A nationally ranked, top liberal arts university

Recognized among the nation’s best Catholic universities and colleges, and as one of “America’s Best Colleges,” St. Edward’s University stands distinctively as a top liberal arts university, with 19 partner universities in 14 countries.

The Congregation of Holy Cross founded St. Edward’s more than a century ago, encouraging students to think critically, act ethically, embrace diversity, strive for social justice and recognize their responsibility to the world community. These traits, combined with challenging academic programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, distinguish a top liberal arts university, and prepare students for success and deep personal fulfillment.

As one of the top liberal arts colleges, growing in stature among Catholic universities, St. Edward’s draws more than ever from its founders’ tradition of academic excellence and “whole person education,” inspiring and empowering students — of all ages — to embrace the opportunities and challenges of an interconnected world.

Rising to the demands of this new century, St. Edward’s is committed to extending its global reach, providing an education with a worldview and continuing its role as a top liberal arts college and top Catholic college. Our Strategic Plan 2018 guides us in developing more educational partnerships and portal campuses worldwide; growing the number of students who study abroad; utilizing the power of technology to enhance global learning; and cultivating a stronger international community on our Austin campus.

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Our Strengths

St. Edward’s University, among the highest rated Texas universities, draws national recognition. U.S. News & World Report has recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges.” In the 2016 rankings, St. Edward’s retained its position as #13 among Best Regional Universities in the West. 


George E. Martin, president, leads St. Edward’s in its vision to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Mission and History

A Holy Cross, Catholic college education asks more — to go beyond personal success to consider your impact on the lives of others.