More National Recognition for St. Edward's University
We all know St. Edward’s University is a great school, but it’s nice when others take notice too. The university continues to receive national recognition for academic excellence, social responsibility, diversity of our student body and a beautiful campus. During the past year, St. Edward’s has received national head nods from U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Princeton Review, and this month from Washington Monthly Magazine.
In a new 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 for this ranking, 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 four criteria for inclusion requires that at least 20% of enrolled students receive Pell Grants. At St. Edward’s, during 2012–2013, more than 30% of our traditional undergraduate students received Pell Grants, which total more than $5 million. For the 2013–2014 academic year, 88% of freshmen received a scholarship or grant and the average award given was $23,225.
In the 2014 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” and we climbed from number 17 to number 15 among Best Regional Universities in the Western Region. In addition, St. Edward’s is named an Up-and-Coming school this year by peer universities.
Providing opportunity for minority students and maintaining a campus community that is culturally and socio-economically diverse has always been part of the St. Edward’s mission. This year, The Chronicle of Higher Education took notice and ranked St. Edward’s first among 10 other Hispanic Serving Institutions for the “Best 6-Year Graduation Rates.” The Higher Education Act defines Hispanic Serving Institutions as those with full-time undergraduate enrollments that are at least 25% Hispanic. St. Edward’s ranked as having the highest graduation rate for all students and all Hispanic students.
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 included St. Edward’s in the guide, “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College.”