Austin College is a liberal arts college located on 85 beautiful tree-lined acres in the sleepy but charming and historic town of Sherman, forty-five minutes northeast of Dallas and close to the Oklahoma border. It’s several hours north of Austin, Texas so don’t confuse the two. 80% of students live on campus and choose from more than 55 areas of study.

The campus is filled with massive trees, surrounding and within well-manicured lawns. I visited on a cold, gloomy, gray day which allowed the lawns to pop with green against the dreary sky. Students sat huddled together, talking in low voices, within the student center while others spread out with papers and computers in tow. It had a serious, intent vibe, that those out and about were directed and motivated, and those in the student center were focused and studying. The dining center had floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the grounds, and on a beautiful day would have been a delightful setting for meals and intriguing conversations.

Wynne Chapel, nestled between academic buildings, sits close to the student center and stands out among the building. Wooden pews, simple design, and beautiful organ pipes behind the alter evoke a place of calm spirituality.

Unique programs include students investing and managing real money through their Million dollar Williams Student Investment firm. Students can participate in Mock Trial, Mediation, and Moot Court tournaments as well as in Model United Nations programs. Austin College also houses a Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic and Transformative Education (CREATE) for those students seeking research and creative activities.

Austin College seems to have something for every student and almost every student takes advantage of the multitude of experiences offered. 75% complete internships! 90% participate in community service! 75% study internationally! The college offers Jordan Family Language House with immersive language learning in Chinese, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese. Global Outreach Fellowships allow 10 to 15 students funding for summer international service projects. A dorm for juniors and seniors help them transition into life beyond campus. The college offers more than 70 campus organizations and has a recreational complex at Lake Texhoma for swimming and camping.

Robust career services help prepare students for life after graduation with etiquette dinners, mock interviews, and resume preparation. 80% of students in health sciences and law studies are typically accepted into their respective graduate or professional programs and 63% of graduates pursue advanced degrees.

97% of 2016 graduates completed their degree in four years or less. Wow! Cost of attendance is $37,340 for tuition while room and board was $12,082. The average gift-aid was $28,745 in 2015. 75% of students received merit-based scholarships. 74% of students ranked in the top 25% of their high school class. Applicants may apply via or Early Decision deadline is November 1, and two Early Action Deadlines are December 1 and January 15. Regular Decision deadline is March 1.  44% are ethnic minorities.

Austin College receives yearly independent recognition too.

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