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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 and 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 centres of Austin College include:
  • Center for Environmental Studies
  • Center for Liberal Arts Teaching and Scholarship
  • Center for Southwestern and 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.

Profile of Austin CollegeThe campus of Austin College is in Sherman, TX, which is a small city. Its Presbyterian Church (USA) nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Austin College is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Austin College has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in science, mathematics, art studies, therapy and Counselling, and liberal arts.

Austin College Selectivity

Admission at Austin College is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 560. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 660.

Austin College maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Austin College is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 1, 339 students enrolled (1, 331 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at Austin College. The school has a residential or campus feel. Austin College offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Austin College values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Austin College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts124political science, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, international relations, French language, sociology, Classical languages, . . .
Business and Management39business
Therapy and Counselling36psychology
Science29biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry
Education and Teaching27elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, middle school teaching, speech teaching, physical education teaching, art education, drama and dance teaching, music teaching
Media16communication studies
Art Studies9art studies
Religion and Philosophy9religion, philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies
Contact: Austin CollegeAustin College

900 N Grand Ave

Sherman, TX 75090-4400

General Phone: (903) 813-2000

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