St. Edward's

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St. Edward's

Austin, Texas 78745, United States

Created By: Sylvia Garcia

Tour Information

To us, St. Edward’s has been the place we call home for four years. As we approach the end of our time here we want to reflect on how the campus has changed during our stay, but also over time. We believe that St. Edward’s is a historical landmark. The doors to this institution first opened in 1877 in Austin, Texas. To begin, it was an all-boys high school and it eventually became a private, Catholic university. It wasn’t until 1966 that women were allowed to attend. If you think about it, that’s not very long ago. Now, we sit in a classroom that is predominantly women! All St. Edward’s students are given a tour at the beginning of their freshman year when it’s all exciting and new. We learn about the ghosts, traditions, and history of the campus. For the first year you might still appreciate the beautiful architecture, but soon it just becomes part of your everyday life. When we see change happen we may think about how annoying and inconvenient the construction is, although the change is meant to benefit us or future students! We are creating this tour so that we may again appreciate our beautiful campus and see how much things have changed over the years. This is our way to say thank-you, and good-bye to a place that helped us grow into the people we are today. On this tour you will see familiar places and symbols and get to know these landmarks better. We may even surprise you with places you didn’t know were on our campus. Our hope is that there are some things that you will learn for the first time today and that it will motivate you to get to know our campus better.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Sorin Oak tree is the biggest oak tree in Austin, named after Edward Sorin, the founder of Notre Dame and St. Edward’s University. It has been said that Edward Sorin stood under the tree and stated he would start St. Edward’s Academ... Read more
Teresa Hall is one of the two legacy halls on campus, the other being East Hall. In 1966, when Maryhill College was established as a female-only school alongside the male-only school of St. Edward’s University, the women needed a place to... Read more
Before the dorms were constructed, the land where BMH currently stands was utilized as a practice field in the early 90s by the Dallas Cowboys. During their Super Bowl runs, America’s team spent the summers here. In agreement with the uni... Read more
ce a dormitory and then academic offices, Andre Hall represents a change to the landscape of St. Edward’s. Andre Hall was a dormitory in 1958, back when St. Edward’s was still an all-male campus. The building was dedicated by clergy mem... Read more
The Scarborough-Phillips Library was renovated and renamed the Munday Library in 2013 thanks to a generous donation by Pat and Bill Munday of 50 million dollars. Out of the 50 million 13 million were used to construct the library filled w... Read more
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel was originally built in 1897 and has served as  more than a chapel. It has been used as a “theater, woodworking and blacksmith shop, bowling alley and a shooting range” (Texas Architects). Then in 1947, i... Read more
The university is part of the Congregation of Holy Cross was founded by Basil Moreau on March 1st, 1837. Moreau set the Congregation to “serve with zeal” (Congregation of Holy Cross, 2019). The mission includes to serve “side-by-side ... Read more
The last stop of our tour is where it all started. The first main building was erected in 1888. In 1903 there was a fire that caused devastation to the building and it was re-built. It was re-built by Nicholas J. Clayton and he went with th... Read more


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