Our dedication to fostering a thriving academic environment and self-fulfillment for all students, faculty and staff has led to another prosperous year at St. Edward’s University. From celebrating first-ever national accolades to uniting with blue and gold pride at historic sporting events or campus traditions, we invite you to take a look back at some of the extraordinary moments that define the success and spirit of a Hilltopper.

Students cheering at SEU vs UT exhibition game.
Graduating students cheer on their classmates.
Hilltoppers showing school spirit.
Students cheer on their fellow Hilltoppers.

Kicking Off the Year with (Hill)top-Tier Recognition

St. Edward's ascends to 6th place in the USNWR Best Regional University in the West category.

St. Edward’s advanced to 6th place in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities in the West category. In addition to its ascension to the overall 6th place ranking, St. Edward’s also moved up from #17 to #7 as a top performing university for Social Mobility.

Seal of Excelencia Watch Party

St. Edward’s was honored with the national Seal of Excelencia for its academic success, retention and graduation rates for Latino students. St. Edward’s is the only Catholic university, first private university in Texas and second private university in the U.S. to earn this distinguished three-year certification.

Texas House of Representatives honors St. Edward's for commitment to Latino students.

The Texas House of Representatives adopted a resolution (HR 23) recognizing St. Edward’s for earning the national Seal of Excelencia. In early November, university leaders, faculty, staff and students joined lawmakers of the 88th Texas Legislature at the Texas State Capitol for the resolution reading and celebration for the achievement.

St. Edward's named Fulbright HSI Leader for 2023

St. Edward’s was again named a Fulbright HSI Leader for a third year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The university was among only 8% of institutions to receive this designation for 2023 out of nearly 600 Hispanic-Serving Institutions overall.

Fight to the Finish: SEU vs UT

In October, the St. Edward’s Men’s Basketball team traveled to the Moody Center to face-off against the University of Texas Longhorns in a historic exhibition game. Hundreds of Hilltoppers filled the arena to show support for our team as they played a competitive game against UT. Despite a 84-63 loss against the Division 1 Longhorns, St. Edward’s was a powerhouse of incomparable school spirit to the end!

SEU vs UT Exhibition Game
SEU and UT coaches trade team jerseys.
Hilltopper goes for a shot against the UT Longhorns.
SEU vs UT Exhibition Game
SEU vs UT Exhibition Game
Students support their hilltoppers at the UT v. SEU basketball game.

Harvesting Happiness at Homecoming

It was pumpkin spice and everything nice at Fall Homecoming at St. Edward's. Students, alumni and their families celebrated this beloved campus tradition with a parade, music, casino night and costumes during Halloween weekend.

Fall Homecoming 2023 Court
Fall Homecoming 2023 Goat.
Students sport their blue and gold for homecoming weekend.
Fall Homecoming 2023 Salsa Contest Winner.
Students stand with their well-earned Topper Cup with President Fuentes.
Fall Homecoming 2023 Casino Night.

Farewell to Our Fall Graduates

December Commencement 2023 brought students, families and friends together to honor the years of dedication and academic achievements of our graduating seniors receiving their well-earned degrees.

Fall Commencement 2023 graduates in the RAC.
Graduates await to walk to the stage.
First doctoral class graduates.
December Commencement 2023 Doctoral student accepts degree.
December Commencement 2023 Doctoral student toasting to her degree.
Graduates toast with champagne.

Spring Into Success

St. Edward's named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students.

St. Edward’s was named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students for the 2023-2024 academic year — ranking as one of the top three universities in the Master's institutions list. This is the 13th time that the ECA has recognized St. Edward’s as one of the universities with the highest number of students selected for the prestigious Fulbright awards.

Sorin Oak tree in front of Main Building.

For the ninth year in a row, St. Edward’s was awarded Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment toward environmental stewardship, sustainability and community engagement.

We Are Family

Students joined their parents and relatives for a fun-filled 2024 Family Weekend and made long-lasting memories at Hillfest, cheered on the nominees of the Leadership Excellence Awards, showed off their Topper pride at the Battle of the Saints tailgate and commemorated graduating seniors at the coveted Ring Ceremony.

Student and relatives attend Family Weekend 2024.
Graduating senior receives their ring at the Ring Ceremony.
Graduating seniors receive their rings at the Ring Ceremony.
Leadership Excellence Awards 2024 winners.
Battle of the Saints at Family Weekend 2024.
Fireworks display at Family Weekend 2024.

Historic Eclipse Shines a Light on Experiential Learning

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse illuminated a path toward advanced experiential learning opportunities for St. Edward’s students.

Students enrolled in the Topics in Graphic Design: Risograph Workshop created eclipse-themed calendars, magazines, glasses and much more to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime event. Their designs were featured on KXAN and eventually auctioned off to raise proceeds for the Graphic Design student organization.

Student creates Total Solar Eclipse-themed art in her Graphic Design class.
Student creates Total Solar Eclipse-themed art in her Graphic Design class.
Graphic design project created by risograph for Total Solar Eclipse.

On eclipse day, a university public viewing party was held on Andre Lawn. The festivities kicked off with a weather balloon launch followed by visitors getting an up-close view of the eclipse through a large telescope.

Students launching a weather balloon during the Total Solar Eclipse.
Students viewing the Total Solar Eclipse at St. Edward's University.
People viewing the Total Solar Eclipse through a telescope.

Giving Back and Going Green

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff united on campus for the biggest day of service at St. Edward’s: The Big Event. They teamed up to tackle beautification projects that continue to make our community even more eco-friendly.

The Big Event 2024.
Volunteer planting seeds in the community garden during The Big Event 2024.
Students volunteering with campus beautification during The Big Event 2024.

In addition to The Big Event, Hilltoppers came together to celebrate sustainability during Earth Week 2024. From a colorful kite exhibition in the Munday Library to a meaningful traveling mural on Andre Lawn, the campus community engaged with prominent artists promoting environmental awareness through their transformative work — efforts that were featured in the news.

Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition in the Munday Library.
Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition in the Munday Library.
Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition in the Munday Library.
Austin muralist Niz creates artwork on Andre Lawn.
Austin muralist Niz creates artwork on Andre Lawn.
Artwork created by Austin-based muralist.

Commemorating Our Spring Graduates

Our exceptional academic year at St. Edward’s University concluded with the community honoring the graduating class of May 2024 at Spring Commencement. Hilltoppers celebrated more than 600 students at two separate ceremonies who received their invaluable bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees — among them are this year's 10 Presidential Award winners. Congratulations to the class of 2023-2024 and may success continue to follow as you take on your world!

May Commencement 2024 Legacy Walk.
Graduating senior receives their degree at May Commencement 2024.
Graduating seniors partake in the Legacy Walk at May Commencement 2024.
Graduating senior receives their degree at May Commencement 2024.
Graduating senior receives their degree at May Commencement 2024.
Graduating seniors partake in the Legacy Walk at May Commencement 2024.