HT logoHuston–Tillotson University is a historically black university in Austin, Texas, United States. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. Huston–Tillotson University established in 1881. The University is a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Their colors are maroon and white & their motto is In Union, Strength.

  • Location: 900 Chicon St, Austin, Texas 78702-2795
  • Phone: (512) 505-3000
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  • Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Awards offered: Bachelor's degree
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • City: Large
  • Campus housing: Yes
  • Student population: 901 (895 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14 to 1



  • The history of Huston – Tillotson University lies in two schools: Tillotson College and Samuel Huston College.
  • Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute was chartered as a coeducational school in 1877 by the American Missionary Society of Congregational churches.
  • Samuel Huston College developed out of an 1876 Methodist Episcopal conference.
  • On October 24, 1952 Tillotson College and Samuel Huston College merged to form Huston-Tillotson College.
  • It then became Huston–Tillotson University on February 28, 2005.


Huston–Tillotson University's campus is located at the site of the former Tillotson College on a land feature formerly known to local residents as Bluebonnet Hill. The 24-acre (9.7 ha) campus is located in East Austin, between 7th and 11th streets near I-35 and downtown Austin.

Our Students

  • Total enrollment (men/women): 312/338
  • In-state: 507 Other regions: 21 states; 18 international
  • Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 267/291
  • Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 45/47
  • Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 488; Asian, 3; Hispanic, 59; Caucasian, 3; Native American, 1; International, 86; Other/Unclassified, 10.


  • Number of faculty members: 59
  • Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Full-time faculty members: 39
  • Part-time faculty members: 20
  • Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 54%


  • Huston-Tillotson University awards four-year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science and technology.
  • The University also offers alternative teacher certification and academic programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in Law and Medicine.


  • The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides academic assistance and resources for students in their educational journey at Huston-Tillotson University.
  • Male Achievement and Persistence (MAP) and Women Advancing in Leadership and Knowledge (WALK) programs are especially designed to help high-risk students successfully matriculate through college.
  • The Study Abroad Program in the Dominican Republic focuses on a cultural-historical theme. One of the course offerings will cover the Culture and History of the Dominican Republic and another course will provide students with training in the Spanish language. The Program’s goal is to prepare students to work and compete in the global, multi-cultural world of the 21st century.
  • Huston-Tillotson University the library serves as the center for a wide variety of resources such as books, periodicals, media, electronic databases, and eBooks.

Sources: Huston-Tillotson University

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