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2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Exploring Austin-Area Campuses: What You’ll Experience on the Campus Tours

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Austin Community College

Austin Community College (ACC) opened its first campus in 1973 which served over 1,500 students. Since then, ACC has become one of the largest colleges in the nation. With its 11 campuses, ACC provides educational enrichment to nearly 76,000 students annually. Among its numerous achievements, ACC has been named one of the top 25 community colleges for Hispanics and one of the top 100 associate degree producers. ACC houses one of the ten Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers which “prepares the next generation of strategic leaders and critical thinkers to break down racial hierarchies and dismantle the belief in the hierarchy of human value.”

In the fall of 2014, ACC opened the doors to its 32,000 square foot ACCelerator learning lab. The lab features over 600 virtualized desktop workstations, classrooms, and group collaboration rooms. Students are supported by advisors, counselors, faculty members, and other on-campus staff while in the lab. Various classes are held in the ACCelerator each semester such as geography, developmental math, business communications, motion graphics, and English as a second language. Dr. Jill Biden, the former second lady, comments “I got shivers when I walked in [the ACCelerator lab]. I hope other community colleges come and see this and then adopt it on their own campuses.” ACC now hosts ACCelerator labs at three of their campus locations: Highland, Round Rock, and San Gabriel. Interested in hearing more about this state of the art learning environment? Sign up for a campus tour during the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas!

Huston-Tillotson University

“A connected world where diversity of thought matters,” is the vision statement of Huston-Tillotson University (HT). Chartered in 1952, Huston-Tillotson is a private historically black university in Austin, Texas. Huston-Tillotson University is affiliated with The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). With its rich history dating back to a merger between Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College, HT students are exposed to a college experience centered on a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. Building on this legacy, HT instituted the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program in 2003. Twenty academically gifted first-year students are provided an opportunity to enrich their education through honors courses, specialized seminars and lectures, networking and mentorship opportunities, and cultural events.

Campus Life at HT is vibrant! Students can find community through joining a student organization, participating in religious life, or join in yelling “Go Rams!” at an intercollegiate athletic event. Would you like to learn more about life at HT? Sign up for a campus tour during the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas!

St. Edward’s University

In 1841, Father Edward Sorin sailed from France to the New World in the hope of establishing both St. Edward’s and Norte Dame Universities. Mary Doyle, a resident of Austin, TX, requested a Catholic school to be established on her 398-acre farm that she was willing to donate in 1872. In 1878, the first class was taught in the Doyle farmhouse. In 1885, the school was chartered by the state of Texas as Saint Edward’s college; the school was named after the King of England and Sorin’s patron, St. Edward. This vibrant liberal arts university continues to thrive in the heart of Texas. The university maintains smaller class sizes with a 13:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 18 students. 

Some of the most popular majors include psychology, communication, and media students, and business administration. This private university enrolls close to 4,000 undergraduate students and its campus size sprawls over 160 acres in the heart of the capital of Texas. With more than 100 student organizations to get involved in, students have a variety of options to get plugged in. The university has a rich Hilltopper tradition and promotes all kinds of students to make a difference upon graduation. If you want more information or the opportunity to see his historic institution – sign up for a campus tour during the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas!

UT Austin

Established in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin, also known as UT Austin, is a large, public, research university; it is also the flagship higher education institution of the state of Texas and the University of Texas System. Ranked among the biggest and best research institutions in the country, the university is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty members. UT Austin was also recently named in the top 15 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Today, UT Austin boasts nearly half a million alumni.

Housed within the Division of Student Affairs, the Center for Students in Recovery (CSR) is a unique and innovative office which provides a safe space and supportive community for students in recovery or seeking recovery from addiction. The newly renamed William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center is a LEED Gold-certified structure, housing many offices for student services, and offering 149,000 square feet of departmental space, dining, and distributed lounge space, with over 25,000 feet of outdoor seating. Jester Center is the largest residential hall at UT Austin, housing nearly 3,200 students. Built in 1969, Jester Center recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Visit the CSR, Powers Student Activity Center, and Jester Center during our campus tour of UT Austin - sign up to visit during the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas!

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