Austin College

Austin College students walk across campus

“This [172]-year-old community of learning, with its [1,300] 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

We look beyond the numbers during the application review, which is why Austin College has been test-optional for the past four years. This path isn’t something new to us, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic we are encouraging students to apply Test-Optional so as not to risk their health and safety when taking the test.

Austin College
900 North Grand Avenue
Sherman, Texas 75090
⋅ 1,302 students
⋅ 52% of the student body represents ethnic minority populations
⋅ Students are from 30 states and 14 countries.
⋅ Average class size is 16

⋅ Tuition and Fees for 2020-21: $42,405
⋅ Room and Board for 2020-21: $12,937
100% of students receive gift aid

Austin College science building

Austin College students plays flute in the orchestra

Austin College varsity athletes pose in front of a campus fountain

Students walk to class outside the IDEA Center for sciences

Austin College campus historic homes

  • 100% of students are guaranteed an internship, research project, international experience, or another applied learning experience.
  • Added in 2019, the inaugural ‘Roo Band is Austin College’s eighth musical ensemble, and an exciting addition to a spirited campus community. This band plays at sporting events throughout the year.
  • Austin College is home to 18 different NCAA Division III athletic teams. The water polo team is the only collegiate team in Texas competing at the NCAA level. Last year, 152 student-athletes earned all-conference academic honors.
  • Students only take one class in January each year. This three-week January term takes place on and off campus, and gives each student a chance to delve into an interest or passion that they often have not yet had the chance to explore. Recent examples include “From Chaos to Career,” “Philosophy and Fiction,” “Theatre in London” and “Collecting Culture: Museums and their Communities.”
  • Located just north of Dallas, Austin College students get the best of both worlds: a small community with ample opportunities to get involved and enjoy local flavors, and a major metropolitan area offering internships and entertainment a short drive away.

Worth Noting
  • 100% of students receive gift aid.
  • Austin College graduates more Fulbright recipients per capita than any college or university in Texas.
  • 2/3 of students study abroad.
  • 97% of the class of 2020 graduated in four years or less.
  • 94% of students are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
  • Finish in Four Guarantee – a promise that any full-time student who meets the Finish in Four Guarantee requirements will graduate in four years. And, if you don’t, Austin College will waive tuition costs for any courses you need to complete your degree.

Faculty & Academics
  • 100% of professors of tenured or tenure-track professors hold a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their field.
  • New academics programs include Health Care Administration, Data Science and Analytics, and Engineering Physics.
  • The average class size is 16.
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.
  • Students can conduct original research as early as their first year. The College hosts an annual scholarship conference each spring, and students often present their original work at conferences across the U.S. In 2019, students traveled over 50,000 miles presenting their research at national conferences.

Areas of Study


Art History
Asian Studies
Business Administration
Business Finance
Classical Civilizations
Computer Science
Creative Writing Studies
Data Science & Analytics
East Asian Studies
Engineering Physics
Environmental Studies
Exercise & Sport Studies
Film Studies
Gender Studies
Global Science, Technology & Society
Health Care Administration
International Business
International Economics & Finance
International Relations
Latin American & Iberian Studies
Leadership Studies
Media Studies
Nonprofit Organizations & Public Service
Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Political Science
Public Health
Religious Studies
Southwestern & Mexican Studies
Western Intellectual Tradition

Students can create a major through the Special Program Option.

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

Campus Life
  • E-sports and pep band are the newest additions to a list of 70+ campus organizations, including eight music ensembles, a robust theatre and improv troupe, and award-winning Mock Trial and Model UN teams.
  • 80% of students live on campus all four years, with residence halls, apartments, a village of four-room cottages, and a Language House for immersive foreign language and cultural study.
  • The North Flats opened in Fall 2020. These studio, double, and quad apartments offer granite counter tops, leather couches and amenities that you find in high end apartments in urban areas.
  • Each summer, dozens of students from many areas of study participate in the Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) program. SEPA partners each student with a local nonprofit, and the student writes grants for that nonprofit for the duration of the summer.

Varsity Sports

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

Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Distance Track, Football*, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Water Polo*

Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Distance Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo*

*Football and Water Polo compete outside of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Life After College
  • 94% of students are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
  • Recent graduates are currently making an impact on Capitol Hill, at Toyota and Apple, at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co., and at many other nationally recognized organizations and nonprofits across the world.
  • Recent pre-med, pre-law and engineering graduated have enrolled at prestigious graduate programs including at Harvard University, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and many other top programs.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average GPA is 3.5+
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1130-1300
  • Middle 50% ACT composite score: 24-29

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