Best colleges in Austin

Keep Austin Weird

Only the Musically Inclined, Foodies of the world need apply

College-life, finger-licking cuisines, hike-and-bike trails, and live music cause many people to flock to Austin and never leave. The 11th most populous city in the U.S. and the 4th most populous city in the state of Texas is home to 15 private 4-year institutions. With 39 schools in all, nearly 45% of Austinites have a bachelor's degree or higher. Companies like IBM Corp, AT&T, Seton Family of Hospitals, and Luminex are settled in the area making Austin a promising city for technology, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology students.

Ranked No. 1 on Forbes' 2014 ranking of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S, relocating seems like a no brainer. Its 3,000+ local eats, swimming holes, music festivals –including the SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival— and of course, good ole American football keep the college students applying. With more than 250 live music venues, you can expect to hear music everywhere in Austin – from the grocery stores to the city council meetings. Austin also has some really unique tourist attractions such as their Cathedral of Junk and Baylor Street Art Wall. Pack a bag and a big appetite, and get ready for some fun in the LoneStar State.

*National Center for Education Statistics *forbes.com *www.austintexas.org/visit/music-scene/ *U.S. Census *www.taglineguru.com

Best Four Year Universities in Austin

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a public research university founded in 1883 in Austin, Texas with an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 50,000. UT Austin is a hub in Texas for academic research and consists of nationally renowned facilities including the LBJ Presidential Library and the Blanton Museum of Art. 

The university is in an urban setting with a campus located just north of the Colorado River in downtown Austin, with classes operating according to a semester-based academic calendar. The current student-faculty ratio at UT is 18:1, among the lowest in the UT system. UT Austin is made up of 18 colleges including the Cockrell School of Engineering, Moody College of Communication, and the Dell Medical School. Prospective applicants should note that the University of Texas at Austin’s tuition and fees for in-state students are about a quarter the cost of those for out-of-state students. 

UT Austin’s infrastructure on campus consists of seven museums, seventeen libraries, and an elaborate underground tunnel system that covers over six miles. In the athletic forum, the Texas Longhorn teams compete in the BIG-12 and enjoy regional football rivalry with Oklahoma, and locally with Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Notable alumni include actor Matthew McConaughey, film director Wes Anderson, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX

Southwestern University offers 38 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 330 students graduated with students earning 330 Bachelor's degrees.

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Saint Edward's University offers 89 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,161 students graduated with students earning 977 Bachelor's degrees, 183 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3 students graduated with students earning 3 Bachelor's degrees.

Concordia University Texas offers 39 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 703 students graduated with students earning 359 Bachelor's degrees, and 344 Master's degrees.

Huston-Tillotson University offers 19 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 214 students graduated with students earning 209 Bachelor's degrees, 4 Associate's degrees, and 1 Master's degree.

The Art Institute of Austin offers 23 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 106 students graduated with students earning 95 Bachelor's degrees, 10 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Texas Health and Science University offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 41 students graduated with students earning 37 Master's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Austin Graduate School of Theology offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 5 students graduated with students earning 4 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Master's degree.

South University, Austin
Round Rock, TX

South University, Austin offers 15 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 80 students graduated with students earning 52 Bachelor's degrees, 17 Associate's degrees, and 11 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Austin

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 285 students graduated with students earning 207 Certificates, and 78 Associate's degrees.

The College of Health Care Professions-Austin offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 286 students graduated with students earning 280 Certificates, and 6 Associate's degrees.

Riverland Community College offers 114 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 589 students graduated with students earning 311 Associate's degrees, and 278 Certificates.

Austin Community College District offers 208 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,717 students graduated with students earning 3,730 Associate's degrees, and 987 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Austin

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
The University of Texas at Austin Logo The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
3/5
20 : 1 51,090
Southwestern University Logo Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
5/5
13 : 1 1,511
Saint Edward's University Logo Saint Edward's University Austin, TX
5/5
23 : 1 3,976
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin Logo Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin Austin, TX   31 : 1 593
The College of Health Care Professions-Austin Logo The College of Health Care Professions-Austin Austin, TX   20 : 1 435
Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication Logo Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication Cedar Park, TX   11 : 1 11
Concordia University Texas Logo Concordia University Texas Austin, TX
5/5
48 : 1 2,518
Huston-Tillotson University Logo Huston-Tillotson University Austin, TX
3/5
26 : 1 1,121
CyberTex Institute of Technology Logo CyberTex Institute of Technology Austin, TX     159
Avenue Five Institute Logo Avenue Five Institute Austin, TX     277
Baldwin Beauty School-North Austin Logo Baldwin Beauty School-North Austin Austin, TX     85
Baldwin Beauty School-South Austin Logo Baldwin Beauty School-South Austin Austin, TX     52
Southern Careers Institute-Austin Logo Southern Careers Institute-Austin Austin, TX   6 : 1 596
Riverland Community College Logo Riverland Community College Austin, MN
2/5
51 : 1 3,475
Paul Mitchell the School-Austin Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Austin Austin, TX     140
The Art Institute of Austin Logo The Art Institute of Austin Bastrop, TX
4/5
193 : 1 385
Texas Health and Science University Logo Texas Health and Science University Austin, TX
4/5
11 : 1 89
Austin Graduate School of Theology Logo Austin Graduate School of Theology Austin, TX
3/5
8 : 1 33
The Recording Conservatory of Austin Logo The Recording Conservatory of Austin Austin, TX     27
Central Texas Beauty College-Round Rock Logo Central Texas Beauty College-Round Rock Round Rock, TX     156