Located just outside the heart of Texas, Austin College has established an enriching environment for students, surrounded by some of the most historical landmarks in the state of Texas. The College attracts students from across the country, enrolling in the famous Biology and Business Commerce programs – many Austin alumni moving on to become leaders in their professional fields. Being a private institution, Austin College is dedicated to providing students with the attention and resources necessary to optimize their college experience and prepare for their individual career paths.
Assisting students to develop and master their creativity, talents, abilities and leadership qualities is held equally in priority to an intellectually challenging education at Austin College. Students are encouraged to pursue their goals with an open mind and a strong support system pushing them through their obstacles. The College has strong affiliations with the Presbyterian Church, however encourages students to accept and utilize both religious and cultural diversity. At Austin College, the focus remains on education in a community setting. Students can enjoy a close-knit community of their peers and faculty that live, work and study on campus, creating lifelong friendships and mentorships.
In 1849, Austin College was founded by Dr. Daniel Baker, a Presbyterian missionary dedicated to establishing an educational institution that would mold and advance the lives of local students. His own Princeton education inspired Dr. Baker to establish an institution that went on to become an iconic fixture in the history of higher learning. Originally operated as a school for women, the first class at Austin College was held in 1950, honoring the first graduates just two years later. During the early years of enrollment, the College endured damage and loss as it survived through a series of yellow fever outbreaks, followed by the Civil War and leading to a point of financial uncertainty. By 1876, Austin College campus was relocated to Sherman, where it currently resides today.
Austin College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the Texas education Agency.
In 1918, Austin College became coeducational and began offering professional training in addition to liberal arts degrees. Over the next 20 years, the College adapted to several changes such as the merge with the Texas Presbyterian College in 1930, WWII, The Great Depression and the change of curriculum during the 1950s. Throughout the years Austin College has showcased the strong dedication to student welfare and education that has been passed down over 150 years.
Austin College students enjoy the freedom and essentials on campus to develop their independency. With the majority of students housing on campus, a close-knit community and support net is sanctioned amongst the student body that encourages free thinking, strong skill building and community service. Students can optimize their college experience by taking advantage of the International Programs available at Austin College, presenting students with the opportunity to live and study amongst various cultures throughout the world. On campus, there are over 75 clubs and organizations operated by the student body, encouraging group participation, activism and a showcase of talent.
The majority of Austin College students take advantage of the various athletic teams that help students advance their college experience in a variety of ways. Varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division III intercollegiate competitions, while peers, alumni, family, friends and local residents crowd the sidelines supporting the teams. Providing students with a productive way to showcase their athletic talents and abilities, while developing their social and leadership skills is encouraged at Austin College to enhance the academic experience.
Campus life at Austin College is filled with countless intellectually stimulating and entertaining activities. Students can choose to house in one of over 15 residence halls and are encouraged to take advantage of the student staff located in each housing facility to help guide incoming students through an easier transition period. All students have access to the health, career and dinning services offered on campus throughout the year.
Nearly all of Austin College students receive some form of financial aid during their college experience. To accommodate students with an easier transition and focus on their academic experience, Austin offers a dedicated team of financial advisors that remain available for students and their families. Advisors can help students find funding opportunities such as loans, scholarships and grants, assist in the application process and guide students through the scheduling process.
Austin College respects the decision of each student to pursue their college education and strives to reduce the financial stress associated with the experience. All students are encouraged to consider the work study program available on campus that provides employment positions in the campus buildings, facilities and student services. Many students are awarded need based funding upon admission for merit, artistic and athletic achievements.