A commuter school that is a dream education for apartment residents on the go, the first impression of that St. Edward's University gives is it's beauty and the beauty of it's location.
Located in Austin, there is the nightlife and plethora of outdoor beauty in the surrounding hill country that can appeal to any student. It's location makes it easy for students celebrating the apartment lifestyle all over the city to get a solid education with ease.Not only does the University pride itself on its beautiful campus, but St. Ed's also prides itself on being able to produce top notch critical thinking bachelors and masters candidates.
A private Catholic University, St. Edward's had an enrollment of about 5300 students for the 2007-2008 school year. The university is named for Reverend Edward Sorin who built the school in 1885. Notably, he's also credited with building Notre Dame University. St. Thomas boasts of commitment to providing education for people from every walk of life, from every type of socio-economic, cultural and religious background.
A student has a variety of options in the type of education they receive with Independent studies, Double Majors, Honors programs, Accelerated programs, Pass/Fail grading options, internships and even distance learning. The undergraduate degree programs offer 50 areas of study from five different schools: The school of Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences, Management and Business, and Behavioral and Social Sciences. The graduate program offers master's degrees in Business Administration, Human Resources, Masters of Arts in Teaching, and many more.
Students who do not wish to have the freedoms of the off-campus apartment lifestyle have the option of living on campus in one of St. Thomas' 6 residence halls: Basil Moreau, Jacues Dujarie, Doyle/New Hall, East, Teresa Hall, and Casa/Casita. East Hall is a woman's dorm, while all of the other residence halls are co-ed. Prices range from $1700 to almost $3500 depending on the type of dorm you choose. Private rooms are available for the higher cost. Meal plans are available for $1400 or $1550 per semester as well. Combined room and board could range anywhere from around $6200 per year to roughly $10,000. Living off campus in one of the many apartment communities in the area is also a very good option that will be relatively the same cost per year. If you do choose to live off campus, you will find many more freedoms than living in one of the on-campus residencies, however all on-campus halls are within walking distance to the university.
Austin is growing quickly, and many of the newer apartments seem to be built in the vicinity of St Edward's and UT. It is possible to either walk or ride a bicycle to campus everyday, and if you are located central enough to not have to drive your car.
Total undergraduate tuition is $20,400 per year. Miscellaneous expenses are approximated at $3,380 and includes transportation and personal expenses. If you are a graduate student, classes begin at $704 per credit hour. Like most private universities it is a bit costly, but the quality of education is well worth it.
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