St. Thomas University
is a private Roman Catholic university
in the Miami
suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida
The University traces its roots to the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva
, founded in 1946 in Havana
, Cuba, named after Saint Thomas of Villanova
, 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
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
NFL team trained at St. Thomas University, from 1970 until 1993.
The campus is located in Miami Gardens, Florida, on 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.
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