Colleges and Universities

Higher Education Choices in Austin

St. Edward's University (above) is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).

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Fortune magazine once named Austin one of the country’s top five “intellectual capitals,” and it’s no wonder. Forbes has ranked Austin the third-biggest “brain magnet” city, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks the University of Texas at Austin among its “Best Values in Public Colleges” list.  And, according to an American Community Survey, Austin ranks fifth in the number of college graduates, with 45 percent of the population holding a degree.

Many of those degrees are awarded right here in Central Texas. That’s because Austin’s thriving intellectual capital attracts students from across the country and internationally to attend one of the city’s noted colleges and universities. In fact, the business, law and engineering schools at the University of Texas have all earned regular spots on Hispanic Business magazine’s lists of top ten schools for Hispanics.

Getting a quality education outside the area is easy, too, with many prestigious colleges and universities within 100 miles of Austin. These schools include Baylor University (Waco); Texas A&M University (College Station); Trinity University (San Antonio); Central Texas College (Killeen); Texas Lutheran University (Seguin); University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton); Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio); Texas State Technical College (Waco) St. Mary’s University, (San Antonio); University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio); Temple College (Temple); and the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio).

Add these schools to what’s already here in Austin, and it’s easy to see how more than 100,000 undergraduate students and more than 18,000 degrees conferred each year are right here in Central Texas.

The following is an overview of Austin’s major colleges and universities, including school history, degree programs and enrollment, tuition and fees (not including room/board), and contact information. 

Austin Community College

5930 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752
512-223-4ACC (4222)

The Austin Independent School District established Austin Community College in 1973. Now governed by an independent board, ACC has grown to six campuses, plus the Highland Business Center and Downtown Center, as well as 40 teaching locations throughout Austin and surrounding areas. ACC also provides contracted training to many local high tech companies, and the school’s Highland Business Center and Downtown Center are involved in the development of course work and training specifically designed for Austin industries like high tech, government and manufacturing.  ACC offers 235 degrees and certificates, including two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees in 30-plus university transfer majors, and Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in more than 80 technical fields, as well as an Associate of Arts in Teaching program. ACC is also the leading source of transfer students to the University of Texas-Austin and Texas State University-San Marcos, and is the top choice for high school graduates and adults who enter college.

ACC enrolls more than 44,000 credit students, with an additional 15,000 students enrolled in noncredit classes. One-year tuition and fees (30 credits) is $1,740 in-district, and $4,980 for out-of-district tuition.

Baylor University Executive MBA

Oak Creek Plaza
3107 Oak Creek Drive, Suite 240
Austin, TX 78729

Baylor University offers a 21-month Executive MBA Program in Austin, admitting up to a maximum of just 40 industry professionals each year. Classes are held on Monday and Thursday evenings, and the Baylor EMBA program is AACSB-accredited. Senior faculty members, department chairs, deans, and industry leaders all have years of experience as instructors. 

Baylor executive MBA graduates complete 48 credit hours over five semesters and 21 months in a curriculum designed to strengthen analytical and managerial skills. Areas of study include finance, economics, management, accounting, strategy, and more.  Students also take a 9-day trip for to Asia unique perspective on the global marketplace.

The cost of the Baylor Executive MBA Program in Austin for those entering in August 2011 is $73,500, which includes a $2,000 non-refundable deposit (the deposit is also “deferrable” for one year to include entry in fall 2012). The cost includes graduate tuition and student fees for 48 credit hours, a week-long residency program in Waco (including hotel and meals), a fully-configured laptop computer and wireless Internet access, all books, case studies, and other instructional materials, a 5-day trip to Washington, D.C. (including air, lodging and most meals), a 9-day international trip to Asia (including lodging and most meals, as well as the flight between two cities in the middle of the trip), parking and meeting facilities at the Austin campus, and meals and snacks each class evening.

Concordia University

11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX 78726

Concordia University at Austin is a small, private liberal arts and sciences school offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Founded in 1926, Concordia University is part of the Concordia University System and focuses on quality, Christ-centered, Lutheran higher education for lives of service to Church and community; the school’s mission is to develop Christian leaders. Concordia is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; however, all faiths are welcome.

Concordia offers 18 undergraduate majors in four colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, and Sciences, as well as a Master of Education and Master of Business Administration graduate degrees. Concordia also offers both adult degree and distance learning programs for part-time and adult returning students.

 was approximately 2,100 (as of May 2011). Off-campus tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters was $22,920; room and board for the fall and spring semester was $8,460; and the on-campus total for the fall and spring semesters was $31,380.

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