Austin College

Austin College

Austin College, commonly referred to as AC, was founded in 1849. Initially located in Huntsville, Texas, the college moved to its present 70-acre campus in Sherman, Texas, in 1876. AC merged with the Texas Presbyterian College in 1930. The U.S. News & World Report of 2006 placed Austin College among the top 100 "Best Liberal Arts Colleges".

Students at Austin College are offered bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. Several pre-professional programs are also available. The academic centers of Austin College include:

  • Center for Environmental Studies
  • Center for Liberal Arts Teaching & Scholarship
  • Center for Southwestern & Mexican Studies
  • Posey Leadership Institute

The athletics department of Austin College fields men's and women's teams in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Kangaroos, the teams compete in the NCAA Division III, and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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Austin College
900 N Grand Ave
Sherman , TX 75090-4400
General Phone: (903) 813-2000

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Austin College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts127American studies, Latin American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Latin language, Classical languages and literature, English, ...
Therapy and Counseling51psychology
Business and Management45business
Science43biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching17elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, music teaching, physical education teaching, drama and dance teaching, speech teaching
Media17communication studies
Art Studies16art studies
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Austin College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree33530
Master's degree178

Austin College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Austin College had a total enrollment of 1,339 students (1,272 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 3%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 45%
20-21 45%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Austin College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Austin College Room and Board (2007)

Austin College offers campus housing for 951 of its 1,272 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Sherman, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Austin College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal560660
SAT Math570670
SAT Writing550660
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT69%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT51%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Austin College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,530
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,530
Room and board $ 8,657
Room charge $ 4,030
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,627
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Austin College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 354300)

Austin College Faculty

Austin College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1611

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$85,9997$86,449
Associate professoracademic year27$68,91612$65,169
Assistant professoracademic year14$58,07810$56,044
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year64$72,68430$66,604

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Austin College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Austin College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Speech Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Austin College Highlights

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What Sets Austin College Apart:

Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Austin College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Austin College % of degrees in mathematics
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 9%Austin College Number of students
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Austin College Student SAT scores
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Austin College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Austin College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Austin College % of degrees in science
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Austin College % of degrees in liberal arts
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 16%Austin College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Austin College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
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Top 18%Austin College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Austin College % of degrees in art studies

checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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