St. Thomas College was founded as an educational institution in 1889 by the then Vicar Apostolic of Thrissur, Rt. Rev. Adolphus Edwin Medlycott, PhD, a former Professor of Rhetoric at the Propaganda College, Rome. The College began as a High School in 1894 under the managership of Fr. Zambanelli, and Fr. Paul Alappatt, Ph.D. was appointed as the Manager and Rector of the institution in 1895. The University of Madras gave formal affiliation in Group III in April 1919 and the St. Thomas’ High School formally became a Second Grade College with Fr. John Palocaren as the first Principal. The Junior Intermediate College started on 8th June 1919 with 96 students and 5 teachers. The College rose to the status of a First Grade College in History Group in March 1925. With the formation of Universities in Kerala, the College was affiliated to the University of Kerala in 1957 and to the University of Calicut in 1968. St. Thomas College was accredited for the second time in 2010 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with A grade for a period of five years with CGPA of 3.58 on a four point scale. In the third Cycle of NAAC accreditation, the college was granted A Grade with 3. The UGC granted Autonomous Status to the College on 13.06.2014. The UGC confirmed St. Thomas College with the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’. In the NIRF Ranking 2018, the college was positioned nationally at Rank 79. In the NIRF Ranking 2019, the college was ranked at 54. The College continuously engages the suggestions, demands and requests through a wide variety of institutional mechanisms such as Academic Council, Boards of Studies, Parent-Teacher Association, IQAC, Department Councils, College Council, College Union, etc. The College has 23 departments, 14 PG programmes 23 UG programmes and 9 research centres. Alumni association, PTA and Management of the College are active in promoting the academic and administrative aspects of the College. In 2019, St. Thomas College was chosen as a Mentor College to help the unaccredited colleges to get accredited through the ‘Paramarsh Scheme’.


Oldest Catholic College in Kerala, with around 100 years’ tradition of social commitment and helping local community.

  • Awarded the College with Potential for Excellence
  • Shown mettle in academics, social responsibility, national integration and global outlook.
  • High ranking in NAAC accreditation and the College has shown continuous improvement in the field of higher education and research in the State of Kerala.
  • Granted autonomous status in the year 2014
  • Student-centric pedagogy, governance and administration.
  • Active participation of all stakeholders in academics and administration. Horizontal and lateral approaches, rather than top-down and vertical approaches.
  • Students win high positions in university exams, UGC/CSIR/NET/JRF and many of them join for research.
  • Students with social and national commitment take up ventures which brighten and positively develop local community and the nation. SFS and SSE are initiatives in this regard.
  • Students, emerge winners in national and international level sports, games and cultural festivals.
  • Eight departments are recognised as research centres by the affiliating University.
  • Started five under graduate programmes, two Post graduate programmes,two B Voc programmes, one PG Diploma programme and one community college programme in the last five years.
  • More number of female members of faculty are inducted in recent years.
  • Tie up with well-maintained women hostels is established for female students and staff.
  • 70% of UG and 85% of PG students are girls.
  • St. Thomas’ College offers chance for female students to do PG and research programmes.  Out of the 53 research students, 39 are women.
  • Women’s Cell supervises activities and facilities for women.
  • Sick/Waiting rooms one in each block for women.
  • Highly qualified, experienced and energetic faculty.
  • Pro-active support by the management in introducing new technology and expanding infrastructural facilities. Grooming of intellectual culture among students through international exposure, interaction with eminent personalities and cutting edge research.
  • Promotion of value based education is materialized with orientation talks by intelligentsia.
  • Skill based courses in Media and Communication Studies and Medical Laboratory Technology.
  • State-of-the-art technology and equipment in Science laboratories and VisualMedia Laboratories.
  • One year diploma in Visual Communication under the Community College Programme.
  • Certificate/Diploma courses are schemed so as to equip the candidates to keep abreast with the development in technology and communication.
  • Academic and administrative processes are effected through academic software platform, high computer/student ratio, Wi-Fi and internet coverage in the whole campus and online journals and e-books.
  • A library with around one lakh books to its credit.
  • The feedback of the students, alumni and other stakeholders are considered while designing the syllabi. The curriculum is restructured so as to make the students fit to meet the academic and job market demands.
  • Fool – proof internal assessment is done by way of internal exams, seminars, assignments etc. Systematic and rigorous methods are employed in conducting the end semester exams.
  • Best Physical Education Department in the University of Calicut.
  • International students are given admission based on student exchange programme by Government.
  • MoUs and partnership with national and international institutions and organizations.
  • A campus friendly with students who are differently abled by offering them various facilities like ramps, computer screen reader software etc.
  • International and national visibility through innovative conferences and seminars.
  • Career Guidance and Placement Cell trains students in soft skill development and coaches them to excel in their career