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Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Completely Worth It – Although Austin College does not allow students to live off campus until their senior year, it is completely worth any effort put forth into finding a house or an apartment. There are lots of houses within walking distance of campus that have been in the Austin College families for years; those landlords have come to know and trust Austin College students and are reasonable with prices for rent. Many of the houses do not look nice from the outside, but are the complete opposite on the inside.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It's Retention That's the Problem – Getting into Austin College is pretty easy. That fact doesn't make it any less of a school than others that are a little more competitive, especially because staying at AC is the problem. You can't slack, but if you do, you're more than likely in trouble. I'm sure this varies from program to program, but each student's mentor is available to help out whenever they need advice. Even more, most any professor is willing to hear you out and help you out, too. I love everything about my college.

5 College Senior

Academics: Small but Strong – Although there are not many students involved, the faculty is excellent and very supportive of every student. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and talented in various areas of music, not just that in which they choose to teach. I also love that, because it is relatively small, all the music students support one another instead of creating a competitive environment; that support is even further established by the professors and adjunct faculty.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Making Big Changes – The Austin College Dining Services provider, Aramark, has been making great changes in recent months and years. Not only have they increased the quality of their offerings, they have taken to actually responding to comment cards left by members of the AC Community. Most recently, the cafeteria meal plan has been rebooted for a more convenient experience, doing away with conventional "meal times" in favor of a more flexible student schedule.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Roo Route! Other than having nice friends that volunteer to take you places, the school also runs and operates the Roo Route which is a bus that takes you around Sherman whenever you need to go somewhere. And sometimes the Roo Route even takes you to somewhere if you specify.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Austin College is a SMALL school so the outgoing 50% (approx.) of the population that are Greek also happen to make up a lot of other clubs and organizations. However, for the most part Greek organizations don't dominate people's lives (except during pledgeship for freshmen, be prepared to lose at least one friend freshman year because of their pledgeship stuff). It's definitely present and it has annoyed me time to time but especially as an upperclassman, it's not that big of a deal.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Local Greek Life and the Most Interesting Squirrels. AC is most well known for the Pre-Med, Pre-Law and Austin Teacher Program (Masters in Teaching). Our Greek Life stands out because it is comprised of local sororities and fraternities - many started out as literary societies, etc. There really is a Greek organization for everyone; the latest fraternity was established within the last five years.
While the official mascot is the Kangaroo, we love our squirrels. They honestly have so much personality! It isn't rare for students to pause their walk to class/lunch/dorm in order to watch the squirrels romp around.. or chase them.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: HOUSE PARTIES – House parties were pretty much all you had. Going out to Cellarman's was also fun and we did it quite often, but other than that, there was nothing much to go to.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Experiences and Opportunities – The faculties at Austin College are not the best (apart from a pretty stellar art building) but the opportunities you are given through the school is probably the best part. I have gone to New York for a National Model UN competition (even though I'm a physics major), I have done an internship for a non-profit and gotten course credit, I spent a semester in the Amazon, and I have done research at a University and a National Laboratory. These are just the highlights. Austin College also strongly promotes community service and there are so many opportunities available no matter what your interests are.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Defining 'Problem' – Drugs were always around, but they never seemed to be a big problem at AC. As always, the people you hang out with has a great impact on how big your drug 'problem' is going to be, and your definition of 'problem' also comes into play. The most common drug is definitely alcohol. The AC college social life revolved around that; nonetheless, it still isn't the have all and be all of what AC's about. If you don't drink, there's still a place for you in the social setting. I myself did not drink until I was 21 and I found myself socializing every weekend, and I even joined a social sorority regardless of my drinking habits.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Only One Real Complaint – The academics at Austin College are incredible. Professors truly care, class sizes are small, and courses are interesting and relevant. I love Austin College the most for its academics. The only complaint I have is something that could not be fixed without changing the entire personality of the school. I'm about to apply to grad schools in a field different from what I studied in my undergrad and am having a little bit of difficulty because there are courses I could not take because they weren't offered. That being said, I wouldn't change anything about AC or my decision to go there.

3 College Senior

Athletics: All of our games are free and our small stadium is still never packed for football games. However, my freshman calc-based physics class had like 3 baseball players, a handful of football players, and at least one soccer player. We are just unique like that, and people don't really come to our school FOR sports. However, it is a small school and therefore you definitely have a friend in like every sport, so chances are you have a reason to go support the team and many people do occasionally, especially when they're doing well.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: The Advertisements Are Basically True – During orientation, you see a skit where the students are all different and deal with different issues. At then end, they asked for suggestions to make the skit better and someone said, "you should have a homosexual" to which the person in charge replied, "there was one, but that's just how we do it at Austin College." Basically, it's still Texas and it's still the South but Austin College is a VERY accepting place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a ton of Greeks way more than you'd expect. However, they don't dominate the campus their pretty easy going. The non-greeks and greeks are pretty inter-twinned and no one seems to go out of their way to judge the other.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Broad View – The campus is small and roomie and in the winter and fall it can be quite pretty. Not much to do in Sherman but, that's what creativity is for.

2 College Senior

Facilities: The Student Center Could Be More Student Friendly – Though I'm never bored at Austin College that is primarily to do with my involvement with extracurricular activities and friendships. The campus center at AC doesn't seem to cater to the social desires of students. Though the Pouch Club has pool and ping pong, i think more students would spend time on campus if there were more fun things to do.

3 College Senior

Academics: There's So Many of Us! Austin College is one of the best schools in the state to study International Relations but the sad fact is that there are just too many students in that specific area of study. There isn't enough opportunity to cater to all of our needs.

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.

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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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