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Austin is known for many things, which is perfect for students who are living there! Home to SXSW (South by Southwest), the city is not only tech driven— it has parks like Zilker Park, where you can hang out on the lawn area or play disc golf, or hike the trails. As students, you’re always on the lookout for free things, and Austin has plenty of those. Barton Springs Pool has a free swim time in the early morning hours and late at night as well. If you love Tex-Mex food, you’ll have tons of options to choose from. For food supplies, Hope Farmers Market has the hookup.
When you’re planning your college trip, whether it’s for a sorority or an orchestra, we have the right type of bus for your needs. Our fleet offers multiple sizes and amenities, from coach buses to sprinter vans, and everything in between, to meet your budgeting needs. Here are some of the most commonly chosen charter buses, so you can start to get an idea.
There are roughly twenty colleges and universities to choose from in Austin. The schools range from universities and colleges that are broad with tens of thousands of students to smaller more niched colleges that focus on one thing, such as seminary. Here are a list of some of the range of universities and colleges in Austin.
The University of Texas (at Austin) officially opened in September 1883. Its Austin campus is the flagship school in the UT system. Even though the school opened in 1883, it was written into the legislature in 1876, as part of the Texas Constitution. There are more than 51,000 students enrolled today— when it began it had 221. What a change! The school sits on a campus of more than 400 acres and its mascot is a Longhorn. There is a live Longhorn, Bevo, and a costumed one, Hook’em. Students have an unbelievable class selection, with more than 12,000 courses offered across nearly 400 undergrad and grad programs.
Austin Community College has been serving students since its inception in 1973. It offers associates degrees and technical/career certificates. More than 70,000 students attend the school, which offers 100+ programs of study, across 11 campuses. The school’s mascot is the Riverbat and its motto is “Start here. Get there.” The school also offers dual credit programs, continuing ed classes, and ESL coursework. It is the number one transfer college for Texas State and University of Texas. Austin Community College currently offers two bachelors degree programs: one in nursing, and one in Computer Information Technology.
Southwestern University sits on a large 700-acre campus, in Georgetown, Texas. Founded by Methodists, in 1840, the school claims many firsts on its site. It was the first higher education institution in Texas and hosted the first homecoming. Additionally, three of the first five Rhodes Scholars in Texas came from Southwestern. Although the school is first in many of these ways, it is not a large, cold institution. Currently, there are just over 1500 students attending the school, most of whom live on campus. The school’s mascot is the pirate.
Texas State University was founded in 1899 as Southwest Texas State Normal School (for teachers), and although its name changed many times over the course of a century, its latest version was changed less than ten years ago, in 2013! The school’s mascot is Bobo the Bobcat, and the University is the only university in Texas to have graduated a US President (Lyndon B. Johnson). There are nearly 40,000 students who attend the school and participate in its 200+ programs, wandering its spacious 492-acre campus. The school has the largest forensics research facility in the world (The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State).
The Art Institute of Austin is a small institution with just under 400 undergrad students. The school is a branch campus of The Art Institute of Houston. All told, there are roughly 15 campuses of The Art Institutes, which are a for-profit college organization; at one point there were nearly 50 campuses across the US. The Art Institute of Austin offers programs in diverse fields from Gaming & Technology to Culinary to Marketing. They offer scholarships and financial aid to those who qualify. The Austin location may be relocating to Bastrop in the near future.
St. Edward’s University was founded by Fr. Edward Sorin, CSC in 1877. Fr. Sorin was an immigrant from France and the Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Cross; he also founded Notre Dame in Indiana, prior to coming to Texas. The school’s motto is “Take On Your World”, and it retains its affiliation with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. There are 4,3000 students and more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Its students do an incredible amount of service hours annually— more than 70,000— and have received 66 Fulbrights since 2008. The school also has a satellite campus in France.