Two Catholic universities are located within the Archdiocese of Miami
St. Thomas University, in Miami Gardens, was founded as Biscayne College in 1961 by Augustinians who had been expelled from Cuba that same year. The university came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored university in the State of Florida.
Barry University, in Miami Shores, was founded in 1940 as a woman’s college by siblings — Bishop Patrick Barry, of St. Augustine, and Mother M. Gerald Barry, prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. The Adrian Dominicans continue to serve as Barry’s sponsors.