Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

At the University of St. Thomas, we are committed to helping students achieve in every endeavor. Quality academics and competitive athletics are seen as an integral part of a student’s education.

St. Thomas is a Catholic, Liberal Arts University located just off the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Rated as one of the top fifteen regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report it offers baccalaureate degrees in 48 areas of study as well as opportunities for post-graduate work and advanced degrees in fields of Education, Psychology and Business Administration. Our beautiful campus combines the convenience and sense of community so integral to a small college, yet has easy access to a diverse range of the Twin Cities. With an enrollment of approximately 5000 student’s class sizes are small, student involvement is high, and instructors take a very active role in the educational experience. St. Thomas’ location, its academic reputation, and the success of its students in all walks of life provide the St. Thomas graduate with unique opportunities for internships, work-study and employment.

As a coach, but more importantly as an educator, I know and value the role of a school in providing opportunities for a student to develop their full potential. I am confident St. Thomas will challenge your son in the classroom and on the track in such a way as to bring out his best. There is a tradition of athletic excellence at St. Thomas, which I believe he would enjoy being a part of.

Over the last twenty eight years, the track and field teams at St. Thomas have won all but four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic (indoor and outdoor) Conference Championships. These teams have also had a run of strong finishes at the NCAA Championships. Yet with all this athletic success, we are most proud of the fact that the average GPA of St. Thomas student-athletes are higher than non-athletes.  We are strong believers in the 'student first, athlete second' philosophy.

By now you are probably aware that Division III schools such as St. Thomas are not allowed to provide athletic scholarships. Although the cost of a college education can certainly be daunting, nearly 80% of our students qualify for financial aid. There are also various types of work-study available on campus. The Financial Aid Office would be helpful in assessing financial needs.

Each year thousands of high school athletes and their families are involved in the college recruiting process.  The ability to weigh all options can be confusing and frustrating at times. If I can be of assistance answering questions, setting up visits, etc., please do not hesitate to contact me.


Steve Mathre
Men's Head Track & Field Coach

Office 651-962-5915
Cell 651-338-6723

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