A nationally ranked, top liberal arts university

St. Edward’s is a dynamic Catholic, liberal arts university where teaching, learning, leadership and service come together to contribute to a better world. For more than a decade, we’ve been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the thriving city of Austin, Texas, with 22 international partner universities, our impact extends across the globe.

We draw strength from our heritage

The Congregation of Holy Cross founded St. Edward’s 130 years ago, inspiring students to think critically and creatively, act ethically, embrace diversity and strive for social justice. These values, combined with challenging academic programs in the arts, sciences and humanities, are the hallmark of our outstanding liberal arts education.

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We deliver opportunity

St. Edward’s opens doors to boundless opportunities for learning and self-discovery. In small classes led by dedicated professors, students question, debate, collaborate and explore. They gain practical experience through researchinternships and serving their communities. On campus, across the U.S. and through studies abroad, our students cultivate a bigger, more informed worldview. They win prestigious fellowships and grants and enter top-tier graduate programs. And with each opportunity, they forge their path to a rewarding career and fulfilling life.

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We are our neighbors’ keeper

In the tradition of our founders, we take our role in the world community seriously, whether we’re educating future leaders and innovators or initiating action for positive change. You’ll find our students, faculty and alumni volunteering with food banks, creating sustainable businesses, building houses with Habitat for Humanity, caring for the displaced and underserved — all following their hearts to improve the lives of others and enrich their own.

Learn more about St. Edward’s

  • Our Strengths

  • Leadership

  • Mission and History

  • Accreditation

Our Strengths

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As one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, St. Edward’s stands out in noteworthy ways ─ from our diverse community to our national rankings to our highly acclaimed home city. 


It’s an exciting time for St. Edward’s as we celebrate university-wide growth, including new facilities, national rankings, Fulbright award winners and more. Watch the video to see how far we’ve come in the last five years. 


Dr. George E. Martin speaking at podium

We’re inspired by the belief that working together for a common good, we achieve outcomes that far surpass the reach of anyone pursuing a goal alone.

Mission and History

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


June Graduation

St. Edward’s University maintains the highest academic standards. We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Learn more about SACSCOC and the university’s membership in major professional organizations.