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Huston-Tillotson University

Huston–Tillotson University (HT) is a private historically black university in Austin, Texas. Established in 1875, Huston–Tillotson University was the first institution of higher learning in Austin. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. Huston–Tillotson University awards bachelor’s degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science, and technology and a master’s degree in educational leadership. The university also offers alternative teacher certification and academic programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in law and medicine.

fRAMily Honorees & Awards

President Burnette Named Austinite Of The Year
Congratulations to Mr. Wayne Knox Selected For Aspiring Leaders Cohort
Cassanova Named Assistant Vice President, Administration and Finance
Banner Year For International Student Enrollment At HT
Clemmons Named Student Of The Year Nominee By DivInc
Downing Named To CIAA Hall Of Fame

Austin Celebrates Life And Legacy Of Dr. King

As the City of Austin honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a virtual event Monday, Huston-Tillotson University student leaders were featured during the celebration. HT Student Government Association President Derrick Jackson Jr., Miss HT Michela Walker, and Mister HT Christian Broussard each participated in the program. Additionally, University President Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette and University Chaplain Rev. Donald Brewington brought remarks as Dr. King was remembered on what would have been his 92nd birthday on Jan. 15.

#HTVaxUp: Holiday Season Tips To Stay Safe

Huston-Tillotson University provides tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the holiday season. Click on the graphic to watch the video for important reminders so we all can enjoy healthy and happy holiday moments with those who matter most.

It is time for the fRAMily Reunion! We are calling all Huston-Tillotson alumni from around the country to return to campus for 2022 Homecoming.

The theme of this year’s fRAMily Reunion is “Back in Full Effect”. We are welcoming all alumni, family, friends, and members of the Austin community to join us in celebrating the “Pride of East Austin”, our beloved Huston-Tillotson University.


Are you an alumnus/alumna? We want to hear from you! Contact Chris Cutkelvin, Director of Alumni Relations, at 512-505-3074 or via email at or schedule a virtual meeting below:

16th E.T. Dixon Lecture Set For January 27

The Huston-Tillotson University Center for Religious Life Campus Ministry will present the 16th Annual Bishop E. T. Dixon Lecture on Thursday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

This year’s lecture, titled “It’s A Conversation; Why Is Scripture Still Relevant After 2,500 Years?”, will be presented virtually via zoom (log-in information in graphic).

The speakers are Dr. James Kraft, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Huston-Tillotson University, and Dr. Herbert Marbury, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East, Vanderbilt School of Divinity.

Dixon, for which the lecture is named, is one of two HT graduates to receive “bishop” status. He graduated magna cum laude from what was Samuel Huston College in 1943 before earning a degree from Drew Theological Seminary. He served the church and community in numerous positions while establishing innovative programs before and after becoming president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He retired in 1992 and died in 1996. Huston-Tillotson is affiliated with The United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and offers a minor in religious studies.


The Office of Admission invites you to help us showcase Huston-Tillotson University for our Spring 2022 RAM Preview Day on Friday, February 18, 2022, at 9:30am.

We need your help with showing our #FutureRAMs all that HT has to offer in a safe and social distanced friendly environment! Your role as a volunteer will be very important.

As an I.D.E.A.L RAM, you possess the knowledge, pride, and passion necessary to kindle a new flame in the hearts of those that are #HTBound.

Additional meetings and training information will be offered to discuss safety procedures for our Spring 2022 RAM Preview Day volunteers.

Purchase HT Gear Online

#fRAMily can now purchase HT merchandise online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!

Visit to purchase HT gear and have it delivered directly to your door.

Plus – a portion of all sales directly benefits Huston-Tillotson University. Click the graphic to order now!

#HTisIDEAL #GeniusGeneration #CultureOfExcellence

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