Mission, Values, and Vision Statement


Thomas More University is the Catholic Liberal Arts University of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we challenge students of all faiths to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others.


Thomas More University is the Catholic University of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. The University welcomes students of all faiths and beliefs. Our primary mission is to develop and sustain challenging undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs of study, marked by superior teaching and scholarship within the Catholic intellectual tradition. Academic programs are delivered using existing and innovative teaching and learning modalities. Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church, and by our patron, Saint Thomas More, we challenge students to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others. Our programs of study emphasize liberal arts within a context of ethical concern and social responsibility. These programs of study are complemented by co-curricular services and programs intended to enhance lifelong learning, foster personal growth, and develop leadership qualities.

Liberal Arts

The term Liberal Arts is rooted in the Latin liberare, “to liberate, set free.”  A Liberal Arts education cultivates lifelong learning and fosters the skills needed to be morally engaged citizens of the world.

Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Thomas More University continues the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, welcoming new generations to seek excellence in the pursuit of truth. From ancient times this tradition has sought wisdom in every area of thought, gladly learning from every source, Christian or not.  We seek to share the discoveries of the ages with all who wish to enter into this quest regardless of personal beliefs.

Meaning of Life

We invite you to reflect on your relationships with nature, humanity, and the divine to choose a meaningful direction for your life.

Place in the World

From many disciplines, we encourage you to understand and respect the interconnectedness of our world.

Responsibility to Others

In the hope of building a better world, we urge you to live moral principles in your community and career.


Thomas More University has a twofold nature: it is 1) Catholic, and 2) an institution of higher learning. It consequently has a twofold goal: to promote the truth and moral values espoused by the Roman Catholic Church in the context of providing higher education in both the speculative and practical orders. The faculty believes that such a goal can only be achieved when certain values are embraced and conveyed. While an exhaustive listing of these values might be more confusing than helpful, the faculty considers the statement that follows to indicate the way in which these values are interrelated and interdependent within the framework of a truly Christian understanding of faith, hope, and love.

Because the University acknowledges the importance in human life of faith in God, it sees the pursuit of knowledge in all realms as contributing to a deeper understanding of God and God’s creation. Knowledge, then, is not merely an end in itself, but a gateway opening to the mystery of reality, of truth. Faith informs the process by which truth is sought and underpins the value we place on the practice of academic freedom which seeks to bear witness to the respect with which God treats individuals in their quest to know and live His Truth.

As a Christian community living in hope, the University attaches particular importance to those qualities that bring the reality of the Kingdom of God into the world. The University seeks to develop persons who will be competent in their various fields of endeavor, who will have a sense of responsibility toward their fellow human beings, respect for all life, indeed toward all the resources of the earth that God has placed in our care. The University community, therefore, holds out the ideal of a world in which the justice and peace of the Kingdom can be a reality that we bring to life, not simply an image we wish for but do nothing to attain.

In an atmosphere characterized by Christian love, the University promotes respect for the unique talents, self-awareness, self-fulfillment, and freedom of each person together with tolerance and compassion for their weaknesses and limitations. Because love is not just an emotion or a passing fancy, the University community challenges itself to translate love into commitment and service to others.


As Thomas More University fulfills its stated mission, we envision our school clearly known for its commitment to academic excellence in the liberal arts and in career preparation. To achieve our mission, we resolve to maintain a student/faculty ratio that permits small classes, individual attention, and close faculty relationships.

As a necessary foundation, we will develop an endowment sufficient to support high quality academic and extracurricular programs while we minimize tuition increases.

In response to the spirit of our University community, we will provide an atmosphere of openness, honesty, trust, and respect that is ever apparent to ourselves and to visitors alike.

Ultimately, we at Thomas More University have committed ourselves to the integrity, concern for justice, and service to others for which our Spiritual Patron and namesake – Saint Thomas More – is so justly renowned.