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Austin College
(N. Grand Ave., Sherman)


Oldest college in Texas operating under original charter. Founded 1849 by the Presbytery of Brazos under leadership of Daniel Baker. Named for Stephen F. Austin, father of Texas. Opened in Huntsville with Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and Henderson Yoakum—Texas statesmen—among original trustees. Bell donated by Houston hangs in present chapel. For years competence in Greek and Latin was required for admittance.

In 1855 opened the first law-school in state, and became first college in Texas to award graduate degrees in 1856. Had the first chapter in Texas of any national fraternity (Phi Delta Theta). Remained open during Civil War although most students joined the Confederate Army. Post-war problems and epidemics caused move to Sherman in 1876. Oldest building is Luckett Hall (1908), the first building on this campus having been destroyed by arson in 1913.

Erected first college Y.M.C.A. building west of the Mississippi River, 1911. In World War I, cooperated with the Student Army Training Corps and admitted first coeds. In World War II aided Army Air Training Corps.

Founded to serve the youth of pioneer families, college now enrolls students from all over the world and is a leader in creative Christian liberal arts education