Future Students

Transfer, Returners, & Seniors

Transfer Students

Each year, St. Thomas University welcomes more than 140 transfer students to our campus. St. Thomas has many attributes - our beautiful campus, small class sizes, professors engaged in student learning - that make us an excellent choice for the completion of your university studies. And we value transfer students as they add diversity to the classroom experience and to our wider community.

You are considered a transfer student if you have graduated from high school and have earned credit from another post-secondary institution from which St. Thomas recognizes transfer credit. You are also a transfer student if you began your studies here, transferred to another university, and now wish to return to St. Thomas.

Our admission process will provide you with timely responses and transfer credit evaluations. The Frequently Asked Questions section below should answer questions you may have about transferring to St. Thomas.

If you have any questions, there are a number of ways to receive assistance:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I a transfer student?
Any student who has completed post-secondary (most commonly university) course work for which they are eligible to receive transfer credit are considered transfer students. You are also a transfer student if you began your studies here, transferred to another university, and now wish to return to St. Thomas. If you have not attended a post-secondary institution after high school graduation and are less than 21 years of age, you would be considered as a first year, high school applicant.  

2. When do I apply to transfer?
Transfer students may apply for the September session beginning in January of the year in which they wish to attend St. Thomas. Applicants who wish to transfer for the January session, should apply by early December.

3. How do I apply as a transfer student?
Transfer applicants must submit a completed application form (available at How to Apply or from the Admissions Office). There is a $55.00 CAD (or $40 for New Brunswick residents) application fee which can be paid online by credit card, by cheque (payable to St. Thomas University), or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) through the Admissions Office.  Students who have been accepted to and completed courses at St. Thomas University within the past three years are not required to pay the application fee.

4. If I've applied to St. Thomas in the past, but attended another university, do I need to reapply?
Yes.

5. What documents do I need to provide?
Transfer applicants must make arrangements for an official copy of their transcript(s) from any university they have attended or are currently attending to be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Transfer students who are in the first term of their university studies and who wish to transfer for the January session of their first year, should also provide a final high school transcript. (Please note that course descriptions may be required to complete a transfer credit evaluation. We will request this information if it is required).

6. When will I hear back from St. Thomas regarding my admission?
The Admissions Office will review your academic performance at the institution from which you are transferring once your transcript(s) has been received. If you are in good academic standing, you will receive a conditional acceptance within about one week of your file becoming complete. Based on academic performance, if we are unable to accept you conditionally, we will defer the decision until we see your final grades. Once we have received your final transcript, you should hear from us within about one week's time.

7. When will I receive my transfer credit evaluation?
Transfer credit evaluations are completed as soon as we receive your final transcript from the university you are currently attended/have attended and your final admission has been approved. Normally, it takes about 7 to 10 days to complete the assessment. Once you have been granted final acceptance and your transfer credit assessment has been completed, you are eligible to register online for courses.

8. Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?
Transfer students are not eligible for scholarships at the time they enter St. Thomas University. They can, however, be considered for scholarships-in-course after completing 30 credit hours of St. Thomas course work within the regular academic year (September to April). Applicants apply for scholarships-in-course at the Registrar's Office each April.

9. Can transfer students apply for residence?
Yes. If you are interested in applying for residence, please complete the Residence Application form (apply online) found at How to Apply or contact the Admissions Office and we'll send you a paper copy.

Returning Students

Each year, St. Thomas welcomes back students who choose to resume their university studies. Whether you're interested in completing your degree or exploring specific interests, St. Thomas offers of a variety of options.

Rediscover our unique academic programmes and positive learning environment through full- or part-time study during the academic year or in our Spring or Summer sessions. Whether you have been away for one year or 20, or have 117 or 6 credit hours remaining to complete your Bachelor of Arts degree programme, we have a place for you in our community.

If it's been some time since you attended St. Thomas, you'll find we've thrived with more course options in over 30 academic disciplines, new buildings and a beautifully landscaped campus but we continue to nourish the intimate learning experience you remember: small class sizes, engaged professors, and a close-knit community. You may even take a virtual tour of St. Thomas to see these changes first-hand.

Our admission process will provide you with a timely response. The Frequently Asked Questions section below should answer questions you may have about returning to St. Thomas.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at admissions@stu.ca or by calling (506) 452-0532.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I reapply?
Returning applicants submit a completed application form (online) and a brief note explaining what you've been doing since last attending university. If you've attended another university since leaving St. Thomas, you are considered a transfer student and can find application information at Transfer Students.

There is a $55.00 CAD (or $40 for New Brunswick residents) application fee which can be paid online by credit card, by cheque (payable to St. Thomas University), or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) through the Admissions Office. Students who have been accepted to and completed courses at St. Thomas University within the past three years are not required to pay the application fee.

2. Do my St. Thomas liberal arts credits still count?
Yes. At St. Thomas we have no time limit after which courses no longer count for credit towards the degree programme. What could be influenced by time is the specific course requirements for a major or programme. An academic advisor will review any changes with you.

3. What if I left St. Thomas due to academic difficulties?
If you left on academic probation, you are not required to take time off from your university studies but you will need to provide a brief letter explaining the reasons for your academic difficulties and why you are ready to resume your studies.

If you were required to withdraw from St. Thomas, you can be considered for re-admission 12 months from the time of your dismissal. Please include with your application, a letter explaining the reasons for your past academic performance and why you are likely to be successful if readmitted to university.

Applicants 60 Years and Older 

St. Thomas University welcomes students of all ages and from all backgrounds. Seniors (60+) who are first-time university students or returning after a break from post-secondary education are invited to apply to the university to pursue a degree or simply to take individual courses. Applicants may also consider simply auditing a course. To audit a course is to attend without being required to complete tests and assignments. There are further discounts for this option.

Discounted Tuition 

Applicants who have reached the age of sixty years are eligible to apply for a rebate of 50% of normal tuition fees. 

Apply 

Applicants who have reached the age of sixty years or higher are able to submit a simplified application form found here. This form is also available from the Admissions Office. Please fill this form out and send it to the Admissions Office.