Through six innovative programs, students learn cutting-edge business practices and classic economic theories through small classes that incubate discussion, undergraduate research, and experiential learning. Austin College connects students with professional internships and opportunities at top corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. Students launch careers with the critical thinking, quantitative analysis, collaborative innovation, communication, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in a competitive and rapidly changing world.
Student-Managed Investment Fund
Should I buy? Should I sell? Students act as business managers, apply risk management theories, and execute trades in an unstable market with a real one-million-dollar portfolio under the supervision of faculty and expert advisors.
Engaging and hands-on, the Product Lab invests interest in developing and pitching ideas to potential customers. The lab includes designing and delivering physical products – giving each student the chance to build a portfolio of practical skills and applied experience.
Austin College students support the RISE Challenge program in Sherman. The program, sponsored by Sherman Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Austin College and Grayson Small Business Development Center, awards $250,000 annually to new entrepreneurial businesses.
To provide our students with real world experience in the field of data analytics, Austin College has partnered with Intalytics, a data analytics firm based in Ann Arbor, MI with their modeling team in Dallas. Students learn various regression models useful for predicting outcomes then use this knowledge with actual client data from Intalytics. Teams compete to estimate the most accurate model for their client with executives from Intalytics as the judge.
In 2007, Austin College began a partnership with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank to conduct a nationwide research conference for students in economics and finance. This conference is now the largest conference for undergraduates in the country annually attracting over 200 students. Students present their original research in a professional conference format including discussants and audience at the Dallas Fed.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Shannon Cornelison-Brown, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Dr. David Griffith, Professor of Business Administration
- Dr. Mikidadu Mohammed, Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Daniel Nuckols, Associate Professor of Economics
Stephen Ramsey, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Ashley Tharayil, Associate Professor of Economics; Department Chair
After Austin College
Benjamin Pickens ’16
I graduated from Austin College in 2016 with a Major in Economics. I went on to attend Miami University and received a Master’s in Economics degree in 2017. I look back to my four years at Austin College with great fondness, not only for the connections I made along the way in my classmates and… [Read More]
Julie Coggins ’14
Double majoring in international economics & finance and French, Julie Coggins ’14 held internships during her college years with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Harwood Levitt Consulting group. She also studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium. She was a Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude graduate in May 2014, and… [Read More]
Jackson Ross ’14
From March 26 to March 29, I had the opportunity to travel to Dayton, Ohio and participate in the RISE conference held by Dayton University. RISE stands for Redefining Investment Strategy Education and is the largest business conference held for undergraduate students in the world. Before I attended RISE, I thought I knew a fair… [Read More]
Alicia Mistry ’14
The RISE Conference provided to me an incredible opportunity to learn from a variety of experts in their specialized fields. During my time in Dayton, Ohio, my learning curve was exponential as I was able to investigate many different parts of the investment world by attending classes and listening to different speakers. I was able… [Read More]
Marketplace Live Simulation
Experiment with business strategies in an engaging game-like exercise! In the strategic management course, students build a business from the ground up, launch new products to the market and manage the entire product life cycle using a web-based large-scale, full-enterprise simulation interface.
Coca Cola, FedEx, Delta Airlines, Walmart, and IBM are examples of some of the large US corporations that have used or currently using the same simulation interface for their executive training programs. Students at Austin College learn business strategies using a training tool that is widely used in real-life corporate management training.
- Jno. E. Owens Conference
- Todd A. Williams Executive-in-Residence Speaker Series
- Dow hits 20,000 - Student-Managed Investment Fund in the news
- Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum
- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
- See the Health Care Administration Program
- Gateways to Graduate School