Academic excellence attracts students from all over the world to the University of St. Thomas, located adjacent to Houston’s Museum District. Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University remains Houston’s first and only Catholic university. The University of St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is committed to the religious, ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education and welcomes students of all faiths.

Since 1994, U.S. News & World Report has named the University of St. Thomas to the top tier of Western mid-size comprehensive universities. The University of St. Thomas remains a shining star in the heart of Houston.

Interesting Facts

  • 36 states and 50 countries represented
  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 93% of full-time faculty have earned the top degrees in their fields
  • A variety of degrees offered
  • Worldwide respected doctorate in philosophy from the University’s Center for Thomistic Studies

Read more on the UST Information, Facts and Stats page.

Mission Statement

We are the University of St. Thomas, the Catholic university in the heart of Houston. We are committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the dialogue between faith and reason. By pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, we embody and instill in our students the core values of our founders, the Basilian Fathers: goodness, discipline and knowledge.

We foster engagement in a diverse, collaborative community. As a comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts, we educate students to think critically, communicate effectively, succeed professionally and lead ethically. Read more about the University’s Mission and Vision.