Austin's Best Universities & Colleges

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If you’re planning on attending college in Austin, the same notion holds true. Searching for the right college or university to attend can be very cumbersome, especially when you have a lot of options to choose from. Austin alone is home to over 30 colleges and universities!

Remember, every college has its own character and mission, so be smart and chose wisely! Here are a few schools that are popular around Austin that can give you an idea of what’s around town.

University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is a research university located in Downtown Austin. Founded in 1883 and currently containing over 50,950 undergraduate and graduate students, UT prides itself for being one of the largest student bodies in the U.S., all the while continuing its rich history and international recognition. From undergraduate to doctoral programs, UT offers a wide range of opportunities for its diverse and thriving student body.

Housing and Student Life

UT offers a wide range of dormitories, college affiliated housing, and cafeterias. About 80% of students live nearby and off campus in student apartments or fraternity/sorority houses. Greek life is popular at UT, with 20 sororities and 36 fraternities around campus to choose from. There are also many other non-Greek life affiliated student run organizations to be a part of as well. The campus scene is exciting, full of positive energy, and contains plenty of school spirit. “Hook ‘em Horns!!” as they say!


UT’s men's and women's athletic program consists of 18 varsity teams, which are nicknamed the Longhorns. They compete in the Big 12 Conference of the NCAA's Division I athletics. They are typically very competitive and successful, as they play against very high levels of competition. Their biggest rivals are instate opponents, The Texas A&M Aggies, as well as bordering state rival, The Oklahoma Sooners.

Austin Community College

Austin Community College has multiple campuses in and around the Austin area. Its enrollment consists of roughly 42,000 students scattered throughout eight campuses. When it comes to tuition, ACC's prices change depending on where you live. For instance, the tuition rate is cheaper for people that live within Austin proper (within the city limits), but once you start to trickle into other counties or if you’re an international/out-of-state student, you will have to pay more as a result. Students in high school also have the option to take early college courses via ACC, if they so desire.

Housing and Student Life

Many students commute from their residencies since ACC does not provide student housing – which is very common for most community colleges. There are various events and organizations that you can be a part of, and you can read more about them by checking out their website.


Leagues take place during the Fall and Spring semesters, with registration opening the first week of each semester. Sports include Men's & Women's Soccer, Co-rec Soccer, Co-rec Flag Football, Men's & Women's Basketball, Co-rec Bowling and Women's Volleyball.


The Art Institute of Austin is one of many “Art Institute” colleges that are settled around the country. It technically serves as branch of The Art Institute of Houston, but nonetheless they share the same mission of “…providing a quality, collaborative academic environment for individuals seeking creative careers through higher education.” They offer degree programs in media arts, design, fashion and culinary arts.

Housing and Student Life

There are a couple apartment complexes that the school recommends, and you will more than likely have to use a car or a bus to get to school. Most of the student body resides near the city and commutes.

St. Edwards University

St. Edward's is a hidden gem – nestled within Austin’s South Congress neighborhood. This small, private, liberal arts Roman Catholic institution adds to the diversity of the area.  Founded in 1885, the Reverend Edward Sorin created St. Edward's many years after having founded Notre Dame University. It is named in honor of his patron saint, Edward the Confessor and King, and is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. The student body is roughly 5,000 and offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

Housing and Student Life

In regard to on-campus life, there are eight student housing buildings/dormitories along with a handful of cafeterias and eateries to choose from. Those who decide to live “off campus” typically need not stray far away from campus itself. The South Congress area of Austin (in which St. Edward's is located) is typically booming with young professionals and students alike. St. Edward's strives to achieve diversity and inclusiveness in its student body, which is propelled by student government participation and interaction amongst faculty. “You’ll understand Holy Cross, Catholic values and will be able to apply them to social justice issues.


Known as the Hilltoppers, St. Edward's participates in NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams, which include Men's and Women's Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer and Tennis (women also compete in Division II Volleyball).

Concordia University of Texas

Concordia’s student body consists of over 2500 students with a mission to develop leaders in the community. Despite the Christian background and influence in the curriculum, Concordia welcomes students of all faiths onto its campus, where the goal is that students can receive a more intimate and directed study, compared to other institutions. They offer a wide array of majors to choose from, including music and business for example. They have grown in size and in numbers over the last 30 years and are planning on continuing to do so.

Housing and Student Life

At Concordia, there are various co-curricular events, organizations, and programs including: student government, social activities, week of welcome, and many more. All 1st year students are required to live on campus, and the dorms are very new and furnished.


The Concordia Cardinals compete in NCAA Division III athletics. There are 7 varsity sports each for men and women’s teams, as well as intramural sports for non-varsity participants.

Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University is a private HBCU (Historically Black College and University) located in East Austin. The school is welcome to students of all faiths and ethnicities despite its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. There are approximately 1,000 students, 90% of which are undergrads, as they offer degrees in social sciences business, education, the humanities, as well as many others. They have the mission of pushing students to engage in critical self-reflection about the relationship between knowledge, self, and society and be challenged to pursue their education with a stronger sense of purpose.

Housing and Student Life

There are two dorms, one male housing and one female housing. Both facilities have basic dormitory amenities and they are home to most of the student body. Students can join fraternities and sororities, as well as academic organizations and campus ministries. Since it is a small campus, students that are interested in outside events are only a short distance from Downtown Austin.


The Huston-Tillotson Rams are represented in the Red River Conference, an affiliate of the NAIA. There are 7 men’s varsity teams and 8 women’s varsity teams.