Our past inspires our future.

In 1841, equipped with an enduring vision (and courage), Father Edward Sorin set sail from France to the new world to establish Notre Dame and St. Edward’s universities. For more than 130 years, we’ve carried his passion for educating all who seek to realize their full potential, regardless of social standing, spiritual path or ability to pay. And along the way, we’ve changed a lot, too. See how far we’ve come and the mission we share.

    U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Edward's a top 25 university in the West for the 15th year in a row.

    International partnerships grow to 23 universities in 17 countries, expanding global learning.

    St. Edward's is named a #1 producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master's-granting institutions.

    Unprecedented campus growth brings award-winning facilities. Enrollment exceeds 5,000.

    New university president George E. Martin implements a master plan and 10-year strategic plan.

    New College at St. Edward’s offers bachelor’s degree programs with flexible options for working adults.

    Women arrive on the hilltop from Maryhill College. By 1970, St. Edward's is co-educational.

    Enrollment and curriculum increase greatly as World War II veterans take advantage of the G.I. Bill.

    St. Edward’s changes its state charter status to a university. Most personnel are Holy Cross Brothers.

    A state charter changes the school to St. Edward’s College. The hilltop’s iconic Main Building is completed.

    In the academy’s first year, classes are held in a makeshift building on the farmstead.

    Father Edward Sorin, CSC, founds St. Edward’s Academy in Austin on land donated by Mrs. Mary Doyle.

    We share a common purpose.

    As international borders dissolve and technology and media explode daily, the mission of St. Edward’s and a Holy Cross education continue to transcend the times. The tectonic shifts and challenges of our world community require thoughtful minds, caring hearts and clarity of leadership. A St. Edward’s liberal arts education and its ability to instill the critical skills that weather life’s tests has never been more essential.