Central Texas colleges and universities

Austin Community College

Tuition, per credit hour: $62 (2012–13), $67 (2013–14)

Fall 2012 enrollment: 43,000 credit students

Percent/number of students accepted each year: ACC has an open-door admissions policy, meaning everyone who meets eligibility criteria is encouraged to enroll.

Top intended majors, fall 2012

General studies, nursing, business administration, general studies in science, engineering

Time required to complete degrees/certificates: Less than one year to two years

Prerequisites needed: N/A

Nine* campuses throughout Central Texas. *Hays Campus opens fall 2013.

www.austin.cc.edu/apply/, Twitter: @accdistrict

Baylor Executive MBA, Austin

Tuition for 2013–15: $84,000, plus a $2,000 seat deposit

2012–14 enrollment: 26 students

Number of students accepted each year: No more than

40 students for each cohort

Length of the program: 21 months

Prerequisites needed: GMAT may be required

3107 Oak Creek Drive, Ste. 240, Austin

www.baylor.edu/business/awemba/, Twitter: @baylor_business

Concordia University Austin

Undergraduate tuition per semester*: $11,800 (2012–13), $12,940 (2013–14). *Concordia's Nursing School has different tuition and fees. Visit www.concordia.edu/nursing for details.

Fall 2012 enrollment: 2,568

Most popular programs

Education, nursing, business

Length of programs: Four years

Prerequisites needed: SAT/ACT for undergraduates, no GRE required for graduate programs

11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin

https://discover.concordia.edu.Twitter: @concoridatx

Eastern Williamson County

Higher Education Center

Tuition per credit hour: Texas residents—$97 (technical courses), $82 (academic courses); nonresidents—$254

Percent accepted: EWCHEC offers open enrollment, so all students who meet admissions requirements are accepted. Some technical programs have additional requirements.

Length of programs: One to two years

Prerequisites needed: All students, unless exempt or TSI-waived, must take an approved test for TSI before enrolling. TSI is the Texas Success Initiative, a state-legislated program that is designed to improve a student's success in college.

555 Limmer Loop, Round Rock www.waco.tstc.edu/higher

Huston-Tillotson University

Tuition: $11,020 (2012–13), $11,460.00 (2013–14)

2012–13 enrollment: 918 students

Percent of students accepted each year: 54 percent

Most popular programs

Business administration, kinesiology, criminal justice,

biology, psychology

Length of those programs: 120 credit hours minimum

Prerequisites needed: Minimum SAT—860, minimum ACT—18

900 Chicon St., Austin www.htu.edu. Twitter: @hustontillotson

Southwestern University

Tuition: $33,440 (2012–13), $34,410 (2013–14)

2012–13 enrollment: 1,394

Percent of students accepted each year: 61 percent

Most popular programs

Psychology, business, biology, communication studies

Prerequisites needed: Average SAT score—1203

1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown

www.southwestern.edu, Twitter: @southwesternu

St. Edward's University

Tuition: $31,110 (2012–13), average paid by freshmen: $13,070; $33,320 (2013–14)

2012–13 enrollment: 5,095

Percent/number of students accepted: 63.85 percent/2,645

Most popular majors

Biology, psychology, communication, business administration

Length of programs: Four years

Minimum prerequisites: SAT—higher than 500 on each section, ACT—higher than 21

Average scores: SAT—1125, ACT composite—24

3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin

www.stedwards.edu, Twitter: @stedwardsu

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Tuition: Variable by semester, contact college

Spring 2013 enrollment: 71 (College of Medicine), 61 (College of Nursing)

Number of students accepted each year: 200* (medicine), 20 (nursing). *Number reflects entire class, as students do not receive acceptance to a specific campus.

Most popular programs

MD (medicine), second-degree program (nursing)

Program length: Four years (medicine), 16 months (nursing)

Prerequisites needed: MCAT (medicine); HESI A2 entrance exam, 25 semester hours and applicable core curriculum

3950 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Ste. S211A, Round Rock

www.tamhsc.edu. Twitter: @tamhsc

Texas State University—San Marcos

Tuition and fees for 2013–14: $677.63 per semester hour

Fall 2012 enrollment: 34,225 students

Percent of students accepted, fall 2012: 57.6 percent

Most popular programs

Curriculum and instruction, health and human performance, journalism and mass communication, psychology,

art and design

Length of those programs: Four years

Prerequisites needed: SAT—1500; ACT—18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

601 University Drive, San Marcos

www.txstate.edu. Twitter: @txst

The University of Texas at Austin

2013–14 undergraduate in-state tuition: $9,790

Fall 2012 undergraduate enrollment: 37,083 students

Percent of students accepted, fall 2012: 46.7 percent

Most popular programs

Biological sciences, Liberal arts, Business administration, Computer science, Psychology

Length of those programs: four years

Prerequisites needed: SAT, ACT

2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin

www.utexas.edu. Twitter: @utaustin

Western Governors University (online only)

Tuition per six-month term: $2,890

2013 enrollment: 3,890 students

Largest undergraduate programs

Business, information technology, teaching

Length of the programs: Six-month terms. Time to completion varies by student; averages listed on each program's Web page.

Admission criteria considered: Student interview(s), prior college and work experience, WGU Texas Collegiate Readiness Assessment

https://texas.wgu.edu/. Twitter: @wgutexas

This guide represents a selection of not-for-profit institutions in the area. It is not meant to be comprehensive.