FOLLOW YOUR HEART. EXPAND YOUR MIND. FIND THE PLACE THAT INSPIRES YOUR SOUL.
AT ST. EDWARD’S, WE DARE TO BE DIFFERENT. (HERE, SO CAN YOU.)
Like us, many schools can tell you about their amazing students, dedicated professors and beautiful campuses. Or how they’re driven to make the world a better place. But no other school is the same as St. Edward’s, and that’s a very important distinction. Why are we different? It’s because we live at the perfect intersection of mind, place, heart and soul.
A MIND that needs to know more. The thing about learning at St. Edward’s is that everyone here is excited about it. Our faculty members make teaching and connecting one-on-one with students their priority. Sure, they still conduct award-winning, life-altering, mindblowing research, but their students are their focus (and their enthusiastic research partners).
A PLACE to create change and be changed. Nowhere else is quite like our hometown, Austin — Texas state capital, entrepreneurial hub, live-music center, tech company HQ, two-stepping haven, foodie and fitness utopia, multicultural melting pot. And if our hilltop campus in the heart of this (surprisingly personable) big city isn’t enough adventure for you, we’ve got partner universities where you can study all over the world.
A HEART that won’t back down. We know we’re part of a greater whole, and we believe we can make a difference in small ways (community gardens, classes about underrepresented voices) and large ones (hosting international conversations about social justice, peace and the future).
A SOUL that balances faith and reason. We are a Catholic, Holy Cross school — and that means we welcome students as they are, whatever spiritual path they may walk, not in spite of our heritage but because of it. Together, we challenge and learn from each other and grow stronger for it.
The St. Edward’s experience is like no other. So many opportunities intertwine, shaping endless possibilities for your future. If you come here, you’ll be challenged and you’ll change, unpredictably — and wonderfully, too.
ASKING WHY IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
years in a row St. Edward’s has been a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students
Why you should care: The Fulbright Program is an incredibly competitive international educational exchange program that sends qualified graduates to study and teach around the world. For nine years, we’ve had more Fulbright winners than most master’s-granting schools in the entire country. (We’ve even hit #1 before.) That’s a pretty big deal.
Liberal arts means you’ll get a little bit of everything. And we don’t mean “jack of all trades, master of none.” You’ll still specialize in a field — but you can also take classes across different schools, in case you’re the sort of person who is drawn to both political science and English. So scientists learn to write well, and artists master the scientific method, and everyone builds a holistic understanding of history and culture. You will absolutely walk away as a more well-rounded thinker, ready to tackle complicated problems — skills employers look for, no matter what career you choose. Small classes and dedicated professors mean you really, truly, genuinely get to know your subject. You’ll dive deep into whatever you love — and discover new perspectives, new ways to learn, and new outlets for your creativity and brilliance. If you’re wondering how the theoretical translates into the real world, Austin is the perfect place to land an internship. And the entire planet is your classroom — so you can study ecology at the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center, 20 minutes from campus, or find yourself halfway around the world putting together a documentary in Beppu, Japan, with a group of fellow Hilltoppers.
You’ll have to work harder here. But you’ll get more out of your education. And isn’t that the point?
WHAT FUELS YOU? FIND YOUR MAJOR AT
RACHEL LEADER â€™19 MAJOR: SOCIOLOGY HOMETOWN: GLENN DALE, MARYLAND
“LEARNING DOESN’T END IN THE CLASSROOM. YOU HAVE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS AND FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT. Most memorable class so far “Professor Rachael Neal’s Diverse Communities Across Space and Place Honors class. It looked at racism in America, particularly in Austin from the early 1800s to the Civil Rights era. The course helped me understand inequalities and the institutions that sustain them. We went out and interviewed people in Austin to see how they dealt with racism hands-on.”
Life-changing leadership “Being a Service Break Leader has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I've had. I led 10 students on an immersion trip to El Paso, Texas, to learn about immigration. For a whole year, I planned weekly meetings, led a retreat, and coordinated fundraising opportunities and events on campus leading up to the trip itself. I helped my group understand what it means to build community, live simply, engage spiritually and do justice. I will never forget the stories and lessons I heard on this trip.”
On finding the right major “I’ve had all these mentors and resources helping me understand my personal values. It’s not just what I’m most passionate about — it’s how that can meet a need, too. I picked Criminal Justice because the incarceration system is a social justice issue, but I realized it was more about policy and not necessarily working with people hands-on. I get to do both now as a Sociology major.”
How she stays active in the campus community “I've been able to cultivate friendships from my involvement in different opportunities and organizations on campus. From Campus Ministry to the Global Engagement Office, I've met amazing students, faculty and staff. I enjoy going on buddy dates with people to learn more about them. And I make a point of exploring what's available on campus. I see posters for events all the time, and I go to all sorts of things. I love that — doing more, learning more.”
FINDING YOUR PLACE IS THE FIRST STEP IN FINDING
YOUR PURPOSE. We’ll give you some advice on picking the right school for you: It should be somewhere you can imagine calling home. Which is, by the way, one of the reasons to visit in person. For many people, the moment they set foot on our hilltop campus, they feel it. They’ve found home. It’s not the sort of thing you can articulate or prove or quantify. But it’s still undeniably true. And there’s much more to consider. For example, what kind of opportunities you’ll have, not just on campus but in the city that will become your home base for the next few years. As the capital of Texas, Austin has ways for students to get involved with government, to join local theater troupes, to intern at local startups or at the local office for Google, Apple or IBM … we aren’t exaggerating when we say there’s something for almost everyone here. (Also, it’s fun. Live music? Tons of parks? Food trucks galore? Check, check and check.) And if you want to study abroad, St. Edward’s has strong connections with other universities all over the world. So you can come here, take advantage of everything Austin has to offer (and it’s a lot) — and then springboard to wherever you’ve always dreamed of going.
Our campus is unbelievably gorgeous. Our community will welcome you into the fold as soon as you arrive. And coming to St. Edward’s opens doors, close to home or as far away as you can imagine.
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QUICK FACTS (AND A FEW SURPRISES)
AREAS OF STUDY
INTERNATIONAL PARTNER UNIVERSITIES
NCAA DIVISION II ATHLETICS TEAMS
years in a row St. Edward’s has been a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students
FULBRIGHT WINNERS SINCE 2008
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
of students participate in internships and other hands-on learning before graduating
of incoming freshmen rank in the top quarter of their class
1,100+ TREES ON CAMPUS
(We’re a Tree Campus USA university)
LIVE GOATS ATTEND HOMECOMING
MILES FROM CAMPUS TO DOWNTOWN
AUSTIN RANKED ONE OF THE ... Best cities for college students and recent grads Best cities for young entrepreneurs Best places to live (Not to mention, best cities for tacos)
Last year, the average freshman scholarship and aid award was $27,991
65 % OF FRESHMEN EARNED ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS IN 2018–2019
2019–2020 Housing and Food (estimated)
Price of a large latte at Jo’s Coffee on campus
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JULIAN CHICOINE â€™17 ASSISTANT MEDIA PLANNER, GREATER THAN ONE MAJOR: DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT HOMETOWN: FREMONT, CALIFORNIA
“YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THAT’S MY GOAL, AND I’M ALWAYS WORKING TOWARD IT.” Pursuing his career goals “I’ve always had a passion for advertising. After graduation, I worked for Facebook as a content review specialist formulating trends and insights. From Facebook, I pivoted to my position of assistant media planner at Greater Than One (GTO), a global advertising agency. GTO empowers me to own projects. I develop media plans for our pharmaceutical clients that target key healthcare physicians and patients. I'm part of a great team that encourages my growth while also working for the surrounding community.”
Service and the bigger picture “I went to Chicago over spring break to help under-privileged kids. I got a hands-on sense of what the issues are in Chicago, compared to those in Austin or in my hometown in Fremont, California, and how they all relate. I think the best way to see how you can tackle an issue is by seeing it in person.”
Traveling the globe “Traveling is one of my biggest hobbies, whether it be going to Vietnam, Mexico or just exploring the greenbelt with friends. Seeing different places and going on adventures provides new perspectives and shows you the impacts of globalization and the differences between cultures.”
Favorite class “Digital Media and Law with Professor Russell Rains. It’s one of the hardest classes I’ve taken. It covers everything from Napster cases to privacy cases like Apple versus the FBI. Professor Rains taught me a lot about not just law but how we’re in an ever-changing world, so you have to build a skillset that you can take to any job.”
LEARNING IS SOMETHING YOU DO WITH YOUR
There’s a saying we like to quote from Blessed Basil Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross 180 years ago: “The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” Where these two things — the mind and the heart — meet, something truly remarkable can be found. It’s that special spark (maybe even your soul) that makes you who you are. St. Edward’s gives you the space and support to find that spark and become the best version of yourself. That can mean exploring your own faith. (Yes, we’re Catholic. You don’t have to be.) We’re the sort of community where the Muslim Student Association and Hillel Toppers come together for an Eid al-Adha–Yom Kippur dinner, and nonreligious students join classmates of all faiths in celebrating human kindness. It can mean deepening your knowledge of profoundly important issues. Each year, our freshmen read and discuss a shared common text — like Just Mercy by lawyer and renowned social justice activist Brain Stevenson, which tells his story of defending a wrongfully accused man. And it can mean finding an outlet for your compassion, maybe through a Service Break Experience in which you live simply for a week with peers, serving a community in need, such as at-risk youth in Los Angeles or an orphanage in India.
Whoever you are, whatever you are driven by — here, you’ll follow where your soul guides you.
HEAR ABOUT STUDENTS' INTERFAITH EXPERIENCES AT STEDWARDS.EDU/FAITH
LIFE AFTER ST. EDWARD’S
(WE KNOW YOU’RE WONDERING.)
We’ve made some big claims — you’ll be challenged, you’ll be transformed, you’ll find your path. But can we back them up? Short answer: yes.
1 EVAN PUN ’14
4 RYAN GRUNDY ’12
Major: Kinesiology (pre–physical therapy track) Head of Product Design, Realstax “Right out of school, I joined a health/ technology startup as head of product design. Last year, I took a sabbatical to complete a fellowship working with other startups in different industries to solve problems using design. After the fellowship, I felt like I still had so much to learn, so I shifted my focus on how product design could improve company outcomes. I had the opportunity to join a company I had consulted for, solving problems in the commercial real estate workflow and marketplace.”
2 VICTORIA OCHOA ’15 Major: Political Science Attending University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Toll Public Interest Scholar “I’ve wanted to go into public service since I was a little girl. When I was at St. Edward’s, I won a national Truman scholarship, which will help me pay for graduate school. I also completed a fellowship with The Partnership for Public Service and then worked in the Secretary of Commerce’s office during the end of the Obama Administration. Before entering law school this fall, I worked for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich in Washington, D.C., as assistant to the Chief of Staff. In the long term, regardless of whether I run for office or conduct research, I want to represent people who are underrepresented.”
3 JANAEÉ WALLACE ’15
Major: Biology Life Science and Healthcare Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP “I completed a master’s program at Notre Dame focused on technology commercialization and the marriage of science and business. Now I use what I learned in school to help the firm develop technology offerings within the life sciences to improve our clients’ performance and our firm’s standing in the marketplace. My long-term goal is to return to the Bahamas to mentor and grow STEM-focused business in the Bahamas and the Caribbean at large.”
Major: Religious and Theological Studies Minor: Political Science Executive Director, Global Livingston Institute (GLI) “I had a conversation with one of my professors about what I wanted to do with my life and settled on public service or politics. After graduation, I moved to Denver to take an unpaid internship in the governor’s office that turned into a job offer. I also started volunteering with my boss’s nonprofit, the GLI, which educates students and professionals during immersion trips to East Africa. Later, he asked me to join him full time, and now I help run it.”
5 CLAIRE BROXSON FRISBY ’12
Major: Entrepreneurship Research Associate, Spiceworks “My career at Spiceworks has taken me from account manager to client value specialist to, most recently, the research team. We work with clients to help them better understand their position in the market, who their audience is, what ways their solution is working (or not), and more. In entrepreneurship, you have to create a plan before hitting the ground running, so in many ways, the work we do with our clients reflects similar practices, as we support our client's growing business needs and demands."
6 JOSH PHILLIPS ’14
Major: Business Administration and Management IT Project Manager and World Traveler “My Capstone project was on banking regulation, and I cited some papers the Federal Reserve put out. When I ran into representatives of the Fed at the St. Edward’s job fair, we hit it off talking about my research. I applied for their internship program, completed an internship in IT and then got a full-time job doing project management. Currently I’m learning new skills and experiencing different cultures on a sabbatical through Southeast Asia, and soon I’ll take a six-month placement in Australia doing IT project management. After that, I may return to the Fed in Dallas.”
WE’RE DIFFERENT THAN THE REST.
(AND SO ARE YOU.)
In these 20 pages, we hope you’ve seen who we are. No other school is the same as St. Edward’s — just as no other student is quite the same as you. And that’s precisely why we hope for a chance to get to know you. Not as a numbered application (though you will have to turn in one of those!) but as a living, breathing, thinking, dreaming person. No one else’s heart guides them exactly like yours does. Where will it lead you? Maybe you don’t know yet. That’s what these next four years are for. Learning that your mind can triumph over challenges you haven’t even imagined. Discovering what moves you, what inspires you, what stirs your soul. It will be a spectacular, sometimes grueling, and ultimately transformational time. You will ask questions about yourself and the world around you.
And maybe St. Edward’s will be the place where you find the answers.
DO YOU THINK THAT WE MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU? THEN JOIN US. STEDWARDS.EDU
Hunt Hall, home of a cafeteria, coffeeshop and a lot of students. The only building in the U.S. designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena (heâ€™s kind of a big deal).