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.