Each year, universities across the country are ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly Magazine and others for the merits and outcomes of the educational experience they provide. We’re proud of the strong recognition St. Edward’s garners.
What keeps us consistently high in the rankings? It’s 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.
While we could share a lengthy list of the outstanding advantages a St. Edward’s education offers, here are 10 points of pride that make us honored to be Hilltoppers.
St. Edward’s Is a Top 10 University in the West!
For the 3rd year in a row, St. Edward’s is ranked a top 10 university in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report in their 2022 college ranking. St. Edward’s also ranked in the top 10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value Schools and Best Undergraduate Teaching. We’re proud to be a leading university in the region, and to retain our top 25 spot for 19 consecutive years!
Diversity Enriches Our Educational Experience
More than 30 years ago, St. Edward’s became a Hispanic-serving institution. In that time, we’ve been nationally recognized as a best college for Hispanic students, with academic programs, scholarships and support dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students. In 2016, we became a majority-minority institution. We take pride in the diversity of our community and preparing students to lead in our increasingly multicultural society.
Our Students Win Prestigious Awards
Our students are smart, compassionate, creative thinkers and problem solvers. Academic rigor inspires them. Advocating for social justice fuels their passion to improve the world. Since 2008, our students have received more than 200 esteemed national and international awards, including Truman, Boren, Pickering and Gilman fellowships and scholarships … and 75 Fulbright Student grants to teach and study abroad. In fact, St. Edward’s has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students 10 years in a row and a #1 top producer twice. Meet our 2021 Fulbright Students.
Each year, St. Edward’s selects 10 graduating seniors to receive the university’s coveted Presidential Award for exceptional achievements in academics, leadership, community service and campus involvement. See how our 2021 Presidential Award recipients are taking on their world.
We’re Committed to CAMP Students
This academic year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at St. Edward’s — the longest continuous program in the U.S. and the only one that supports students beyond their freshman year to graduation. Created by the U.S. Department of Education, the CAMP program at St. Edward’s has assisted more than 2,800 students from migrant farmworker families. Largely first-generation students, many of our CAMP scholars graduate with honors and complete graduate and professional degrees.
We Build Paths to Advanced Degrees
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at St. Edward’s is approaching its 19th year, with an amazing success rate of helping students from disadvantaged segments of society pursue master’s, doctoral, law and medical degrees. To date, more than 200 students have participated in our McNair Scholars program. Financed by the U.S. Department of Education and St. Edward’s, the program funds faculty-directed research, academic counseling and tutoring, GRE exam preparation, assistance with selecting and applying to graduate school, and more.
“I came to St. Edward’s because of the close-knit environment … and the idea of being surrounded by mentors who know me and are always willing to help me accomplish my dreams. My internship working in a congressional office at the Texas State Capitol is allowing me to pursue my McNair Scholar research on barriers to minority representation in elected offices. Currently, I’m planning to earn a dual master’s and law degree. My ultimate goal is to become an elected representative.”
– Michelle Flores ’22 Political Science major, McNair Scholar
Our Mission Is Our Greatest Strength
At St. Edward’s, our Holy Cross mission is the heartbeat of our community and the reason innovators and justice-seekers thrive on the hilltop. For more that 135 years, our mission has guided the excellence of our academic experience, designed to educate both the heart and mind. At its core, it inspires us to respond to the critical issues of society and pursue a more just and sustainable world. This shared responsibility comes to life in the actions of our students as they engage in our long-standing culture of service and social justice. Each year, they contribute more than 70,000 hours to community service.
We Prepare Next-Level STEM Graduates
STEM graduates who can adapt and innovate in a climate of change are pivotal for success in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our National Science Foundation-funded Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) focuses on increasing students’ readiness for this global revolution brought on by smart technology. The institute builds skills in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics and emerging technologies. Students can tap into paid summer research internships, tuition awards for STEM courses not offered at St. Edward’s; events and keynote speakers; networking with employers and graduate programs; and more.
Students at St. Edward’s team up with their professors on innovative research projects. Among its many initiatives, the university’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) sponsors 8-week summer research internships for STEM students that connect them with major research-driven organizations.
We’re a Top Transfer-Friendly University
This year, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an organization focused on transfer student success, named St. Edward’s to its Transfer Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. PTK’s recognition is a salute to the dynamic pathways we’ve created to support transfer students, including cost of attendance, generous scholarships and a vibrant campus life. In addition, our Texas Core Complete status helps transfer students graduate faster. Students who complete their core curriculum at a community college in Texas can save time and money prior to transferring to St. Edward’s, and experience a more seamless transfer.
97% of Hilltoppers Engage in Experiential Learning*
On the hilltop, classroom and practical education go hand-in-hand. Our students jump at opportunities to apply their studies to real-world challenges. They dive into graduate-level research and present their findings at national conferences. They build career skills through diverse internships in Austin and beyond. They study abroad and produce innovative creative projects. And they participate in local, national and international service experiences that give back to communities. These activities connect students to mentors, new perspectives and endless possibilities for their future.
* 2020 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Best University in the West
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Undergraduate students who participate in experiential learning
Austin Offers World-Class Opportunities
Creativity, big business, entrepreneurial energy and outdoor activities are abundant in Austin. It’s consistently ranked a best college town and best U.S. city to live and start a career. St. Edward’s has built partnerships with some of Austin’s biggest names in business and its most respected nonprofits, opening doors for our students and alumni to amazing internships, networking, mentoring and jobs. Austin provides opportunities with fortune 500s, high-tech giants, the Texas State legislature, national healthcare networks, film and music studios, leading financial services, and burgeoning start-ups, to name just a few.