Excitement is brewing for the 2019–2020 school year: back-to-school celebrations are in full swing, new and returning students are finding their groove, and opportunities to get involved on campus and in Austin are growing. Out of all the activities on the hilltop, we’ve gathered the top 15 for 2019. Catch up on what happened over the summer, and get ready for what this semester holds!

Students have fun posing for photos at Hillfest

1. Hilltopper Welcome Days

The beginning of the school year is always a treat: move-in weekend, a BBQ for new students and families, drop-ins (with snacks and swag) hosted by each school, and everyone’s favorite back-to-school celebration, Hillfest.

Students receives his St. Edward's medallion at the Medallion Ceremony

2. Medallion Ceremony

Along with the fun, games and new friendships, 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.

Students working with bee colonies on campus for research projects

3. Students Dive into Summer Research

Students and professors teamed up to research the effects of insecticides on honeybees, the impact of ozone levels on soybean crops, and the role of enzymes in diseases. Connect with your professor to do fall research.

Marianne-Ward Peradoza, dean of The Bill Munday School of Business

4. New Faculty Members Join the Hilltop This Fall

Meet one of the newest faces on campus: Marianne Ward-Peradoza, dean of The Bill Munday School of Business. St. Edward’s also welcomes 15 new full-time faculty members who are heading up classrooms this semester.

St. John's Bible gospel of Matthew

5. The Saint John’s Bible Comes to Campus

Visit the Munday Library throughout the year to see the Saint John’s Bible up close. Different pages will be displayed from week to week, so there will always be new opportunities to gain inspiration from the text and artwork.

Rugby Club Sports team in action on the field

6. Campus Recreation: Ready for Sign-Ups

Stay healthy on the hilltop! Sign up for Recreation and Wellness programs, including Club Sport teams; intramural tournaments; GroupX, Zumba and Spinning workout classes; wellness seminars and more.

Students in costume for MMNT production of Men in Boats

7. New Season Lights Up Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Our award-winning Department of Performing Arts brings modern and timeless classics to the stage this year, including A Feather in Her Earand The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Students hiking in Wild Basin

8. Join 2nd-Saturday Hikes at Wild Basin

Mark your calendar for the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center wilderness hikes, every 2nd Saturday of the month. It’s a great way to get off campus and into nature, and explore another part of Austin.

Director of the Kozmetsky Center addresses an audience from the podium

9. Kozmetsky Center Hosts Global Experts

The Kozmetsky Center of Excellence is bringing a diverse line up of local and international experts to campus to visit classes and speak on critical global issues, from economics to geopolitcal policies.

10. Hilltopper Athletics Kicks Off the Games

The Fall 2019 Hilltopper Athletics season opens with soccer, volleyball, tennis and cross country. Don’t miss the Blue & Gold Series and the annual Battle of the Saints against our rival St. Mary’s.

Students share information at the campus Involvement Fair

11. 120+ Ways to Get Involved

Every year, 100+ student organizations and 20+ campus departments give students a place to meet new friends and throw themselves into whatever they love best ─ from sports, video gaming and photography to leadership and cultural activities. Check out what’s out there at the annual Involvement Fair.

2019 Fulbright Award winners

12. Fulbright Students Head to 4 Countries

Six students were winners of Fulbright awards in Spring 2019. We caught up with them shortly before they left the U.S. for their assignments. Find out about their experiences at St. Edward’s that led to their Fulbright award ─ and their goals for their year abroad.

A hand holds "Dear America" book by Antonio Jose Vargas against a blue sky

13. Our Common Theme: Citizenship

Every year, St. Edward’s chooses a Common Theme that inspires conversations, programming and readings across campus. This year’s theme has us reading Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas, who will visit the hilltop in October.

Students volunteering at Capital Food Bank

14. Ready to Make a Difference?

Get involved and give back through service in the Austin community and beyond. Meet representatives at the Nonprofit and Volunteer Fair who can connect you to volunteer opportunities, internships and possible jobs within their organizations.

4 students on Congress Ave. bridge with Austin skyline in background

15. Austin Has It All

We love our hometown! It’s fun, creative and energetic. A hub for talent and innovation. And one of the nation’s fastest growing cities and best places to live. See how partnerships between St. Edward’s and Austin give students an edge.