Service Learning at the Houston Food Bank
Every year, incoming freshmen participate in a service learning activity where they can give back to the community. This year, more than 180 UST students partnered with the Houston Food Bank where they contributed more than 540 hours of volunteering to help feed the hungry of Houston. Read more
Freshmen Can Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Rome
A key part of the UST experience is the opportunity to study abroad with UST faculty. Freshmen Symposium students have two opportunities just for them to study abroad this year:
- Spend spring break in Costa Rica
- Travel to Italy for 9 days in summer 2015
Freshman Symposium Mentors Are 3 Times the Fun
Freshmen are not in academic journey alone. Each small group in Freshman Symposium includes three mentors who can help you succeed: a professor, staff member and fellow student. There are lots of people who support your journey at UST. “The major advantage of having this three-person team is that the faculty member, staff member and student can offer different perspectives and resources to our freshmen students on a host of issues that many first-year students commonly face,” said Dr. Jo Meier-Marquis, director of Freshman Symposium.
Personal Success Project Marks Freshman Symposium
For his final Freshman Symposium project, cooperative engineering student Jesus Ramos made a first-person video about his experience of being a student at the University of St. Thomas. Come along for the ride with him and see UST from his perspective. See the video.
Freshman Symposium is Studentsí First Class at UST
Freshman Symposium is the first class freshmen will take at UST, and it begins during Orientation. Each freshman is placed in sections with students who share similar educational interests and goals. After completing the Freshman Symposium, students will understand UST’s mission. This includes the University’s commitment to educating leaders of faith and character and the importance of ethical leadership, critical thinking, effective communication and professional success.
The Freshman Symposium: Educating Leaders of Faith and Character is a one-credit-hour course taken during the student's first fall semester. This symposium will introduce students to the University's mission to educate leaders who can think critically, communicate effectively, lead ethically, and succeed professionally.
- UST mission
- Liberal arts education
- History of the Basilian Fathers
- Catholic intellectual tradition
- Faith and reason
- Critical thinking
- Personal success plan
Read more in the Freshman Symposium brochure.