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For the 2nd year in a row, St. Edward’s is ranked the 8th best university in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report in their 2021 college ranking. We’re proud to be a top-10 university in the region again, and to retain our top-25 spot for 18 consecutive years!

We’re prouder still of our students and how the highly personalized education we offer supports them in becoming compassionate, globally oriented creative thinkers and problem solvers who contribute to a better world. In honor of our #8 ranking for two straight years, here are 8x2 great things to know about St. Edward’s and why you should become a Hilltopper. 

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1. Professors Inspire You — In Person and Virtually

Our professors are innovators, thought leaders and passionate teachers who are excited to tell you about their fall courses. In our small classes, they’ll get to know you by name, mentor you and connect you to research and career opportunities.  

Success coach with student at table discussing her goals.

2. A Success Team Supports You from Day One

From your personal success coach and faculty advisors to your career coach and peer mentors, an entire team of people stand ready to help you customize your college experience and chart your own path to a full and meaningful future.

Students walking out of the red doors at graduation.

3. A Roadmap Keeps You on Track to Graduate in 4 Years

Your personal success coach works with you to create your college roadmap — including classes, student activities, leadership roles and internships — and guides you throughout your college years to achieve your goals.

Students walk on lushish green campus.

4. Our College Application Process Is Tailored to You

Our rolling admission gives you extra flexibility when you apply to St. Edward’s. Plus, you have three ways to apply: the St. Edward’s online application, the Common Application and ApplyTexas.

Student completes course work at library.

6. Our Texas Core Complete Status Helps Transfer Students Graduate Faster

Transfer students who complete their core curriculum at a local community college in Texas can save time and money prior to transferring to St. Edward’s, and experience a more seamless transfer. Here’s how it works.

Student applies for college at the computer.

5. Our Test-Optional Policy Makes Applying Simpler

SAT and ACT scores are not required by St. Edward’s. If you choose not to submit those test scores when you apply, you’ll still receive full and equal consideration for admission and merit scholarships. Learn more.

Two students participate in lab experiment.

7. Advanced Research Opportunities Strengthen Your Confidence and Résumé

Our undergraduate students and faculty members team up to produce graduate-level research and creative projects, and present their work regionally and nationally. Check out this example of a recent research project.

Students connect with dowtown Austin, only 3 miles from campus.

8. Our World-Class Hometown Opens Doors

Austin is teaming with creativity, big business, entrepreneurial energy, amazing internships and outdoor activities. It’s consistently ranked a best college town and best U.S. city to live and start a career. Here are 44 reason you’ll love Austin.

Holding candles on the hilltop.

9. Cherished Campus Traditions Unite Us

From Homecoming to the Medallion Ceremony and Legacy Walk to the Festival of Lights, our campus traditions are fun and enriching and keep us connected to our St. Edward’s family. We’re reshaping our traditions for the pandemic and look forward to resuming them.

Students from Honduras.

10. Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger

St. Edward’s is a compassionate, inclusive community, welcoming to people from all walks of life. Our students represent 44 states, 57 countries, 24 languages and 34 faith traditions. Learning from one another is vital to our understanding of the world.

St. Edward's University campus looking downtown. Lush green trees.

11. Our Beautiful Campus is an Awesome Place to Call Home

Our hilltop home is green, spacious and peaceful. You’ll find plenty of outdoor areas to socialize, stay active or enjoy quiet time. Plus, we’re located just 3 miles from downtown with a spectacular view of the Austin skyline. Come see for yourself!

Students in Thailand.

12. Global Awareness Is Central to Our Learning

In their academic pursuits and cocurricular activities on campus and beyond, our globally minded students gain a deeper awareness of other cultures. Studying abroad is highly encouraged and enhanced by our 20 partner universities in 17 countries.

Fulbright students pose together on campus.

14. Hilltoppers Win Prestigious Awards

Since 2008, our students have received over 200 national and international fellowships, scholarships and awards, such as the Truman Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship and the Presidential Management Fellowship, and 70 Fulbright Student awards since 2008.

Service at the local food pantry.

13. Serving Others Is a Hallmark of Our Mission

Our commitment to social justice and working for a better world is inspired by our Catholic, Holy Cross tradition. Hilltoppers contribute 70,000+ hours yearly to volunteer activities and take part in Service Break Experiences in 10 states and six countries.

Siete owner with co-workers at table eating food. Juntos es mejor.

15. Our Alumni Follow Their Dreams

Hilltoppers enter top graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia and Oxford universities. They land rewarding jobs in almost every career field. And many create their own companies, such as this alumna did with her national food brand.

Research at Wild Basin nature preserve.

16. A Wilderness Escape Provides Research and Relaxation

Hilltoppers enter top graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia and Oxford universities. They land rewarding jobs in almost every career field. And many create their own companies, such as this alumna did with her national food brand.

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BONUS: Hilltop Spirit Is Sparked by a GOAT

Our lively mountain goat mascot shows up at all the right moments to join us in celebrating our hilltop pride. We love it when Topper brings a few real goat friends along to share in the festivities!