Sep. 18, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas — St. Edward’s University moved up to 6th place in the U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Regional Universities in the West category. 

“This recognition reflects our track record of success delivering outstanding student-centric academics that prepare students with experiential learning including internships, research and essential experiences to provide social mobility and lifelong accomplishment,” said St. Edward’s University President Montserrat Fuentes. “St. Edward’s University continuing to ascend once again in these rankings reflects our community’s substantial progress of our Strategic Plan 2027, our vision as a Destination University for a More Just World and our university’s reputation for excellence and distinction.” 

In addition to its overall ranking, St. Edward’s moved up in the rankings from #17 to #7 as a top performing university for Social Mobility, which tracks schools’ successful efforts graduating economically disadvantaged students who receive federal Pell Grants. “At St. Edward’s, students from all backgrounds achieve at the highest levels in rigorous coursework, dynamic campus activities and winning athletic programs. We are ensuring opportunities for social mobility to all Hilltoppers,” said President Fuentes. 

U.S. News has also again ranked St. Edward’s #4 in the Best Colleges for Veterans category and #5 in the Best Value Schools category for 2024. For 21 consecutive years, St. Edward’s has ranked in the U.S. News Best Colleges list. The methodology for the U.S. News ranking takes into account peer assessments of university reputation as well as criteria including student retention and outcomes.

Read more about St. Edward’s as the 6th Best Regional University in the West and our Strategic Plan 2027 progress to becoming a Destination University for a More Just World including new health and sciences academic programs, the largest single research grant in the university history, The Bill Munday School of Business earning prestigious accreditation from AACSB International and many more accomplishments.

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About St. Edward’s University

St. Edward’s University is a private university in the Catholic, Holy Cross tradition with approximately 3,600 students. Located in Austin, Texas, it is one of the top universities in the state and offers more than 50 undergraduate, seven master’s degree programs and a doctorate program. St. Edward’s delivers a premier, highly personalized education that provides students distinctive academics and extensive internships, research and service learning opportunities on a vibrant and inclusive hilltop campus in a world-class city. St. Edward’s has been recognized for 21 consecutive years as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2024 Best Colleges rankings, St. Edward’s ranked #6 in the Best Regional University in the West category.