Universidad Santo Tomás is a non-profit Catholic Higher Education Institution. The University is present in five cities of the country with campuses in Bogota, Bucaramanga, Medellin, Tunja, and Villavicencio, as well as 23 Centers for University Assistance that support distance learning nationwide.
Our Mission and Vision
The Mission of Universidad Santo Tomás is inspired by the Christian humanistic thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas. It consists in promoting a comprehensive education of people in the field of Higher Education, through teaching-learning actions and processes, research and social impact. The aforementioned in order for students to respond in an ethic, creative and critical manner to the current demands of human life, and to contribute with solutions to the problems and needs the society and the country face.
In 2027, Universidad Santo Tomás of Colombia will be an international reference of excellent multi-campus education quality. It will be acknowledged for the effective and systemic articulation of its substantive functions as well as for being a driving force for human promotion and responsible social transformation, in a sustainable environment of justice and peace, in the search for the common good.
About our History
Universidad Santo Tomás was the first university cloister in Colombia, founded on June 13th, 1580, under the pontificate of Pope Gregory XIII. In 1608, Santo Tomás School was founded, which subsequently merged with Universidad de Estudios Generales (General Studies University). Colegio-Universidad Santo Tomás was then founded, later named Universidad Tomística (Thomistic University).
For almost three centuries, the University was an endless source of thinking and culture that educated an important number of Neogranadinos (The citizens of the viceroyalty of Nueva Granada). Among prominent graduates are Andrés Rosillo (Philosophy, Theology and Biblical Canon graduate), Camilo Torres (author of the famous Memorial de Agravios - Grievance memorial), Francisco José de Caldas (Canon graduate), Francisco de Paula Santander (Philosophy and Law graduate), and Atanasio Girardot (Canon graduate).
In 1975, Universidad Santo Tomás was one of the pioneers in offering distance learning programs, forming a high number of professionals of different regions of the country. In 1996, the campus in Tunja was established; next year, the campus in Medellin was opened, and in 2007 the in-situ offer of face to face programs was open in Villavicencio.
Multi-campus High-Quality University
Universidad Santo Tomás is part of a select group of Colombian higher education institutions that have been awarded the High-Quality institutional accreditation by the Colombian Ministry of Education, due to the high-quality levels of its academic programs and services offered to students, professors, and administrative staff.
In the constant search for quality and continuous improvement, the institution has accredited undergraduate programs in all of its campuses nationwide.
For Universidad Santo Tomás, this accreditation means a recognition of the long-cultivated experience; a successful management; a joint work; an effort of constant improvement; an exceptional human team; and a missionary will serve the country and to become a quality university, with humanistic and Christian criteria and a deeply rooted vocation of service and transformation of reality.
77 Undergraduate Programs and 111 Graduate Programs
Universidad Santo Tomás offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of:
- Economics, Management, and Accounting
- Law and Political Sciences
- Engineering, Architecture, and Urbanism
- Health Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Philosophy and Theology
In all of its campuses, Universidad Santo Tomás seeks to develop a research culture, intended for both, the institutional and external context, generating an integrated research community through groups, hotbeds, and networks that respond to the needs of knowledge and its application.
The research culture of Universidad Santo Tomás is in a dynamic field that goes beyond the institutional, counting with new pedagogies and aiming at a greater extension and coverage in the framework of academic quality.
Universidad Santo Tomás aims at:
- Consolidating, promoting, and developing research in different lines, from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives articulated to teaching and social impact.
- Promoting research at the scientific level and within the sciences of discussion.
- Managing projects related to the sharing of knowledge, the intellectual production, and publications.
Studying at Universidad Santo Tomás allows future professionals to develop labor competencies to transform society from the exercise of their profession in the different productive sectors of the national and global contexts, with high levels of quality and leadership that not only allows them to be used promptly after graduation, but also to consolidate their business ideas to become solid companies that contribute to the development of the country and their own projects of life.
Currently, the Institution has more than 132,047 professionals in the country and in the world, trained as citizens committed to the growth of society, which enhance the quality of their training in spaces for dialogue and permanent updating. When graduating from a university that has High-Quality Accreditation, professionals are able to incise fundamental fields of action that directly influence the daily construction of the different realities that take place in our globalized world.