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9/12/07 Austin, TX- Austin is the capital of Texas and is an active metropolitan region. One reason for the active community is the number of colleges and universities that call the city home. The range of study is diverse and each one adds to the culture of Austin.

The Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is located in Austin. It has been ranked as one of the three best schools in acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the U.S. It is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The college boasts a high graduation rate and superior faculty. The campus is a tranquil setting inside the surrounding city.

The Austin Graduate School of Theology is associated with the Churches of Christ. Its mission statement is to educate individuals and edify churches in the understanding and practice of the Christian faith and to equip ministers and other Christians for service in the Kingdom of God. The school offers only upper level courses. Students seeking a degree will need to take general education courses at another institution and transfer them in.

The homework is tasty at the Texas Culinary Academy. The school is associated with Le Cordon Bleu. The school offers two programs of study. The Associate of Applied Science Degree combines classic cooking methods with the business side of food preparation, nutrition and sanitation. This degree prepares students for the demands of running their own restaurant or for management positions. The Certificate Program focuses on hands-on training in a particular area like pastry. General education courses are also offered at the Texas Culinary Academy.

But when most people think about Austin they think about the University of Texas at Austin. The university was opened in 1883 and offers 12 different schools and colleges of study. The wide selection of studies attracts a diverse student body to the university and to Austin. Students are as varied as the opportunities. Some decide to hit the books extra hard and pursue a double major while others focus on the abundant extracurricular activities to enjoy the social aspects of college life. Some adventurous students take advantage of the chance to study abroad.

The University of Texas at Austin is frequently recognized with various honors. The 2008 U.S. News and World Report survey of the nation's top graduate programs will include the University of Texas at Austin. The business college is ranked 18th, Education 14th, Engineering 11th and Law 18th.

The University of Texas at Austin was ranked 6th in the nation for producing undergraduate degrees for minority groups. This ranking came from the Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. The rank of 6th was an overall ranking. Some colleges within the university scored even higher. The engineering college scored 4th and Mathematics 3rd.

Having all of these colleges and universities in the city is certainly one of the reasons that Austin, Texas is consistently ranked high among surveys of smart cities. ranked Austin 5th on its list of America's most-educated cities. placed it on the list of 10 hot cities for job growth. According to local chamber of commerce reports 40.2 percent of adults in Austin have at least a bachelor's degree.

(frank j vanderlugt owns and operates 2 Austinuniversitiescom)