What does it mean to be a “Leader for Life?” For us, it means having a passion for learning, an unshakable commitment to service, a dedication to ethics, and a lifelong enthusiasm for spiritual growth. With these attributes, you will have the confidence to be a passionate and inspired leader.
At St. Thomas you will form lifelong friendships through life-changing experiences in one of the most vibrant locations on the planet—Miami. You will immerse yourself in an environment that is a laboratory of life, overflowing with diversity, rich in tradition, and ripe with opportunity. As the only Catholic Archdiocese-sponsored university in the state of Florida, St. Thomas University will prepare you to be a leader in every area of your life—professionally, personally, and spiritually.
Although the University has a long tradition of excellence, it is distinctly modern in its outlook. St. Thomas University has been visionary, embracing new concepts and technologies. Today the University’s technologically advanced research tools, wireless environment, and the Carnival Cruise Lines $10 million Science and Technology Building prove St. Thomas has made staying a leader a priority. The University is also keenly aware of the need to respond to changing social and economic conditions and updates its curriculum accordingly, especially in programs affected by the ever-increasing influence of the Latin and Caribbean community.
St. Thomas University has become well known, both nationally and internationally. At a local level, it plays an important role in many areas of life in Florida and in the city of Miami in particular. Our mission statement underlines that the University is dedicated to the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and research and to the advancement of knowledge in an environment of equality, tolerance, and mutual respect for all its staff and students, thus contributing to the economic, social, and cultural development of South Florida.
The University has earned an international reputation for academic excellence. Our teaching record is excellent, and we carry out an impressive program of research over a wide variety of disciplines. In particular, St. Thomas is renowned as a leader in the fields of human rights, communication arts, criminal justice, sports administration, and education. Our programs are accredited, and our faculty are highly regarded in their fields of study.
But what is most important on our campus is our students. St. Thomas is a challenging, student-centered school, recognized for providing individual instruction. Professors are committed to teaching, and there is an open-door policy with our students, which creates St. Thomas’s signature close student-faculty ratio of 14:1.
Welcome to Miami
When in Florida, do what Floridians do—take advantage of our perfect climate (the average high is 83 degrees), cosmopolitan flair, lively neighborhoods, and gorgeous beaches. Money magazine ranks Miami as one of the best places to live, based on the city’s astounding cultural and professional opportunities, low state taxes, high quality of life, and average number of sunny days (300 annually).
Leaders for life
In today’s competitive landscape, St. Thomas University’s “return on investment” is not merely obtaining a degree but acquiring the skills and knowledge to be a leader in your profession. Student life encourages students to get the best St. Thomas experience, and we provide opportunities for you to develop your personal skills, which are all-important in our employment market. The Student Success Center Strives to create a positive teaching and learning environment designed to enrich all aspects of the student experience and ensures every student who enters STU has the opportunity to succeed.
St. Thomas has a strong interest in identifying and promoting innovative methods in all areas of teaching and assessment to enhance the quality of your learning experience. You will find the way courses are structured allows your skills to develop with your knowledge. You will also be encouraged to develop personal and transferable skills necessary for future life, such as problem solving, critical analysis, research, and written and oral communication. Through group projects you will learn how to operate effectively in a team setting. St. Thomas has strong links with many firms and organizations in professional sports, travel and tourism, and international business and commerce. Internships are available to students in most programs, allowing you to engage in stimulating, fulfilling, and career-enhancing projects.
Our Bobcats put up a relentless fight when they go head-to-head with some of the toughest teams in the Florida Sun Conference. Our student-athletes—nearly 200 each year—compete in 12 NAIA intercollegiate sports, all of which offer scholarships.
Our athletic spirit extends to activities that create unity and leadership among all teammates. Through Athletes Take Action, our athletes sponsor a field day for local elementary school children and organize the annual sports banquet. The program has been recognized statewide due to the positive impact it has had on the local community. Intramurals are for everyone. Various individual and team sports and activities are available, ranging from regular league competition to more informal tournaments and one-day events that are intended to pique the varied interests of the St. Thomas community.
Experience St. Thomas University
Visit our website at stu.edu to apply online or request information. Our admissions office reviews applications on a rolling basis. This means the earlier you apply, the earlier you’ll be notified of a decision. Students are selected on the basis of:
• High school record (including course of study, grade point average, and class rank)
• Results of the SAT or ACT
We’ll help you make the move to St. Thomas as easy as possible by providing personal service and guidance every step of the way. For further information on admission, scholarships, financial aid, or academic programs, please call us.
Founded: 1961 as Biscayne College by the order of the Augustinian Friars; when university status was attained, the name of the institution changed to St. Thomas University to reflect its Cuban heritage. It was originally founded in Havana, Cuba, in 1946 as the Universidad de Santo Tomás de Villanueva.
Location: Attractive 140-acre gated community in Miami, an international crossroads of commerce, culture, tourism, and year-round sports
• Biscayne College
• Gus Machado School of Business
• School of Arts and Education
• School of Law
• School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management
• School of Theology and Ministry
Enrollment: 1,085 undergraduate, 651 graduate, 736 School of Law
Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Distinction: Only university in Florida sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami; designation by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); the School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Facilities: Outstanding facilities include classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the Chapel of St. Anthony. The main library houses more than 200,000 volumes, 38,000 federal documents, and 900 current periodicals. The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness is an athletic and educational hub. The Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building has dramatically increased St. Thomas’s undergraduate research abilities.
Academic Programs: 30 undergraduate majors; programs include Cyber Security, Engineering, Nursing, and Sports Administration; 17 graduate programs; a Juris Doctor degree and four joint law degrees; an EdD in Educational Leadership; a PhD in Practical Theology; and a DBA in Sports Administration
Specialties: The Human Rights program at the School of Law is the largest in the country, attracting scholars from the United Nations and Human Rights Commissions. The Department of Communication Arts is among the first in the country to offer a master’s degree in Communication Arts with a specialization in Hispanic Communications. The Sports Administration program is one of the oldest programs in the country and has affiliations with major sports teams that provide valuable internships to our students.