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Catholic Profile

At the University of St. Thomas in Houston, you will find yourself in the midst of a world-class city with a strong sense of direction toward your future. 

The Houston area is home to six million people, four professional sports teams, the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, and a wide variety of restaurants and shopping. In the heart of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is the University of St. Thomas, a close-knit campus of fewer than 4,000 students. St. Thomas has all the benefits of a small community in a big city. 

Small class sizes foster one-on-one interactions among faculty and fellow students. Professors, not teaching assistants, teach all classes. With an average classroom size of 15, the needs of each student are met, and academic success is within reach.

Academic programs/resources
• Academic advising with degree planning and support choosing major and minor

• The Tutorial Services Center with student-personalized instruction in writing from trained student tutors

• Core curriculum promoting personal, professional, and spiritual growth to prepare you for the real world


Study abroad
• Group and individual programs in areas such as South and Central America, Europe, and Asia available through partnerships with international universities

Periodically ranked in the top 20 master’s schools in the United States for study abroad programs, according to a report by the Institute of International Educational Exchange


Pre-medical program
Prepares students for entry into medical school (St. Thomas students enjoy outstanding medical and dental school acceptances.)

Provides students opportunities to help others through medical mission trips with the Pre-Health Professions Society

Student research
From their first year at the University, students have opportunities to assist with research on campus. Research opportunities prepare students for the professional world—public, private, or academic. Experience with the research tools and practice of their discipline gives graduates firsthand knowledge. Plus, it makes them more competitive in the job market and on graduate school applications.


Service learning program
Service learning provides students experiences in which they can apply their theoretical and classroom learning to the real world while working hand-in-hand with community partners. Examples include volunteering at an underserved clinic, helping individuals with income tax preparation, and starting community gardens.


Internships and careers
A centrally located campus gives students easy access to internships in several industries. Students are encouraged to complete internships, and the Career Services department on campus helps them find available positions. Career Services also helps students put together a résumé, provides interview tips, and hosts numerous career fair and networking events. 


Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry serves students of all faiths and facilitates the growth of the spiritual life of the campus community though the sacraments, spiritual guidance, and Christian counseling. Students are encouraged to participate in several activities with Campus Ministry, including retreats and volunteer experiences. Daily Masses are also held in the University’s chapel.







Fields of Study


Undergraduate majors and degrees:

• Accounting

• Biochemistry

• Bioinformatics

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Communication

• Computer Science

• Criminology, Law, and Society

• Drama

• Economics

• Education

• English Literature

• English Writing

• Environmental Science

• Environmental Studies

• Finance

• French

• General Business

• General Studies

• History

• International Business

• International Development

• International Studies

• Liberal Arts

• Marketing

• Mathematics

• Music

• Music Education

• Nursing

• Philosophy

• Political Science

• Psychology

• Spanish

• Studio Arts

• Theology


Pre-professional programs:

• Health Professions Programs
- Pre-dental
- Pre-law
- Pre-medical
- Pre-optometry
- Pre-pharmacy
- Pre-physician Assistant
- Pre-
physical Therapy
- Pre-veterinary

• Engineering 3-2 Cooperative Programs
- Catholic University of America
- Texas
- University of Houston
- University of Notre Dame

• UST/Glassell School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Collaboration in Studio Art

Fast Facts


Founded: By the Basilian Fathers in 1947; Houston’s only Catholic university


Campus location: Urban; UST occupies nearly 19 square blocks in the Museum District of Houston.


Type: Private, Catholic (Congregation of St. Basil), coeducational, liberal arts


Enrollment: 3,522 total


Student profile: 34% male, 66% female; 62% minority; 36 states, 50 countries represented; 71% of undergraduate students are Catholic.


Freshman profile:

• 28% ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

• Average SAT composite score—1111 (Critical Reading and Math)

• 41% of freshmen live on campus.


Faculty: 177 full-time undergraduate faculty; 93% with doctoral or terminal degree


Student-faculty ratio: 9:1


Admission: November 1-—early admission deadline; May 1—last day to apply



• Intercollegiate club sports: Biking, cheerleading, fencing, martial arts, rugby, running, soccer, surfing, table tennis, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee 

• NAIA intercollegiate sports teams (Red River Conference): Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball


Student organizations: 80


Average classroom size: 15



• Guinan Hall houses the majority of on-campus students.

• Young Hall provides housing for upper-level students on campus.


Annual cost 2015–2016:

• Tuition and fees: $30,310

• Room and board: $8,500


Scholarships and financial aid: The University awards over $39 million annually in financial aid, including over $14 million in institutional scholarships and grants.


Quick reference numbers: SAT code: 6880; ACT code: 4238; FAFSA code: 003654