into the St. Thomas systems are indeed the people we think they are.

    Log in to OneStThomas

    Get familiar with our student portal, which serves as your gateway to all the University's systems and information for current students.

    Why claim your accounts?

    Why claim your accounts?

    New students must set up their email and user profile (or claim your account) in order to use the St. Thomas systems such as registration and payment. You should have received your student ID number and additional account information in the mail from Admissions after formal acceptance to St. Thomas.

    You must do this in order to prepare for and register for fall semester classes.

    Claim your St. Thomas email

    Claim your St. Thomas email

    Your St. Thomas email account is the official method of communication for the University, so it's time to get familiar with using it.

    This would be a good time to start checking your St. Thomas email regularly. If you have a smartphone and want to get your email setup on your device, read instructions from Innovation & Technology Services (ITS) on adding email and other Microsoft Office programs to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

    Update parent/ guardian emails

    Update parent/ guardian emails

    We hope to be able to communicate directly with parents or others supporting your transition to St. Thomas.  When you sign up for your O&R session, you’ll have a chance to provide emails for those folks.

    Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

    Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

    MFA helps keep your information safe by verifying that people logging into the St. Thomas systems are indeed the people we think they are.

    Log in to OneStThomas

    Log in to OneStThomas

    Get familiar with our student portal, which serves as your gateway to all the University's systems and information for current students.

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    Preparing for Registration (due June 2)

    In order to register for your fall semester courses, you need to:

    1. Complete the Registration Readiness module in your New Student Orientation Canvas course – consider this your first academic assignment!
    2. Take placement exams if required
    3. Fill out and submit your Course Preference Form (CPF)
    4. Submit your AP scores or final college transcripts

    Each of these steps is outlined in Murphy Online, our registration portal. Log in to Murphy, select "Student Services" then "Orientation and Registration" to begin planning your first semester. 

    Go to Murphy Online

    Housing and Dining

    Where you live is intertwined with our Core Curriculum, which helps prepare you for success both during and after college. You'll want to understand the difference between a Living Learning Community and a Theme-Based Learning Community, and how those relate to your On or Off -Campus living decision.

    On Campus Housing

    Living on campus in a Residence Hall helps you meet other students and form community here on campus.

    Each Residence Hall is unique, so we suggest a little research to find your best fit.

    Learn more about move-in 2021.

    Off-Campus Housing

    Incoming first year students who are living off campus are part of the Off-Campus Student Life community. 

    You’ll have a Commuter Mentor, be enrolled in a commuter section of FYEX 100, and be connected with a number of resources.

    Dining Meal Plan

    First year students living on campus all use the Unlimited Meal Plan, which means you eat what you want, when you want, as often as you want.

    Please also talk with us about your dietary restrictions.

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    Decisions about Finances

    Taking care of the business of paying for school and managing the money is primarily your responsibility now.

    The Financial Aid Checklist will help you ensure you've taken care of the necessary steps to pay for college.

    You'll want to finish deciding on financial aid options, submitting deposits, and deciding who is going to pay the bills...and giving them the access to do it.

    Accommodations and Disability Resources

    Disability Resources works with students, faculty, staff and campus visitors on making all aspects of the university accessible. We work with students who have disabilities and/or chronic health conditions to determine reasonable accommodations that provide equal access both inside and outside the classroom. Please reach out to our office with any questions, and/or to set up an initial meeting. We look forward to working with you.

    Services from St. Thomas Disability Resources

    Physical & Mental Well-Being

    The Center for Well-Being is an integrated health care model that partners services for Physical and Mental Health, including Health Promotion, Resilience, and Violence Prevention. Contact them to transfer prescriptions and medical records, arrange for continuity of care, and transfer your Immunization Records

    All services from the Center for Well-Being
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    Staff, faculty and student leaders will lead incoming students through this required and comprehensive educational and social program that is designed to welcome and prepare our newest Tommies for success at St. Thomas.

    Welcome Days

    Your University of St. Thomas college career officially begins with Welcome Days.

    Welcome Days includes events, activities and endless opportunities for new students to create connections with other new students at St. Thomas. Parents and other family members, this is the time for you to let your student explore on their own, allowing them to begin the adjustment and transition process.

    Events and schedules will be added over the next few weeks - PLEASE CHECK the Welcome Days site throughout the summer for a detailed schedule.