Advanced Standing Program

St. Thomas University offers an Advanced Standing program for students currently in or entering their final year of high school. The program will give students an opportunity to engage in university-level coursework on a part-time basis, taking a maximum of two courses per semester.  

Classes Currently Available for September 2021 

Course offered exclusively in-person: 

Intro to Cultural Anthropology 
Intro to Physical Anthropology 
Intro to Communications 
Intro to Theatre  
English Literatures 
Special Topics in English: Indigenous Literature 
Understanding Environmental Problems 
Music Theory and Performance 
Great Thinkers and Writers 
World History 
World History Since 1400 
The Message: Great Stories in Journalism 
Intro to Latin I 
Intro to Philosophy I 
Myth & Reason: Intro to Philosophy 
Robot and Animal Ethics 
Intro to Religious Studies 
Canadian Government 
Courses available both in-person and online: 

Intro to Economics: Micro 
Intro to Gerontology 
Intro to Sociology 
Courses offered exclusively online: 

Intro to Economics: Macro 
Law, Power, and Politics 
Intro to Psychology I 
Intro to Psychology II 
*This list is subject to change.

Application Process 

Students can submit an application for admission at as non-degree, part-time students, paying the non-refundable $55 CAD ($40 CAD for NB residents) application fee.  Students are asked to note their intention to participate in the Advanced Standing program in their application for admission.

Application Deadlines 

Applications, including supporting documents, must be submitted by Tuesday, September 7, 2021  by applicants seeking to register in first-semester and/or full-year courses.  Applications for this limited enrollment program will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Admission Criteria 

Applicants will be required to meet the following minimum requirements for admission to the Advanced Standing program at St. Thomas University:  

  • Be currently enrolled in the final year of a high school program of study;  
  • Have an 80% or higher on a grade 11-level, academic English course (or equivalent);  
  • Have an 80% or higher on a grade 11-level, academic history or social studies course.  

When final grades are not available for these courses at time of application, the decision will be made by the Director of Admissions based on the applicant’s overall academic record. Fulfilling these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in the program is limited.  

Registration Process 

Admitted students will be able to register on a first-come, first-served basis as part-time students in designated second-semester courses with the assistance of an admissions team member.  
Fees: $769 CAD per three credit hour course cost (Canadian and International students). Other student fees will not be applied for this pilot project. Please note that depending on the class, there may be additional costs associated with course materials and supplies, such as textbooks. 

Support for Student Success 

Before the start of the semester, a tailored, online orientation program will be made available for Advanced Standing students, in addition to one-on-one appointments, to ensure students are informed and well-equipped for success.  Throughout the semester, including once before the deadline to add courses and once before the deadline to drop courses without penalty, the administering admissions team member will conduct outreach to Advanced Standing program participants.  

Notification of Admission  

Candidates are notified of any supporting documents which may be missing through their applicant portal. 
Normally, Advanced Standing candidates will be advised of their admission status within 3-5 business days. 
All candidates admitted to the Advanced Standing program are required to electronically confirm acceptance of their offer on their applicant portal as confirmation of their acceptance of the admission offer. 
Successful candidates are referred to the Advanced Standing program coordinator upon notification of their acceptance for information pertaining to orientation and course registration. 

Learn More: Contact Admissions 

Phone: 506-452-0532 
Toll-free: 1-877-788-4443