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Academics

“Professors expect a lot from you” at the University of St. Thomas, a modest-sized Catholic school with a liberal arts flavor. “There is no spoon-feeding,” attests a junior, “but you actually learn! There are no multiple-choice tests, but this guarantees that you learn the subject. Students are competitive but very helpful to each other. I love it!” These students also rave about the small-school feel at UST: “Having grown up attending large public schools, there’s something to be said for smaller schools, where you’re not treated like a number but a real person. Each of my professors, advisors, etc. knew me personally before the end of my first semester. They are truly concerned with making sure that you fully understand the material and are getting the most out of your academic experience.” The experience is enhanced by a requirement that demands all students take a philosophy and a theology course each academic year. For all the pluses, there are a few minuses worth preparing for---particularly, “the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office.” But overall, “The experience at UST is amazing,” says an undergrad. “That sums it up.”

Student Body

“There are several different social groups at the school,” explains an econ major. “One is comprised of those who love to party and party hard. Then there is the religious sect, which is involved in various aspects of Campus Ministry. . . . Then the rest of us basically stick to ourselves.” Another student says that it’s even more complicated than that: “We have commuters, homeschoolers, varsity players, introverts, perfectionists, clubbers---and they all interact quite well.” Indeed, friendliness is the name of the game at UST. A sophomore tells us, “Fitting in for any type of student is as easy as walking up to a friend and striking up a conversation.” Yes, there are many Catholics here (“It is a Catholic school, after all”), many who are “conservative,” and many who “come from wealthy families.” But rest assured that “diversity is welcomed, embraced, and celebrated” at the University of St. Thomas.

Campus Life

“Life at UST is pretty chill,” despite the fact that the campus sits near the bustling heart of America’s fourth-largest metropolitan area. According to a vocal performance major, “On-campus life is extremely intimate and personal. There is only one dorm, and people meet and get to know each other quickly. The campus is small, and people run into each other all the time.” A psych major adds that for such a small school, UST hosts “a lot of events as well (date auctions, hunger banquets, free musicals/theater productions, movie screenings, etc.).” Additionally, “The athletic side of life is getting better . . . as UST just moved up from all intramurals to a few intercollegiate sports.” Nonetheless, the majority of UST’s activity takes place during the school week, largely because “Most people are from Houston and go home on the weekends.” For those who live on campus, making the most of Houston’s distractions is easy: “We are in the middle of the Montrose area, which is filled [with] great restaurants, coffee shops, and thrift stores.”

Overview

Applicants
1,216
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.64

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 25.25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
337
with Terminal Degree
223

180
Men
157
Women
77
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
34%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Development Economics and International Development.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Divinity/Ministry.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Diploma
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Garnet Coleman
Texas State Representative, Dist. 147

Patrick O'Donnell
Founder - Plant it Forward Farms, Retired President of Bridgeway Software

Cecilia Abbott
First Lady of the State of Texas

Chuck Deiterich
Retired NASA Flight Controller (Apollo Missions)

Bishop John McCarthy
Former Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Austin, TX

Bishop Joseph Vasquez
Current Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Austin, TX

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
34%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,785

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,273

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,457

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,896

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,248

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,800
Required Fees
$660
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,094

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,630
Transportation for Commuters
$2,694

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,300
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,047
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

12.15%
Asian
6.95%
African-American
46.70%
Hispanic
21.01%
Caucasian
2.06%
Unknown
8.50%
International

63% female
37% male
2% are out of state
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
32%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Counseling and Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Rose Signorello

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

N/A

Documentation Required for ADHD

N/A

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
13

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Celts)
4 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Women's Sports (Celts)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Houston
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Houston

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, VarsityBuys, AT&T, Sprint

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Karen Bautista
Assistant Director of Admissions, Visit & Events

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Phone
1-800-856-8565

Email
visitust@stthom.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center
Crooker Student Center
Chapel of St. Basil
Guinan
Center for Science and Health Professions

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Houston Museum District
The Galleria
Rice Village
Downtown Houston
Hermann Park
The university is only minutes from many attractions in the Houston Museum District, which is made up of 16 attractions including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Menil Collection, and the Museum of Health and Medical Science. The Galleria is an internationally famous retail/hotel environment center and the fifth largest shopping center in the United States. The Village is a quaint collection of specialty shops, bars, and a variety of restaurants. Hermann Park is home to Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, and the Hermann Park Japanese Garden.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday - Thursday 10am-2pm and Friday at 10am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
dietary needs

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The University of St. Thomas is accessible not only by car, but by various forms of mass transportation. The university is on or near several routes on the Houston METRO system, within two miles of a passenger bus (Greyhound) station, within five miles of an Amtrak station, and serviced by two airports. The closest airport is William P. Hobby Airport (12 miles). The university is within 25 miles of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Intercontinental Airport: As you exit the airport, follow the signs to US 59. Take US 59 South, which is also marked as "Downtown," and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the university will be on your right. From Houston Hobby Airport: As you exit the airport, turn right on Airport Blvd. And drive two miles to I-45. At this intersection, proceed under the bridge, turn left, and get on I-45 headed north. Take I-45 north to US 59. Take US 59 South, and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the university will be on your right. From I-10 East: Head west on I-10 towards downtown Houston, until you hit US 59. Take US 59 South, which is also marked as "Downtown," and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the University will be on your right. From I-10 West: Head east on I-10 towards downtown Houston, and exit Studemont. Turn right on Studemont, and drive until the same street becomes Montrose Blvd. The University of St. Thomas is at 3800 Montrose Blvd. From US 59 North: Head south on US 59 towards downtown, and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the University will be on your right. From US 59 South: Head north on US 59 towards downtown, and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn left at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the University will be on your right. From I-45 North: Head south on I-45 towards downtown, and exit onto US 59. Take US 59 South, and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the University will be on your right. From I-45 South: Head north on I-45 towards downtown, until you reach US 59. Take US 59 South, and exit at Shepherd Street. Turn right at the light on Shepherd Street, and proceed to the second street light, which is West Alabama. Turn right at West Alabama. Drive one mile on West Alabama to Yoakum, and the University will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
The University of St. Thomas has many nearby hotels including Hotel Derek, and various hotels in the Galleria and Greenway Plaza areas.


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