St. Edward’s Garners National Recognition
U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward’s among “America’s Best Colleges” for the third straight year. In the 2006 report, the university ranked 24th among master’s-granting institutions in the Western region — and was one of only four universities in Texas in the top 25. The formula used by U.S. News considers peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Moving up by even one number requires significant improvements in almost every area.
The U.S. News rankings arrived on the heels of other national honors for the university:
- National Survey of Student Engagement
In the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement, 162,000 randomly selected students at 472 colleges and universities weighed in on their educational experiences — and students at St. Edward’s ranked the university above the national average in all areas: level of academic challenge; active and collaborative learning; student-faculty interaction; enriching educational experiences; and supportive campus environment.
- Recognizing Community Service
St. Edward’s was recently selected for inclusion in the guide Colleges with a Conscience, which was compiled by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact and highlights universities that emphasize community service and involvement opportunities. This fall, for example, the university observed the 1,000th birthday of its patron saint, St. Edward, King and Confessor, by working toward a goal of 1,000 hours of service — and the final tally was more than 3,500 hours.
- Athletes Make the Grade
In August, St. Edward’s ranked 10th among NCAA Division II schools in the National Collegiate Scouting Association’s 2005 Collegiate Power Rankings, which are based on academic and athletic factors including student-athlete graduation rate. In fact, the graduation rate for Hilltopper athletes ranks 13th in the country out of 278 Division II institutions.
- College of “Distinction”
Last year, St. Edward’s University was selected for Colleges of Distinction, a national organization founded by parents, educators and admission professionals. St. Edward’s rated exemplary in the four areas the organization considers essential: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Institutions selected by Colleges of Distinction “consistently excel in providing undergraduate education” and “have a truly national reputation.”
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