St. Thomas University: Commitment to Success

We’re St. Thomas University, a Miami-based institution of higher learning with a rich history of academic achievement centered on the belief that education is a path to enlightenment.

Founded as Biscayne College in 1961, we earned full university status in 1984. We adopted the St. Thomas name at that time to honor the original Augustinian institution of higher learning where our founders taught and led.

At St. Thomas University, our commitment is to the academic, personal, and professional success of each student. We welcome and celebrate a diverse student body and dedicate all our efforts to the goal of preparing our graduates to be ethical leaders in the world community.


St. Thomas University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, law, and doctorate degrees.

Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Thomas University.

The Importance of Accreditation

Not all colleges and universities are created equal. The accreditation process ensures that an institution and its programs meet high standards of academic quality and integrity. Accreditation is awarded by an independent organization that performs a close review of programs, faculty, and facilities. Accreditation matters because:

  • Federal and most state financial aid (grants and student loans) is only available to students attending accredited schools
  • Most companies will only provide tuition assistance to employees attending an accredited college or university
  • Some states require a degree from an accredited institution in order to sit for state licensing exams (source: Council for Higher Education Accreditation)

About Online Learning

St. Thomas University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our more than 50-year history.

Our online graduate degree programs are built around instructor-to-student and student-to-student interaction, and communication provided through St. Thomas’ proven, reliable online course system and defined by our cohort-based approach to degree progression. Online learning can be a great way to earn an advanced degree as you continue with your existing job duties and personal responsibilities.

Our easy-to-use online learning system – HotChalk Ember – allows you to work on challenging course topics and to engage with instructors and fellow students through a variety of Internet-based tools and services:

  • Audio- and video-based lectures and presentations
  • Online/streaming voice conversations
  • Discussion boards
  • Document downloads
  • Online chats

Online Learning Basics

Online course systems are truly web-based; you can access our online system anywhere you connect to the Internet: home, library, and office; wherever you can work comfortably and effectively.

The HotChalk Ember online learning system also allows you to access your coursework with any device you normally use to connect to the Internet: desktop computer, laptop, tablet… even a smartphone!

If you’ve never taken an online class, here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Online learning offers you a great deal of independence and schedule flexibility in terms of class review, assignment completion, and other course communications and tasks.
  • Online classes are still classes. As soon as you need help or have questions, contact your instructor! Our instructors are available to help you succeed, and are there to answer questions, give you more information, and follow up as needed.

Read more time management tips for online students.

Online Learning Tools

St. Thomas University utilizes Turnitin software to support our Academic Code of Conduct. Students should be aware that they may be required to submit certain mandatory assignments to Turnitin for textual comparison and originality review. All submitted coursework will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in future papers. For more information about Turnitin, you can review the Turnitin FAQs available here.

About Cohort Learning

Every online St. Thomas University graduate student begins his or her degree progression in a specific learning group, known as a “cohort.”

We strongly believe this unified program-based group approach is the best way to enhance the learning experience of each candidate, and to encourage and support sustained, in-depth discussions related to coursework, relevant academic and professional topics, and networking opportunities.

You will get to know the members of your cohort while exploring discussion topics in each of your courses. Your cohort will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

Student Services: Mission Statement

It is the mission of the St. Thomas Online Student Services department to promote student learning and the achievement of educational goals. The department provides information and support to students while also being flexible, accessible and responsive to student needs.

Student Handbook: Please take some time to go over your Student Handbook. You will learn about all of the different resources provided to you, as well as the responsibilities expected of you as a student in one of St. Thomas University's online programs.

Student Services Advisor

Arielle Krimotat

  • Arielle Krimotat

  • M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy
  • (844) 284-1918 Option 1  Ext. 075
  • Email me

A note from Arielle: Hello, my name is Arielle, and I am the Senior Student Services Advisor for St. Thomas University Online. I have a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology; M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. I have been an advisor for parents of troubled teens, the elderly, and adults with addiction issues. Additionally, I have worked with teenagers therapeutically in clinic and school settings. I have been all over the place! I enjoy working out, watching hockey games, going to live music shows, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family. I love that I get to help students accomplish their educational goals and assist them in navigating the process of getting their degree! It’s a great feeling! Also, I get to work with students from all over the world!