University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

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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 6.6 million people, five 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 more than 3,300 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 students. Professors—not teaching assistants—teach all classes. With an average class size of 18, the needs of each student are met, and academic success is within reach.

Academic programs and resources
Academic advising with degree planning and support for choosing majors and minors
The Tutorial Services Center with student-personalized instruction inwriting from trained student tutors
• Core curriculum promoting personal, professional, and spiritual growth to prepare you for the real world

Study abroad
Group and individual programsin areas such as South and Central America, Europe, and Asia available through partnerships with international universities
• Freshman students can earn credit while traveling abroad with classmates and a mentor team. The First-Year Experience Study Abroad program highlights social justice and service learning in local and host communities.

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 research tools and practice of their discipline give graduates firsthand knowledge. Plus, it makes them more competitive in the job market and on graduate school applications. Many students participate in our Research Symposium each spring. This event gives students a chance to present original research to the campus community.

Service learning program
Service learning provides students experiences where 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 givesstudents easy access to internships.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 their résumés, provides interview tips, and hosts numerous career fairs and networking events.

Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry serves students of all faiths and facilitates the growth of the campus community’s spiritual life 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
• Applied Mathematics
• Biochemistry
• Bioinformatics
• Biology
• Biology—Cell and Molecular
• Chemistry
• Communication
• Computational Biology
• Computer Science
• Criminology, Law, and Society
• Dance
• Drama
• Economics
• Education
• Engineering Physics
• English Literature
• English Writing
• Finance
• French
• General Business
• General Studies
• History
• International Business
• International Development
• International Studies
• Liberal Arts
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Music
• Music Education
• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Spanish
• Studio Arts
• Theatre Education
• Theology

Pre-professional programs:
• Engineering—Cooperative dual degree with university partners
• Pre-dental
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-veterinary
• 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: 3,314 total students

Student profile: 40% male, 60% female; 70% minority; 33 states and 58 countries represented; 48% of undergraduate students are Catholic.

Freshman profile:
• 31% ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
• Average SAT composite score—1087 (Critical Reading and Math)
• 32% of freshmen living on campus

Faculty: 179 full-time undergraduate faculty members; 91% with doctoral or terminal degree

Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

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

• Intercollegiate club sports: Badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, cheerleading, dodgeball, fencing, Japanese jiu-jitsu, running, soccer (co-ed), table tennis
• NAIA intercollegiate sports teams (Red River Conference, transitioning to NCAA Division III): Men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball

Student organizations: 60

Average class size: 18

• Guinan Hall houses the majority of on-campus students.
• Young Hall provides housing for upper-level students on campus.

Annual cost (2018–2019):
• Tuition and fees: $33,000
• Room and board: $9,070

Scholarships and financial aid: The University awards over $47 million annually in financial aid, including over $24 million in institutional scholarships and grants.

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

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