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St. Edward’s University stands apart when it comes to adult learning

New College creates academic experiences tailored to adult learners. Our programs are built around quality, convenience and flexibility, with a commitment to exceptional support and career-focused services. New College provides both a liberal arts and career education.

With over 40 years of experience, we know how to help adult learners take control of their education. Many of our students are employed full-time or have full-time home and family responsibilities. We offer flexible scheduling options, including 14-week, accelerated 7-week, online and blended courses, as well as Saturday and evening classes. Our nationally recognized portfolio program will help you receive college credit for previous experience, saving you time and money. Self-directed programs inspire and empower you to create the academic experience best suited to your goals. 

New College students benefit from the global learning community of St. Edward's University. Diverse programs and strong partnerships help connect students and their coursework to actively engaged organizations in the community.

Our results speak for themselves. We've been named among the top 25 Best Regional Universities for 12 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, St. Edward’s is ranked the #2 Best College for Veterans in the West by U.S. News.

Accreditation

New College and St. Edward’s University have received various merits of accreditation on national and regional levels.

St. Edward’s University recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI) that seeks to enhance adult learning in college and university settings. ALFI members are guided in their mission by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a nonprofit that works on all levels of higher education in both public and private sectors to facilitate adult learning and professional training efforts. 

As a CAEL affiliate, New College is better equipped to support students through life and career planning, strategic partnerships and other student support systems. The program opens doors to a number of adult student services including assessment tools, training opportunities, certification programs and student advising. 

Student Organizations

New College students are eligible to participate in all St. Edward’s University student organizations. The following organizations are of special interest to New College students.

Alpha Sigma Lambda 

Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society that fosters academic excellence, community service and leadership for adult students. To qualify, GPA must be in the top 20 percent of all St. Edward’s University students who are at least 24-years-old, have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have 24 graded hours, with 15 hours outside the major area of study. Contact: Craig Campbell, 512-428-1063.

New Literati 

The mission of New Literati is to encourage and support creative and non-fiction writing as well as editorial and publishing skills among students. This online student publication is run by New College and Master of Liberal Arts students. Over the last two decades, New Literati has been the primary outlet for emerging writers to showcase creative works to the St. Edward's University and Austin communities. The publication showcases experimental and engaging narratives expressed through written word and visual art. Contact: Tim Green, 512-448-8749.

New College also offers Delta Mu Delta, an honor society for business students, Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology students, and Psychology Society.

Faculty

Our faculty are an esteemed group of scholars and practitioners with decades of adult learning experience. They understand the unique ways in which adults approach learning and create coursework that challenges students to become their best. 

Their mission: foster an open and comfortable classroom environment where students feel free to express their opinions. Through engaging curricula and dialogue, they endeavor to make a difference by pushing conventional boundaries and expanding the minds of students. They aim to support the development of educated adult learners who can think, analyze and evaluate the difficult problems facing today's world.

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Academic Support Services

Just because you attend class online or: on campus in the evenings doesn't you mean you can't take advantage of the same services offered to students enrolled in traditional undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Advising

Advising specialists orient students to the program, counsel them with regard to academic goals and objectives, review options for learning and earning credit, and monitor academic progress through graduation.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers one-on-one peer tutoring and online writing services for New College students and exams for class credit.

Career Services

We provide current and former students with career guidance and the knowledge and opportunities needed for lifelong career success.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is responsible for the prior learning assessment (portfolio) program.

Information Technology (IT)

Get your questions answered concerning your student username and password, email, software, Blackboard, web publishing, network access and the university mobile app. We also offer free anti-virus software for student computers.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) 

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers free paper review, writing help and writing workshops for New College and graduate students. To learn more about the OWL, please visit the OWL website or email owl [at] stedwards.edu.

Munday Library 

Students have access to online resources, our large collection of ebooks, books, journals, magazines, DVDs, and CDs, computers, laser printers, group study rooms and more. 

Writing Center

This free service for current St. Edward’s University students provides one-on-one help with any writing task, seven days a week, up to two weeks in advance. Go to the Writing Center's webpage to schedule an appointment online. 

Physical and Mental Wellbeing

We support our students physical and mental wellbeing with a variety of programs and services. 

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation features facilities and recreational and wellness programs to members of the campus community. Programming includes intramural sports leagues and tournaments, fitness classes, personal training and aquatics. They also manage an informal recreation program where students, faculty and staff are welcome to drop in and utilize the facilities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Campus Recreation facilities include:
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Racquetball courts
  • An indoor swimming pool
  • A recently renovated fitness center equipped with all-new cardio and weight training equipment
  • An outdoor jogging trail and recreation field

Additional information may be obtained by calling 512-233-1458.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry provides opportunities for all students to explore and strengthen their personal understanding of faith in an academic setting.