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

#13 Best College in the WestAmong the Best Colleges in Texas
U.S. News & World Report
recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the 12th year in a row. As one of the top universities in the 2015 U.S. News  rankings, St. Edward’s moved up from #15 to #13 among Best Regional Universities in the West, and is one of only four Texas universities ranked in the top 20 of western regional universities.

The criteria used by U.S. News to rank schools includes peer assessment, acceptance and graduation rates, average class size, percentage of full-time faculty, student-faculty ratio, SAT scores for incoming freshmen and percentage of freshmen in the top 25% of their high school class.

#2 Best College for Veterans
Among the top-ranked schools in its 2015 “Best of” list, U.S. News chose St. Edward’s as the #2 Best College for Veterans in the Western Region. St. Edward’s is recognized for its participation in federal initiatives that help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

#3 Up-and-Coming University
In its 2013 survey, U.S News named St. Edward’s an Up-and-Coming school by peer universities based on innovative improvements in academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. St. Edward’s was one of only three universities named Up-and-Coming in the Western Region in 2013 and was also named Up-and-Coming in 2010 and 2011.

Texas University with 37 Fulbright Awards
Top Producer of Fulbright Winners 6 Years in a Row

St. Edward’s University students have been chosen for 37 Fulbright awards over the last 11 years, with a record 13 finalists and 10 winners in 2015. This year's Fulbright Students include the university's second full grant winner in its history. Regarded as one of the leading universities in Texas, St. Edward’s University has been a top producer of Fulbright Students six years in a row. 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 sponsored by the U.S. Department of State have gone on to teach and conduct research in 16 countries.

Selected Among Top Universities in Texas
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.

Honored as a "Champion of Access and Success" Student Access Award

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an organization that promotes access to and success in higher education for all students, chose St. Edward’s as a recipient of its 2013 Institutional Champions of Access and Success Awards. St. Edward’s, a leading Texas university, received the award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved students.

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 Listed as a Top College in TexasConscience”

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, one of the top universities in Texas, exceeded the national average in all five benchmark areas:

  • Level of academic challenge
  • Active and collaborative learning
  • Student interactions with faculty
  • Enriching educational experiences
  • Supportive campus environment

Read more about the NSSE survey »

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.

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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 35% of the student body. In 2013, St. Edward’s was recognized for having the highest graduation rate of any Hispanic-serving institution in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 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 reported by Emmy Award Winning ABC News correspondent John Quiñones on ABC World News Tonight.

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