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St. Thomas University
Motto "Developing Leaders for Life"
Established 1961
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, Archdiocese of Miami
Endowment $23.4 million
President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale
Provost Gregory Chan
Students 2,520
Undergraduates 1,171
Postgraduates 731
Other students 618 (STU Law School)
Location Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
Mascot Bobcats

St. Thomas University is a private Roman Catholic university in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida.



The University traces its roots to the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, founded in 1946 in Havana, Cuba, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, by American Augustinians with assistance from European Augustinians. When the Castro government expelled the Augustinians from Cuba in 1961, several of the American Augustinians came to Miami where they founded Biscayne College in 1961. Its first president was vice rector of Villanueva. The college was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and first accredited by the Commission on Colleges in 1968. Through continued growth and development, Biscayne College earned university status in 1984 after the addition of 10 Master degree programs and the opening of the School of Law. At that point, its name changed to St. Thomas University. The University came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored university in the State of Florida.

The Miami Dolphins NFL team trained at St. Thomas University, from 1970 until 1993.


The campus is located in Miami Gardens, Florida on 150 acres bounded on the north by the Palmetto Expressway on the west by NW 37th Avenue and on the east by NW 32nd Avenue. The northern side of the campus is occupied by woods, a monastery, and the Chikee Hut.

The academic buildings are located along the east side of the campus, from north to south: the science and technology center, Kennedy Hall and then the University Library includes a convocation hall, President's Office and the Office of Development.[1] It also contains the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum.[2] The Law School is south of the Library.

St. Thomas has 4 residence halls and apartments, which house approximately 360 students.[3] There is also a University Inn located next to the Student Center in the middle of the campus.[4]

The west and south sides of the campus are athletic facilities. On-campus athletics facilities include a new soccer field, the Frank R. Esposito Baseball Field, and the Bobcat softball field. The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness, which is under construction, will be the new home for Bobcat athletics. The 62,000 sq. ft. multipurpose facility will house basketball and volleyball, intramural sports and a state-of-the-arts fitness and wellness center. [5]


St. Thomas is led by a 35-member Board of Trustees. Each board member is required to give a gift to the annual campaign and a one time gift to the capital campaign. Each Trustee serves two consecutive three-year terms. The board meets 4 times per fiscal year and each board member serves on a University standing committee.[6]

St. Thomas has the following academic units:

    • (Institute for World Languages)
    • (Institute for Global Entrepreneurship)
    • (Institute for Sports Administration and Hospitality/Tourism Management)
    • (Institute for Communication, Entertainment, and Media)
    • (Institute for Education)
    • (Institute for Professional Studies)
    • (Institute for STU-China Executive Forum for Leadership Development)
    • (Institute for Applied Computer Applications and Engineering Management)
    • (Institute for Pastoral Ministries)

St. Thomas University offers B.A., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Acc., J.D., Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs through its college and various schools.

The university offers several joint degree programs and an accelerated B.A./J.D. as well.

The St. Thomas University experience, which includes a Study in Spain program, a United Nations internship and travel to Haiti, is a laboratory for life in the coming decades with people of many cultures sharing ethical values and bringing about positive change in their local communities.[7]

Modern status

The St. Thomas University School of Law is one of only three accredited Catholic law schools located in the United States that is south of Washington, DC. The School of Law at St. Thomas was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in February 1995, and offers the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) as well as the Masters of Law (LL.M).

St. Thomas has an enrollment of 2,520 students - 1,171 in the traditional undergraduate program, 731 in its graduate program and 618 in the law school. Students come from 42 states and nearly 50 foreign countries. As of 2008, St. Thomas University has an endowment of $23.4 million.[1]

St. Thomas' Sports Administration programs were some of the first in the country.[citation needed]


St. Thomas competes in the Sun Conference in the NAIA. Varsity sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer and Tennis for men and Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball for women.[8]

Notable Alumni & Attendees

St. Thomas University has produced thousands of alumni over the years. The most notable alumni of St. Thomas University are Mike Fitzpatrick, the former U.S. Representative; Miguel Diaz, the Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See (Vatican) nominated by President Barack Obama; the current head coach of the Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy; the former mayor of Miami Alex Penelas; the actor Dom Irrera; and the Major League Baseball players Kiko Calero and Vinnie Chulk. Among notable graduates are: Andy Elisburg, Vice President of Operations for the Miami Heat; Christina Fernandez, Chief Marshall for the Southern Region U.S. Marshals Service; and John Dooner, CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies.

See also

External links


  1. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  3. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  4. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-21.
  5. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  6. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  7. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  8. ^ Retrieved 2009-09-26.

Coordinates: 25°55′12″N 80°15′22″W / 25.919953°N 80.255981°W / 25.919953; -80.255981



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