Local Education



K-12 Schools
Austin and Travis County's high-ranking public school districts provide numerous enrichment programs, magnet schools, and honors programs, as well as small classroom sizes (17 or less). Most districts boast average SAT scores topping 1000.


In addition, over 25 private and parochial schools are available, with semester tuition ranging from $1,800 to $12,000.

Colleges and Universities
Ever since the construction of Tillotson College in 1877, higher education has been an integral component of Austin life. More than 100,000 students attend Austin's seven colleges and universities (listed below in order of size, largest to smallest).


University of Texas at Austin
is a major research university, and the largest public university in the US. Founded in 1883, it is home to the sixth-largest academic library in the US, in addition to 15 research centers. Its numerous top-ranked programs include law, computer sciences, education, business, engineering, and public affairs. UT Austin holds nearly 300 men's team championship titles for sports, and nearly 100 women's titles.


Austin Community College
partners with many Austin high-tech firms to provide training and placement for local workforce.


Southwest Texas State University
is located midway between Austin and San Antonio, and is known for its School of Education.


St. Edward's University
is a private Catholic liberal arts university.


Southwestern University
is located just north of Austin. This acclaimed liberal arts institution is the oldest university in Texas.


Concordia University
is a private Lutheran university that offers diverse educational programs.


Huston-Tillotson College
Austin's oldest institution of higher learning, is a private four-year college.

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