50+ majors. 40+ minors. 1,155 classes. 100+ student organizations. 30+ countries to study abroad. 600 student events on campus each year.

With so many options to choose from, how do you even know where to start?

At St. Edward’s, you’ll have an entire team of people to help you personalize your college experience — classes, internships, leadership opportunities, study abroad and more. Follow this glossary to discover who’s who, and learn more about the roadmap that will prepare you for a personally meaningful academic experience, career and life.

Student meets with success coach on campus

Your Student Success Team

Success Coach

Everything starts with your success coach, which you’ll be assigned before the semester begins. This coach helps you choose a major, select classes that match your goals and navigate your academic career on the hilltop. Success coaches collaborate with you to develop personalized plans — including classes, student activities, leadership roles, internships and more — to create a college experience unique to your interests, strengths and aspirations.

Peer Mentor

This upper-class student (usually a junior or senior) shares the tools to help you succeed your first year. They’ll provide tips about on campus involvement, time-management skills and resources to help you adjust to college life.

Resident Assistant (RA)

This trained peer leader lives in your residence hall and builds a community among residents. Whether it’s a Friday movie night, a group yoga class or a routine residence hall meeting, your RA works to help you feel comfortable in your new home.

Insider Tip: Get out of your comfort zone and attend RA-led events in your residence hall. It’s an easy way to meet your neighbors, and there are usually free snacks!


Your professors will work with you and your success coach to recommend classes, graduate school, internships and other career paths. With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, professors across disciplines will be there to help connect your classes to the future you want.

Career Coach

This career-building expert works with you in the Career and Professional Development office (CAPD) to get you ready for life outside of St. Edward’s. Whether that’s finding your first internship or writing a professional resume, your advisor is ready to help connect you with career opportunities in Austin and beyond.

Insider Tip: As you get more job experience and leadership roles under your belt, take advantage of the resume drop-off service. Fill out an online form, upload your resume or cover letter, and get expert feedback in just a few days. It’s quick and so worth it.

Peer Minister

Five upper-class peer ministers live in the freshmen communities across campus. PMs minister to students of all faith perspectives and spiritualties and provide opportunities for spiritual development and faith awareness.

Students collaborate in the living learning community

The Opportunities


This customized plan, made with the help of your success coach, acts as a guided pathway throughout your college career. For example, an Accounting major could work with their success coach to identify interesting Accounting courses and an internship at a local firm. You won’t just define your goals; you’ll also map out how to achieve them.

Common Theme

Think of the Common Theme as a conversation across campus. All first-year students read the same book over the summer and discuss this in their classes in the fall. There are on-campus events throughout the year to explore the theme.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

Members of an LLC live together in a designated residence hall, take community-specific classes and participate in group activities. There are currently five LLCs.

Insider Tip: By living near people who share similar interests, an LLC is a great way to build friendships outside the classroom during your freshman year.

Learning Community (LC)

These groups of freshmen take a Freshman Seminar course together and participate in class-related activities, community building and day trips with their classmates. Themes change from year-to-year, but examples include Pop Culture, Sustainability, and Gender and Sexuality. They do not live together in a designated residence hall. 

Office Hours

These regular time slots are hours where faculty members are in their respective offices to talk with you or answer your questions.

Insider Tip: Professors aren’t scary, so don’t be afraid to attend office hours! It’ll help you clarify any confusion from class and show your professor that you care about your class performance.

Alyssa Chern ’20 is a Marketing major from Allen, Texas. As a student, she was part of the Honors program and participated in the Honors LLC her freshman year. She completed a digital marketing internship at the Fossil Group in Richardson, Texas, where she helped with digital marketing campaigns for brands including Fossil, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, DKNY and more. She is currently a junior media planner at Moroch.

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