Take a closer look at St. Edward’s …
We take pride in our community — who we are and what we can accomplish together. While many of our strengths can’t be quantified, some of them can. Here’s an overview of St. Edward’s by the numbers.
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… and hear what others have to say about us.
In doing what’s best for our students and our community, we’ve received a number of significant awards and recognitions over the years. (It’s not just us, either; our hometown, Austin, wins its fair share of accolades, too.)
#8 Best University in the West
U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the 18th year in a row. In the 2021 rankings, St. Edward’s retained its #8 spot, and remains in the U.S. News list of top-10 Best Regional Universities in the West for the 2nd consecutive year. See details on ranking criteria.
#5 Best University for Veterans in the West
U.S. News chose St. Edward’s as one of the “Best Universities for Veterans” in its 2021 rankings. St. Edward’s is listed in 5th place among more than 30 colleges in the West. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence, schools must be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Named One of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck” Colleges
2020 is the seventh year Washington Monthly Magazine named St. Edward’s a “Best Bang for the Buck–South” college, based on economic value students receive per dollar. St. Edward’s also made their 2020 “Master’s Universities” list for contributions to social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.
Nation’s #1 Producer of Fulbright Students
St. Edward’s was named the nation’s #1 producer of Fulbright U.S. Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2018–2019 and 2015–2016. To date, St. Edward’s has been named a top producer of Fulbright Students for 11 years in a row, with 75 winners since 2008.
Among Top Transfer Universities in the U.S.
2021 marks the fourth straight year that Phi Theta Kappa named St. Edward’s among the top universities in the nation providing an excellent transfer pathway for community college students. Selection criteria includes transfer data, admissions, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices and peer reviews.
Highly Rated by WSJ/THE College Student Survey
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 College Rankings placed St. Edward’s in the top 60% of 800+ U.S. schools on its list. The rankings draw from a survey by London-based Times Higher Education, in which 170,000 students rate colleges on engagement, resources, outcomes and environment.
Listed Among “America’s Top Colleges”
For the 10th year in a row, Forbes has recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Top Colleges.” Their 2019 best-colleges list includes 650 schools acknowledged for top academics, enriching student experiences, post-graduation success and lowest student debt.
Graduates of St. Edward’s Are Thriving
In the Gallup-Purdue Index 2018 national survey of college graduates, nearly twice as many alumni of Edward’s are thriving in all five areas of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community and physical), compared with alumni of other institutions. Learn about the report and more ways our alumni exceeded the national average.
Named in “Best Colleges: Region by Region”
The Princeton Review chose St. Edward’s for its 2021 list of “Best Colleges” in the Western Region. The annual list gives special recognition to schools across the U.S. that The Princeton Review considers academically outstanding.
Chosen for Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges 2021 recognizes 416 schools worldwide that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. We’re proud to make the list.
Ranked a “Best College” in Texas and in the Southwest
St. Edward’s is ranked in the top 20% of Best College in Texas and Best Colleges in the Southwest by College Factual in their 2021 rankings. Criteria included the caliber and diversity of our student body, educational resources, degree completion, post-graduation earnings, and value for your money.
Recognized Among Best Colleges in America
NICHE chose St. Edward’s for its 2021 “Best Colleges” list based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data, and millions of reviews from students and alumni. St. Edward’s also made their 2021 lists of “Most Diverse Colleges” and “Best College Campuses.”
Nationally Recognized for Student Engagement (NSSE)
St. Edward’s scored highly in the 2020 National Survey of Student Engagement taken by more than 315,000 students nationwide. St. Edward’s met or exceeded the national average in all benchmark areas: academic challenge, learning with peers, experiences with faculty and campus environment.
Listed Among Money’s Best Colleges
Money Magazine selected St. Edward’s for its 2020 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. Money evaluated data on quality, affordability and student outcomes, including tuition fees, family borrowing, graduation rate and career earnings.
#2 Best “Hidden Gem” Catholic College in U.S.
The College Gazette placed St. Edward’s in the #2 spot among its 2020 list of 10 top-tier Catholic colleges that are true hidden gems. Colleges were ranked based on having top programs, producing internationally renowned alumni and being nationally on the rise.
Rated a “Best College” by Consensus
College Consensus ranked St. Edward’s the #9 Best College in Texas and #10 Best College in the West for 2019. The annual list combines ratings and reviews from the most respected publishers and student reviews to provide precise and comprehensive rankings of a school’s reputation and quality.
Listed Among “Best Colleges for Hispanic Students”
Bestcolleges.com ranks St. Edward’s as #5 on its 2019 list of “Best Colleges for Hispanic Students.” Along with strict criteria for academic excellence, each school on the list boasts a cultural center, degree programs and scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students.