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. 

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