St. Thomas University (Florida)
St. Thomas University is a private Roman Catholic university
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 in the Miami, Florida
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, United States
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 suburb of Miami Gardens
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The University traces its roots to the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva
Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva
Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva was a private Roman Catholic university founded on August 15, 1946, in Havana, Cuba. It was founded by American Augustinians with assistance from European Augustinians and named after Saint Thomas of Villanova. In 1957, it was declared a pontifical...

, founded in 1946 in Havana
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, Cuba, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova
Thomas of Villanova
St. Thomas of Villanova, O.S.A. , was a preacher, ascetic, writer andSpanish friar of the Order of Saint Augustine....

, by American Augustinians with assistance from European Augustinians. When the Castro government expelled the Augustinians from Cuba in 1961, several of the American Augustinians came to Miami where they founded Biscayne College in 1961. Its first president was Vice Rector of Villanueva. The college was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
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 and first accredited by the Commission on Colleges in 1968. Through continued growth and development, Biscayne College earned university status in 1984 after the addition of 10 Master degree programs and the opening of the School of Law. At that point, its name changed to St. Thomas University. The University came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored university in the state of Florida.

The Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
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 NFL team trained at St. Thomas University, from 1970 until 1993.


The campus is located in Miami Gardens, Florida, on 150 acre (0.607029 km²) bounded on the north by the Palmetto Expressway on the west by NW 37th Avenue and on the east by NW 32nd Avenue. The northern side of the campus is occupied by woods and a monastery.

The academic buildings are located along the east side of the campus, from north to south: the Carnival Cruise Line Science & Technology Building, Kennedy Hall and the University Library includes the George & Evelyn Goldbloom Convocation Hall, President's Office and the Office of Development. It also contains the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum. The Law School is south of the Library.

St. Thomas has four residence halls and apartments, which house approximately 360 students. There is also a University Inn located next to the Student Center in the middle of the campus.

The west and south sides of the campus are athletic facilities. On-campus athletics facilities include a new soccer field, the Frank R. Esposito Baseball Field, and the Bobcat softball field. The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness, which was dedicated in September 2009 is the home of Bobcat athletics. This 62000 sq ft (5,760 m²). multipurpose facility houses basketball and volleyball, intramural sports and a state-of-the-arts fitness and wellness center.


St. Thomas is led by a 35-member Board of Trustees. Each board member is required to give a gift to the annual campaign and a one time gift to the capital campaign. Each Trustee serves two consecutive three-year terms. The board meets four times per fiscal year and each board member serves on a university standing committee.

St. Thomas has the following academic units:
    • (Institute for World Languages)
    • (Institute for Global Entrepreneurship)
    • (Institute for Sports Administration and Hospitality/Tourism Management)
    • (Institute for Communication, Entertainment, and Media)
    • (Institute for Education)
    • (Institute for Professional Studies)
    • (Institute for STU-China Executive Forum for Leadership Development)
    • (Institute for Applied Computer Applications and Engineering Management)
    • (Institute for Pastoral Ministries)
    St. Thomas University School of Law
    St. Thomas University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The School of Law is located on the main campus of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida...

    • (J.D. Degree)
    • (LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights)
    • (J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights)
    • (J.D./M.B.A. joint degrees:)
    • (M.B.A. Accounting)
    • (M.B.A. International Business)
    • (M.B.A. Sports Administration)
    • (J.D./M.S. Joint Degrees:)
    • (M.S. Marriage & Family Counseling)
    • (M.S. Sports Administration)

St. Thomas University offers B.A., M.A., M.S., M.B.A., M.Acc., J.D., Ed.D., and Ph.D. programs through its college and various schools.

The university offers several joint degree programs and an accelerated B.A./J.D. as well.

The St. Thomas University experience, which includes a Study in Spain program, a United Nations internship and travel to Haiti, is a laboratory for life in the coming decades with people of many cultures sharing ethical values and bringing about positive change in their local communities.

Modern status

The St. Thomas University School of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The School of Law is located on the main campus of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida...

 is one of only three accredited Roman Catholic law schools located in the United States that is south of Washington, D.C.. The School of Law at St. Thomas was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in February 1995, and offers the Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor is a professional doctorate and first professional graduate degree in law.The degree was first awarded by Harvard University in the United States in the late 19th century and was created as a modern version of the old European doctor of law degree Juris Doctor (see etymology and...

 degree (J.D.) as well as the Masters of Law (LL.M).

St. Thomas has an enrollment of 4,140 students - 2,436 in the traditional undergraduate program, 963 in its graduate program and 741 in the law school. Students come from 42 states and nearly 50 foreign countries. As of 2008, St. Thomas University has an endowment of $23.4 million.

St. Thomas' Sports Administration programs were some of the first in the country.


St. Thomas competes in the Sun Conference in the NAIA. Varsity sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis for men and softball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball for women.

Notable alumni & attendees

St. Thomas University has produced thousands of alumni over the years. The most notable alumni of St. Thomas University are Mike Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick
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, the U.S. Representative; Miguel Diaz, the Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See (Vatican) nominated by President Barack Obama; the current head coach of the Orlando Magic
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 Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
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; the former mayor of Miami-Dade County Alex Penelas
Alex Penelas
Alexander "Alex" Penelas is the former mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida.-Schooling and personal life:Penelas, an American of Cuban descent, attended college at St. Thomas University...

; the actor Dom Irrera
Dom Irrera
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; the Major League Baseball
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 players Kiko Calero
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 and Vinnie Chulk
Vinnie Chulk
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; and former NBA Basketball player Kenny Anderson
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. Among notable graduates are: Andy Elisburg, Vice President of Operations for the Miami Heat; Christina Fernandez, Chief Marshall for the Southern Region U.S. Marshals Service; and John Dooner, CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies.

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