Equitable access to opportunity benefits us all. Equitable access is the foundation to eradicating generational poverty, closing the city’s skills gap, and filling the recruiting pipelines of Austin’s businesses with pools of diverse, talented applicants. Equity begins with access to education and Austin’s continued investment in Huston-Tillotson University.

" It is my continued hope, wish, and vision that Austin will embrace the jewel in its violet crown — Huston-Tillotson University. An investment in my students is an investment in the future of our city and beyond."

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO

funding the university's greatest needs

The Annual Fund provides a way for alumni, parents, employees, students, and friends, like you, to make an immediate impact on Huston-Tillotson University students. The Annual Fund also provides the flexible funding needed for the university to enrich our academic offerings in ways that will help our students stand out in the global marketplace. Gifts designated to the Annual Fund directly support every aspect of the educational experience, from faculty salaries and library books to laboratory equipment and athletic uniforms.

Donors can make direct contributions to the annual fund, or contribute through the multiple giving programs including student financial aid, the general support fund and our current COVID-19 relief fund.


Huston-Tillotson University (HT) is the anchor institution and intellectual heartbeat of East Austin, founded in 1875. As Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and its only Historically Black College and University (HBCU), the university is a sacred space. Located on Bluebonnet Hill, HT stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity, preparing generations of graduates to make a lasting impact in their community.

Huston-Tillotson College was formed by the merger of Samuel Huston College (founded in 1876) and Tillotson College (founded in 1975), which was effective on October 24, 1952. Huston-Tillotson College remained primarily a black college after the merger, although there were no restrictions as to race.

Huston-Tillotson University awards undergraduates, four-year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, science, and technology. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith institution, the University welcomes students of all ages, races, and religions.