Dougherty Family College students collaborate on a class project. Dougherty Family College students in class discussions. A female Dougherty Family college student speaking in class. A female Dougherty Family College student, wearing a St. Thomas purple shirt, laughs during a class discussion. Associate Dean of Academics Buffy Smith leads a class in the Dougherty Family College.


The Dougherty Family College delivers the same academic experience as our four-year college program and includes personal mentorship and leadership training. You’ll take classes from a set liberal arts curriculum that meets the requirements of Minnesota transfer guidelines for four-year colleges.

The faculty members you encounter believe that the education we offer you has the power to transform lives – and they want to be part of it. They will dedicate themselves to your achievement through engaging classes where your ideas and perspectives are welcome.

The Dougherty Family College offers a structured, rigorous liberal arts curriculum that will help you transition into a college environment. It will set you up for success in a four-year college program and your career. Learn more about courses

From free textbooks to our Corporate Internship Program, we’ll set you up for success both in the classroom and in your future career.

Your two years at the Dougherty Family College begin with a two-week Summer Enrichment Program that will prepare you to get the most out of your education. 

After you graduate from the Dougherty Family College, you’ll be ready to take your next step; our college transfer counselors will help you transition to a four-year college.