A Nationally Ranked, Top Liberal Arts University

Recognized among the nation’s best Catholic universities and colleges, and as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” St. Edward's University stands distinctively as a top liberal arts university, with partner universities in 11 countries.

The Congregation of Holy Cross founded St. Edward's more than a century ago, encouraging students to think critically, act ethically, embrace diversity, strive for social justice and recognize their responsibility to the world community. These traits, combined with challenging academic programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, distinguish a top liberal arts university, and prepare students for success and deep personal fulfillment.

As one of the top liberal arts colleges, growing in stature among Catholic universities, St. Edward's draws more than ever from its founders’ tradition of academic excellence and “whole person education,” inspiring and empowering students — of all ages — to embrace the opportunities and challenges of an interconnected world.

Rising to the demands of this new century, St. Edward’s is committed to extending its global reach, providing an education with a worldview and continuing its role as a top liberal arts college and top Catholic college. Our Strategic Plan 2015 guides us in developing more educational partnerships and portal campuses worldwide; growing the number of students who study abroad; utilizing the power of technology to enhance global learning; and cultivating a stronger international community on our Austin campus.

Learn more about St. Edward's:
President's Message »

George E. Martin, president, leads St. Edward’s in its vision to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Mission »

A Holy Cross, Catholic college education asks more — to go beyond personal success to consider your impact on the lives of others.

Strategic Plan 2015 »

Carrying the energy and passion of our Holy Cross founders into the 21st century, St. Edward’s University, a top Catholic college, is preparing graduates to live and work in an increasingly interdependent world.

National Awards & Recognitions for Our Liberal Arts College »

St. Edward's University, among the highest rated Texas universities, draws national recognition. U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” In the 2015 rankings, St. Edward’s moved up from number 15 to number 13 among Best Regional Universities in the West. 

Our History »

For more than 125 years, our liberal arts college has honored the dedication of our founders to educate all who seek to transform themselves. Along the way we’ve changed a lot, too. See how far we’ve come.