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Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University as seen from East 7th Street
Established 1881
Type Private, HBCU
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
United Church of Christ
Location Austin, Texas,
United States
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Huston-Tillotson University is a historically black university in Austin, Texas, United States. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund.



History at a glance
1881 Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute opens
1900 Samuel Huston College opens
1935 Tillotson is a women's college
1952 Huston-Tillotson College is established when the two colleges merge
2005 Becomes Huston-Tillotson University

The history of Huston - Tillotson University lies in two schools: Tillotson College and Samuel Huston College.

Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute was chartered as a coeducational school in 1877 by the American Missionary Society of Congregational churches and its namesake, George Jeffrey Tillotson.[1] It opened on January 17, 1881 and had 12 presidents: "William E. Brooks, first president (1881-85), was succeeded by John Hershaw (1886), Henry L. Lubbell (1886-1889), William M. Brown (1889-93), Winfield S. Goss (1894-95), Marshall R. Gaines (1896-1904), Arthur W. Partch (1905-06), Isaac M. Agard (1907-18), and Francis W. Fletcher (1919-23). J. T. Hodges, the first African American to be president (1924-29), was followed by Mary E. Branch (1930-44) and William H. Jones, who became president in 1944."[1] Tillotson College was a women's college from 1926-1935.[1]

Samuel Huston College developed out of an 1876 Methodist Episcopal conference.[2][3] An 1883 agreement with the Freedmen's Aid Society led to the development of the college. The college was named after Samuel Huston of Marengo, Iowa and the college opened in 1900.[2]

On October 24, 1952 Tillotson College and Samuel Huston College merged to form Huston-Tillotson College.[4] It then became Huston-Tillotson University on February 28, 2005.[5]



Anthony and Louise Viaer Alumni Hall

The Anthony and Louise Viaer Alumni Hall (formerly known as the Old Administration Building) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Residence halls

Beard-Burrowes Residence Hall
Allen-Frazier Residence Hall

The university has two residence halls. [6]

  • Beard-Burrowes Residence Hall is for male students
  • Allen-Frazier Residence Hall is for female students

Notable People

Alexander Howard African-American feminist studies theoretician

Elizabeth Conley Texas Philanthropist and GLBTQ advocate.


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