St. Edward's University

Austin, TX 78704-6489
United States

St. Edward’s University is one of “America’s Best Colleges.”

St. Edward’s University offers an extraordinary educational environment that challenges, inspires and empowers students to make a difference in their world. Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward’s is located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world. The university’s liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. Students enjoy the advantages of small classes and personal attention coupled with cutting-edge technology, excellent internships and service-learning opportunities. St. Edward’s is dedicated to offering undergraduate and graduate programs that provide a global perspective and opportunities for personal, professional and spiritual growth.

The University’s Vision: Educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world.

In 1999, St. Edward’s University, under the leadership of President George E. Martin and the Board of Trustees, developed a 10-year strategic plan to bring the university recognition as one of the best small universities in the country. By 2010, significant and lasting change was implemented across the campus in support of this vision.

• Enrollment of traditional undergraduates almost doubled.

• The size of the faculty increased, maintaining our personalized approach to education.

• New graduate and undergraduate academic programs were added.

• Local and global partnerships were formed to expand opportunities for students.

• A campus master plan guided the development of $150 million in new and renovated facilities.

• More than $84 million was contributed by donors in support of the mission.

• The university was recognized as one of America’s best colleges by a host of rankings and publications, and U.S. News & World Report called St. Edward’s an “Up-and-Coming University” in the Western region, as selected by leaders at peer institutions.

In Fall 2010, the university unveiled Strategic Plan 2015 and a new vision: to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century world. To achieve this vision, the plan focuses all the efforts of the university on four elements: academic challenge, global preparedness,resource development and Holy Cross, Catholic heritage.

In this era of interdependent global economies, emerging economic powers, and environmental and social justice issues with worldwide implications, St. Edward’s University believes it must educate students in a different way to prepare them to lead in the future. Students at St. Edward’s have the opportunity to benefit from multiple international experiences, which prepare them to navigate different cultures and to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Since the launch of its 2010 and 2015 strategic plans, the university has raised more than $139 million. This record generosity includes $64 million for the university’s endowment, which exceeds $76 million, and nearly $51 million for new buildings and capital improvements.

The University’s accomplishments have drawn national recognition.

Since 2003, the university has consistently been recognized inU.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Currently, St. Edward’s is 17th among universities in the Western Region.And in the U.S. News 2011 report,St. Edward’s was named one of the top five “Up-and-Coming Universities” in the Western Region by our peer schools.

In the National Survey of Student Engagement, St. Edward’s exceeded the national average in benchmark areas, including level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment.

Additionally, St. Edward’s has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). In their 2010 joint report, Forbes and the CCAP ranked more than 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide and the experience and achievements of their students.

In 2004, St. Edward’s was included in two new guidebooks, Colleges of Distinction and Colleges with a Conscience. And in 2006, The New York Times included St. Edward’s in its “Colleges of Many Colors” list.

St. Edward’s University has been recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students by the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. St. Edward’s had six students receive the award in 2012, which tied the university in first place with two other schools for most awards by a master’s-granting institution.

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