Similar to Pottsboro, Austin College has a long and storied history in North Texas. Pottsboro’s leaders are proud that this leading national four-year liberal arts college is among the area’s educational offerings. The presence of the college makes a significant economic impact in North Texas and provides a variety of cultural opportunities for members of the Grayson County communities; particularly in areas of music, art, and theater, as well as lectures and special events.
The Pottsboro Area Public Library became one of 20 libraries nationwide to receive $5000 in grant money though Austin College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) Program. Through the program, Austin College students work directly with non-profits to write grant proposals and raise money for projects. This valuable partnership greatly benefits the library, encouraging its growth and success in Pottsboro.
Since 1849, Austin College has maintained an unwavering commitment to the transformative power of education. As the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas operating under its original charter, the Austin College community takes pride in its deep roots.
Recently, Austin College opened the new IDEA Center (Inquiry, Discovery, Entrepreneurship, and Access), a state of-the-art science facility that is home to the physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics departments. The facility received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its use of a reflective roof, natural lighting, and underground reservoir. The Adams Observatory, positioned on the roof of the IDEA Center, features one of the largest research telescopes in north Texas.
With a student body of approximately 1,300 and an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, opportunities for meaningful research, hands-on learning, and the ability to pursue special interests abound. The faculty consists of no graduate-level teaching assistants. In fact, 97% of the faculty, who teach at all levels, earned doctoral degrees. Learning happens in classroom discussions led by these talented professors who are dedicated to teaching, passionate about their work, and eager to inform their students. Faculty and students often work together on research projects and learning opportunities. Sometimes the answers discovered aren’t as important as the process of inquiry and discovery.
Few colleges offer a greater emphasis on experiential learning and international education, highlighted by a nationally recognized study abroad program that includes JanTerm and internship programs. Furthermore, service opportunities, such as the Global Outreach fellowships, have sent students on self-designed service volunteer projects around the world.
Over the past decade, more than 70 percent of Austin College graduates studied abroad at least once. Guided by these ambitions and the opportunities to 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.
Austin College faculty and staff encourage students to change lives—their own and those of others—through service, research, leadership preparation, and an understanding of the global community. Students come to Austin College for exceptional academic offerings in business, biology, communications, psychology, and more than 45 other areas of study in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
Recognition of the preparation of Austin College extends far beyond campus. Current students and graduates receive prestigious awards for their work. Austin College is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, based upon the percentage of the student body who were awarded. Many students have been chosen for the highly selective Teach for America program. The college also is one of only about 280 schools in the nation with a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
The campus is located in nearby Sherman. The college maintains a recreation area on Lake Texoma and five environmental research areas in the surrounding area. The college provides a variety of cultural opportunities for members of the Grayson County communities in areas of music, art, and theater. The presence of the college also makes a significant economic impact in the North Texas area.