Located in the heart of Houston, the University of St. Thomas is easily accessible from the downtown center of the city and all major freeways and is within walking distance of several important museums and art galleries. Public transportation is readily available, and the city is working to develop significant improvements. Renowned architect Philip Johnson designed the University’s Academic Mall, which is dominated by the Chapel of St. Basil on the north end and Doherty Library on the south end. Directly west, and running parallel to it, is the Campus Life Mall, featuring the Gueymard Meditation Garden and Chartres Labyrinth; Moran Center, with its parking garage, bookstore, University Police Department, and student lounge; Crooker University Center; and Jerabeck Athletic Center. Spacious curving walkways, attractive landscaping, and many places to sit, relax, talk, think, and rest accentuate these sites. Several blocks of old homes and modern two–story buildings housing various departments and student facilities surround the two malls.
The University atmosphere is lively and friendly. Administrators, faculty, staff and students form an academic community which makes every effort to accommodate the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of students. Following is a partial list of facilities and programs designed for that purpose.