University of St. Thomas Magazine COVID-19 Special Edition


NEWTEST-OPTIONAL POLICY Students considering the University of St. Thomas will soon have the option to choose whether to submit their ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process. Starting with the incoming class of 2021, St. Thomas will join a growing list of schools across the country that have adopted “test-optional” policies.

“Our priority is to find students who we believe can thrive at St. Thomas, and research strongly indicates standardized tests are not the best predictors of college success,” said Al Cotrone, St. Thomas vice president for enrollment. The decision supports an effort to more accurately identify students who have strong potential to successfully earn a college degree. Students who still wish to submit test scores are welcome to do so, and the admissions teamwill take them into account to help determine their best paths for success.



When St. Thomas was chosen last year to host the annual Ashoka U Exchange event in April 2020, it meant educators and students from all over the world would be gathering at the university. They would exchange ideas and – as this year’s theme said, they would be – “Building Bridges: Changemaking for the Common Good.” The gathering still took place April 16-17 in the first all-digital Ashoka U Exchange event, maintaining St. Thomas’ central role as the host institution, allowing all undergraduate and graduate students to attend for free, and underscoring that the work of changemaking has never been more urgent and important than it is now. ASHOKA U EXCHANGE HELD DIGITALLY AT ST. THOMAS

A decision by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on whether to allow St. Thomas to join the Division I Summit League athletics conference has been postponed to this summer due to the pandemic. (This edition went to press mid-June.). The university’s application to reclassify from D-III directly to D-I originally was expected to be included on the NCAA Division I Management Council’s agenda for its April meeting. In response to this development, Vice President and Director of Athletics Phil Esten issued the following statement: “We fully understand and support the NCAA’s reasons behind shifting their agenda for their April meeting. …We are continuing to assess the best transition path for St. Thomas into Division I, if the NCAA allows us to make the move. I remain optimistic about our future.” NCAA POSTPONES DECLASSIFICATION DECISION

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