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St. Thomas: A colorful and rich university

 

U. S. News & World Report recently presented its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. Once again, St. Thomas University was found in the top tier among regional universities in the South.

Private, regional institutions of higher learning such as St. Thomas University affect the lives of our state’s future generations through an Honors Program, ecumenical initiatives and global business dialogues. Our School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management offers the unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in hands-on research as early as freshman level. Its undergraduate Summer Research Institute places our students in an excellent position to gain entrance to graduate or professional schools and to directly enter South Florida’s workforce. This growing initiative has reached a record of 100 undergraduate students and 13 participating professors.

Few institutions of higher learning in our country have as rich and colorful a history as St. Thomas University. It is impossible to talk about our growth for more than 50 years without reaching back further to 1946 Cuba, where our roots were planted. Today, Cuban exiles, students from different, ethnicities, creeds and backgrounds all mirror the fulfilled aspirations of a great Catholic university. The value cannot be assessed by the monetary investment. Benchmarks demonstrate academic program success, top-notch accreditations, systematic program assessments, and curriculum expansion to offer innovative programs like intercultural human rights, a new Master in Divinity and the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies.

At a time when America is hurting financially, the non-traditional, working student juggles a full-time job, limited family income, raising children and the pressure to graduate. At St. Thomas University, 95.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, plus need-based scholarship of grant awards. It is all about believing in students with the right potential and meeting their needs, developing leaders for life.

Marivi Prado, chief marketing officer, St. Thomas University,

Miami Gardens

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