Colleges to Consider in Austin

Austin, the capital of the state of Texas, is home to some wonderful colleges and universities. Austin has a population that is just under one million. The city is home to many Fortune 500 companies and is considered a major center for high tech. In addition to the great job prospects, Austin has a lot fun things to do outside of the classroom. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. There is also many museums and theaters. And, you’ll find great barbecue food all throughout the area.

If you like Austin and/or if you are already considering a college in Austin, you may want to consider some of the other colleges located in or around Austin.

Concordia Univesity Texas EntranceConcordia University-Texas
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1926
Affiliation: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Enrollment: 1,711 undergraduate students (Fall 2015)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9 to 1 (Fall 2015)
Acceptance rate: 82% (Fall 2015)
Concordia University-Texas offers 24 undergraduate majors in six schools: Business and Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Nursing. Concordia is under the auspices of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, but all are welcome. Approximately 80% of Concordia students receive some form of financial aid. The Concordia Tornados compete at the NCAA Division III level in seven men’s sports and eight women’s sports.


Huston–Tillotson UniversityHuston-Tillotson College
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1875
Affiliation: United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Enrollment: 968 undergraduate students (Fall 2015)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14 to 1 (Fall 2015)
Acceptance rate: 47% (Fall 2015)
HTU is a historically black university, but there is no restriction as to race. HTU offers degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science and technology. The HT Rams compete at the NAIA Division I level in five men’s sports and five women’s sports.


Dustinc 263451159 SouthwesternSouthwestern University
Location: Georgetown
Distance from Austin: 28 miles
Type: Private not-for-profit
Established: 1840
Affiliation: Methodist
Enrollment: 1,528 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12 to 1 (Fall 2015)
Acceptance rate: 44% (Fall 2015)
Southwestern offers 40 majors and 36 minors. Some of the more popular majors include Psychology, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Business, and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. More than half of Southwestern students complete an internship and 91 percent have found employment or have been accepted to graduate or professional school within 10 months of graduation. Southwestern is included in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives*.


St Edwards Main BuildingSt. Edwards University
Type: Private, not-for-profit
Established: 1877
Affiliation: Roman Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross)
Enrollment: 3,697 undergraduate students (Fall 2016)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13 to 1 (Fall 2016)
Acceptance rate: 77% (Fall 2015)
St. Edwards offers 50 majors and 42 minors. Some of the more popular majors include Business, Communication, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. 49 percent of students at St. Edwards identify as minority students. Students come from 46 states and 58 countries. While the university’s affiliation is Roman Catholic, 46 faith traditions are represented.


UT Tower - Main BuildingUniversity of Texas
Type: Public Flagship
Established: 1883
Enrollment: 39,619 undergraduate students (Fall 2015)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18 to 1 (Fall 2015)
Acceptance rate: 39% (Fall 2015)
As the largest university in the state of Texas, UT offers over 170 undergraduate fields of study. Students should be able to find whatever major they are considering at UT. The campus offers 431 acres, 17 libraries, seven museums, and over 1,300 student organizations. UT Austin’s four-year graduate rate was 61 percent in 2016. The Texas Longhorns compete at the NCAA Division I level and have won 52 national championships since 1949.


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