The University endeavors to further the mission of the Basilian Fathers by forming an academic community unified through its spirit of inquiry, love of knowledge, passion for truth and respect for religious and moral verity. Members of the founding order of priests are on campus and involved in the academic life of the University.

The University of St. Thomas welcomes Catholic and non-Catholic students:

  • The undergraduate population is 64 percent Catholic.
  • The graduate student group is 36 percent Catholic. 
  • The UST faculty are 70 percent Catholic.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum at St. Thomas seeks to educate the whole person with a strong foundation in philosophy, theology, English and the humanities. The University embodies the principles of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and carries out its teachings in the light of Catholic ideals, principles and attitudes.


We pursue truth and academic excellence in the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing the dialogue between faith and reason.


We build and nurture relationships that transform our lives, our university and our world.

  • Campus Ministry develops youth leadership in liturgical program, retreats and Bible studies and provides sacrament preparation.
  • Chapel of St. Basil offers daily Mass, regular confession and weekly adoration.
  • A faith-based on-campus community exists for integrating faith, academics and life.
  • Celts for Life club attends March for Life and participates in pro-life initiative.
  • The Office of Catholic Outreach hosts the annual UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest.

Annual Lecture Series

Annual lecture series attracts renowned speakers such as the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, founder and editor of First Things; Dr. Janet E. Smith, chair of life ethics and professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Dr. Ralph McInerny, Catholic scholar and author; and the Most Rev. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

  • Aquinas Lecture
  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture
  • Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lectures
  • Pope John Paul II Forum
  • Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture