Saint Thomas Aquinas University

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Saint Thomas University
Universidad Santo Tomás
Motto Facientes Veritatem
(Makers of the Truth)
Type Private
Established June 13, 1580
Affiliation Catholic
Principal Father José Antonio Balaguera Cepedda O.P.
Students 22,115
Address Carrera 9 Nº 51-11 Sede Central, Bogotá, D.C., Cundinamarca, Colombia
Nickname La Santoto
Saint Thomas University

Saint Thomas University (Spanish: Universidad Santo Tomás) is a Roman Catholic university located in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the oldest Colombian university, founded in 1580 by the Dominican Order. It has campuses in Bucaramanga, Tunja, Medellín, and Villavicencio, and offers distance education.[1]


The Flag: It is composed of five horizontal stripes, three green and two white interspersed, the shield of the University in the central part.

The Seal: It was elaborated to affirm the pontifical origin of the institution with the founding bull "Romanux Pontifex" of 1580, authentic mandate of the Pope Gregorio XIII and is used in certificates and diplomas issued by the University.

Shield: It is formed by the Cross of Calatrava in black and white in the center sixteen golden circular rays, symbol of the sun of Aquino, on a circular blue background and the Latin motto Facientes Veritatem, doers of the truth, in a red band.

The Hymn: It consists of eight verses, makes clear allusion to the humanist and vocational education of the university.

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Coordinates: 4°38′17″N 74°03′52″W / 4.63806°N 74.06444°W / 4.63806; -74.06444