Sep 09, 2015

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual ranking of best colleges and universities in the nation. St. Edward’s continues a steady pattern of success this year by retaining its position at #13. This marks the 13th consecutive year St. Edward’s is recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges. St. Edward’s is one of only four Texas universities to be ranked in the top 20 in the Best Regional Universities, Western Region rankings.

“This national recognition is just one more affirmation that our dedicated community of faculty, staff and students, and our supportive alumni continue to make St. Edward’s among the best universities in the nation,” said President George E. Martin. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of St. Edward’s. The largest freshman class in the history of the university is settling in as they begin their first semester, student retention is at the highest level in years, and important fundraising efforts to support scholarships and student and faculty research are on target to reach our goal of $100 million. Together we will continue building upon and improving the student experience at St. Edward’s.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities lists include institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master's programs.

The formula used by U.S. News to rank schools includes:

  • Peer assessment
  • Freshman retention rate
  • Graduation rate
  • Percentage of classes under 20 students
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • SAT scores for incoming freshmen
  • Percentage of freshmen who are in the top 25% of their high school class
  • The university’s overall acceptance rate
  • Average alumni giving rate

For more information on the rankings, visit U.S. News Colleges