The foundation of our value-driven education
Discover more about how our beliefs drive all that we do, now and for the future of the University.
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.
Make it More
Located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, Thomas More is a highly regarded university, now serving more than 2,000 students. Here, students are exposed to the very best thought, literature, art and music. They learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth. Most importantly, they have the chance to begin to become the person they were created to be—the chance to make it more.
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TMU is both a Catholic institution and one of higher learning. As such, our goal is to promote the truth and moral values of the Roman Catholic Church within the context of providing higher education.
Because the University acknowledges the importance in human life of faith in God, it sees the pursuit of knowledge as contributing to a deeper understanding of God and God’s creation. Knowledge is not merely an end in itself, but a gateway to the mystery of reality, of truth. Faith informs how truth is sought and underpins the value we place on the practice of academic freedom, and 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 people who will:
- Be competent in their various fields of endeavor
- Have a sense of responsibility toward their fellow human beings
- Have respect for all life, indeed toward all the resources of the earth that God has placed in our care.
The University community holds as its ideal 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.
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.
Our strategic plan: to become the Catholic liberal arts university of choice
Thomas More University strives to be known for superior teaching and an innovative spirit. A Thomas More University education illuminates what it means to flourish in our modern, interconnected world. As part of our strategic plan, each individual is challenged to pursue faith-filled lives characterized by acts of wisdom, ethical leadership, and commitment to social justice.
Three pillars anchor our approach:
Value More: For a meaningful education. We will develop and model the Thomas More University experience, set new core curriculum standards, and enhance the Catholic liberals arts identity. Here, students build an academic, professional, and spiritual foundation through mission-centric classes in the liberal arts and in a chosen major. These experiences promote a lifetime of learning as well as gainful employment.
Engage More: For student success. This pillar focuses on the student’s journey to complete a Thomas More University education. Ours is a culture of continuous improvement, and we offer opportunities in service learning, extracurricular activities, and athletics to provide multidimensional connections to the University community. We will continue enhancing our programs, increase our co-curricular activities, and ensure pathways for students to complete programs and launch careers.
Thrive More: For a prosperous future on a journey to develop a meaningful career and a faith-filled, ethical life. This pillar focuses on a long-range plan that positions the University to prosper. To continue giving students a personalized and transformative education through integrated academics, extra-curricular pursuits, and practical career preparation, we must:
- Increase resources through effective enrollment management
- Diversify revenue streams beyond tuition
- Strengthen community partnerships
- Develop and implement long-range organizational, financial and master plans