Austin College is a private, residential, co-educational college dedicated to educating undergraduate students in the liberal arts and sciences. Also offered are select pre-professional programs and a graduate teacher education program. Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1849, Austin College continues its relationship with the church. It is committed to a heritage that values personal growth, justice, community, and service. An Austin College education emphasizes academic excellence, intellectual and personal integrity, and participation in community life.
The mission of Austin College is to educate students in the liberal arts and sciences in order to prepare them for rewarding careers and for full, engaged, and meaningful lives.
Austin College has been ranked # 1 in the nation twice in the last five years by the Institute of International Education for percentage of study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions. More than 70 percent of Austin College students travel abroad at least once, exploring some 50 countries on six continents. The Jordan Family Language House offers an immersive residential experience in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Just over the 35 percent of students entering Austin College declare an interest in health sciences, and graduates enjoy an 80 percent acceptance rate into healthcare programs, with the highest numbers going to medical school. Austin is one of only 270 schools in the nation with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Located on a 70-acre campus located north of Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin is one of Loren Pope's 40 selections profiled in his acclaimed book, Colleges That Change Lives.