Central Texas colleges and universities

Austin Community College


Tuition, per credit hour: $85/$287 (2014–15) in/out of district

Fall 2013 enrollment: 41,627 credit students; ACC also enrolls 15,000 noncredit students each year

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: Certain majors require completion of prerequisites. Visit www.austincc.edu/info for program choices and more information.

11 campuses throughout Central Texas

www.austincc.edu. Twitter: @accdistrict

Baylor Executive MBA and Executive Healthcare MBA


Tuition: $16,800/semester ($84,000 total) plus a $2,000 seat deposit (for 2014–16 Executive MBA Program); $17,400/semester ($87,000 total) plus a $2,000 seat deposit (for 2014–16 Executive MBA–Healthcare Program)

2013–15 enrollment: 20 (executive MBA)

Number of students accepted each year: No more than 30 students for each cohort (Executive MBA), no more than 15 students (Executive MBA–Healthcare)

Length of program: 21 months for both programs

Prerequisites needed: None (Executive MBA), experience in health care industry (Executive MBA–Healthcare)

3107 Oak Creek Drive, Ste. 240, Austin

www.baylor.edu/austinemba. Twitter: @baylor_business

Concordia University Texas


Undergraduate tuition per semester: $13,200 (2014–15), $14,655 (2014–15 nursing school)

Fall 2013 enrollment: 2,565

Most popular programs: Business administration, nursing, pre-nursing, education, kinesiology

Length of programs: Four years

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

11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin

www.discover.concordia.edu. Twitter: @concordiatx

Huston-Tillotson University


Annual tuition: $11,460 (2014–15)

2013–14 enrollment: 973

Percent of students accepted each year: 54 percent

Most popular programs: business administration, kinesiology, criminal justice

Length of programs: 120 credit hours minimum

Prerequisites needed for automatic admission: SAT—900, ACT—20

900 Chicon St., Austin.

www.htu.edu. Twitter: @hustontillotson

Southwestern University


Annual tuition: $36,120 (2014–15)

2013–14 enrollment: 1,536

Percent of students accepted each year: 52 percent

Most popular programs: Biology, business, communication studies, political science, psychology

Length of programs: 127 credit hours minimum

Prerequisites needed: Average SAT score—1165

1001 E. University Ave., Georgetown

www.southwestern.edu. Twitter: @southwesternu

St. Edward's University


Annual tuition: $36,150 (2014–15)

Fall 2013 enrollment: 4,861

Number of students accepted: 2,901 (Fall 2013)

Most popular majors: Psychology, biology, business administration, global studies

Length of programs: Four years

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

Average scores: SAT—1123, ACT composite—24

South Austin campus: 3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin

North Austin campus: 9420 Research Blvd., Echelon III, Ste. 200, Austin

www.stedwards.edu. Twitter: @stedwardsu

Texas A&M Health Science Center


Tuition: $12,780/$29,532 annual resident/nonresident (M.D. program), $300/$2,472 per credit hour part-time resident/nonresident (nursing bachelor's program)

Fall 2013 enrollment: 150 students (medicine M.D. program), 20 students (nursing bachelor's degree program)

Percent of students accepted: 7.66 percent (M.D. program), 20.59 percent (nursing bachelor's degree program; includes College Station applications)

Most popular programs: College of Medicine M.D. program, College of Nursing second-degree program

Length of programs: Four years (M.D. program), 15 months (nursing bachelor's degree program)

Prerequisites needed/admission criteria considered: Passage of MCAT and 47 semester hours in various core curriculum (medicine M.D. program): HESI Admissions Assessment Exam, Nursing CAS Application and 58 semester hours in core curricula (nursing bachelor's degree program)

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

www.tamhsc.edu. Twitter: @tamhsc

Texas State University


Tuition and fees: $705.68 per semester hour (2013–14)

Fall 2012 enrollment: 35,568

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, nursing (Round Rock)

Length of programs: Four years

Prerequisites needed: SAT—1270, ACT—29

601 University Drive, San Marcos; 1555 University Blvd., Round Rock

www.txstate.edu. Twitter: @txst

The University of Texas at Austin


Annual undergraduate in-state tuition: $9,798 (2013–14)

Fall 2012 undergraduate enrollment: 39,979 students

Percent of first-time freshmen accepted, fall 2013: 40 percent

Most popular programs: Communication/journalism, social sciences, engineering, business/marketing, and biological/life sciences

Length of programs: Four years

2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin

www.utexas.edu. Twitter: @utaustin

This guide represents a selection of not-for-profit higher education institutions in the area. It is not meant to be comprehensive.
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.