Huston-Tillotson University (HT), the oldest institution of higher education in Austin, has roots dating to 1875. HT is an independent, church-related, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution located on a 23-acre tree-lined campus near downtown. HT’s mission embodies a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in 19 areas of study, including business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, and education. The university also offers the associate’s degree and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification.
Affiliated with both The United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ, the institution has a population of 1,031 students, representing 18 countries from China to Nigeria. The W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program, named for the African American intellectual and activist, provides students with a challenging curriculum above and beyond the areas of study. Opportunities such as the study abroad program and prestigious internships are available to students.
The HT legacy extends beyond the classroom. Azie Taylor Morton, Class of 1956, served as Treasurer of the United States during former President Jimmy Carter’s administration. At one time, all United States currency held her signature. She was also the national director of the United States Savings Bond division.
Founded to educate freed-slaves, HT has a vision of a connected world where diversity of thought matters. Major League Baseball great Jackie Robinson coached the men’s basketball team before he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, served as a physical education instructor and later served as a trustee after his baseball career. Today’s athletic teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as part of the Red River Athletic Conference.
The university has been recognized nationally for its sustainability efforts and is considered a leader among historically black colleges and universities in the use of campus solar power usage.
Campus landmarks include the Anthony and Louise Viaer-Alumni Hall, listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Texas Historical Site.