In 1841, equipped with an enduring vision (and courage), Father Edward Sorin set sail from France to the new world to establish Notre Dame and St. Edward’s universities. For more than 130 years, we’ve carried his passion for educating all who seek to realize their full potential, regardless of social standing, spiritual path or ability to pay. And along the way, we’ve changed a lot, too.
Whether you're a new freshman, transfer, graduate or adult student, you will find a passion for academic challenge, life-changing knowledge, global awareness and social justice among the students and faculty at St. Edward's University.
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With half the undergraduate population living on campus, the hilltop is humming with activity well into the evening and on weekends. More students study in the Munday Library, attend club meetings in the Ragsdale Center, and work out in the Recreation and Convocation Center. Athletic events draw a larger, more enthusiastic crowd. The University Programming Board has expanded its Friday-night “Topper Nights” programs, which include a fall festival, the Blues on the Hill concert and a Halloween bash held at The Pavilions. A more residential campus fosters a richer college experience, and all students benefit – whether or not they live on the hilltop.
St. Edward’s University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the commission that award associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees.
The university in general was pretty hit or miss. It was a lot more focused on grades and writing essays than actually learning. Though I did have some good professors in the mix. I think the university cared a lot more about the money given to them throughout the time there and after, rather than the students and setting them up for success.
I love this university and their interest in building people with character. They stress studying abroad as a means to understand the world and different ways of life.