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St. Edward’s University
Established in 1885 and located in the heart of Austin, Texas, St. Edward’s is...

St. Edward’s University

Austin, Texas

Established in 1885 and located in the heart of Austin, Texas, St. Edward’s is a private, liberal arts Catholic university in the Holy Cross tradition. With over 90 academic programs, St. Edward’s continues its founding tradition of academic excellence and educating the whole person.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,023 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
17% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
203 full-time faculty
254 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

89 percent of freshmen students live on campus

School Location

St. Edwards sits on a hill with a commanding view of downtown Austin. For more information:

Retention Fall 2015

85% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

63% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 40%
Black or African American 4%
White 37%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

Academic Programs

Criminal Justice, Criminology, Environmental Science and Policy, Forensic Science, Global Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Art (EC–12), Biology (8–12 Life Sciences), Chemistry (8–12), English Language Arts and Reading (4–8), English Language Arts and Reading (8–12), English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Generalist), History (8–12), Kinesiology, Kinesiology (Athletic Training), Kinesiology (EC–12 Physical Education), Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy), Mathematics (4–8), Mathematics (8–12), Social Studies (4–8), Spanish (EC–12), Spanish Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Bilingual), Special Education (EC–12), Theater Arts (EC–12), Acting, Art, Catholic Studies, Communication, English Literature, English Writing and Rhetoric, French, Graphic Design, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Photocommunications, Religious and Theological Studies, Spanish, Theater Arts, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Science, Computer Science, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Accounting, Accounting Information Technology, Business Administration, Digital Media Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Interactive Games Management, Interactive Games Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing.

Honors Program

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.

Global Perspective

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:

  1. Five general education courses that explore global issues and processes
  2. Development of intercultural and foreign language skills
  3. Participation in global experiences abroad
  4. Study abroad

Global Opportunities

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:

  1. India Immersion Experience: students serve at Abhayadhama Human Development Center, which helps bring a better life to orphans and street children.
  2. Montreal Immersion Experience: students involved in this program volunteer at L’Arche, an organization that assists adults with physical and mental disabilities.
  3. Peru Immersion Experience: this program allows students to work in schools in the outskirts of Lima
  4. Uganda Immersion Experience: through several different organizations, participants have the opportunity to work with children, the elderly, and the terminally ill.

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.

Career Preparation

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.

Additional Services: 

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

5,034 Total Applicants 
3,899 Total Admissions 
873 Total Freshman Enrollment

77.45% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 620
SAT Math 510 600
SAT Writing 500 600
ACT Composite 23 27
ACT Math 21 26
ACT English 22 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $38,320
Fees $400
Total $38,720
Room and Board (on campus) $11,664
Room Only $6,734
Board Only $4,930
Estimated Total On Campus $50,384


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

89% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$26,691 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,770 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates