Location
Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Good Thing There Are Parties! Sherman is absolutely awful for night life. There is one bar and two clubs, both of which are creepy scenes that I personally never go to. Austin College has lots of parties through Greek life, as well as house parties if you make friends. There's usually something to do through people at school, since the town of Sherman is absolutely no help.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Subjects Are Stimulating – Due to the opportunities presented by the unique four-one-four calendar at AC, the classes seem to be constantly changing. New, exciting subjects are presented constantly and there will always be courses that make students think "Wow, I never thought I'd be able to do something like this!"

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Networking Is Made Easier – Alumni of Greek groups at Austin College are always willing to reach a helping hand to not only members of their respective groups but AC grads in general.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Available to You, but Not Forced Upon You. There is a pretty prevalent drinking and drug scene at Austin College...but the nice thing is that though many students use these substances, I have not felt personally pressured to partake. I think the overall mood is that if you want to do it, do it, and if not, don't. No one really cares who does and doesn't, it's more about personal preference.

1 College Junior

Athletics: Why Do We Even Have a Football Team? Our football team went 0-10 this year, there is extremely poor performance at games, and no one honestly cares that much about sports. The IM sport program is a lot of fun; I enjoyed playing lacrosse my first year. But there is again a lack of involvement or general enthusiasm in that area. School spirit tends to go towards the more academic side of things, such as pride in AC's great Model UN team or performance at psychology research conferences. I like the workout facilities, but they could be bigger.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: No matter what a student's interests are, they will always find a niche at Austin College. Whether dancing or journalism, singing or religion, Greek life or science are of interest, Austin College caters to the needs of all their students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Broad View – The school is willing to go above and beyond to aid those who need academic assistance. The school is great at building relationships with faculty members and the campus feels more like a family than a meere school. It also, has a strange way to foster leadership skill. It truly is a place that changes live.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life is the only reason that austin college still exists. the school is horrible but if you are greek you are in charge. it gives students who were not the cool kids in high school the opportunity to rule the school for the first and last times in their lives

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: if you are really messed up walking back to your dorms they will help you but if you park in the wrong spot for 15 seconds they will give you a 200 dollar fine

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Boring and Depressing – the weather is always the same. dull. no rain no sun no nothing. whenever it does rain the campus turns into a swamp but thats only a few times a year

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You Cannot Live Off Campus Until You Are a Senior or Have 6 Semesters – its horrible! you have to live on campus in the bubble that the school is in. there are not even greek houses

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: UGLY GIRLS, but 90 Plus Percent Smoke Weed – Out of a total of 1300 students there are, liberally speaking, five women that are attractive. Everyone at the school is miserable with everything there except for the fact that it is a stoner school. everyone smokes and everyone knows it. you can go up to 9 out of every 10 students and they will either smoke heavily or at least seldomly. there is a set party every night of the week, but the parties usually revolve around greek life which is fun but only consists of about 15-20 people at a good party. not worth the 45k a year that it is to go here

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Great! My experience at AC has been very rememberall and really great. At first I was worried that I wouldn't like it since it's a small school, but it's worth going for the people, the students, the teachers, and the academics. Though I wish the tuition wasn't an arm and a leg, it's worth it in the end. Just make sure you are prepared to do the work that is required of you and then some. I definitely recommend the school to anyone who is looking for an expansion academics and for like minded people as yourself AC is the place for that.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I can honestly say that I, personally, have only seen students smoking, i'm not too sure about anything else. It's who you hang out with, but I heard more about drugs from my peers in high school then at AC. The drug policy is strict at Austin College, it is not tolerated and you risk being in put on probation, so it's at your discretion.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: When I first heard about Austin College I thought it was an obscure school that wasn't well known because it didn't have anything rememberall about it. Thankfully however I wa wrong, the academics were off the scale. The school is defintely challenging and I'd advise those that want to apply to keep in mind that the academics is difficult if you are not willing to study at least everyday. It's definitely worth going to this school, but remember to always keep your game face on.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer Generally Available – You can generally find a place to use a computer or a printer but you have to pay to print.

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3 College Junior

Weather: When It Rains, It Pours, but It's Normally Sunny Great – You can definitely tell there are four seasons here. It rains in the fall and in the spring, and when it does boy does it poor. But when it doesn't, the weather is nice in the fall and spring. However, when winter or summer come, the weather hit's the extremes. Either it's really cold or it's really hot.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Fun and Worth It – The professors in Austin College's Psychology Department are diverse both in their fields and in their personalities. A variety of classes are available starting from Child Development to Drug Treatment to Psychopathology to Death and Dying.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: No Two Greek Groups Can Be Judged the Same. There is a Greek group for almost anyone. They tend to be very nice people but you do have a few that are snobbish or jerks. But each group does something different for the community and even the members of a greek group can be very diverse.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Free but Limited – The TAPS service provides a bus for Austin college students but it only comes from 4:00pm-12:00am. It comes by once every hour and goes only to a few places.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to Find but Worth It If Available – Since Sherman is a small town, it's hard to find somewhere to live off-campus. But if you can find a place, then it will significantly reduce tuition, especially since you won't have to pay for the over-priced meal plan the school requires most people who live on campus to get.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Austin College is not a problem because there are lots of space for students to park. No students have to park far away from school everyday. there are no cost to get the permit and the fines is only 50 dollar for every time the students violate the rule.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: House Parties Are Basically Your Only Option. If you like house parties, you've found your place. Sherman nightlife is dead, but there's always some party going on, no matter the night.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Nothing Too Serious – While the greek life is fairly prevalent it's not to the point where it encroaches on everyone's lives. also most people don't care too much one way or another whether you're greek or not. however those in greek life do seem to get some preferential treatment from the administration

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: ... except for the occasional crack/meth head roaming around but they never really cause any trouble

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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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