Who is St. Edward’s University?

We’re a nationally ranked, liberal arts university in Austin — and that’s just the beginning.

We are intellectuals with big hearts, as passionate about learning as we are about 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 organizations 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.

U.S. News and World Report Best University, Regional Universities, #8 in the west
Best University in the West by U.S. News & World Report
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Year founded: 1885
Year founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross
View Our History & Mission

55% increase in enrollment
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 purposeful research, and the whole community contributes thousands of hours to service each year. And that’s just a broad overview.

Leon Venegas_St. Edward's alum
5 Alumni Live Their Dreams, Fully
They graduated with a plan — and a network of professors and mentors to provide support and celebrate their accomplishments. Here, they talk about what they’ve learned both on and off the hilltop.

Students with #8 balloon in front of Main Building
8 Reasons for Hilltop Pride
What makes St. Edward’s the 8th best university in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking? It’s the transformative learning opportunities students have — on campus, in Austin and beyond.

Students and their professor study bee colonies on campus
Research, Mentorship and a Hilltop Hive
A Biology professor and students recently installed two colonies of 30,000+ honeybees on campus. Together, they’re conducting research to help reveal causes behind the alarming decline of bee populations.

Raychelle Burks, Chemistry Professor
Standouts in Their Field and Teaching
Our faculty and staff receive prestigious awards, write viewpoints for the media, and share research and perspectives with the public on topics they’re passionate about — all while making students their top priority.