Each year, universities across the country are ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review 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. 

1. 

We’re a Top 10 University in the West, Again!

For the 4th year in a row, St. Edward’s is ranked a top-10 university in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report, ​​​moving up to 8th place in their 2022–2023 Best Colleges list. St. Edward’s also ranked in the top 10 for Best Undergraduate Teaching, Best Colleges for Veterans and Best Value Schools. We’re proud to be a leading university in the region, and to retain our top-25 spot for 20 consecutive years!

2. 

Our Goal Is for 100% of Students to Participate in Experiential Learning

On the hilltop, exceptional teaching and practical education go hand-in-hand. Our students jump at opportunities to apply their studies to real-world challenges. They team up with professors on advanced research and present their findings at national conferences. They build career skills through impactful internships and field experiences in Austin and beyond. They study abroad to explore different cultures, and dive into innovative creative projects that contribute to scholarly and artistic knowledge. 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.  

Students in the Lab

3.

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. And in 2021, we were named one of 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions nationally, and three in Texas, to be recognized as a Fulbright HSI Leader. We take pride in being a diverse and inclusive community that prepares students to lead in our increasingly multicultural society.

4.

Our Hometown 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.

5.

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. 

6.

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 78 Fulbright Student grants to teach and study abroad. In fact, St. Edward’s has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students 12 times and a #1 top producer twice. Meet our 2022 Fulbright Students.

Each year, St. Edward’s selects up to 12 graduating seniors to receive the university’s coveted Presidential Award for exceptional achievements in academics, leadership, community service and campus involvement. See how our 2022 award recipients gained the most from their time at St. Edward’s — and how they’re taking on their world.

7.

We Build Paths to Advanced Degrees

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at St. Edward’s is approaching its 20th year, with an amazing success rate of helping students from underrepresented segments of society pursue master’s and doctoral degrees. To date, more than 200 students have participated in our McNair Scholars program and 25 have earned PhDs. 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

8.

We’re Committed to CAMP Students

This year, St. Edward’s celebrates the 50th anniversary of our College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) — the longest continuous program in the U.S., and the only one that supports students beyond their freshman year to graduation. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and St. Edward’s, our CAMP program 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. Read about the history and impact of CAMP at St. Edward’s through personal stories from our CAMP scholars.

CAMP students graduation

9. 

We're a Transfer-Friendly University

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an organization focused on transfer student success, named St. Edward’s to its Transfer Honor Roll for 2018–2021. 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. 

Best University in the West
by U.S. News & World Report

National and international scholarship 

and fellowship winners since 2008

Our goal for all undergrad students to participate in experiential learning

10.

Our Mission Is Our Greatest Strength 

At St. Edward’s, our Holy Cross mission, backed by our Strategic Plan 2027, is the heartbeat of our community and the reason problem-solvers and justice-seekers thrive on the hilltop. For more than 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.