Oct. 30, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas — St. Edward’s University is proud to be named a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Leader for 2023 joining only 8% of institutions to receive this designation out of nearly 600 HSIs overall.

This is the third year that St. Edward’s has received this national recognition from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The ECA recognizes the noteworthy engagement that selected HSIs have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. 

“This recognition further underscores our institution’s long-standing commitment to serving our Hispanic students, and it acknowledges our efforts to foster an inclusive environment that delivers exceptional academic and experiential learning opportunities, ensuring the success for all of our students,” said St. Edward’s University President Montserrat Fuentes. “The Fulbright Program provides our students with global engagement opportunities that allow them to use their education and experience on the hilltop to make a difference in communities worldwide.”

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield commended the institutions receiving the Fulbright HSI Leader designation this year, saying, “representation matters and pairing the world-class educational opportunities that Hispanic-Serving Institutions provide with the power of Fulbright further enriches the experience and educational opportunities for students and scholars both at home and abroad.”

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Since 2004, more than 80 Fulbrights have been awarded to St. Edward’s University students to teach, learn and immerse themselves in diverse cultures in more than a dozen countries around the world. 

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.

About the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international academic exchange program with a longstanding commitment to diversity, working to ensure that participants reflect the United States and societies abroad. The Fulbright Program works closely with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to promote international exchange opportunities to staff, students, and faculty at HSIs.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 students, scholars, artists, and teachers from all types of institutions the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad. Fulbrighters build connections, gain experience, exchange ideas, and address global challenges.