Austin College

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900 N. Grand Avenue

Sherman, TX 75090-4400

Phone: (903) 813-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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May 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Austin College is a private institution that was founded in 1849. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,242, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 70 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Austin College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 82. Its tuition and fees are $33,830 (2013-14).

Austin College is a small, private school in Sherman, Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas. Students at Austin College study a liberal arts curriculum and can choose from more than 40 academic majors. The university also offers the five-year Austin Teacher program, through which students earn a master of arts in teaching degree. Through the Mentor Program, each new Austin College student is paired with a faculty member who acts as an academic adviser and teaches the student's Communication/Inquiry introductory course. All Austin College students must complete a January Term every year they're enrolled. For the entire month of January, students take just one course, which they study in depth on or off campus.

On campus, Austin College students can participate in more than 70 organizations, pledge with more than a dozen fraternities and sororities and write for the AC Observer student newspaper. Student athletes at Austin College can compete at the intramural, club and varsity levels. The Austin College Kangaroos athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and compete in about 10 sports.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Few schools the size of Austin College offer a greater emphasis on all things global, highlighted by a nationally recognized study abroad program. An average of 70 percent of graduates in the past 10 years has studied abroad, exploring 99 countries on six continents. In fact, Austin College has been ranked in the top five in the nation each of the past seven years, with four #1 spots, by the Institute of International Education for percentage of study abroad participation among liberal arts colleges. Study abroad takes many forms at Austin College, including January Term, internship programs, and service opportunities such as the competitive Global Outreach summer program that funds students' self-designed international service projects at sites around the world. Each year, students contribute more than 16,000 community service hours locally and internationally. On campus, the student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1, and faculty members are experts in their fields, with 97 percent holding a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Courses are available in 40 areas of study, with psychology, history, business, biology, and English among the most popular majors. Each year, 35 to 50 percent of freshmen declare an interest in health sciences, and graduates enjoy a successful acceptance rate into healthcare programs and medical schools. Many students create interdisciplinary majors combining special interests to create a degree plan. During January Term, students take only one course and have the opportunity to take courses that involve international travel or off-campus excursions, complete internships and career exploration, or delve into research or special interest courses. Many students take courses each January that involve international travel, moving courses beyond textbooks and discussion to walking the streets where their study comes to life. The Austin College student body is diverse, with more than 35 percent ethnic minorities and a wide variety of religious backgrounds and cultures. The residential campus becomes a community where students study, work, and play. More than 70 student organizations offer something for everyone from music and theatre performance to academic interests. Business and economics students manage a $1 million investment fund to better prepare for their careers and the Posey Leadership Institute offers specialized, hands-on learning in leadership skills that can be used throughout their careers. Students in nearly all disciplines complete research projects and present their results. A five-year tracking program indicates that 90 percent of first-year graduates are employed, attending graduate or professional school, or completing other certification programs. Another 5 percent receive prestigious honors from Fulbright, Teach for America, or service programs. One of only 280 schools in the nation with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1849
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $119,456,571


When applying to Austin College, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1, and the early action deadline is January 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.1%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Austin College is 12:1, and the school has 67.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Austin College include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 73%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 17%
Psychology 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
History 8%

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Student Life

Austin College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,242, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Austin College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,260
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Austin College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Austin College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Austin College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Austin College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Austin College, 66.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,679.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $33,830 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,715 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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