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The 2016–2017 school year is shaping up to be our best yet. In honor of 2016, here are 16 of our top picks (in no particular order).

Freshman Reader, Where Am I Eating?
Where Am I Eating? Good question — and good book. Professors across campus are ready to use this year’s freshman common text by Kelsey Timmerman to prompt conversations about the international ramifications of what we eat.


Number graphic for Kozmetsky Center
Every year, the Kozmetsky Center brings experts from around the world to educate our local community on pressing global issues. This semester, they’ll look at policy responses to climate change, the role of religion in international affairs, the upcoming U.S. presidential election and U.S.–Ukrainian relations.


Number graphic for Wild Basin Creative Research Center
The university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center hosts faculty-led research on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This fall’s research topics include mosquito species diversity, water quality in Bee Creek and methods to remove invasive species.


Student taking selfie with goat at Hillfest
Kick off the new year with Hillfest and the Medallion Ceremony, fun (and profound) traditions that are both part of our annual back-to-school Welcome Days.


Stack of butterflies from Bullock Museum Butterfly Project
Students from St. Edward’s have designed the art installation for the Butterfly Project, which celebrates the tenacity of children affected by the Holocaust, on display at the Bullock Museum in Austin this fall.


Pokemon Go at Jo's
Catch ’em all on the hilltop! Pokémon Go has found its way to St. Edward’s. We’ve assembled a guide to the Pokestops on campus and a gallery of Pokémon spotted in the wild.


Number graphic for Hilltopper Athletics
The fall season for Hilltopper Athletics is underway with soccer, volleyball and cross country.


Number graphic for new full-time faculty at St. Edward's
Freshmen aren’t the only new faces on campus. We’re also welcoming 15 full-time faculty members to the hilltop.


St. Edward's students volunteering
Make a difference in the local community with one of Campus Ministry’s semester-long service programs — St. Edward’s Reflect, Volunteer, Engage (S.E.R.V.E.) Austin. We also celebrate our Holy Cross heritage with community-wide service on Founders Day in October.


Number graphic for St. Edward's international students
This year, nearly 350 international students — from Angola to Zimbabwe — are calling St. Edward's home. An impressive 84 of them hail from Saudi Arabia; Mexico and France are the next most common countries of origin.


Campus Recreation team
Study hard. Play harder. Sign-ups for Campus Rec are now open! Check out what Campus Rec has to offer, including two new videos to get you motivated.


Freshman orientation leaders for Class of 2020
Welcome, Class of 2020! A whopping number of new freshmen are joining the hilltop this fall. They’re bloggers, athletes, thinkers and dreamers from all over the world. (Meet a few of them in these quick and quirky videos.)


Number graphic for new minors at St. Edward's
Students can choose from new minors this year: Social Welfare, Physics and Digital Marketing.


Austin Festival
Austin is never dull. Just a few events happening this fall: Austin City Limits, the Pecan Street Festival and (for those on a budget) Free Museum Day.


Number graphic for study abroad opportunities
This semester, our students are studying abroad in 17 countries all over the world. The most popular destination is Taipei, Taiwan, where graduate and undergraduate students are traveling as part of a faculty-led program in The Bill Munday School of Business.


Mary Moody Northern Theatre play
Break a leg! The Mary Moody Northen Theatre 2016–2017 season starts off with the cautionary tale The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and includes beloved favorites like Pride and Prejudice and Cabaret.