The University of St. Thomas (also referred to as UST or St. Thomas) in Houston, Texas
University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive Catholic university, grounded in the liberal arts. Founded in 1947 by Basilian Fathers, it serves as the only Catholic university in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. It is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
The University of St. Thomas is located in the Neartown area. The campus is north of Houston’s Museum District and is adjacent to the famous Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel. The campus is located within five miles of Uptown, Texas Medical Center, the downtown Houston Theater District, and the Houston Zoo.
Many of the University’s departments office out of houses built in 1930s that are scattered throughout campus. Some of the buildings are historic including the Link–Lee House, once the largest home in Houston which is currently the home of the University’s executive office, and Hughes House, the childhood home of Howard Hughes, housing the Theology department.
St. Thomas (UST) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Celts, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men’s sports include basketball, golf and soccer; while women’s sports include basketball, golf, soccer and volleyball.
In Fall 2006, the NAIA informed UST that its application to join had been accepted, bringing varsity intercollegiate athletics back to campus for the first time in 20 years. On November 7, 2006, University administrators announced that beginning in 2007, UST would field both a women’s volleyball team and men’s soccer team to compete as members of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). They hope to eventually join the Red River Athletic Conference, pending acceptance of its application to be admitted to the conference. The 2009-10 academic year marked the inaugural season of the UST men’s varsity basketball team.