Austin College

Austin College students walk across campus

“This [165]-year-old community of learning, with its [1,200] students, will excite you, stretch you, expand your world, and make you believe in yourself. This college does marvelous things to multiply talents and to develop character … Austin will do more to give you a successful and satisfactory life.”
Colleges That Change Lives

Austin College
900 North Grand Avenue
Sherman, Texas 75090
903.813.3000 / 800.KANGAROO
⋅ 1,208 students
⋅ 42% of the student body represents ethnic minority populations
⋅ Average class size is 23
⋅ Students are from 30 states and 11 countries.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $38,825
⋅ Room and Board: $12,334
⋅ 90% of students receive some form of financial assistance

Austin College science building

Austin College students plays flute in the orchestra

Austin College varsity athletes pose in front of a campus fountain

Austin College students study together

Austin College campus historic homes

  • Independent, four-year, co-educational, residential college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • A heritage unsurpassed: Chartered in 1849, Austin College is the oldest college in Texas under original charter and name as recognized by the State Historical Survey
  • Located in Sherman, Texas, just north of Dallas. Austin College’s beautiful 70-acre campus includes updated facilities for research, teaching, study, and daily living, as well as landmarks that are part of the college’s history. The campus has a 29-acre recreational area on Lake Texoma, plus over 300 acres of environmental research areas for hands-on learning.
  • 4-1-4 academic calendar: fall and spring terms and four-week January term
  • The campus community embraces diversity of ideas, spiritual traditions, and cultural heritage. Just over 42 percent of students represent ethnic and racial minorities. The college does not discriminate with regard to religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, age, or economic status.

Worth Noting
  • An average 70 percent of graduates of the past 10 years have had at least one international study experience during their Austin College experience, exploring 99 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
  • Since 2006, Austin College has been ranked among the top 10 colleges in the nation for international study, with four #1 ranks, by the Institute of International Education (IIE) for percentage of undergraduate participation among baccalaureate institutions.
  • Fifteen Fulbrights have been awarded to students since 2010. The college is one of the top Fulbright-producing institutions in Texas. Students also have been recognized with Mellon, Truman, Rotary Ambassador, and Madison awards.
  • Academic excellence is recognized with induction to several national honoraries, including the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society.
  • Students have local and international service opportunities through the Service Station, regularly providing more than 16,000 hours of service annually. Whether participating in environmental projects, raising money for microfinance organizations, or serving as a Global Outreach “GO” Fellow at an orphanage in Africa (just one of many recent GO projects), Austin College students are engaged members of their local and world-wide communities.

Faculty & Academics
  • 91 teaching faculty; 93% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Students are partners in learning with faculty, joining them in research projects, at professional association meetings, and in campus presentations. Austin College is a partner in the Economics Scholarship Program, boasts top pre-medical and science programs, and encourages student research and fellowships.
  • More than 50 areas of study are available. The Special Program Option allows students to create their own major based upon individual interests.

Areas of Study


American Studies
Asian Studies
Business Administration
Classical Civilization
Computer Science
Creative Writing Studies
East Asian Languages & Culture
Educational Psychology
Environmental Studies
Exercise and Sport Science
International Economics and Finance
International Relations
Latin American and Iberian Studies
Media Studies
Political Science
Public Health
Religious Studies
Speech & Social Interaction

Students can create a major through the Special Program Option.

* For an up-to-date listing, please check the college website.

Campus Life
  • Austin College is a community where people know you by name, smile when they meet you, and care about your success.
  • Austin College athletics programs compete in the NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Programs are available in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, tennis, cross-country, swimming and diving, plus football and baseball for men, and softball and volleyball for women. A large intramural program and fitness center area provide opportunity for all students to stay active.
  • Approximately 70 campus organizations offer more than 400 leadership opportunities for students and something to meet nearly every student’s interests.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in music performance groups, theater productions, Model United Nations and Mock Trial teams, and other activities regardless of major or class year.

Varsity Sports

Austin College competes in the NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in the following programs:

  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Football (Men)
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women)
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Approximately 40 percent of Austin College graduates attend graduate or professional school in the first year after graduation, with impressive acceptance rates to medical and law schools. Within five years, that rate rises to 63 percent. Several graduates continue study in Austin College’s own Austin Teacher Program, providing the Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • Other recent students can be found completing an M.B.A. at Harvard University or at Vanderbilt University, pursuing a degree in economics, as just two examples. Students planning careers in ministry, law, engineering, and medicine have very successful admission rates to professional schools like Tulane University, University of Texas Law School, Harvard University, UT Southwestern Medical School, Baylor Medical School, Princeton Divinity School, Columbia University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1140-1330 (CR+M)
  • Middle 50% ACT composite score: 24-29
  • 37% of students were in the top 10% of their high school class; 70% were in the top 25%.