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Colleges in Austin, TX

05 November . 2019

Beyond UT: A look at other Austin area colleges and universities

Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the nation, The University of Texas at Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty.

The youthful vibe and intellectual energy emanating from UT Austin is central to Austin’s identity as a hip and tech-savvy city, but “The University” is not the only institution of higher learning in Texas’ capital city. Here’s a look at six other colleges and universities in the area.

St. Edward's University is a private, non-profit, liberal arts Roman Catholic university in the Holy Cross tradition with approximately 5,000 students. Founded in 1885, St. Edwards is a nationally ranked university offering more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, with students representing 45 states and 57 countries.

Huston-Tillotson University is a private historically black university in Austin. It awards four-year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science and technology. A multicultural, multiethnic, and multifaith institution, Huston-Tillotson welcomes students of all ages, races, and religions.

Concordia University Texas is a private, coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences located in northwest Austin. Founded in 1926, Concordia University Texas is a regionally accredited institution of higher education, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through a variety of delivery methods, including online and accelerated learning. A privately held, liberal arts university, Concordia is affiliated with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It is a member of the highly respected Concordia University System, in which more than 36,000 students are enrolled nationwide.

The Austin Community College District is a nationally recognized, two-year community college system serving the Austin metropolitan area and surrounding Central Texas communities. As a primary gateway to higher education and technical training. ACC’s mission is to provide open door access to an affordable college education for those who want to earn a degree, learn a marketable skill, and advance their careers.

Southwestern University is a private, four-year, not-for-profit undergraduate, liberal arts college in Georgetown. Southwestern offers a top-ranked integrated arts and sciences curriculum that incorporates the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Forbes names Southwestern as the number one undergraduate liberal arts college in Texas in its 2019 Grateful Grad Colleges. 

Texas State University is a public research university located in San Marcos. The university’s 38,000 students choose from 98 bachelor’s, 91 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs offered by nine colleges, including Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College, and The Graduate College. Texas State also has a Round Rock campus offering bachelor’s degrees in 12 programs and graduate degrees in 16 areas, along with post baccalaureate certification and continuing education programs.

Texas A&M University's Round Rock campus is home to the Texas A&M College of Medicine and the Texas A&M College of Nursing. The Texas A&M College of Medicine is a community-based medical school providing third- and fourth-year clinical training in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery at sites across Williamson County. The College of Nursing offers degree, certificate and continuing education programs tailored to offer innovative academic opportunities through strategic partnerships and inter-professional collaborations.

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