Location
Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Facilities: Career Services – This program/ facility run by both students and administrators has helped me find multiple internships as well as a fellowship that paid for my time abroad. Job well done in my eyes!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the good places to eat outside of school are around Kelly Square, but there is also some El Salvadorian restaraunts that have amazing food. If you want some legit Mexican food head over to La Michoacana and you'll find food straight from Mexico as well as shopping.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free Shuttle to Airport – I live thirteen hours away from my school so it's absolutely neccesary that i can get to the airport because I don't have a car. Thankfully, the college offers free transportation to the airport.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Try to Keep the Students Busy – The student life over at Austin College is always trying to set up different events for the student body, but not that many people show up to them. Yet, there is a local theater and Dallas isn't far away if you're looking for something fun to do with friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: These computers usually take forever to log into, and to open programs can sometimes take a long time. I wish they had better quality computers for us to use.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I follow the rules and haven't been involved with strictness at school so I don't think that it is too strict. I think that they are reasonable.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Austin College is really big on studying abroad. Over 70 percent of the students go abroad at some point. Austin College also has Jan terms which are the week terms in January. Students can study abroad during this time if they aren't able to fit a study abroad experience into their school schedule.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus – I have not tried to live off campus so I am not sure how to grade how well the school helps but I assume they are very helpful.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks do not have any official housing on campus. They plan and host several events throughout the school year that benefit organizations in the Sherman community. They also have many parties throughout the school year, but most of them are open to all students. Some students look down on greeks if they are in Greek organizations that are considered snobby or cocky.

4 College Junior

Majors: How I Did Science Without Being Pre-Med – Physics was a great choice. I had good profs and good material and I got to do science without suffering through pre-med at AC. I have no worries about finding a job.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Study Abroad – Austin College is ranked number one in the nation for percentage of study abroad participation, and with good reason! Trips are available to almost any destination you could want to go to, and great faculty make sure it's a worthwhile educational and cultural experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus. Police make regular patrols and call boxes are ubiquitous.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Scholar Hermit – No experience with nightlife as I mostly kept to myself studying.

4 College Junior

Academics: Learning Much Without Awful Workload – Here at Austin College, I am glad for the education I've received. The history professors here really know what they're talking about and they know how to communicate their knowledge of the subject to their students without confusing them or overloading them with reading/writing. All of the professors have substantial knowledge/experience in the field, including former state historian Light Cummins. All of the professors also work with you personally, not just as a class.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Windy and Slightly Dangerous When Snows – It is windy but nice on hot days. It is tough when it snows because the sidewalks are not kept clear by physical plant. The professors don't cancel class which makes it difficult when you must decide to risk hurting yourself walking outside and your academics. But its also tough when the professor doesn't tell the students that they have cancelled class and we have to cross campus to find out when they teacher doesn't arrive to class.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Works With Students Well – The staff worked well with my family in I when there was a hassle with FAFSA. They held my scholarship and waited until it was approved and did not threaten to take it away because of a time limit. They kept us up to date on the entire process and made it an easy process.

3 College Junior

Parking: Tough to Find Spots – It is nice that our parking is free but there is not enough parking close to the WCC. I am a student worker there and the employees I work with are older and have to walk long distances to get into their job, which sometimes causes them to be late. It would be nice if there was a designated lot for just employees and could be monitored by campus police department.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Power of the Greeks – The Greek life is average at school, there is plenty of functions that allow everyone on campus to attend. It is rough when there is no intended greek housing close to campus that allows more students to enjoy the parties safely.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors Are Very Helpful – I am majoring in Chemistry. I am actually having to double up on my courses for the next two years, but the professors here have been really helpful in planning out my schedule and making sure I take all of my courses.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – I don't think the school has been very strict with the drinking that goes on. Some greek groups have been put on probation because they were caught having unauthorized parties, but that's all I've heard about.

4 College Junior

Academics: Not Too Shabby – Most of my classes have been a decent size, except of course for the introductory science classes. Many professors are willing to help and answer questions; they aren't as intimidating as you think! Tutoring is always offered and available. Registration for classes, unfortunately, is the worst for the incoming class. Most of the classes offered are closed and the process for the first semester hasn't gone electronic for some reason...

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My financial package wasn't too bad, although I wished I had more scholarships. Made many calls to the Financial Aid office the summer before my freshman year and they were very nice and helpful. But it's very hard to receive more financial aid from the school. Pretty sure the school offers only 2 scholarships you can apply for as a current student, so if you need more money, you're on your own.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Small School – AC is fun because of the community it builds, but it sucks because of how small it is too. There are chances to meet new people, but after you know a lot of people at school the chances of running into someone new are slim.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is tough to just get by at this school, you ralley have to work to get good grades.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are not true designate houses for the greeks, but everyone on campus know where they are. The parties are fun, but sometimes they can get a little rowdy.

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Caitlin Graes
Hometown
Granbury, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2013
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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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