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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.

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Lisa Furler
Special Events Associate

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



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
Lady Bird Lake
South Congress shopping district/1st Thursday
Barton Springs Pool
Bob Bullock State History Museum
Austin has been named one of the“15 US Cities That Are Driving the Future, " “Best Cities for New College Grads,” “Best Cities for Future Job Growth," and the city is also recognized as the "Live Music Capital of the World."

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

Information Sessions

throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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High School seniors and transfer students


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.


Applicants: 5,203
Acceptance Rate: 91%



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