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Reviews 608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Religious Life – The Asian Religions teacher I have had was very phenomenal. She is an extraordinary lady with many achievements and life experience. Her lectures are always very interesting and well prepared. She is always very compassionate to students both struggling and excelling and she enjoys a wide variety of media and group discussion as the basis of her lectures.
Our religious life out of the classroom could use some improvements though as I have not seen a lot of student activism nor energy in applying what they learn in the class into campus life or the community. I feel like the chaplain could do more to empower the young adults of Austin College more.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors: for Better or Worse – Some professors are good whereas some are very difficult to approach. In my perspective, the professors has a lot to do with which major/minor people choose ultimately because there are so few teachers in each field that if one is unbearable, professor alternatives are limited or unavailable.
That said, there are some professors that I have found to be phenomenal. They are extremely knowledgable in their studies and love to help their students succeed.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Excellent Religious Studies Program – If you decide you want to major or minor in religious studies, Austin College is a great place for that. Their major program for religion is divided into three sub sections; one study in each is required and they can be elaborated on for completion of the major. The sub categories are Asian Religions, Christian Theology, and Biblical Heritage. Austin College religious courses are great for any major as they call the student to analyze and apply religious themes, contexts, and perspectives to other fields of study such as medicine, economics, politics, and environmental studies.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are not a lot of courses offered. This becomes frustrating when you have to take classes for your majors that are offered at conflicting times.

4 College Junior

Parking: Great in Comparison With Other Schools – The permit is very cheap and there are always spots (even though you may have to walk awhile). One frustrating aspect is that there are a tons of 24 hr parking spots that are always empty. If you park there (even for 5 minutes), you will be ticketed. It's ridiculous because NO ONE parks there after 5 pm and they just sit empty.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Good but Not Perfect – I feel generally very safe. The exception is at night because there are some areas of campus that do not have enough lighting.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Science Lab – The computers located in the Computer Science lab are great! However, many others, such as those located in dorms, are prone to printer malfunctions and general brokeness

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Old Houses in Sherman – The freedom of living off campus is great, but most of the houses available are old and run down. There are a few gems though..

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Always Around – Campus police are always around. ALWAYS. sometimes they are a little much.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Old computers and very slow. Printers always mess up

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Not Enough Guys – The guy to girl ratio is horrible so all of the hot guys are probably taken and if, on the rare chance a decent guy transfers in, he'll probably be taken soon. Also, since it's a small school, chances are you'll see your exes around campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: We Have It, but It's Ok If You're Not in It – If you're going to pledge, do it Freshman year. You might not think you have the time, but it only gets worse. If's not a big deal if you're not Greek and, for the most part, you can do to their parties regardless.

5 College Junior

Academics: Lots of Variety – There are many different classes to choose from in many different areas of study. Students are encouraged to take classes outside of their major to gain experience. Classes are small so you get to know the other students and the professors which is helpful when you don't understand something or in preperation for an exam.

4 College Junior

Academics: Helpful Profs – While they are definitely some profs who grade easier than others, they are all super helpful and you can tell they love what they do. Psychology is the largest major on campus so the profs are usually busy but it has been my experience that they are always available during office times and are happy to make accommodations for busy schedules.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Bring a car if you can. There is a bus called the ROO route thhat runs to places around town for students free.

4 College Junior

Academics: Personal Time – Austin College though a smaller school excels at giving you relationships with your teachers. There is a wide range of majors and it is a liberal arts school.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek at Austin College is a very diffenent thing then most places. It's a non-national fratenity campus so all are local. I am personally in one and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have met some of my best friends for life and I forever have brothers to help me.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Economics classes both challenge you and strain you but if it were not like this i wouldnt have a broad knowledge of the subject. I have learned so much here that I never knew before.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's alright there are options, but not all are cost effective and in the most safe neighborhoods.

5 College Junior

Majors: Austin College offers the possiblity for undergraduates to create a custom Major that fulfills all the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree, but still allows for some wiggle room in the courses that you take so that you learn other skills that some other colleges don't allow time for.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sherman is a small, low-income town that doesn't have much to do inside the city limits, but is decently close to Dallas (read 1.5 hrs away), so things to do are available.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Language House and Flats Are the Best – Freshmen and upperclassmen tend to have the same options in terms of housing but the best dorm on campus for students who want quiet but also have the capability to enjoy several events is the Jordan Language dorm. Off campus, the Flats are the best in terms of space, comfort, and social activities.

4 College Junior

Majors: As an Internation Relations and Japanese double major, I will hopefully be able to work for a company that has business interests in Asia or possibly the Navy. The first step would be to work over seas for a time or enter into a branch of the military that would support my skills and further my knowledge of the language.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Austin College requires you to live in on-campus housing (which is REALLY expensive compared to just about every other school I looked at) until your senior year. You are also required to have an outrageously priced meal plan as long as you live in any on campus housing that does not have a full kitchen, which is basically all of the dorm halls.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Is Okay – I didn't choose to join a sorority/fraternity because there just wasn't one that I fit into. There are a lot of options, but that doesn't mean there's an option for everybody. I actually wanted to join a greek life, but there just wasn't any particular group that I got along well enough with.


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Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
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Austin College isn’t situated in the city of Austin like some people sorely realize after being accepted, and it may have just as much gossip and drama as high school, but there is an overwhelming sense of community on campus. After four years of constant interaction, you would think AC students would want to get away from one another, but there's a reason why AC students who end up going to the same law or medical school after graduation pair up as roommates—there's a feeling of "home" people feel when surrounded by others who shared the AC experience.

And this sense of community is incurable. While in school, there are endless opportunities to take part as global citizens through studying abroad and service fellowships, and AC students continue this tradition after getting their diplomas through programs like AmeriCorps, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the Peace Corps. Graduates are known for gallivanting off into the world after graduation and serving the global community. AC students embrace the world as their community after leaving Sherman, but they never forget where they came from.

When a high schooler becomes a Roo, he or she becomes part of a legacy. If you run into an AC alum, even if he or she is 30 years older than you, it’s easy to spend hours reminiscing about the good old days spent on Grand Avenue. And even though the campus is constantly changing, the tradition of community is always present. Any alum is sure to remember the exact place he met his spouse 50 years prior, where she opened her acceptance letter to medical school, or where his friends greeted him when he finally made it home from a semester in Argentina. It’s those kinds of memories that make AC a place that everybody’s dying to come home to.

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