Introducing Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University is a small, 4-year, private college of business and liberal arts located in Austin, Texas. This Historically Black College offers an urban setting and was originally chartered in 1877 as Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute. One year earlier George W. Richardson began leasing a Methodist church in Dallas for his school. Richardson’s school was moved from Dallas to Austin in 1878 and was housed in another Methodist church. Samuel Hutson of Iowa gave Richardson’s struggling school property worth $10,000 with the understanding that it would bear his name. Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute and the school started by Richardson co-existed in Austin until 1952 when they merged to become Huston-Tillotson College. One more change would be made in 2005 when the school changed the name to Huston-Tillotson University.

The city of Austin has changed a little since the university was founded. In addition to being the state capitol and hosting a large state university, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Just walk along 6th street evenings and weekends to take it all in. There are a number of parks and lakes that are popular areas for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. Many bodies of water are spring-fed and the landscape is unique – just skirting the edge of the hill country. There is also no shortage of restaurants and interesting places to visit and explore.

Today Huston-Tillotson University is home to 1,112 undergraduate students. The ethnic makeup of students is 64 percent Black, 27 percent Hispanic, 5 percent White, 2 percent non-resident alien and 62 percent are female. Departments that attract the majority of students are Business/Marketing at 26 percent, Psychology at 15 percent, Education at 13 percent and Parks and Recreation at 12 percent. Gaining admission to Huston-Tillotson University is not difficult as they accept 63 percent of their applicants The estimated cost of attendance is $28,548. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1 and 56 percent of the freshman students return for sophomore year. This last statistic may seem low, but you have to remember that the rather large state university in town is almost irresistible to a student with outstanding grades at the end of their freshman year.

Huston-Tillotson University is a NAIA school that competes in 12 sports, including Cheer and E-Sports. Other than the very healthy Greek organizations on campus, the majority of campus activities are dedicated to service and nurturing successful young men and women.

If any of what you read above sounds interesting, contact the admissions office at 512.505.3028 or They will provide the additional information required in order to make an informed decision about whether the Huston-Tillotson University is a good fit for you.

Phone: (713) 858-4325
Fax: (713) 858-4325
Richmond, TX 77406
1860 FM 359 #229