University of St. Thomas

Expanding Pathways and Increasing Access to Education

University of St. Thomas
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Expanding Pathways and Increasing Access to Education

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers 150+ undergraduate majors and minors and over 55 graduate programs through eight schools and colleges.

St. Thomas is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all our students to live, learn and grow. The work of our Racial Justice Initiative and recent move to test-optional for prospective students demonstrate our commitment to equity in Minnesota communities. Dougherty Family College at St. Thomas is an example of our dedication to expand access and resources in education.

Only the second of its kind in the nation, Dougherty Family College is a two-year program that provides motivated students with an alternative path to obtaining a four-year degree. It’s not a short-cut. It’s a rigorous, two-year undergraduate program that equips them with the financial, academic and social support they need to earn their associate’s degree in liberal arts. DFC students receive resources to help them succeed, including free laptop and textbooks, free breakfast and lunch, free bus pass, one-on-one mentorship, and real-world internships. It’s a first step on their way to tapping into their potential and ultimately going on to earn a four-year degree at the University of St. Thomas or another college of their choice. 

Meet Leslie Nicholas ’19, A.A. a recent graduate and learn more about Dougherty Family College.