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Everything’s bigger for the 2015­–2016 school year: the incoming freshman class, the back-to-school celebrations and the number of opportunities to get involved on campus. Out of all the activities on the hilltop, we’ve gathered the top 15 for 2015. Catch up on what happened over the summer, and get ready for what this semester holds!

1. Hilltopper Welcome Days

The beginning of the school year is always a treat: move-in weekend, a community BBQ, pajama parties and everyone’s favorite back-to-school celebration, Hillfest.


2. Medallion Ceremony

Along with the fun and games, the semester also starts with more formal traditions like the Medallion Ceremony, in which new students receive their university medallion during their induction into the St. Edward's community.


3. Students Dive into Summer Research

Hear from students who spent this summer writing code at Carnegie Mellon, researching sustainable materials for NASA and exploring immigration issues at home and abroad.


4. New Faculty Members Join Us This Fall

Meet one of the newest faces on campus: Tammie Rubin, assistant professor of Art: Sculpture, just one of 25 new full-time faculty members heading up classrooms this semester.


5. More International Students Than Ever!

International attendance is at an all-time high as we welcome more than 100 new international students from 34 countries. So is our number of international partners: 21 universities in 16 countries.


6. Campus Recreation: Ready for Sign-Ups

Stay healthy on the hilltop! Sign up for Campus Recreation’s many programs, including club sport teams, intramural tournaments, GroupX and Zumba workout classes, and more.


7. New Season Lights Up Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Our award-winning Department of Performing Arts brings modern surprises and timeless classics to the stage this semester, starting with Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and To Kill a Mockingbird.


8. Students' Research Makes a Difference

Students who recently completed studies at the university's Wild Basin Creative Research Center explain four ways their research is helping the environment.


9. Kozmetsky Center Hosts Global Expert

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence hosts Dr. Kenneth Geers, an international authority on cyber issues, to speak on new challenges in global cyber security and cyber crime.


10. Hilltopper Athletics Kicks Off the Games

The Fall 2015 Hilltopper Athletics season opens with soccer, volleyball and cross country. Don’t miss the Blue & Gold Series and the annual Battle of the Saints against our rival St. Mary’s.


11. Involvement Fair and Global Opportunities Fair

Every year, 125+ organizations give students a place to meet new friends and throw themselves into whatever they love best. Check out what organizations are out there at the annual Involvement Fair. And get information on study abroad, international events and more at the Global Opportunities Fair.


12. Fulbright Students Head to Six Countries

A record-setting 10 students were winners of Fulbright awards in Spring 2015. We caught up with them shortly before they left the U.S. for their assignments. Get to know the how, why and where of their upcoming Fulbright adventures.


13. St. Edward's Hosts the Texas Teen Book Festival

Teens from all over the state converge on campus for the Texas Teen Book Festival, where readers meet their favorite authors. Among them this year is Associate Professor of Psychology (and author) Sara Villanueva.


14. A Year on the Hilltop

See a year of happenings on the hilltop, from traditional favorites to what’s trending, with our month-by-month highlight of 2015–2016.


15. Austin Has Everything

We love our hometown. Why? Because Austin has it all. We’ve captured just a glimpse of what makes Austin so special in this short video.