Austin College is a small liberal arts college where big things happen. Students and faculty engage in partnerships in learning that allow our students to become truly invested in their education. Our student body is a diverse one, but one that is welcoming and inclusive.
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Since 1849, Austin College has maintained an unwavering commitment to the transformative power of education, not only for the individual but for our communities and our world. We are committed to the breadth of a liberal arts education and equipping students with the ability to think critically and problem solve and communicate effectively so that they can succeed today and in the rapidly changing world of the future.
Austin College has long had a place in Texas history, and we look back with pride at all that has been accomplished. At the same time, we move forward with purpose to prepare today’s—and tomorrow’s—students to discover their strengths and passions and develop those into lives of service and responsibility.
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.
The Austin College Compass Curriculum enables you to deeply explore ideas from multiple perspectives. We will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century through a powerful, time-tested liberal arts curriculum.
You will need to choose a major and a minor and complete the graduation requirements in those areas. Additionally, there are these supporting requirements to guide you on your journey and prepare you for the future.
At Austin College, we don’t just advise on course registration, we promote a faculty/mentor relationship that encourages you to find and pursue your passion through courses, applied learning opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. Our professors take a personal interest in you, encouraging you to explore, challenge yourself, and find what you love.
What is CREATE?
Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic & Transformative Education
CREATE is the home for student research at Austin College. Located in the Wright Campus Center, Room 204, CREATE helps administer opportunities for Undergraduate Research (UR) for the students of Austin College. There are several different ways for you to get involved with research: via the classroom or independently, with a group or individual research projects. Each project will have a mentoring faculty member to guide you through the process. CREATE will have opportunities throughout the year for you to show your work and share your knowledge.
The Center for Career & Professional Development at Austin College encourages you to begin your career/life planning process in your first year of college, continuing over the course of your academic career. However, you can rest assured that it is never too late to start! By working with our staff, you will learn and develop the career and life planning skills to help you be competitive in applying for employment and graduate or professional school.
Discover your strengths, interests, and values using the framework and tools provided by the Center.
Learn about rewarding careers and graduate studies through guided exploration, reflection, and networking.
Gain real-world experience through research, volunteer opportunities, internships, and other Applied Learning Experiences.
Take the next step with confidence toward a career or graduate school knowing that the Center will be here to support you.
- Dining Services
- Post Office
- Technology Services
- Thinking Green
- Health care center
- Counseling services
- Career center
There are five residence halls on the Austin College campus. Caruth houses only female students, while Baker houses only male students. Clyce Hall, Dean Hall and the Jordan Family Language House are all co-ed residences. The college also offers many housing options for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. These include the Bryan Apartments, The Flats at Brockett Court, Johnson ‘Roo Suites, The Dr. Marjorie Hass Village on Grand (the Cottages), and the North Flats.
All College-owned residences are equipped with kitchens (including microwaves), lounges, card-operated laundry facilities, and computer labs with printers. All halls are monitored by a computerized security system, as well as on-site residence life staff.
Our residential communities are your home away from home for the majority of your time at Austin College. Fully trained residential life staff are here to help you as you experience sharing space and ideas, making and enforcing rules, and taking care of yourself and others.
The George T. and Gladys H. Abell Library Center has played and continues to play an essential role in a student’s experience at Austin College since its opening in 1986. Four librarians, an archivist, and six support staff provide guidance in the use of library resources.
The library’s resources include a book and bound periodical collection of more than 225,000 volumes, a media collection of more than 6,000 items, and subscriptions to several thousand print and electronic periodicals. Classroom faculty members and librarians carefully select these materials to support the academic programs and intellectual interests of the college community. The library’s website provides access to the library’s catalog and to electronic resources, free and subscribed, available to all students, staff, and faculty on campus and via authentication off-campus.
The College maintains a reliable and high-performing technology environment that is flexible and supportive of the goals of academic and administrative departments and for student academic research functions.
The campus-wide network connects all buildings with both wireless and wired service. All residence hall rooms include a wired network port as well as full wireless coverage.
Computers are provided in labs for student use in academic buildings, residence halls, and Wright Campus Center, with many providing access 24/7. These labs also provide the ability to print and many include specialty software used by different academic disciplines.
Support for all technology questions or issues comes from the various IT groups: Administrative Computing, Infrastructure, Technology Support, and Web Services, all located in the east end of Jackson Technology Center, just west of Wright Campus Center. The center is also equipped with specialty hardware and instructional devices for individual or small group learning in a collaborative environment. The Jackson Technology Center is currently home to The Morris Foundation Product Lab. The campus Help Desk is located there and can be contacted in person or by email or phone.
- Medical Treatment
- Mental Wellbeing
- Adams Health Center
- Blood Bank Drive
- Seasonal Flu Shots
- Dermatology Clinics
- Gynecological Clinics
- Women’s Health
Austin College encourages competition in intercollegiate athletics and participation in intramurals, club sports, and outdoor recreation, and considers these activities an important component of the College’s educational program. The college affiliates nationally with the NCAA Division III and competes as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), a non-scholarship athletic conference comprised of national liberal arts Division III colleges in Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas.
Intercollegiate varsity sports for men include football, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming and diving, and soccer. Similarly, women compete in basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming and diving, soccer, and softball. The intercollegiate athletic program is totally non-scholarship. All decisions concerning financial aid in any form are made without regard to student athletic ability or participation. Each intercollegiate participant must meet all NCAA Division III eligibility standards and must be a full-time student. Students are not eligible to represent their team in intercollegiate athletic competition during the period of any type of probation or deferred suspension, unless a specific exception was included in the written notice of probation or deferred suspension.
In addition to physical activity courses and athletics, students may participate throughout their college years in various recreational and intramural activities. Intramural programs in a variety of sports and other leisure activities exist for both men and women throughout the year.
70+ student organizations provide a variety of activities.
- Service Organizations
- Spirit Organizations
- Social Action
- Honor Societies
- Musical Organizations
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