The private St. Thomas University is a Catholic institution located in Miami, Florida. The university currently offers more than thirty different undergraduate majors, five doctoral programs, over twenty graduate majors, as well as a professional law program.
St. Thomas University’s origins lie in none other than Havana, Cuba during the late 1940s. Back then, it went by the name of Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva, sharing its name with Saint Thomas of Villanova. Born Tomás García y Martínez, he was a Spanish friar who went on to become a noted preacher and religious writer.
In 1961, the Castro militia confiscated the school’s land and also expelled the priests and the faculty, forcing the Augustinians to flee to South Florida, where they would go on to open Biscayne College, a Catholic men’s college. It wasn’t until 1984 that the school established its law and graduate degree programs, eventually earning its current name of St. Thomas University.
St. Thomas University has served as the former training camp home of the Miami Dolphins and currently serves as the training home for the Miami FC professional soccer team.
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