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Saint Edward's University

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St. Edward’s University (SEU) is a private university in Austin, Texas. The university was founded by Reverend Edward Sorin in 1878. It is named after patron saint Edward the Confessor and King. The university is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross in Austin.

The campus is located on a hill just south of Lady Bird Lake within the Austin city limits. It is known for its white limestone buildings built in the Gothic Revival style. The university also has a satellite campus in Angers, France, in conjunction with the Catholic University of the West. Today, more than 5,300 students attend SEU.

SEU has been recognized for academic excellence by both US News and World Report and Forbes.


Students may choose from over 50 study tracks in five schools, including Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Management and Business. There are also 11 master’s degree programs available. Some of the newer programs include forensic chemistry, bioinformatics, criminology, computer information systems, and project management.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

SEU is remarkable for its contract with the Actors’ Equity Association, allowing students in the Theater Arts program to join the Association after completing the requirements of a membership candidate program.


Admissions to SEU are competitive. In addition to students with strong academic credentials, the admissions team looks for candidates who are a good personal fit for the institution and are enthusiastic about collaborative learning. The average SAT score for incoming students is around 1125 and the average ACT score is 24.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, SEU offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. Students with strong test scores and GPAs qualify for the Guaranteed President’s Excellence Scholarship. Full tuition is available to winners of the Moreau Scholarship—to qualify, students must graduate from a Holy Cross High School in the top 10% of their class with an ACT score of 28 or higher and demonstrate significant leadership and community service.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2250th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Texas.


Students come to SEU from most states and dozens of countries around the world. While largely Catholic, the student body includes a diverse group of people from many backgrounds and faiths.

Living on Campus

About a fourth of students live on campus. There are seven traditional dormitories and two apartment complexes. These include Basil Moreau Hall, Jacques Duarie Hall, Teresa Hall, Hunt Hall, LeMans Hall, and Lady Bird Johnson Hall. The apartments are Hilltopper Heights Apartments and Mayhill Apartments.

Dining options include Hunt Hall Café, a semi-traditional dining hall featuring naturally raised meats and local produce; The Huddle, a Tex-Mex casual dining establishment; South Congress Market, a global café with Asian and Italian specialties; and two coffeehouses, Meadows Coffeehouse and Doyle Café.

Clubs and Organizations

There are more than 90 student organizations on the SEU campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student newspaper, Hilltop Views, is published every Wednesday during the school year.

Student Services

The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department at SEU is known as the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers compete in NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, golf, and tennis. Women’s teams include softball, basketball, golf, tennis, and volleyball. The Hilltoppers are supported by the university’s spirit group, the HillRaisers. Mascots are a ram named Topper and a goat named Pax. A live goat is often in attendance at games.

In addition to NCAA varsity sports, the Hilltoppers also have teams in rowing, rugby, lacrosse, cross country, soccer, dance team, ving tsun, ultimate Frisbee, and running. For recreational athletes, the college offers an intramural program through the Fitness Center including basketball, racquetball, flag football, dodgeball, kickball, and volleyball. Students have free access to cardiovascular equipment, weightlifting equipment, an Olympic-sized pool, and fitness classes including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and more.


Copper Nosing

Perhaps the most unique tradition at SEU is the rubbing of the nose of a fresco plaque of Father Paul Foik, just outside the library. It is said that rubbing the nose brings good luck on tests. As a result, Father Foik has a shiny nose in the middle of a dark brown background!

Wearing of the Crest

Sporting the university crest is another proud tradition among students demonstrating “Hilltopper Spirit”. The symbolism of the seal accurately portrays the values of the institution, as demonstrated here:

  • Shield = Our homeland, the United States
  • Cross = Christianity
  • Anchor = Taken from the seal of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the founders of St. Edward’s
  • Mace = St. Edward, King and Confessor; our patron for whom the university is named
  • Wavy Lines = Colorado River, which runs through Austin
  • Lone Star = State of Texas
  • Heart Shot with Arrows = Love and learning


Well-known alumni include:

  • Daughter of President Lyndon Johnson Luci Baines Johnson
  • Actress Teri McMinn
  • Major League ball player Bill Killefer
  • Reality television star Justin Gardiner
  • Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga
  • NBA player Taj McWilliams
  • Actor Tim Russ
  • Composer Silvestre Revueltas
  • Author Charles M. Robinson II
  • Painter Fermin Revueltas Sanchez
  • Bishop of Corpus Christi, Monsignor William Mulvey
  • Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
  • Former US federal judge George Edward Cire


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  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.
  • Requirements. New Freshmen. Saint Edwards University. Web. 25 Sept 2011.
  • Scholarships. Admissions. Saint Edwards University. Web. 25 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 16th in Texas and 528th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.02
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 12 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,126 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 28 0.00
Forcible Rape 211 0.03
Robbery 1,106 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7,042 0.87
Larceny 33,069 4.10
Vehicle theft 2,139 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Austin, TX 78704-6489
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population43,249 (43,249 urban / N/A rural)
Households20,618 (2.04 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,733
Families8,304 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4821

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 339th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $33,320 $33,320 $33,320
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,112 $1,112 $1,112
FT Graduate Tuition $20,664 $20,664 $20,664
FT Graduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,148 $1,148 $1,148
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,500 $47,500 $47,500
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $47,500 $47,500 $47,500
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,576 $37,576 $37,576

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,700 $31,110 $28,700 $31,110 $28,700 $31,110
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,984 $9,344
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,616 $2,746
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,984 $9,344
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,616 $2,746
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,616 $2,746

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,694 (1,309 male / 2,385 female)
Admitted 2,901 (1,022 male / 1,879 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 791 (311 male / 480 female)
FT Enrollment 791 (311 male / 480 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,861

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Heartland Conference

ACT Test Admission

595th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26

SAT Test Admission

396th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 66%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1220

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,379
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,024
Board Fee$4,930

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 953rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,512 ($79,879 male / $70,203 female)
Number of FT Faculty 206 (108 male / 98 female)
Number of PT Faculty 474
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,014,696

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