Students Say

St. Edward’s University is a smaller liberal arts college in Austin, Texas with a "Catholic heritage" and a "left-wing" bent. Thanks to a broad set of distribution requirements, all students receive a "well-rounded" education. Everyone here is pretty happy about that, though some students complain that a required series of interdisciplinary courses called Cultural Foundations serves "absolutely no purpose." Beyond the core curriculum, St. Ed’s offers more than 50 areas of study including a "good business program" and a "fantastic" theater program. The Kozmetsky Center for Global Finance brings renowned guest speakers to campus.

Overview

Applicants
4,423
Acceptance Rate
78%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 620
SAT Math
500 - 590
SAT Writing
490 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

St. Edward’s University is a smaller liberal arts college in Austin, Texas with a "Catholic heritage" and a "left-wing" bent. Thanks to a broad set of distribution requirements, all students receive a "well-rounded" education. Everyone here is pretty happy about that, though some students complain that a required series of interdisciplinary courses called Cultural Foundations serves "absolutely no purpose." Beyond the core curriculum, St. Ed’s offers more than 50 areas of study including a "good business program" and a "fantastic" theater program. The Kozmetsky Center for Global Finance brings renowned guest speakers to campus. The "expansionist" administration gets good marks for its generous financial aid packages but mixed reviews otherwise. Academically, St. Ed’s "really does try to make learning as painless as possible." "Classes are small and intimate." Expect to write "a lot of papers," too. Students generally love the "contagiously enthusiastic" and "very knowledgeable" faculty. "I’ve only had two professors who should have their Ph.D. revoked," reflects a sociology major. Profs are "extremely approachable" as well. "I can walk into my Shakespeare professor’s office, which is essentially a nineteenth century porch, unannounced, and talk about poetry," brags an English major.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
495
with Terminal Degree
320

251
Men
244
Women
62
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Research and Experimental Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Most Reverend Wm Michael Mulvey, STL,DD 
Bishop of Corpus Christi

Luci Baines Johnson   
Chair of the board of the LBJ Holding Company

Nelson Arboleda       
CDC Central American Regional Office Director

Robert C. Hilliard
A prominent lawyer who is often selected for high-profile cases.

Katharine Baragona
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist at the World Bank

Taj McWilliams-Franklin       
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Boston University

Erik Schaeffer
Web Application Architect at Apple

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
73
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,458

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,539

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,523

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,444

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,289

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,320
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,900
Transportation for Commuters
$890

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

While it’s "mostly Texas kids," "a diverse group of people" makes up "the unique fabric that is St. Edward’s." "There is virtually every subculture and personality type imaginable." "There is rarely a group of people talking who all look alike," observes a junior. There are "colorful, unkempt hippies." There’s the "free spirited," the "eclectic," the "eccentric," and the "weird." There are "lots of dude bros" and "bleach blond" females. Still other students are "preppy." There are "many Hispanic students" as well as "foreign students from many areas of the world." With all of that said, St. Ed’s is "a hipster haven." The primary stereotype here is "liberal indie" kids who "like to dress retro and have upper-middle class parents."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,003
Out of State
12%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

3.53%
Asian
4.62%
African-American
43.55%
Hispanic
41.55%
Caucasian
2.54%
Unknown
9.43%
International

61% female
39% male
12% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview

Students Say

This "beautiful and inviting" hilltop campus offers "one of the best views of Austin." The main building "highly resembles Hogwarts." The food on campus is "extremely expensive," though, and the recreational facilities "could use a lot of help." Socially, "the vibe is pretty relaxed." The student body "tends to lack any sort of school spirit." Drug and alcohol policies are severe, and St. Ed’s is "not at all a party school." At the same time, drinking is "pretty big." "Marijuana users are pretty common." Cigarettes also enjoy widespread popularity. Social life usually happens off campus. Austin is "truly nirvana" for undergraduates. It’s "the live music capital of the world," after all. The St. Ed’s campus is situated very near "the artsy, funky strip of South Austin" where "quirky" shops and "really good restaurants" abound. "Most students take full advantage of the nightlife and general amazingness" that this vibrant city offers. "There is never a shortage of fun to be had," promises a junior.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
39%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
114
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

16% participate in intramural sports
5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hilltoppers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Hilltoppers)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: PRIDE is a recognized LGBT student organization focused in acting as a social group to create a welcoming, eganging environment free of discrimination on the St. Edward's campus through social events and awareness campaigns that bring attention to the issues that affect our community.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas at Austin
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas at Austin

Sustainability

Students at St. Edward’s looking to plot a course to a more sustainable college career can start by consulting the school’s Campus Sustainability Map, which identifies locations like recycling and composting stations, bicycle racks, LED lights, coffee shops that offer a bring-your-own-cup discount, and the school’s Students for Sustainability Garden. The Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department help implement initiatives around campus, from lighting retrofitting and thermal storage tanks for chilled water supply to low-flow plumbing fixtures. They also support sustainable landscaping across campus, planting native vegetation that require less water and composting lawn trimmings to supply water-conserving mulch for trees and flower gardens. The Environmental Stewardship Committee helps promote environmental education and reduce individual and institutional impacts on the environment; students who want to get involved with this mission can join the Students for Sustainability organization. For those wanting a more hands-on approach, St. Edward’s is home to the Wild Basin Creative Research Center, which is an extension of the main campus and includes 227 acres within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system. Here, students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary projects. At Café Bon Appétit, one of the on-campus dining options, the Styrofoam to-go containers have been replaced with compostable paper ones and students who get take-out food often can choose to buy a reusable container for a one-time fee. On the university’s website, students can check out “Green Tips for Toppers,” which encourages them to remember that “If you don’t need it, don’t get it. If you can use it again, do it. Once you can’t use it anymore, recycle it.”

Green Rating
93
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
54

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, CDW

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lisa Furler
Special Events Associate

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Phone
512-448-8740

Email
seu.admit@stedwards.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Historic Main Building (view of Austin)
Meadows Coffee House
Munday Library
John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center
Meditation and Prayer Grotto/Sorin Oak
Estimated to be 250-300 years old, Sorin Oak has a circumference of 16.7 feet and stands 56.4 feet tall. It is one of the largest live oak trees in Austin. Once known as the "Lone Tree" because it was the only tree on its hilltop, it is now the treasured elder in a family of more than 300 trees that thrive on the St. Edward's campus landscape.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capitol Building and grounds
Amy's Ice Cream
South Congress shopping district/1st Thursday
Barton Springs Pool
Bob Bullock State History Museum
Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World," with plenty of music for all tastes.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 9:30/noon/2:00 Mon & Fri; 9:30/2:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
athl@stedwards.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High School seniors and transfer students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Airport shuttles, taxis, and Capital Metro Bus Service.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From North or South IH-35, take the Woodward exit and head west. There are two entrances to campus on the north side of Woodward street, and one entrance on the east side of South Congress Avenue (which Woodward intersects), north of Woodward street.

Local Accommodations
Hotel contact information is available on our web site.
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Key Stats

4,423
Applicants
4,003
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

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