A recent visit to central Texas revealed several great options for students searching for a variety of academic opportunities. Part two of this series focuses on Trinity University in San Antonio and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Trinity University is located in the vibrant and eclectic city of San Antonio. The notable highlights from the campus of approximately 2,400 students is the close relationships between students and faculty, the innovative and challenging curriculum and an emphasis on undergraduate research. Trinity Tigers boast a close sense of community, progressive attitudes and emphasize the development of strong leadership skills. Business and the sciences are some of their largest programs, but the university also promotes language across the curriculum and as a result modern languages is the second most popular major. Many students find having a double major or multiple minors is very manageable. The newest addition to campus, the Center for the Sciences and Innovation, promotes an interdisciplinary approach to research and science education. Unique programs include Arts, Letters and Enterprise, which offers courses in Business for Humanities majors.
A short drive north of Austin is Southwestern University. This charming campus offers a residential experience in a smaller setting but with relatively easy access to the urban Austin area for internship and recreational opportunities. The campus of approximately 1500 students offers a rigorous college curriculum in a supportive environment. One of its hallmark programs is "Paideia" in which students take a number of courses with a common theme and then a junior or senior seminar helps them synthesize the material with the world around them. Continuing the real-world theme, all students will present at a student work symposium on campus at some point during their academic career. And speaking of careers, Southwestern boasts a award-winning Career Services center that helps students starting in their freshman year to plan for life after college. Though biology, business, communications, political science and psychology are among their most popular majors, Southwestern has some smaller noteworthy programs as well, like the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.
Visiting central Texas provided a surprising number of great college alternatives for students no matter what their academic interests. Texas is a diverse state in itself, so even though some of the campuses have lower numbers of students from out of state in their statistics, you'll find the Texas students offering a diversity that makes it seem that the students are indeed from different states.