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Noteworthy and noted education

Great schools garner great accolades.

In addition to longstanding recognition as one of the top universities in Texas, a commitment to students and faculty that’s second to none has placed St. Edward’s University in the national spotlight.

Nationally Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

#14 Best College in the West
U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the 14th year in a row. As one of the top universities in the 2017 U.S. News rankings, St. Edward’s is listed at #14, with a steady overall score of 67, and is one of only four Texas universities ranked in the top 20 of Best Regional Universities in the West.

For the 2017 rankings St. Edward’s received special recognition in the following categories:

  • A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching – Voted on by their peer institutions, the schools on this list have faculty members with notable strength in teaching undergraduate students.
  • The Foreign Student Factor – Our commitment to global perspective is recognized this year among a list of schools with high proportions of international undergraduate students.
  • A+ Schools for B Students – Universities on this list are recognized for looking beyond test scores to attract a diverse and engaged student body.
  • Best Colleges for Veterans – St. Edward’s continues to be recognized among schools that help make college more affordable for Veterans.

The criteria used by U.S. News to rank schools includes peer assessment, acceptance and graduation rates, average class size, percentage of full-time faculty, student-faculty ratio, SAT scores for incoming freshmen and percentage of freshmen in the top 25% of their high school class.

Proud Supporter of Veterans

#7 Best College for Veterans
Among the top-ranked schools in its 2017 “Best Of” list, U.S. News chose St. Edward’s as one of the “Best Universities for Veterans." St. Edward's holds 7th place among more than 30 colleges in the Western Region that qualified for this distinction. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence, schools must meet specific criteria, such as being certified for the GI Bill and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Listed Among Military Friendly® Schools
St. Edward’s has earned the distinctive Military Friendly® Schools designation for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students. Military Friendly® Schools are assessed based on a range of criteria, including academic strength, support on campus and career outcomes.

Member of Yellow Ribbon Program
St. Edward’s participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition assistance to veterans and their families.

Named One of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck” Colleges

In a ranking based on the economic value students receive per dollar, Washington Monthly Magazine named St. Edward’s as one of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck” Colleges. Out of 1,572 colleges considered, only 349 were selected and ranked as best-bang-for-the-buck schools. No other private university in Texas ranked higher than St. Edward’s — one of the top liberal arts colleges in Texas. Criteria for making the list included meeting percentage standards for students receiving Pell Grants, graduation rates and student loan default rates.

Ranked One of the Top 10 “Best Colleges in Texas”

St. Edward’s University has been named among the top 10 colleges in Texas by two highly respected college assessment groups: College Factual and Niche.  In both rankings, St. Edward’s stood out amid more than 60 four-year institutions in the state.

College Factual recognized St. Edward’s in its 2015 best-in-Texas list based on the caliber of our student body, faculty and educational resources; degree completion rate; and post-graduation earnings.

In 2016, Niche placed St. Edward’s in its Texas top-10 list. Ranking criteria included the strength of our academic programs, the aptitude of professors, the quality of campus amenities, the character of student life, as well as student reviews in measuring the overall excellence of the educational experience.

Listed Among “America's Best Colleges” by Forbes and CCAP

St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas — one of the foremost universities in Texas — is recognized as one of "America’s Best Colleges" by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). In their 2012 joint report, Forbes and the CCAP ranked 650 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide and the experience and achievements of their students.

Nation’s #1 Producer of Fulbright Students Among Master’s Institutions

St. Edward’s was named the nation’s top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2015–2016. The university shared first-place honors with Harvard, Pitzer and Princeton Theological Seminary, who placed No. 1 in their respective categories. With a record 13 finalists and 10 winners from St. Edward's, our 2015–2016 Fulbright Students include the university's second full-grant winner in its history. This year, six St. Edward's students have been awarded Fulbrights for 2016–2017. Regarded as one of the leading universities in Texas, St. Edward’s has been a top producer of Fulbright Students seven years in a row. Our recipients of this highly selective scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State have gone on to teach and conduct research in 18 countries. Over the last eight years, 43 St. Edward’s students have been chosen for Fulbright awards.

Named a “College of Distinction”

Among Texas universities and nationwide, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, was recognized as a 2010–2011 College of Distinction™ for its exemplary commitment to four key areas: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes. Colleges of Distinction is a college guide for students, parents and counselors. The organization recognizes schools that excel in the value of the education and experiences they provide.

Honored as a “Champion of Access and Success”

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an organization that promotes access to and success in higher education for all students, chose St. Edward’s as a recipient of its 2013 Institutional Champions of Access and Success Awards.

St. Edward’s, a leading Texas university, received the award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved students.

Named Among “Best Colleges” and “Colleges with a Conscience”

The Princeton Review named St. Edward’s University to its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

Additionally, The Princeton Review and Campus to Community Coalition of Texas previously selected St. Edward’s for the guide, “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College.” Highlighting socially responsible colleges and universities, the book was designed to help high school students incorporate service and involvement opportunities into their college selection process and to showcase campuses making an institutional commitment to engage in their communities.

Nationally Recognized for Student Engagement

St. Edward’s scored highly in the 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which measures collegiate quality based on students’ involvement in practices that are important to their learning. The survey does not rank schools, but rather provides benchmarks that illustrate the extent to which universities effectively set high expectations, and support and motivate students to do their best work. The 2015 NSSE survey includes data from more than 315,000 randomly selected first-year and senior students at 541 U.S. colleges and universities, including numerous Texas universities

St. Edward’s met or exceeded the national average in all benchmark areas:

  • Academic Challenge – Higher-Order Learning, Reflective and Integrative Learning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Learning Strategies
  • Learning with Peers – Collaborative Learning and Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Experiences with Faculty – Student-Faculty Interaction and Effective Teaching Practices
  • Campus Environment – Quality of Interactions and Supportive Environment

Listed Among “Best Colleges for Hispanic Students”

The student body at St. Edward’s reflects the demographics of the state, especially in its service to Hispanics, who make up more than 35% of the student body. ranks St. Edward’s as #5 on its 2016 list of Best Colleges for Hispanic Students. Along with strict criteria for academic excellence, each school on the list boasts a cultural center, degree programs and scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students.

In 2013, St. Edward ’s was recognized for having the highest graduation rate of any Hispanic-serving institution in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Higher Education. St. Edward’s has been repeatedly listed among Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine’s “Best Schools for Hispanic Students” and is recognized as one of the top universities in Texas.

Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI)

The St. Edward's University New College program focuses on helping adult students. The university recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI).  Colleges and universities in the coalition strive continuously to improve their programs and services for adult students, assess their adult degree programs regularly, and share “best practices” for adult learners with other coalition members.

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