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Reviews 608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe here. It is in the middle of a lower-income neighborhood, but campus police is always out and about and past 10 you can't get into any building without an ID.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love This School – Austin College is perfect for me. Sure, the classes are quite challenging, but the community is great. Everyone knows each other and there is a fairly diverse population for such a small school. If you are looking for a liberal arts experience I would highly recommend my school.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pretty Normal – There is a lot of pot. A LOT. But alcohol is still more openly consumed.

5 College Senior

Majors: Most Popular – The Sociology department is exceptional. Kots of students study Sociology and Psychology. Love the professors.

5 College Senior

Academics: Top Notch – Personally involved profeesors who are invested in the students lives. Small classes with the best professors.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Are We Still in Texas? As a Texan lesbian from a widely intolerant school background, I did not expect to be widely accepted in a small Texan university. However, AC has an active Gay-Straight Alliance (which I am now a member of), as well as cultural and religious organizations of all types. I have been attending AC for two years, and have never once been looked down on or insulted because of my sexual orientation. It's a surprisingly accepting campus; I sometimes forget that it's a Texan school.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Having a Car Will Help Immensely – If you do not drive, make friends with someone who does. There are occasional events during which an organization's members will get together and go to a restaurant, but there aren't really any restaurants within walking distance (unless you don't mind walking 30 minutes one-way.) There's a Domino's Pizza that delivers to the school, for those without cars. For drivers, I highly recommend the Tokyo Grill (near La Quinta) and the Crazy Buffet (near a furniture store.) They're both fantastic restaurants, if a bit pricey (Crazy Buffet is about $13 per person, and Tokyo Grill is a bit pricier.) The Town Center is your best bet, though; there, you can find both fast-food places and sit-down restaurants.

5 College Junior

Academics: Double-majoring is a challenge no matter what disciplines you're going into. The classes I'm in are very challenging, but also very rewarding. The history courses in particular demand a lot of writing--I had to write a total of 34 pages in essays for one 300-level course, for example. Psychology courses are very hands-on; Research Methods, a 200-level course, requires groups of students to actually design their own studies. Fortunately, the professors are very supportive, and are almost always available if you have a question or concern.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Lenient Campus Police – I feel like the campus police at Austin College is there to help you, not to get you in trouble. The main thing that people get in trouble for at Austin College is parking violations. The police help a lot and always offer rides whenever it gets dark so that everyone feels safe and secure on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Austin College are the main reason I decided to attend. The class sizes are small, so the professors really are there for individual help. The classes are tougher than a big state school, but I feel like that will prepare me for the real world moreso than those who went to a school that the main focus was athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball Runs the Show – Basketball is very highly supported and people often paint their chests and act like fools. The other sports have pretty good support show up, but nothing like basketball season.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The people aren't so bad. It is definitely a school where "weird people feel like it's okay to be weird" so there are definitely some odd people running around in capes sometimes. But for a small school, it can be really personable and it does feel like a community. Its limited resources and networking coupled with what seems like endless administrative red-tape and bureaucratic s*** undermine the school's overall experience tremendously. I probably wouldn't have come here if not for the generous financial aid package I received. However, the learning alone is comparable to many more prestigious universities.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: There really isn't anything to do at night. Everything requires driving out of Sherman to do something interesting. There is essentially only one bar - Cellarman's. It's okay but there's only one and the redneck vibe gets old fast. They are also newly fierce on carding. There was at one point an alternative bus route that would take students around to a set route (including Cellarman's) but funding was put on hiatus in May 2011. I don't know if it will be resumed by Sept 2011 yet. However, that was very convenient. Also, the school does serve alcohol in the Pouch Club - a fastfood like facility inside the student center (WCC) in which students who are 21+ can buy alcohol on the weekends. A couple times a semester the Campus Activities Board will rent out the local bowling alley and get it free for AC students. They even provide free shuttles there and back every 15 minutes. Most students either pregame or buy pitchers of beer at the alley. This is one of the hi-lights of the semester. Besides the things to do in Sherman, there is really only college parties. Greek groups do exist and there is usually /something/ going on at least every day if not every other day. However, your ability to "go out" depends on who you make friends with. Make friends with lots of people who either A) live in their own place *off* campus or B) are in a greek group (in which case someone in the frat or sorority lives off campus).

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Loans, jobs, and financial aid are readily available for whoever qualifies or needs them.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Drugs are available in Sherman as in any other city. However, drinking is by far the drug of choice among the student body. Access to drugs is dependent on who you interact with.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Stong Greek Environment – Greek life is central to Austin College. There are over 10 different local fraternities and sororities. 3 out of 5 students are part of a Greek organization. Being in a fraternity/sorority is extremely important if you want to participate in the social life at the college.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is classic Texas weather and can vary within a few days or even hours. School gets cancelled for snow when it is excessive, but the dorms are within close proximity to the classrooms and other facilities on campus, so it is not bad when inclement weather occurs.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Close Knit Community – People are all very friendly and most are open to meeting new people and sparking conversations with everyone on campus. It is a very close knit community at Austin College where most people know each other. Austin College is also very involved with the community of Sherman and surrounding cities, which makes the campus even more inviting.

4 College Freshman

Academics: At Austin College, there are many different types of Psychology classes offered, which I really enjoy because it allows me to explore various different areas of the field to really learn what I want to focus on later in my career. The professors also work very well with students on a one-on-one basis with finding internships and getting information about becoming a stronger candidate for jobs in the future.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food is awful, the hours are awful, the variety is nonexistent. I use my hopper dollars for coffee and smoothies

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5 College Junior

Computers: The computers at the school are excellent. The labs in the library are awesome and we get $50 printing money. The speed is incredible. I use these computers for everything.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sherman is a small town with not much to offer. there is a mall that is poor quality. its about an hour away from Dallas so that is a plus. It's a big party school.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Pre-med Program here is one of top. We have 98% acceptance into medical schools for those who stick to the pre-med program. It is extremely tough and competitive, but it is very good.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Better Then the Dorms – We are getting new housing and it is absolutely awesome. If you were to calculate the cost for living there, it would be less than the dorms because the dorms require a meal plan. These flats offer greta leisure and luxury benefits and are really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus activities engages everyone and does a variety of things. We get involved in the community and help others in need out. We all become one and just have tons of fun.


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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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