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
#13 Best College in the West
U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Edward’s as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the 13th year in a row. As one of the top universities in the 2016 U.S. News rankings, St. Edward’s retained its position as #13 among “Best Regional Universities in the West," and is one of only four Texas universities ranked in the top 20 of western regional universities.
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.
#12 Best College for Veterans
Among the top-ranked schools in its 2016 “Best Of” list, U.S. News chose St. Edward’s as one of the “Best Universities for Veterans." St. Edward's holds 12th place among more than 50 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.
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.
Top Producer of Fulbright Winners 6 Years in a Row
St. Edward’s University students have been chosen for 37 Fulbright awards over the last 11 years, with a record 13 finalists and 10 winners in 2015. This year's Fulbright Students include the university's second full grant winner in its history. Regarded as one of the leading universities in Texas, St. Edward’s University has been a top producer of Fulbright Students six years in a row. In 2012, St. Edward’s shared first-place honors with two other universities for most awards by a master’s-granting institution. Our recipients of this highly selective scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State have gone on to teach and conduct research in 16 countries.
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
Students scored St. Edward’s highly in the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a tool for measuring collegiate quality based on indicators of student engagement. The survey does not rank schools, but rather provides benchmarks that illustrate the extent to which undergraduate students engage in practices that are important to their learning. The 2011 NSSE survey includes data from 416,000 randomly selected first-year and senior students at 672 colleges and universities, including numerous Texas universities.
St. Edward’s, one of the top universities in Texas, exceeded the national average in all five benchmark areas:
- Level of academic challenge
- Active and collaborative learning
- Student interactions with faculty
- Enriching educational experiences
- Supportive campus environment
Listed Among “Best Schools 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.
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.