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Mission & Vision


Mission Statement of the University
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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.

Core Values

Goodness: We serve God in faith and love by giving of ourselves to students, colleagues and society.

Discipline: We demand personal responsibility, accountability and integrity in ourselves and in one another.

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

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

Vision Statement

“We have decided that within 15 years we will become one of the great Catholic universities in America.”

Strategic Initiatives

Our vision of building a great Catholic university for the future entails making a firm commitment in the present. Over the next five years, we will lay the foundations of our vision by focusing on four strategic initiatives that will guide all our activity. We will, therefore, accomplish the following goals:

  • Assert our identity, academic brand and image as a Catholic university imbued with the Basilian tradition. 
  • Strengthen the academic excellence of our faculty and students and the quality of a UST education. 
  • Build a more engaged campus community as we increase enrollment. 
  • Invigorate and expand our relationships with alumni, external stakeholders and the community.


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University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX - Educating Leaders of Faith and Character
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houston’s only Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947.


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