Paul Quinn College


Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year, liberal arts-inspired institution that was founded on April 4, 1872, by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas. The school’s original purpose was to educate freed slaves and their offspring. Today, the College is recognized as one of the most innovative colleges in the country and proudly educates students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds under the banner of “WE over Me” – the needs of a community supersede the wants of an individual. 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, Paul Quinn College adopted a new student financial structure that reduced student tuition and fees and enabled PQC graduates to graduate with less than $10,000 of student loan debt. The centerpiece of this model is Paul Quinn’s creation of a new type of four-year college - the Urban Work College. By doing so, Paul Quinn became the ninth federally designated Work College in the nation and the first: urban Work College; HBCU and Minority Serving Institution to be recognized as a Work College; and Work College in Texas.


Fast Facts

  • Paul Quinn is the first historically black college founded west of the Mississippi River on April 4, 1872 in Austin, Texas.
  • The mission of the College is to provide a quality, faith based education that addresses the academic, social and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace.
  • At Paul Quinn College, we live by the philosophy of “WE Over Me” and expect our students to change the world.
  • Culture of servant leadership such as the WE ARE NOT TRASH movement and the nationally acclaimed WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College
  • Experiential Learning – we challenge our students to use what they are learning to solve the most persistent problems in the world.
  • Minimal debt | Maximum impact – gain real-world work experience, access free textbooks, graduate in four years with less than $10,000 in debt.
  • Provides Summer Bridge, an academic enrichment program for college credit.
  • A close-knit community that meets you where you are, and equips you with the experiences and skills necessary to achieve your dreams.
  • 12 minutes (8 miles) from Downtown Dallas
  • PQC achieved federal recognition as the ninth Work College in the country (we are the first HBCU, MSI, and urban Work College in history) on March 20, 2018.
  • PQC secured a $1M grant from the ORIX Foundation—the largest investment they had ever made in a single entity.
  • Dress for Success - PQC has a “business casual” dress code for all students. JCPenney sponsors our Corporate Clothes Closet on campus, which provides free business casual clothing to our students.
  • “Be my kind, not my color” – Although we are an HBCU, PQC’s student population is 23% Hispanic.
  • Nonprofit, corporate, and government partnerships throughout the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex provide meaningful internship opportunities to our students through our Corporate Work Program.

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