Who is St. Edward’s University?

(We’re a liberal arts university in Austin — and that’s just the beginning.)

We are intellectuals with big hearts, as passionate about learning as we are changing the world.

We are an international community with a Catholic heritage and students (and faculty) from all faiths, all nations and all walks of life. Our identity is shaped by our location in Austin, Texas, and strengthened by our partner universities all over the world.

We are an award-winning educational institution, recognized by our peers and by places like U.S. News & World Report for what we offer our students — and what they accomplish with what they learn here.

Who we are is rooted in where we come from. Our founders, the Congregation of Holy Cross, have been educating diverse students to think critically, act ethically and strive for social justice since the 1830s. Now it’s our turn.

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Best College in the West by U.S. News & World Report
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Year founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross
View Our History & Mission

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Increase in undergraduate enrollment since 1999
Meet President George E. Martin

The people of St. Edward’s do remarkable things — alumni help students land life-changing internships, students and faculty members collaborate on mind-blowing research, and the whole community contributes thousands of hours of community service each year. And that’s just a broad overview.


#1 in the United States
St. Edward’s was named the top producer of Fulbright Students among master’s institutions. Meet our winners.


Classroom: South Africa
28 students bring back lessons in history, hope and forgiveness from their journey. See their story and photos.


How Do You Serve?
Our students change the world — and themselves — through service. Learn about their volunteer activites.


10 Remarkable (and Recent) Graduates
Meet 10 alumni who embody all the qualities that make Hilltoppers a force for change.


44 Reasons We Love Austin
Austin has an unbeatable vibe and economy. See how Hilltoppers make the most of this favorite American city.


Our Campus Home Keeps Getting Better
St. Edward’s is growing! What does it mean for students? Better living, learning and teaching on the hilltop.