St. Edward's University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

St. Edward's University
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St. Edward's University is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 86%. Located near Austin, Texas, St. Edward's was established in 1878 by Father Edward Sorin, the member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who also founded the University of Notre Dame. St. Edward's has a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. The university's curriculum emphasizes experiential and service-oriented learning through team work, internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad. Over 97% of freshmen receive merit scholarships and/or grants. In athletics, the St. Edward's Hilltoppers compete in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.

Considering applying to St. Edward's University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, St. Edward's University had an acceptance rate of 86%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 86 students were admitted, making St. Edward's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,577
Percent Admitted 86%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle, St. Edward's University has adopted a test-optional admissions policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 64% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 650
Math 530 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of St. Edward's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to St. Edward's scored between 550 and 650, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at St. Edward's University.

Requirements

St. Edward's does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that St. Edward's University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Beginning with the 2020-21 admissions cycle, St. Edward's University has adopted a test-optional admissions policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 17% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 20 26
Composite 22 27

This admissions data tells us that most of St. Edward's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to St. Edward's received a composite ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that St. Edward's does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. St. Edward's does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

St. Edward's University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

St. Edward's University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
St. Edward's University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to St. Edward's University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

St. Edward's University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool with above average SAT/ACT scores. However, St. Edward's also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside St. Edward's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had at least "B" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 1000 or higher and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. Higher grades and standardized test scores further improve your chances at St. Edward's University.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and St. Edward's University Undergraduate Admissions Office.