Noteworthy and Noted Education
Great schools garner great accolades. In addition to longstanding recognition as one of the top universities in Texas, a commitment to students and faculty that’s second to none has placed St. Edward’s University in the national spotlight.
Nationally Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” As one of the top universities in the 2014 rankings, St. Edward’s moved up from number 17 to number 15 among Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. The ranking marks the 11th time St. Edward’s has been ranked as a top university, making the magazine’s prestigious “Best Of” list in as many years. St. Edward’s University is proud to continue a strong position in the rankings and to be one of only four Texas universities ranked in the top 20 of western regional universities.
In addition, St. Edward’s is named an Up-and-Coming school by peer universities. In a survey, college administrators were asked to nominate institutions for innovative improvements in academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. St. Edward’s is one of only three universities named Up-and-Coming in the Western Region.
The formula used by U.S. News to rank schools includes:
- Peer assessment
- Graduation rate
- Percentage of classes under 20 students
- Percentage of full-time faculty
- Student-faculty ratio
- SAT scores for incoming freshmen
- Percentage of freshmen who are in the top 25% of their high school class
- The university’s overall acceptance rate
Among Top Producers of Fulbright Award Winners
St. Edward’s University students have been chosen for 22 Fulbright awards over the last nine years, including three in 2013. Regarded as one of the top universities in Texas, St. Edward’s University has been recognized twice — in 2012 and 2013 — as a top producer of Fulbright Students by the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State’s international educational exchange program. In 2012, St. Edward’s shared first-place honors with two other universities for most awards by a master’s-granting institution. Our recipients of this highly selective scholarship have gone on to teach and conduct research in 12 countries, including Thailand, Germany, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kosovo and Mongolia.
Named one of “America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges"
In a ranking based on the economic value students receive per dollar, Washington Monthly Magazine named St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges.” Out of 1,572 colleges considered, only 349 were selected and ranked as best-bang-for-the-buck schools. No other private university in Texas ranked higher than St. Edward’s — one of the top liberal arts colleges in Texas. Criteria for making the list included meeting percentage standards for students receiving Pell Grants, graduation rates and student loan default rates.
Listed Among "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes and CCAP
St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas — one of the foremost universities in Texas — is recognized as one of "America’s Best Colleges" by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). In their 2012 joint report, Forbes and the CCAP ranked 650 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide and the experience and achievements of their students.
Featured by Princeton Review Among “Best Colleges”
and “Colleges with a Conscience”
The Princeton Review named St. Edward’s University to its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Additionally, the Princeton Review and Campus to Community Coalition of Texas previously selected St. Edward’s for the guide, “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College.” Highlighting socially responsible colleges and universities, the book was designed to help high school students incorporate service and involvement opportunities into their college selection process and to showcase campuses making an institutional commitment to engage in their communities.
Nationally Recognized for Student Engagement
Students scored St. Edward’s highly in the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a tool for measuring collegiate quality based on indicators of student engagement. The survey does not rank schools, but rather provides benchmarks that illustrate the extent to which undergraduate students engage in practices that are important to their learning. The 2011 NSSE survey includes data from 416,000 randomly selected first-year and senior students at 672 colleges and universities, including numerous Texas universities. St. Edward’s exceeded the national average in benchmark areas including:
- Level of academic challenge
- Active and collaborative learning
- Student interactions with faculty
- Enriching educational experiences
- Supportive campus environment
Named a “College of Distinction”
Among Texas universities and nationwide, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, was recognized as a 2010–2011 College of Distinction™ for its exemplary commitment to four key areas: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes. Colleges of Distinction is a college guide for students, parents and counselors. The organization recognizes schools that excel in the value of the education and experiences they provide.
Listed Among “Best Schools for Hispanic Students”
The student body at St. Edward’s reflects the demographics of the state, especially in its service to Hispanics, who make up 30% of the student body. St. Edward’s has been repeatedly listed among Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine’s “Best Schools for Hispanic Students” and is recognized as one of the top universities in Texas.
Home to Longest Running CAMP
St. Edward’s, one of the premier Texas universities, was recognized in The New York Times as home to the nation’s longest continuously running College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. The program was the subject of a national news story, which was reported by Emmy Award Winning ABC News correspondent John Quiñones on ABC World News Tonight.
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