As active participants in the St. Thomas More College community, Student Services staff provide programs, activities, and services that advance the holistic development of our students. Our work is informed by research, institutional history, and the principles of good practice for student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities. The fruits of our work are realized when our students and graduates live lives of dignity, beauty, and purpose. Our primary goal is to help students come to the full measure of their humanity.
- We value our Catholic mission and identity inherited from the Congregation of St. Basil
- We believe learning and development are a lifelong journey
- Mercy, compassion, and patience are necessary virtues for our often frenetic and polarized modern society
- We value social justice and community service
- Pastoral care of students as whole people is our model
- Student development is enhanced by collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community
- We value sustainability and good stewardship of resources
In-Person Advising Suspended
As part of our COVID-19 precautions, in-person advising has been suspended until further notice. Our advisors are still available for appointments by web conference or phone. You can continue to use our online booking system and select an alternate appointment type. Call 306-966-8900 for more assistance.
What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is a collaborative teaching and learning process between a student and advisor.
"Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community. Academic advising engages students beyond their own world views, while acknowledging their individual characteristics, values, and motivations as they enter, move through, and exit the institution. Regardless of the diversity of our institutions, our students, our advisors, and our organizational structures, academic advising has three components: curriculum (what advising deals with), pedagogy (how advising does what it does), and student learning outcomes (the result of academic advising)." (From NACADA: Global Community of Academic Advising.)
"In addition to understanding advising as a form of teaching and learning, another guiding principle is that advising always starts with a holistic appreciation of the student as a whole person. For that reason, much advising involves a blend of academic and non-academic advice. Academic advising can, however, be distinguished from other allied forms of advising on campus – tutoring and learning support, or career, psychological, financial,
disability, or legal counseling, etc. – by the fact that the primary focus of academic advising is on student success as revealed primarily in their academic progression toward identifying, pursuing, and completing their intended academic program and achieving their academic goals." (From University of Saskatchewan Academic Advising Charter.)
Academic Advising Outcomes
If you get regular academic advising at St. Thomas More College and you do your part, you'll end up with a number of benefits.
- A realistic plan to achieve your educational goals
- Working knowledge of your program requirements and relevant procedures and policies
- A better understanding of your program's curriculum and how the skills you develop in that program can be helpful professionally
- Knowledge of college/campus services and opportunities to assist you in achieving your academic, personal, and career goals
- A sense of what makes STM unique within the University of Saskatchewan
- A forum to make sense of your university learning experiences, both formal and informal
- An appreciation for the importance of lifelong learning
What's your role as the student?
- Seek out advising before problems arise
- Have regular conversations with your advisor
- Come to appointments prepared
- Spend time reveiwing and reflecting on what you discuss with your advisor
- Study the policies and procedures that are relevant to you
- Take responsibility for your actions/choices and learn from experience
What will an STM advisor do for you?
- Listen to you and try to understand who you are and what you need
- Ask questions to help you come to conclusions
- Teach you where and how to find what you need to know
- Make suggestions and answer your questions to the best of our ability
- Inform you about services and programs that could assist you
Advising Resources for Students
University of Saskatchewan Academic Advising Charter
University of Saskatchewan Course and Program Catalogue (Arts & Science section)
Official course offerings are listed, by term, in PAWS.
College of Arts and Science student advising page
DegreeWorks (degree auditing system) is accessible through PAWS
To access DegreeWorks:
- Log into PAWS with your NSID and password;
- Click the Academics tab;
- Locate the My Academic Profile channel;
- Click the DegreeWorks button or link.
The University of Saskatchewan Academic Calendar lists the official schedule of important dates.
Starting in Fall 2020
Welcome to St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan!
We hope that your first year will be exciting, challenging, and rewarding. There are a few key things that you need to do in order to be successful at university.
Before classes start:
- Prepare for Registration
- Register for Classes
- Prepare for arrival
- Attend the St. Thomas More College early orientation in August, 2020 (date TBA)
- Attend uSask Orientation in early September (date TBA)
STM New Student Orientation
St. Thomas More College offers STM students an early opportunity to find your classes, meet some new friends, get some good advice from upper-year students and MORE!
For more information, contact STM Student Services at email@example.com or 306-966-8900.
As an example, in 2019 our orientation schedule was:
- 11 AM check in at STM North Lobby (next to the student lounge) and gathering
- 11:15 small group activities led by upper year students
- 12:00 noon lunch from Choices at St. Thomas More College
- 12:30 campus tour including
- finding your classrooms
- a chance to get your uSask student card
- a chance to pick up your textbooks
- a chance to get your U-Pass (student bus pass)
- 2:30-3:30 sample lecture on memory and studying from Dr. Jennifer Briere, STM Psychology Department
(This lecture will give you an idea what a university lecture is like, and it will help you study more effectively)
Registration for this event will open in July 2020
Once classes have started:
- Go to every class and get started on your readings/assignments.
- You can pick up a copy of "How to Get Good Grades at College/University" from Student Services (Rm. 155 STM)
- Join one of the many student organizations at the college to meet new people, have fun, and for co-curricular learning experiences.
- Don't wait for your graduating year to start planning your career.
Convocation is the ceremony where students are given their degrees. St. Thomas More College students earn U of S degrees and participate in U of S convocation, but we also have a special reception that we invite our graduating students to attend.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - Merlis Belsher Place. (Postponed)
Click here for more detailed information.
The Spring Graduation Reception for St. Thomas More College Students by invitation only.
Details will be emailed to graduating students in April.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Merlis Belsher Place.
Click here for more detailed information.
The Fall Graduation Reception for St. Thomas More College Students by invitation only.
Details will be emailed to graduating students in October.
Graduation Photos - (delayed until further notice)
Don’t let this important milestone pass you by! St. Thomas More College students can get graduation pictures from Imagery Photography. STM pays for the sitting and will proudly display your photo in a composite of your graduating class. You pay ONLY for additional photos you choose to purchase.
Imagery Photography has everything you need for the perfect graduation photo such as gowns and flowers.
All you have to do is contact Imagery Photography to set up an appointment that works for you (Please identify yourself as an STM Graduate):
Fall: Between August 31st and December 31th
Spring: Between March 31st and May 31st
308 Duchess Street
Saskatoon, Sk. S7K 0R1
Information for Graduating Students:
(Submit this form to ensure you are completing the correct courses to graduate. Deadlines: November15th for Spring Convocation | June 15th for Fall Convocation). Speak to an academic advisor if you have questions.
Self-declare as an STM Student
Self-declaring as a St. Thomas More College Student gives you access to MORE!
USask Arts and Science students have the option to additionally self-declare as a STM student.
As a self-declared STM student you have access to:
- MORE transition support to have a successful first year
- MORE discounts at Choices cafeteria at STM
- MORE student services such as academic advising
- MORE scholarship and bursary opportunities
- MORE on-campus job opportunities
- MORE community opportunities to connect with talented faculty, staff, and students in a dynamic learning environment
All of this comes with no extra cost, no program restrictions, and you remain a U of S Arts & Science student at the same time. (only available to undergraduate Arts and Science students)
Are you studying outside of Arts and Science? Then Self-Declaring is not for you. Instead, you can join the welcoming STM community by taking part in our many student clubs, participating in Campus Ministry offerings or just making STM your home-away-from-home. All are welcome at STM!
Here's what you need to do
- Go to the St. Thomas More College channel in your PAWS account and click the"Declare as STM Student" button.
- Click ""
- Click “Update my Information” button.
Find STM Classes in PAWS
- Any U of S student can register in classes taught by St. Thomas More College.
- St. Thomas More College classes are U of S credit courses.
STM classes are listed in PAWS along with Arts & Science sections.
- Look for section numbers between 60-79
- Look for the "St. Thomas More College class" attribute in the right hand column of the PAWS course offerings.
- Using the advanced search function, you can type "St. Thomas More College Class" in the attributes box and the search results will only show STM classes.