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St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University

St. Edward’s University: One of America’s Best Colleges

St. Edward’s is a dynamic, nationally ranked, Catholic university where teaching, learning, leadership and service come together to contribute to a better world. For more than a decade, we’ve been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the thriving city of Austin, Texas, with partner universities in 16 countries, our impact extends across the globe.

An Education for Today and a Lifetime

St. Edward’s offers an extraordinary educational environment that challenges, inspires and empowers students to make a difference in their world. Our academic community is dedicated to providing undergraduate, graduate and adult-learner degree programs that meet the demands of our times, preparing students to lead and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, our liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. Students enjoy the advantages of small classes and personal attention coupled with innovative facilities and advanced technology. And they benefit from valuable real-world experience through research, internships, service and study abroad. Through the abundant learning opportunities a St. Edward’s education provides, our students gain the knowledge and skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers and purposeful lives.

Quick Facts About St. Edward’s

  • 13:1 Student-faculty Ratio
  • 18 Average class size
  • 50+ Undergraduate areas of study
  • 7 Graduate degree programs
  • 10 Adult undergraduate programs
  • 4,620 Students enrolled
  • 4,023 Undergraduate students
  • 54 Countries represented

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Our Achievements Draw National Recognition

A commitment to students, faculty and a stellar academic environment that’s second to none has placed St. Edward’s in the national spotlight

  • Since 2003, St. Edward’s has consistently been recognized in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Currently, we’re 13th among universities in the Western Region.
  • Forbes, Princeton Review and Washington Monthly include St. Edward’s on their lists of the best universities in the country.

  • We’ve recently been ranked one of the top 10 “Best Colleges in Texas” by two highly respected college assessment groups: College Factual (2015) and Niche (2016). 

  • St. Edward’s has been named the nation’s top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2015–2016. For the last six years, St. Edward’s has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Students, with a record 13 finalists and 10 winners in 2015. Since 2004, our students have won 37 Fulbright grants.

Strategic Planning Guides Our Success

From 1999 to 2015, St. Edward’s increased overall enrollment by 25%. And our donors contributed more than $152 million during that time. This record generosity helped grow our endowment to more than $95 million and provided important funding for new buildings and capital improvements. See how we’re continuing the momentum of that success in the years ahead. Read about our strategic priorities for 2018.

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Diversity Profile: St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University takes pride in the diversity of our academic community. We welcome people from all backgrounds — racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and socioeconomic. We value the individuality and uniqueness of those around us. And we learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and mutual respect.

St. Edward's University takes pride in the diversity of our academic community. We welcome people from all backgrounds — racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and socioeconomic. We value the individuality and uniqueness of those around us. And we learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and mutual respect.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality was instilled by our founders, the Congregation of Holy Cross. Inspired by their tradition of service and social justice, our mission encourages a dedication to providing educational and employment opportunities to people from every walk of life. 

Thriving in a Multicultural Environment 

From our the increasing diversity of our faculty, staff and student body to academic programs that foster a bigger worldview to multicultural events and organizations, we’re committed to an experience informed by a multiplicity of ideas and perspectives.

An example of our inclusiveness is seen across our undergraduate student body, which represents 45 U.S. states, 54 countries and 30 languages. Nearly 50% are students from underrepresented groups, and more than 10% hail from other countries.

Creating Opportunities for Dialogue and Change

Our Office of Student Life sponsors 125+clubs and organizations, many focused on multicultural awareness. Students create and participate in identity-based groups like Black Student Association, PRIDE, Women Empowerment and Hillel Toppers; organizations dedicated to causes such as Habitat for Humanity, Pangea Educational Development and Amnesty International; and several foreign language clubs.

Student Life’s Multicultural Leadership Board promotes dozens of programs that educate the campus community and facilitate positive dialogue and change. Events include the Multicultural Fair, Cesar Chavez Week, Lunar New Year, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Dawali, Eid Al-Fitr and Yom Kippur. 

Serving Hispanic and Latino Students

St. Edward’s has been recognized for having the highest graduation rate of any Hispanic-serving institution in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Higher Education and is repeatedly listed among Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine’s “Best Schools for Hispanic Students.” And ranks St. Edward’s as #5 on its 2016 list of “Best Colleges for Hispanic Students.”

Championing Diversity and Inclusion

With more than 470 faculty members from 38 countries and 14 U.S. states, efforts to increase the diversity of our faculty at St. Edward’s are ongoing. Our Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion supports a civil and robust dialogue about the value of a diverse faculty. The committee has created and distributed “Promoting a Diverse Faculty” report, designed a faculty diversity fellowship, regularly participates in faculty employment search workshops, gives national academic conference presentations, and is developing a faculty mentorship program. 

Embracing Differences Through Unity

A primary focus of Campus Ministry at St. Edward’s is to advance peace and justice in the world by working to eliminate racial, religious, cultural and gender-based barriers. With 40+ faith traditions represented on campus, Campus Ministry engages our community to embrace differences. They foster an inclusive, safe and inviting environment where students, faculty and staff can share their own religious or nonreligious beliefs in fellowship with others, and find common ground through unity.

Living, Learning and Serving Together

Our emphasis on service and improving the world means our Social Justice Living Learning Community (LLC) is one of the largest on campus. In this active LLC, highly motivated students and faculty from various academic fields share their passion for creating a more fair and ethical society.

Teaching a Global Perspective
Today’s graduates live and work in a culturally, economically, religiously and politically interdependent world. Academics at St. Edward’s are infused with global learning — from Cultural Foundations classes and international degree programs to video-conferencing classrooms that bring together students and faculty in different countries.

And every St. Edward’s student is encouraged to study abroad. Our expanding network of 21 international partner universities in 16 countries gives students countless chances to experience other cultures and fully engage in a world rich in opportunity and complexity. 

Hosting Critical World Forums

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s welcomes experts, scholars and leaders to campus for lectures, classroom visits and panel discussions on critical global issues. The center prepares students to better understand national and international economic, social and political complexities and their local consequences, and encourages students to take an active role in shaping more equitable societies.

Advocating for CAMP Students

St. Edward’s is home to the nation’s longest, continuously running College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Since 1972, CAMP at St. Edward’s has assisted more than 2,700 students of migrant farmworker families, helping them achieve their dream of a college education.

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