St. Thomas University (informally called STU) is a private, nonprofit, Catholic university in Miami, Florida. The university offers 35 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate majors, five doctoral programs, and one professional law program. STU's campus is the training home to Miami FC,[2] South Florida’s professional soccer team and part of the NASL, and hosts international sporting events and conferences that engage students and prepare graduates to be the next generation of leaders.


STU offers 35 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate majors, five doctoral programs, and one professional law program.[3]

  • School of Law[4]
  • Biscayne College of Social and Human Sciences[5]
  • Gus Machado School of Business[6]
  • School of Theology and Ministry[7]
  • School of Arts and Education[8]
  • School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management[9]

Catholic Education Continuum Program

Committed to developing Leaders for Life and embracing a vision of lifelong learning that enriches the Catholic Faith, St. Thomas University has introduced the Catholic Education Continuum (CEC) program to foster educational and spiritual growth for Catholic High School graduates.

The Catholic Education Continuum is a special initiative developed by St. Thomas University, providing an additional opportunity for Catholic High School students during the critical formative high school and college years. In collaboration with partner Catholic High Schools, the STU program offers several benefits.[10]

Benefits to Students:

  • Full scholarship opportunity for one student from each Catholic high school valued at $100,000
  • Up to 60% renewable tuition scholarships and a guarantee of a 50% discount for students participating in Dual Enrollment
  • Dual Enrollment participation allowing students to progress towards a bachelor's degree while in High School, reducing the cost and time of their higher education pursuits
  • Build upon students’ academic and professional interests through involvement in the Academies
  • Exposure to industry leaders through the Career Academies
  • Provided Dual Enrollment staff and mentors, working closely with students through the last years of their high school journey to ensure students’ success

Benefits to Schools:

  • High schools empowering their students to further their education through Dual Enrollment courses
  • Dual Enrollment courses taught on high school campuses by their teachers
  • Staff development opportunities for Catholic high school faculty and staff
  • Staff training and compensation for Dual Enrollment courses
  • Special opportunity for faculty and staff to continue their educational pursuit with a 15% tuition discount on graduate programs
  • On-site delivery of graduate degrees

Dual Enrollment

St. Thomas University staff members are assigned to each partner school for support in offering college level classes to high school students. Through the Dual Enrollment program, students are able to enroll in classes that meet their high school requirement and earn them college credit. The classes are taught by teachers that have been certified to teach college level classes. Classes take place at the high school, making it extremely convenient for students, parents, and teachers.

STU's Leadership Culture

University Motto: Leaders for Life

STU concentrates on developing personal and transferable skills necessary for professional life, such as problem solving, critical analysis, research, and written and oral communication.

Internships and even job placement opportunities are available to students in most programs, allowing them to engage in stimulating, fulfilling, and career-enhancing endeavors. The Student Success Center is designed to enrich all aspects of the student experience and ensures every student is armed with skills and tools to succeed.[11]

Study Abroad[14]

Study abroad opportunities offer students unique experiences in Croatia, India, Israel, Italy or Spain, and scholarships are available.

Undergraduate Research[15]

Opportunities to conduct hands-on, scientific research with faculty members in the areas of life sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering giving students a competitive edge when applying to graduate schools.

Engaged Learning

The award-winning Center for Community Engagement prepares students to be informed and engaged global leaders by promoting active learning experiences through which students gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement in the local community, region and abroad.

Internships & Job Placement Opportunities

The Center for Career Services provides resources and services that facilitate career development, prestigious internships, and job placement for students and recent graduates.


150-acre campus is located in Miami, Florida; minutes away from Miami’s beaches, Wynwood Art District, the MiMo District, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Downtown. The University Library also contains the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum.[16] The museum opened in 2008 and is open to visitors free of charge during the week and by appointment on Saturdays [1]

Residential Life[17]

St. Thomas has four residence halls and apartments.


St. Thomas athletic teams are known as the Bobcats which consists of nearly 200 student athletes each year. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics[18] (NAIA) at the Division I level, primarily competing in 14 sports at The Sun Conference, formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC).

In 2014, the men's basketball team won the Sun Conference championship and were invited to the NAIA National tournament for the sixth time.[21] In 2010 the STU men’s soccer team won the Sun Conference Regular Season title, as well as they won the Sun Conference Tournament and reached the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the first time in program history. In 2016 the Men's Soccer Team won the Sun Conference Tournament again and secured a spot in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.[22]


St. Thomas University’s history can be traced back to 1946 Havana, Cuba, where it was founded as the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova. In 1961, Fidel Castro's militia confiscated the school's land and expelled the faculty and priests. In turn, the Augustinians fled to Miami and opened a new Catholic men’s college – Biscayne College. In 1984, with the establishment of the School of Law and other graduate degree programs, the college, by then co-educational, again became 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.

From 1970 until 1993, St. Thomas University was the training camp home[23] of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Biscayne College, now known as St. Thomas University, was also the former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the university include:

Name Class Year Notability References
Al Avila 1986 General Manager of the Detroit Tigers [24]
Jose Baez 2001 Prominent defense attorney, and New York Times best selling author [25]
Miguel Díaz 1988 Former Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See nominated by President Barack Obama [26]
John Dooner 1970 Former CEO of McCann Worldgroup [27]
Andy Elisburg 1989 General Manager, Vice President of Operations for the Miami Heat [28]
Mike Fitzpatrick 1985 Former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district [29]
David Gettleman 1986 Former General Manager of the Carolina Panthers [30]
Darin Harris 1993 CEO of Cici’s Pizza [31]
Dom Irrera 1972 Actor [32]
Ana Navarro 1997 Lawyer, Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets [33]
Jorge Rico 1986 Co-founder and managing director at MBF Healthcare Partners [34]
Alex Penelas 1981 Former mayor of Miami-Dade County [35]
Richard Prentiss 1992 Interim President, Miami Dade College Medical Center Campus [36]
Judge Georgina Picos 1991 Federally appointed immigration judge for Houston [37]
Professor Rory Bahadur 2003 Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law [38]
Patrick Cordero 1987 Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Patrick Cordero, P.A. [39]
Josh Martinez 2016 Big Brother 19 (U.S.) Winner [40]
David Grasso 1996 Founder and C.E.O. of Grasso Holdings [41]
Sam Zietz 1997 Founder of Touchsuite [42]

External links

Coordinates: 25°55′12″N 80°15′21″W / 25.9199°N 80.2559°W / 25.9199; -80.2559


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