Austin boasts a number of good public and independent colleges and universities. High on the list are the esteemed University of Texas at Austin, the highly ranked St Edwards University, and popular Austin Community College.
The University of Texas at Austin, or UT Austin, is a public research university located just one mile from the Texas State Capitol. Founded in 1883, UT Austin is the flagship school of the University of Texas.
Today, the university enrolls 51,000 students across 171 programs that lead to bachelor's, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Among the areas of study offered are social sciences, communications, engineering, business, and biological sciences.
Based on academic achievement, UT Austin consistently ranks as one of the best universities in the nation and one of the top 40 in the world.
The University of Texas is known for its champion football team. UT Austin's basketball and baseball teams are also highly ranked nationally. Other sports popular at the university include swimming and diving, golf, tennis, cross-country running, volleyball, rowing, and softball.
Austin's St. Edwards University is an independent liberal arts college with a student population of about 4,860. The university was founded by the Reverend Edward Sorin of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1878, and is still affiliated with the congregation and the Catholic Church today.
St Edwards University offers 10 bachelors and master degrees in over 50 areas of study, all developed around a curriculum that explores the arts, sciences and humanities. Majors include economics, accounting, criminology, sociology, education, communications, biology and psychology.
The university is currently ranked thirteenth in the “Best Regional Universities in the West" list by U.S. News & World Report, and is one of only four Texas universities ranked among the 20 best in the west in 2015.
St Edwards University has more than 125 different clubs and student organizations, including a chess club, a climbing team, and even a Quidditch Association. The university's students also compete in basketball, swimming, rugby, rowing, soccer, cycling, and volleyball.
This public college has 11 campuses and centers located throughout Austin. The college offers two-year associate degrees and certificates in over 100 areas of study, including accounting, nursing, English, art, marketing, psychology, and biology.
Austin Community College enrolled its first class of 1,726 students in 1973. Today, the college enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and 15,000 non-credit students each year – making it the second largest college in the state of Texas. It's a college of choice among Austin's high school graduates, as well as a leader in university transfers.
Known as the Riverbats, students at the university run a newspaper, a radio station, and a television station. There is a marching band and a drama club, and the college's sports teams participate in soccer, tennis, kickball, basketball, bowling, football, and volleyball.
Other Austin colleges and universities
Other Austin colleges and universities include the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Concordia University, Hutson-Tillotson University, the Moody College of Communication, Virginia College, and the Acton School of Business.