Location: Austin, TX
Funding: Private University
Percent Women: 61 %
Tuition (one year): $36,150
Five Most Popular Majors: Psychology, Business Administration and Management, Communication, International Business/Trade/Commerce, and Marketing/Marketing Management
Greek life: No
Acceptance Rate: 62.8%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit www.stedwards.edu/admission.
Why Choose St. Edward's?
"I chose St. Edward's University because of the location and the vibe I got when I visited campus for the first time. I'm from Houston and I wanted a school that was near my hometown but far away enough for me to feel independent. Austin is only about 2 and half hours away from Houston, so I felt like the distance was perfect. I also emailed some of the professors in the English department before coming to campus. I was interested in journalism and wanted to know what the program was like. All of the professors were very friendly over email and I was impressed by the classes offered in the English program," said senior Brooke Lewis.
"It was a small private catholic university close to home," --Carol, December 2013 graduate
"The campus was beautiful and I was offered good scholarships."--Jordan O' Connor, sophomore
"It was one of the few schools that offered criminology as a major and strongly promoted studying abroad."--Lucero Maldonado, senior
"Small classrooms, more personal attention, nice campus, GREAT location, and it had my major," --Breann Hunter, senior
"St. Edward’s University is an independent Catholic university that welcomes qualified students of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs and serves a culturally diverse student body. We're learning how to adapt to a new culture. It doesn't feel like I'm going to school, and yet I'm learning so much, I really like that."--Jacquelin Hurst, sophomore
"St. Edward's provides its students with endless opportunities to truly take on their world. I love how everyone is so involved - in school, in society - they are really interested in what is going on in the world. It has been my experience that the students at St. Edward's are determined to leave their mark in the world."--Morgan Carlson, junior
"It's an American Dream for the French students. It's very different - the life is different in America," said Paul Barbançon, a french student participating in St. Edward's "First Year in France" program.
"I am proud to call St. Edward's my home. It is a liberal arts school of action, not simply ideas. An excellent example of this is our Alternative Spring Break program that takes students out of their comfort zones and into a world where they can truly make a difference and learn about themselves in the process."--Jacqueline Schicker, junior
"During my four years at St. Edward's University, the most memorable experience has been meeting foreign students and sharing cultural ideas and experiences," said Senior Victor Vergara.
"I think that one of the most unfortunate features of St. Edward’s is probably a very common complaint across universities: the tuition. While the education, professors, buildings and resources are outstanding, the tuition constantly rising causes many problems. High school seniors are inclined to overlook SEU due to financial standing and numerous current students face the decision of transferring out with limited incomes. Another addend to stress is miscommunication between faculty and students," said sophomore Cecilia Cardenas.
“Most of the time I get worried because I think I've done something wrong in setting up an event for my organization or in having my funds for my education sent to the wrong place," said sophomore Kelsey VonRosenburg.
“The only that's difficult about going her is the lack of variety of the food. A lot of the food is vegan or gluten free so for the people that enjoy an unhealthy burger every once and a while, there isn't much to eat and enjoy.” – Julia Clements, Sophomore
“My only issue is the money. I understand that with the numerous scholarships they give out, St. Ed's needs a way to pay for it all. However, it's panic-inducing to think of not being able to register or graduate because of your bill.” – Lillian Gerrity, sophomore
“At times we wonder what we are paying for when our tuition continues to increase each year by a significant amount but there isn’t anything different about the school besides new buildings. The learning experience and scholarships and financial aid all remain the same. That should change.” – Ashley Cao, sophomore
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a first year student at St. Ed's is an exciting and nerve wrecking experience. But once you start your first semester you will feel right at home since St. Ed's has such a family feel to its campus. Walking around you will see many familiar faces but meet new and interesting people everyday. Dorm life was actually my favorite part about freshman year because you get to meet so many people through living in the same building as them. Your hallway begins to feel like a family after spending so much time together. All in all, first year at St. Ed's is an exciting experience. It marks your first year in college and your first step in figuring out what you want to do for your career," said senior Shelby Paryl.
Senior Camille Berta remembers her experience as doing a lot of "get to know you" games with your group and going on scavenger hunts, she thought "it was useful in introducing you to what dorm life is like."
"It’s easier to meet other freshman because that’s who you're in most of the classes with and who live in the dorms."--Libby Mertens, Junior
"Freshmen have a ceremony at the beginning of the semester where they enter Main Building through the red doors to signify beginning their studies at St. Ed's. Also, Welcome Week in August is a tradition with the block party and BBQ."--Casey Cashion, Senior
"It is fairly easy to get to know upperclassmen since the school is small. The easiest way of getting to know upperclassmen is getting involved on campus in the many organizations that are available. But generally, because freshmen are mostly around freshman they will all hang out together."--Melissa Mendoza, Senior
All About Academics
“I would say [the workload] is very manageable. I think it’s lighter than other schools but when teachers plan tests and papers during the same week it can get hectic if you don’t know how to manage your time," said senior Dulce Garcia.
"The advising system at St. Edward’s works really well. Students do not have a hard time meeting with their advisors and don’t have to wait a long time before their advisor is available. Advisors will meet with the students at least once a semester, which is right before registration. Other than that, it is up to the student to decide if he or she wants to go meet with his or her advisor," said senior Melissa Mendoza.
Learn from the Best
"I'm an English Writing and Rhetoric major, and there's not that many of us. Because my major is so small, there's only a handful of English professors here. One of them, Dr. Rist, has been someone I've had many opportunities to form a strong student-teacher relationship with. I've had her for five classes. I really appreciate how passionate she is about teaching rhetoric to students. I fight hard for every grade I get, and she provides many opportunities to succeed in her class - you just have to be willing to put in the same amount of effort that she does, which is a lot!" said junior Samantha Driscoll.
Interests & Involvement
"St. Edward's University boasts over 120 clubs and organizations on its small campus. Getting involved is easy because SEU hosts the Involvement Fair at the start of each fall and spring semesters. If you can’t find anything you’re passionate about, you can start your own club or organization. All you need is three members, a constitution, and a faculty or staff advisor," said student Kelsey Peters.
Junior Samer Madanat, who serves as president of Keep Austin Caring (a student organization that provides care packages for Austin's homeless), said, "Being involved on campus is a minimum time commitment, but it allows you to impact big change."
"I've gained friends for life through being involved on campus." --Melinda Szabo, student
"St. Edward's is not what you'd call a sports-obsessed school. A lot of students would rather spend their extra time at the library or hanging out around Austin. Our baseball team is constantly making headlines, and athletes across sports are often chosen as Heartland players of the week. Since St. Edward's doesn't have a football team, there isn't a main team everyone rallies around. But our old football team is undefeated! In addition to division sports, St. Edward's offers intramural and club sports, including lacrosse, volleyball and basketball. These give students a chance to make new friends and get exercise. It also makes the sport culture less intimidating and give students more of a chance to find something in common with their peers," said senior Sara Sanchez.
"Our school has this ongoing joke that our football team has been undefeated since 1881," said junior Samantha Driscoll.
A part of Hilltop Leadership Development, junior Mary Frances LaHood said, "St. Ed's encourages women to be bold and to not conform to gender ideals, especially concerning leadership. Women don’t come to St. Edward’s to get an MRS degree.”
Junior Katie Jackson believes that the gender ratio can be a negative. “We lack the male perspective on campus,” she explained.
"I feel like I have to shine more than everyone else because of how many girls there are."--Bethany Cuenod, student
"Oftentimes feels like we go to an all girls school. It's valuable to remember that we won't always be in a female dominated environment."--Caitlin Maples, student
Food & Drink
"St. Edward's is a small campus, so the number of dining halls are limited. There are only two main dining halls: Ragsdale and Hunt. There's also the Huddle, which used to serve only Tex-Mex until this semester, when it started serving other things, like Chinese, for limited amounts of time. Although we tend to complain about the food, we could have it worse. Ragsdale and Hunt serve daily offerings at different stations, including a sandwich line (with the best sourdough bread), salad bar and vegetarian option. Ragsdale has a couple of options that students really seem to enjoy. What was once an occasional falafel day has now become falafel Wednesday. The lines are always long for chicken strips and tater tots," said senior Sara Sanchez.
"I always get soup or boca burgers. I like the boca burgers because they're a healthy option," said junior Molly Knowles.
"The great thing about SEU is that while we are a small university we have a wide variety of personalities on campus. The weekends are a great time to catch up on homework or sleep but can also give a much needed chance to blow off steam with friends. While some students prefer to let loose on 6th street, others are content with a Netflix night with friends. Others work through the weekends to pull in a little extra cash and still others continue to focus on their studies to get ahead or catch up No matter what, the weekends are used to their fullest around here, even if it’s just for sleep," said sophomore Cecila Cardenas.
“We don’t have a big Greek life, so not a lot of sorority or fraternity parties but I know a lot of people who [go] to UT for that sort of thing,” says Alyssa Morales, sophomore.
“On the weekends I usually go to the baseball games, if I'm not working. I'll get dinner with friends sometimes, but I'm not a huge partier.” – Julia Clements
“People love going to parties and they love going downtown, but they also love finding anything to do that involves being outside. Drug and alcohol prevalence increase depending on who you spend your time with, and what you enjoy doing. From what I've seen, people are very respecting of your wishes. People often group up by major , simply because other people in your field are the only ones you ever see. However, most of the people I've met here are incredibly warm and open, and friendships are pretty easily forged, no matter your field.” – Lilly Gerrity, sophomore
"I really enjoyed living on campus my freshman year. St. Edward's requires all first year students to and I think it's a great way to meet friends and become involved on campus. However, as you get older the housing options on campus become more limited because upperclassmen students get less housing priority. I've lived off campus since junior year and I love it. Many St. Edward's students live in the same apartment complex as I do and the drive from campus is only a few minutes away. Students can find affordable housing options off campus as well," said senior Brooke Lewis.
"Living in off campus apartments is also very popular. For eample, I lived in an apartment complex off of Oltorf Street across I-35 which is only about 5 minutes away from campus."--Lucero Maldonado, senior
"The waitlist to live on campus after you are a sophomore is incredibly long. Most of the foreign students or athletes have to live on campus, so if you are neither I would suggest living off campus. I believe you have to live somewhere that suits your needs. If you don't mind traveling a bit to go downtown or don't go to North Austin often, then South Austin is a great place to look. If you work downtown or enjoy being closer to downtown there are some great places in East or West Austin." --Breann Hunter, senior
"The dorm options are definitely better than other campuses. I wish I had chosen to do the Living Learning Community because it seemed more community oriented."--Jordan O'Connor, sophomore
"I lived in Hunt. I loved it, especially having a cafe underneath you was a plus."--Amanda Hoang, senior
"One of my favorite things about Austin is all of the outdoor activities available to you. Zilker Park and Barton Springs are two places I frequent regularly. We also have a lot of restaurants that are outside. South Congress Avenue is known for it's outdoor shops and restaraunts, which is only a few minutes away from campus," said senior Katharine Heim.
"Austin is a college town and I have never lived in another American town so its hard to say what exactly those traits are, but I will say it seems a city very concerned about youth culture. There is a lot to do in Austin. Live music exists, but to be honest, its often only a few genres popular in Austin. Variety can be hard to come across, I would say. Obviously typical things like going to movies also exists. I think the best thing to do however is chill with friends on the weekend." --Roy Johnson, Senior
"It is the best city to live in. A good mix of students and adults. There are so many things to do from festivals, restaurants, and running trails."--Carol, 2013 graduate
"Austin is the best plae to live, especially if you are a college student. There are so many things to do! There are a ton of restaurants and food trucks for any foodie. There are number of places to go shopping for various things (clothes, uncommon objects, furniture, etc.) There are also a number of outdoor activities. I love going to Zilker park and sunbathing or playing volleyball."--Breann Hunter, senior
"There are so many places to eat out in Austin. I love trying out new restaurants. Trudy's is down the street from my apartment, so I go there regularly. They have the best Tex-Mex." Leslie Nix, senior
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