U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2020, Regional Universities, West


What makes St. Edward’s the 8th best university in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking? There’s no secret formula to holding a top-25 spot 17 years in a row, but something magical is happening at St. Edward’s.

While our rise in the ranking makes us proud, the real story is the transformative opportunities students have at St. Edward’s — on campus, in Austin and beyond — and how Hilltoppers are making the most of those experiences to enrich their learning and fully engage in their education.

For us, the magic of St. Edward's is told in thousands of stories about our students and alumni, and a university community dedicated to their success. So in celebration of our #8 ranking, here are 8x3 reasons we’re proud to be Hilltoppers.

8 Ways We Go Full On

Young Alumni on the Rise
Young Alumni on the Rise
From Emmy, Tony and SXSW award winners to scholars at Yale and UC Berkeley — the long list of up-and-coming St. Edward’s graduates keeps growing. 

A Day at St. Edward's in France
A Day at St. Edward’s in France
Stephen Reyes ’21 says studying abroad at the St. Edward’s partner university in Angers, France, helped him become more open-minded, responsible and confident.

MBA Students meet with Clients in Berlin
MBA Students Meet with Clients in Berlin
The St. Edward’s MBA global Capstone course took students to Germany last spring to complete management consulting projects for three companies.

Jeff Miner from St. Edward's to Google
From St. Edward’s to Google
As a brand strategist at Google’s Unskippable Labs, Jeff Miner ’11 helps companies harness the power of data to tell their brand story and win the attention of customers.

Going Big on the Hilltop
Going Big on the Hilltop
See how nine award-winning 2019 graduates forged their own unique paths at St. Edward’s that prepared them for careers in finance, social work, medical sciences and teaching.

What matters most to Hilltoppers
What Matters Most to Hilltoppers
Students’ experiences on the hilltop help them reach new levels of knowledge and achievement ─ and identify what’s most important to them.

Research and mentorship at St. Edward's
What Research and Mentorship Can Teach You
Undergraduate research at St. Edward’s connects students with professional mentors, encourages them to take on new challenges and helps some find careers they’d never imagined.

Photo Communications Alumni now living in NYC come back to the hilltop
NYC Alumni Share Their Success
More than 10 years after meeting at St. Edward’s, seven Photocommunications alumni working in NYC visited students on the hilltop to share their career advice, work and professional insights.

8 Ways We Make the World a Better Place

Garry Morris dean of the School of Natural SciencesChampion for Citizen Science
In his op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman, Gary Morris, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, encourages every person to learn more about their world by contributing to scientific discovery.

challenge triumph and living her dream
Challenge, Triumph and Living Her Dream
Her experience in the St. Edward’s McNair Scholars program paved the way for Victoria Rodriguez ’11 to earn her PhD in Education from Stanford.

David Altounian
Tips for Becoming a Great CEO
Entrepreneur and former CEO David Altounian, associate dean of The Bill Munday School of Business, shares valuable lessons that can help shape strong business leaders.

Austin Skyline
Alumni Shaping Austin
Austin’s rapid growth creates challenges in public safety, education, mental health, transportation and more. But it’s also yielding innovative solutions.

Tammie Rubin
Inspiring Faculty Works
Professors at St. Edward’s engage in diverse and creative research projects and consistently partner with their students to explore new findings.

Fullbright Students
Fulbright Students Head to 4 Countries
As winners of the highly selective Fulbright Award, six graduates of the St. Edward’s Class of 2019 are engaged in teaching, learning and ambassadorship during a year of cross-cultural exchange abroad.

Non-profit work
Building a Successful Nonprofit
Chelsea Elliott ’12 started a nonprofit to provide children with school-based vision and hearing screenings. The foundation has screened more than 40,000 students, and in 2015, Elliott was named a CNN Hero.

Laurie Cook
Advocate for Migrant Women
Assistant professor of Social Work Laurie Cook Heffron’s research and recent article on Central American migrant women is informing advocacy programs and policy makers of the trauma and abuse facing this population.

8 Ways We Connect with World-Class Opportunities in Austin

Students from St. Edward's University in Austin
Austin Gives Students an Edge
St. Edward’s has built partnerships with some of Austin’s biggest names in business and its most respected nonprofits.

Student interns in downtown Austin with view of Skyline in the back
St. Edward’s + Austin Opens Doors to Internships
At St. Edward’s, 89% of undergraduates and 63% of graduate students engage in experiential education — predominantly in Austin.

Stella Cunningham does research
Her Austin Internship Inspires a Possible Career
Stella Cunningham ’19 joined a team of urban ecologists with the Nature Conservancy to research the impact of urban green spaces on air quality, vegetation, wildlife and people who use downtown parks.


Innovation and Startups
Students at St. Edward’s spark their entrepreneurial potential during the 3 Day Startup, a program created by an Austin-based nonprofit that gives participants hands-on experience in starting a company.

Student at State Capital
From Campus to Capitol
His interest in civic and political involvement led Skylar Garza ’19 to intern at the State Capitol with State Representative Oscar Longoria and participate in lobbying for bills.

Students at Wildbasin doing research
Protecting a Treasured Wilderness
The St. Edward’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for student research and internships that relies on key partnerships to care for the preserve.

Working for a sustainable future

Working for a Sustainable Future
Political Science major Miguel Escoto ’19 combined his environmental activism, academics and an internship with the Austin mayor’s office to be an advocate for positive change.

Students from St. Edward's University ride scooters in downtown Austin

Research in Motion
Are scooters a traffic hazard or environmental solution? Students in an Environmental and Ecological Field Methods class collected data the City of Austin can use for future policy decisions.