Austin College, a four-year residential college located in Sherman, is the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas operating under its original charter. Since 1849, Austin College has maintained an unwavering commitment to the transformative power of education. With more than 50 areas of study in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, including renowned pre-professional preparation for law, medicine, dentistry, the ministry, engineering, and other graduate programs, Austin College students experience breadth and depth in academic study. In September 2016, the first TEDxAustinCollege event featured four speakers from the faculty on topics that add value to a changing world. A TEDx event is local and self-organized following the guidelines and direction of the popular TED Conference. TED (technology, entertainment, and design) brings people together in community to discuss “ideas worth spreading.” Based on the success of the first TEDxAustinCollege event, Austin College expects to continue the relationship with TED and host an event in 2017. Austin College continues to emphasize good stewardship of our natural resources. As of fall 2015, the campus is entirely powered by renewable energy sources. In 2013, the Austin College IDEA Center received LEED Gold certification for innovative environmental measures. Ninety-three percent of the 2015 graduates were employed upon graduation or are pursuing a graduate degree. Austin College Gateways is a program that helps simplify the process of entering graduate school. Gateways provides a clear path to graduate studies through accelerated admissions, partial and full scholarships, and advanced coursework. To date, Gateways includes 51 programs at 15 partner universities. Recognition of Austin College student achievement extends far beyond campus. In fact, Austin College isrecognized as a Top-Producing Fulbright School. Many students have been chosen for the highly selective Teach for America program. The college also is one of 286 schools in the nation with a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. The college provides a variety of cultural opportunities for the communities of Texoma in areas of music, art, and theatre. And, Austin College students regularly participate in local groups affiliated with the arts. The college significantly impacts the economics of the north Texas area and the recently established Austin College Center for Community and Regional Development serves as a resource for communities to work with the college to achieve local goals. Guided by ambitions and opportunities for students to see and experience the world’s complexities first-hand, Austin College graduates are prepared to be leaders and active participants in their communities.As former New York Times education editor Loren Pope wrote in Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College “is doing the essential work of producing the enlightened, responsible, creative people with moral compasses who make democracy work.” FAST FACTS Approximately 1300 students with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio 4-week January term allows students to explore areas of academic interest both on campus and across the world 7 of 10 Austin College graduates of the past decade have studied abroad at least once 48 percent of students represent ethnic minorities 16,000 hours of service are volunteered by students aiding local social service agencies 85-acre campus includes a 29-acre recreational area on Lake Texoma 80 percent acceptance rate into medical schools and other health science programs DID YOU KNOW? New academic programs include Neuroscience, Public Health, Accounting, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Non-Profit Organizations & Public Service, Global Management, Creative Writing Studies, and Global Science, Technology & Society. The Austin College Model United Nations (Model U.N.) program routinely places at the highest levels, winning year after year in international competition that simulates actual U.N. delegation interaction. The Jordan Family Language House offers an immersive residential learning experience in French, German, and Spanish. Students speak the target languages and learn from native speakers who live in each wing of the house. Students of Chinese and Japanese live in the East Asia Global Leadership Wing of the house and receive dedicated instruction of leadership behaviors in a global context. The Williams Student Investment Fund (SIF) of $1 million provides real-world experience in the stock market. This student-managed fund provides the opportunity for real rather than virtual investments.
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