Established in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, the University of St. Thomas or UST, is a private, Catholic, liberal arts, and archdiocesan university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The institute is named in the honor of Thomas Aquinas, a medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher. It earned the status of a university in 1991. UST enrolls more than 10,000 students, making it the largest private college or University in Minnesota. Apart from the main St. Paul campus, St. Thomas also operates the Gainey Conference Center and Bernardi Campus in Rome.