Moving Full Speed Ahead. Successfully.

At St. Edward’s, we believe in living life to the fullest. We are a nationally ranked, liberal arts university in Austin, Texas — and that’s just the beginning.

Get to Know Us

View a quick glimpse of St. Ed’s. Find out what we’re known for and how we prepare you to take on your world.

We are compassionate, creative thinkers and problem solvers, as devoted to learning as we are to improving the world.

We offer a highly personalized university experience. From start to finish, our students work one-on-one with a success coach to develop a personal roadmap for engaging fully in their St. Edward’s education.

We are a diverse community represented by many faiths, nations and walks of life — and with partner universities across the globe. Our identity is shaped by our location in Austin — a world-class city of innovation, culture and opportunities.

We are an award-winning educational institution, recognized by our peers and organizations like U.S. News & World Report for what we offer our students — and what they accomplish with what they learn here.

Who we are is inspired by our Catholic founders, the Congregation of Holy Cross, who have educated students to think critically, act ethically and strive for social justice since the 1830s. We honor that mission, proudly and purposefully.

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Best University in the West by U.S. News & World Report
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Year founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross
Learn About Our History & Mission

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Leading university in the region for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News
Meet Our Leadership


The people of St. Edward’s do remarkable things — a team of success coaches, academic advisors and mentors support students in achieving their goals. Professors and students collaborate on meaningful research. Alumni help students land life-changing internships and jobs. And the whole community contributes thousands of hours to service each year. The following stories share our community’s impact and success.

Gregory Gibson, St. Edward's Alumni

200 Alumni Trailblazers
Generations of our graduates have used their education to make a difference and leave their mark on the world. Here, we recognize 200 public servants, educators, advocates, scientists and more from the past two decades who are making lasting impacts on our communities. 

Haydee Hernandez, 2022 Presidential Award Winner

Living Their Hilltop Experience, Fully 
Our 2022 Presidential Award winners made the most of their opportunities at St. Edward’s that prepared them for careers in business, healthcare, law, social work, public policy and more. See how they created their own unique path on the hilltop and are taking on their world. 

Carsten Andresen, associate professor of Criminal Justice

8 Hilltop Experts in the News
Our faculty and staff are standouts in their fields and teaching. They receive prestigious awards, write viewpoints for the media, and share research and perspectives with the public on topics they’re passionate about — all while making students their top priority. 

Civics Lab Students stand in front of an Austin Metro Bus

Transforming Transportation
In the Civics Lab class, students learn to influence public policy — in the real world, in real time, using their own voices. Find out how Civics Lab students tackled Austin’s public transit challenges for college students and created a winning message for their audience.