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: 

  • 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.
  • Paul Quinn College promotes a culture of servant leadership such as the WE ARE NOT TRASH movement and the nationally acclaimed WE Over Me Farm.
  • 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, and graduate in four years with less than $10,000 in debt.
  • 12 minutes (8 miles) from Downtown Dallas
  • PQC secured a $1M grant from the ORIX Foundation—the largest investment they had ever made in a single entity.
  • “Be my kind, not my color” – Although we are an HBCU, PQC’s student population is 23% Hispanic.

By the numbers

84%
of fall 2017 enrollees were Pell Grant recipients
37%
of fall 2017 enrollees came from out of state
87
students participate in the Corporate Work Program, the off-campus internship component of the program. This number is growing each semester and has almost doubled from last year.
33
Corporate Work Program partners

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.

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We’ve cut in half the amount of debt students take on in the rst two years since 2015

Quinnite Philosophies

  • LEAVE, LEAD, LIVE & LOVE (4 L’s of Quinnite Leadership)
  • WE Over Me
  • Closed mouths don’t get fed.
  • You can be my color and not be my kind or be my kind and not be my color. We want our kind.
  • “Choose the harder right over the easier wrong without regard to self-interest.” Marcus Aurelius