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

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Near the Big City – Sherman is very small, and there is not much for college students outside of campus besides going to the movies. Luckily, we are only an hour away from Dallas, which make weekend trips easy. Shopping-wise, Sherman has practically any store you'd want for clothes and other items.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus, but no one uses it. If you don't have a car, you usually have to rely on friends.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless Connection Bad – I have a laptop and I use wireless connection. The connection here is pretty bad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Its Pretty Safe – I think the safety of the school is pretty safe-except when they quarantine you in health service if you have flu or something.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: AC is a very welcoming community and very close-knit. There is a lot of drama and everyone knows all of your personal business because the school is so small.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The Administration Cares Too Much About Image – The administration is a bit strict on the rules. Almost all of the students are adults and should be allowed to make their own decisions. The school also cares way too much about its image.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Kind of Varied – I would say the majority of students at AC are liberal, as those kids are the most outspoken about it. The diversity is average for a university, from what I noticed. There are a few LGBT students, and they are mostly accepted at AC. Everyone I was around was pretty accepting of all differences.

2 College Junior

Weather: Classes do not get canceled even if it snows.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's average. There are not enough close parking spaces, and in the Dean/Baker parking lot the spaces have been reduced recently.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: School Does Not Provide Everything – CAB tries to get things going for underclassmen. I usually spend time with my friends and just enjoy hanging out.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at AC is rather bland, on a short rotational basis, and offered at weird hours. It is WAY overpriced and could use some major revamping.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Easy to Avoid Them – Many of the Greek parties are open to all students, and most of the Greeks don't prance around like they own the school. For the most part, the organizations are pretty low-key and don't bother non-Greeks much, which is nice. They also often carry out service projects to help the school or community.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: All Dorms Conveniently Located, Kept up Well – All of the dorms are within a 10-minute walk of even the most remote buildings of the campus; I usually leave my dorm for classes five minutes before they start and still get there with a minute or two to spare. The Jordan Family Language House is very nice, with a full kitchen and comfortable study areas. The other four dorms all have decent kitchens and, although they are older, are kept up well. Roo Suites are also nice despite the fact that they don't have a kitchen. Bryan Apartments, however, are somewhat rundown, and the kitchens are ridiculously tiny.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Even though the science building was built in the '60s and hasn't been updated much since then, the professors have found many innovative ways to work around that fact. It is still very possible for students to take part in cutting-edge research projects within the outdated labs, working one-on-one with the professors. Plus, we're destined to get a brand new science building within the next several years. Campus center is very comfortable and convenient; dorms are old but kept up well.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: From the time I've been at Austin College, I haven't encountered any hard drugs (i.e. cocaine, heroin, meth). I have been around marijuana quite a bit, but that is nothing new. Alcohol is quite present on campus, but I have never felt pressured to partake in activities because there are alcohol or drugs. Regardless of the marijuana and alcohol that I have encountered, it has not at all affected my educational experience here at Austin College.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places off campus to live, and they are extremely convenient when it comes to driving to campus. There are new condos and duplexes off campus and even houses for rent and to buy. The cost of these places varies quite a bit, but they are always affordable to students. The parking when you get to campus is there, but sometimes you have to park a little ways away.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here at Austin College are phenomenal. I have never been challenged like I have here, and they create an environment in which you can actually enjoy the challenge. Another big thing about Austin College that I love is the fact that the classes are small enough to where you can actually be a student with a name to the professor and not just a number. I have gotten to know several of my professors on a personal level, and it has helped my learning experience tremendously.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great for Me, but Not for Everyone – I love it here, but it's not for everyone. You should definitely visit before you come.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Gotta Love It – As a member of Greek life, I love it! It doesn't dominate everything, and the Greeks are local, so it is not as intense.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Only for Greeks – The only really active nightlife is for Greeks. Non-Greeks are invited to some parties, but not all.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't really any restaurants within walking distance, but Austin College does offer the Roo Route, which takes you to several restaurants for free. There are several student discounts to Cellarman's, a staple college hangout with good pizza, and others. Glory to God is a good option for a cheap, delicious, home-cooked meal.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Feel – Austin College is a big family. Due to it's small size, it creates a close-knit atmosphere where you know that everyone knows your name. There is not much to do outside of campus, but CAB and Student Life help put on activities on campus. We have dinners and events that make us aware of other cultures and ethnicities. I am very comfortable walking around AC at night-it is a very safe place. The Boiler Room is a hot spot for AC students, but lately the Boiler Room is cutting back on its hours.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I got a great education, but it definitely wasn't worth $120,000.

3 College Senior

Academics: The academics here vary. You get as much out of a class as you want to, generally speaking.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular Than Drugs – More students here drink than do drugs, but it is very easy to find at least one person or more at a party that has drugs on them. It is kept kind of hush hush, but I am pretty sure drugs are all around the campus. Enforcement is pretty strict though by res life.

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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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