St. Thomas University (Florida)

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St. Thomas University
St. Thomas University (Florida) Logo
Former names
Biscayne College
Motto"Leaders for Life"
TypePrivate, Nonprofit
Endowment$24.2 million
PresidentDavid A. Armstrong, J.D.
ProvostAlfred Garcia (Interim Provost)
Location, ,
ColorsBurgundy, and Dark Blue
SportsFootball; Baseball; Men's & Women's Basketball; Men's & Women's Cross Country; Men's & Women's Soccer; Men's & Women's Tennis; Men's & Women's Track & Field; Men's Golf; Softball; and Volleyball
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St. Thomas University (informally called STU) is a private, nonprofit, Catholic university in Miami Gardens, Florida. The university offers 35 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate majors, five doctoral programs, and one professional law program. STU's campus is the training home to Miami FC,[2] South Florida's professional soccer team and part of the NASL, and hosts sporting events and conferences.


STU offers 35 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate majors, five doctoral programs, and one professional law program.[3]

  • School of Law[4]
  • Biscayne College of Social and Human Sciences[5]
  • Gus Machado School of Business[6]
  • School of Theology and Ministry[7]
  • School of Arts and Education[8]
  • School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management[9]

Study Abroad[10][edit]

Study abroad opportunities offer students unique experiences in Croatia, India, Israel, Italy or Spain, and scholarships are available.


150-acre campus is located in Miami Gardens, Florida; minutes away from Miami's beaches, Wynwood Art District, the MiMo District, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Downtown. The University Library also contains the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum.[11] The museum opened in 2008 and is open to visitors free of charge during the week and by appointment on Saturdays [1]

Residential Life[12][edit]

St. Thomas has four residence halls and apartments.


St. Thomas athletic teams are known as the Bobcats which consists of nearly 200 student athletes each year. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics[13] (NAIA) at the Division I level, primarily competing in 14 sports at The Sun Conference, formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC).

In 2014, the men's basketball team won the Sun Conference championship and were invited to the NAIA National tournament for the sixth time.[16] In 2010 the STU men's soccer team won the Sun Conference Regular Season title, as well as they won the Sun Conference Tournament and reached the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the first time in program history. In 2016 the Men's Soccer Team won the Sun Conference Tournament again and secured a spot in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament.[17]


St. Thomas University's history can be traced back to 1946 Havana, Cuba, where it was founded as the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova. In 1961, Fidel Castro's militia confiscated the school's land and expelled the faculty and priests. In turn, the Augustinians fled to Miami and opened a new Catholic men's college – Biscayne College. In 1984, with the establishment of the School of Law and other graduate degree programs, the college, by then co-educational, again became 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.

From 1970 until 1993, St. Thomas University was the training camp home[18] of the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

Biscayne College, now known as St. Thomas University, was also the former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the university include:

Name Class Year Notability References
Al Avila 1986 General Manager of the Detroit Tigers [19]
Jose Baez 2001 Prominent defense attorney, and New York Times best selling author [20]
Miguel Díaz 1988 Former Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See nominated by President Barack Obama [21]
Mike Fitzpatrick 1985 Former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district [22]
David Gettleman 1986 General Manager of the New York Giants [23]
Dom Irrera 1972 Actor [24]
Ana Navarro 1997 Lawyer, Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets [25]
Alex Penelas 1981 Former mayor of Miami-Dade County [26]


  1. ^ ACCU Member Institutions Archived March 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Miami FC Announces Official Training Facility at STU". The Sun Conference. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "St. Thomas University > Academics". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "St. Thomas University > School of Law". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "St. Thomas University > Biscayne College". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "St. Thomas University > Gus Machado School of Business". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "St. Thomas University > School of Theology and Ministry". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "St. Thomas University > School of Arts and Education". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "St. Thomas University > School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "St. Thomas University - Biscayne College - Study Abriad". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Saint Thomas University: Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum". Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "St. Thomas University - Students > Housing". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "NAIA Member Schools". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "St. Thomas University Adds Track & Field Program". March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "Beach Volleyball Arrives at St. Thomas". The Sun conference. February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  16. ^ "Four League Schools to Appear in NAIA II National Tournament". The Sun Conference. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "STU Men's Soccer to Play at Rio Grande in NAIA Opening Round". March 15, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "Miami Dolphins Training Camp Locations |". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "South Florida's Al Avila becomes first Cuban-born GM in baseball". miamiherald. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  20. ^ News, ABC. "Jose Baez: Hernandez acquittal burnishes lawyer's reputation". ABC News. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "Miguel Diaz: Vatican Ambassador Background". America Magazine. May 27, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  22. ^ Fitzpatrick, Michael G. "Michael G. Fitzpatrick". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Giants Hire Dave Gettleman as General Manager". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "South Philly's big cheese: Dom Irrera "steaks" his claim in Tampa Bay". Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  25. ^ Horowitz, Jason (May 12, 2015). "Jeb Bush, Ana Navarro and the Question That May Have Been Misheard". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  26. ^ "Life After Politics for Former Miami Mayor". Florida Trend. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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Coordinates: 25°55′12″N 80°15′21″W / 25.9199°N 80.2559°W / 25.9199; -80.2559