St. Edward’s University
Established in 1885 and located in the heart of Austin, Texas, St. Edward’s University is a private, liberal arts Catholic institution in the Holy Cross tradition. With over 90 academic programs, St. Edward’s University continues its founding tradition of academic excellence and educating the whole person.
Get to know St. Edward’s University
The Honors program brings together academically gifted students from all majors and schools. Together with faculty, honors students become part of an intellectually stimulating community that promotes both academic and personal growth. During the first three years of the program, students take a series of seminar courses that explore various topics. Most of the seminars are taught in a team-teaching style, with professors coming from different disciplines. This allows students to study a topic from multiple perspectives. The last part of the program, which takes place during senior year, is the Honors Thesis. The Honors Senior Thesis is a reflection of each student’s passions and academic capabilities. After students complete their theses, they present their work at the biannual Honors Symposium.
St. Edward’s recognizes global perspective as an integral part of the undergraduate experience. The university believes that each student has a duty to the global community, and should therefore understand the issues and opportunities our world faces. In order to reach this goal, each student is required to take Cultural Foundations classes. Theses course are designed to expand students’ understanding of other cultures and practices.
THE GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING CERTIFICATE
The Global Understanding Certificate is a unique opportunity for students to take an in-depth look at global processes and record their experience. The certification demonstrates a student’s dedication to global citizenship and engagement. In order to receive the certificate, students must satisfy the following requirements:
- Five general education courses that explore global issues and processes
- Development of intercultural and foreign language skills
- Participation in global experiences abroad
- Study abroad
Study Abroad: Study abroad is the best way to gain global perspective. Through abroad experience, students gain valuable skills in cross-cultural communication, independence, and global education. St. Edward’s recognizes the many benefits to participation and encourages all students to get involved during their undergraduate experience. Currently, there are over 1000 abroad options available, in 90 countries. Students interested in study abroad are encouraged to attend Study Abroad 101, an introductory class that explores the many programs available. There are programs to suit any need, and students can choose from semester, year-long, and faculty-led trips.
International Service Projects
International service projects allow students to enact positive change in locations all around the world. Participants have the unique opportunity to live, learn, and serve in foreign locations. Below are the current program offerings:
- India Immersion Experience: students serve at Abhayadhama Human Development Center, which helps bring a better life to orphans and street children.
- Montreal Immersion Experience: students involved in this program volunteer at L’Arche, an organization that assists adults with physical and mental disabilities.
- Peru Immersion Experience: this program allows students to work in schools in the outskirts of Lima
- Uganda Immersion Experience: through several different organizations, participants have the opportunity to work with children, the elderly, and the terminally ill.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 34%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
Alternative spring break is a great opportunity for students to give back to the community. During break, students travel to areas of need within the United States. During the trip, students work alongside community members to enact positive change. In the past, students have traveled to: Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon, New Mexico, New York, and Illinois.
LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
LLCs bring together students from different backgrounds who share common interests or academic goals. Student enrolled in a community have the unique opportunity to live and learn with the same peers. This structure allows students to collaborate both in and out of the classroom, thus enhancing the educational experience. Aside from courses, LLC students also participate in special events, discussions, and service projects.
Active Living: The Active Living LLC is exactly how it sounds. Students enrolled in this community are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, which is incorporated into the college experience.
Honors: The Honors community is only available to students enrolled in the Honors program and is an extension of that educational experience.
Leadership: The Leadership LLC empowers students and provides them with numerous opportunities to practice leadership and management skills.
Natural Sciences: The Natural Sciences LLC is specially designed for science majors looking to gain advanced credentials. Participants enrolled in the program arrive on campus early in order to take the Freshman Accelerated Research Methods Workshop. The workshop is incredibly useful for introducing students to the demands and processes of scientific research and methodologies.
Social Justice: In the Social Justice community, students take an introductory seminar, as well as an elective. Both courses explore the foundations of social justice.
Wicked Problems: Wicked Problems takes a unique approach to complex social issues. Through hands-on experience, students tackle issues within housing, education, and transportation.
St. Edward’s is located in Austin, TX. Because the University is so close to the city, students have access to amazing professional opportunities, as well as endless recreational activities. Austin is known for its live music, outdoor activities, and tech industry. There are plenty of attractions, including Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
St. Edward’s works very hard to prepare each student for post-graduate success—whether that’s entering into a career, applying for graduate school, or becoming a volunteer. In order to reach that goal, St. Edward’s provides a handful of services and resources to prepare students for post-graduate life. The university has Career and Professional Development counselors, who are available to guide student decisions and answer tough questions. St. Ed’s also hosts career and internship fairs, which allow students to begin the networking process right on campus.
1. Hilltop Careers: online database for searching job postings
2. Daily Walk-In Hours: 15 minute sessions to address career related questions
3. Resume Drop-off Service: students can drop off their resume for critiquing and then pick it up with edits
4. Career Online Courses: students have access to online courses that cover topics like internships, careers, and management strategies
5. Meet-ups and Events: various workshops and events are held throughout the year, each with its own unique focus
6. Career Drive-Thrus: career drive-thrus take place every Tuesday and Wednesday. Career and Professional Development sets up a table where students can learn about different career and development topics.
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