At the University of St. Thomasin 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 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 16, the needs of each student are met, and academic success is within reach.
• 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
• Group and individual programs in 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. This First Year Experience Study Abroad program highlights social justice and service learning in the local and host communities.
• 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
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. Many students participate in our Undergraduate 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 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. 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 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.
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: 3,312 total
Student profile: 40% male, 60% female; 68% minority; 37 states and 59 countries represented; 57% of undergraduate students are Catholic.
• 31% ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
• Average SAT composite score—1087 (Critical Reading and Math)
• 41% of freshmen live on campus.
Faculty: 179 full-time undergraduate faculty; 91% with doctoral or terminal degree
Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
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: 16
• Guinan Hall houses the majority of on-campus students.
• Young Hall provides housing for upper-level students on campus.
Annual cost 2017–2018:
• Tuition and fees: $32,660
• Room and board: $8,850
Scholarships and financial aid: The University awards over $37 million annually in financial aid, including over $19 million in institutional scholarships and grants.
Quick reference numbers: SAT code: 6880; ACT code: 4238; FAFSA code: 003654
Fields of Study
Undergraduate majors and degrees:
• Biology-—Cell and Molecular
• Computer Science
• Criminology, Law, and Society
• English Literature
• English Writing
• General Business
• General Studies
• International Business
• International Development
• International Studies
• Liberal Arts
• Music Education
• Political Science
• Studio Arts
• Health Professions Programs
- Pre-physician Assistant
- Pre-physical Therapy
• Engineering—Cooperative dual degree with university partners
• UST/Glassell School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Collaboration in Studio Art