|University of St. Thomas: A Brief History|
Academic excellence attracts students from all over the world to the University of St. Thomas campus, in the heart of Houston's Museum District. Students from 33 states and 54 foreign countries fill classrooms. And with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, St. Thomas offers students highly personalized instruction. Nearly 90 percent of full-time faculty have earned the top degrees in their fields and teach undergraduate and graduate classes.
St. Thomas offers 30 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs in medicine, law, and engineering. Eight master's degrees include accounting, business administration, education, divinity, liberal arts, pastoral studies, theology and philosophy. As well, a doctorate in philosophy from the University's Center for Thomistic Studies is among the most highly respected in the world. The Cameron School of Business at St. Thomas confers more than 300 Master Business Administration degrees each May, while the School of Education continues to produce graduates who are quickly recognized for their teaching excellence.
Recent expansion to its 19-block campus includes the new James and Maureen Hackett Athletic Field, the new Guinan Residence Hall; the Louis Jarret and W.T. Moran Center; the Campus Life Mall with its University Seal Plaza and Gueymard Labyrinth and Prayer Garden; and renovation to the Academic Mall designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. During 2007, completion of the Edward White Plaza, featuring the last of the late Philip Johnson’s designs, is anticipated. A successful $65 million capital campaign made these additions possible.
Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University of St. Thomas remains Houston's first and only Catholic university. 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.
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