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Reviews 608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Roo Route – Roo Route takes at least double or triple the time you actually intend to take. It takes a while to get to where you need because the route needs to go to every single location before and after you get dropped off. What should take 30 min actually takes at least an hour and a half or more.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: During the day, I generally feel safe walking around alone. At night, I feel more comfortable being with people because the campus is open to the public and anyone, not just students, can roam around.

3 College Senior

Majors: So You Wanna Be Pre-Med? There is a lot of focus and pressure put on students at AC for their pre-med program, so make sure you come in with an open mind and explore other things!

1 College Junior

Parking: Once leaving, it is impossible to find a parking spot upon return.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I have never had any problems with safety on campus. The most that I have heard to ever make me feel uneasy is that a few bicycles got stolen. Even if for some reason you don't feel safe and need to get to your dorm (or it is raining really hard) from the campus center, just call the campus police and they will come and pick you up in their go-karts and take you! First rate service!

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1 College Senior

Transportation: Roo Route – We have the Roo Route, but nobody uses it. As far as I know, it is the only alternative transportation offered by the school.

2 College Senior

Computers: Computers available in the library are starting to show their age. I think the computers in the Kekk lab are nice, but I'm not positive; I've never used them. Wireless and internet networking is horrible, and has always been horrible. Download speeds rarely every exceed a full gigabyte. It is down, or so slow it is useless at least once a week. Printing is generally convenient. There are stations in each dorm, the library and the wcc. Having printing stations in class buildings would make it that much better. It isn't a requirement to have a personal computer/printer, but it is nice to have.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sherman is not one of those cute small towns. It's a run-down wreck filled with The People of Walmart.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Skool Sux – Ok, it doesn't really suck (and I do love the college!) but there is NOTHING fun to do on campus or in the town. Some of the dorms have really lame activities that almost no one shows up to.

3 College Senior

Parking: With a student body our size, parking is never really an issue. There aren't many commuter students. When events happen on campus that draw large commuter crowds, however, parking does become a problem on the apartment style living side of campus. It is especially annoying when parking spaces for Roo Suites/Bryan Apartments are filled by people that don't live there.

4 College Junior

Academics: Study Abroad! One of the things that really drew me to Austin College was the percentage of students who study abroad, and they weren't making that number up either. So many people go abroad and everyone who does loves it.

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2 College Senior

Athletics: Football Is Painful – The football team went 0-10 last season. 'Nuff said. Volleyball is consistently competitive and fun to watch.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: AC has a bunch of bright, driven people, who are typically fairly average in the looks department. Nothing awful, but nothing to write home about either. Even the athletes tend to take their studies seriously, and those who don't are probably smart enough to get by without putting in the work.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of racial/ethnic/religious/sexual minorities on campus, but strangely, everyone seems to dress and act the same way. However, there's a lot of ethnic diversity (there are kids in Porsche's and kids who can barely afford a bike), and there are a lot of different political beliefs.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: so your options are pretty much shady local places not intended for a younger crowd, frat and house parties, and whatever alcohol-free events the campus provides.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Need Renovation – On campus dorms are dated, and with the exception of Caruth and possibly Dean (though it still smells bad), need renovations and updates. New additions to apartment style living save AC from a lower grade. The new flats are very nice, as are the new cottages. Updating Roo Suites and Bryan apartments to similar standards would be nice.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: AC feels like a completely safe campus to me. Since there are no streets coming through, there is no reason for anyone who is not a student to be on campus so it tends to feel like a safe bubble. The only place that doesn't is Zaulk circle or Grand at night. Only the girls at Clyce have to really worry about that.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Always Something to Do – CAB takes care of us, and there is always something to do. And if you don't prefer to stay sober, weekends are very hospitable for this activity. We party hardy, sober and not so much. We make our own fun. Sometimes the school holds dance parties with a DJ, and they are AWESOME.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strict but Fair – It's been a rarity when I've seen someone getting punished in a manner that I thought was not fair.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Roo Route Typically Available – The Roo Route is readily available to administer to students needs. However, since I have never had to use it, I cannot fairly grade it.

3 College Senior

Weather: Generally Good, but It Monsoons Occassionally – The only time the weather is awful at Austin College is when it rains. The drainage system at the school is definitely sub-par and creates lakes, moats, rivers, etc. all around campus. It is no fun to be walking around on those days. An investment in a good pair of rain boots is a must!

3 College Junior

Parking: Since we are a campus without roads in the middle, parking is a nuisance for students who live in dorms on the more interior portion of the campus. However, parking lots are closer to the dorms than most colleges due to our size and spaces are readily available unless an event is going on.

4 College Senior

Academics: Tough but Doable – No matter what area of study you choose, the workload is heavy. Expectations at Austin College are high and the work must be put in by all students. While there are rumors that some students work harder than others, I can attest that that is not the case at all. An artsy major is just as difficult as a science major - they are difficult in different ways. Surviving the course load is doable; take advice from older students as well as professors. We have been there and done it and every single person has made a mistake that they can help newer students avoid if they are just willing to listen.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are kept fairly clean by the staff, but could use some updating/renovations due to age *cough CLYCE cough*.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Although there are little things that I don't enjoy about Austin College (the cafeteria food is sub-par, especially to home cooking, room and board are more expensive than it ought to be, the school spirit is lacking, etc), all of the great things about the school far outweigh the minor negatives. I love the community that Austin College provides - all the students know one another as well as the staff. The staff, and especially your specific mentor, know their students and genuinely care about their life from all aspects, not just one concerning academics. Austin College is definitely a liberal arts school - there is a lot of variety in everything from classes to students to organizations to be involved in. Although it may not be the perfect fit for everyone, it definitely was for me and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.


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Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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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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