Austin College

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Founded by Princeton-educated Presbyterian missionary Dr. Daniel Baker, Austin College enjoys a place in early Texas history and remains a recognized leader in higher education for innovative programs, a strong faculty, and dedicated students.

General Facts
• Founded in 1849, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas under its original charter
• North of Dallas 100 acre environmentally green campus
• 1,228 students from 28 states, 16 countries, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
• 12:1 student to faculty ratio, average class size of 15
• 50.2% of the student body are people of color; 24.8% are Hispanic, 14.5% are AANAPI, and 7.3% are black; 21.9% of our students are first-generation college students, and 29.7% are Pell-eligible
• NCAA Division III athletics involve more than 26% of the student body in 14 varsity teams
• Austin College gets 100% of its electricity from wind energy
• Adams Observatory has the largest research telescope in North Texas, offering exploration in astronomy
• More than 55 areas of study, including a design-your-own major supported by research, internships, study abroad, and other experiential learning opportunities
• Austin College is a designated AANAPI (Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander) Serving Institution

Prestigious Academics & Research
• Medical school acceptance rates for a first time Austin College applicant is 63%, compared to only 35% in Texas – 80% higher than average
• 98% of May 2021 graduates completed degrees in four years or less
• 120 student-athletes earned all-conference academic honors last year
• Austin College is a top producer of the Fulbright awardees in Texas per capita
• The Austin College Teaching Program has students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and teaching certification in 4.5-years
• In partnership with Austin College, Texas Tech University offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Innovation, designed to prepare you to succeed in the communications industry or to continue studies toward a Ph.D.