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Reviews 608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Austin College gives out a lot of scholarships and a pretty good sum for a small private college.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health services provide all services needed and even collaborate with the local health businesses. Austin College is in a somewhat shady neighborhood, but it is pretty much safe.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Sherman, Texas is pretty stale. There really isn't anything to do around here. Hence why 3/4 of the student population go to Dallas during the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love the experiences and opportunities Austin College provides. It really broadens your horizons. The student body is overall very friendly as well as the staff.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining varies from fast food and restaurant chains to local gems that are delicious. Price wise is mid-range.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It is free, but finding a good parking spot can be a pain.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are pretty old, but are in pretty good condition. The off campus housing is much better and are very close to the school. If one wants to rent a house near AC it is pretty easy and the rent price is pretty low. The housing process is by GPA or first come first serve basis.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The liberal arts education is definitely awesome. It is nice not having to take classes that are just in your major. The liberal arts experience allows students to branch out and learn about other interests. The small class size is also very good. One really forms a student teacher relationships here and the professors here really love to teach. The workload at first is pretty heavy, but once one adjusts, the workload is no sweat. The pre-med program here is very excellent. They make the sciences here much harder to prepare you for mcat and medical school. If one can make it through the pre-med program here, one is pretty much guaranteed into medical/dental school. Austin College also puts a big emphasis on studying abroad. They provide multiple opportunities especially during JanTerm, which is like a mini-semester during the month of January.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Austin College does not have many drug problems. The school periodically has room checks to ensure that illegal drugs are found.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only transportation available at Austin College is the Roo Route, basically a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus can only take students to public locations and is only available from 4 to midnight. Because the campus is in a small town, it makes having your own car almost a necessity since places are not walking distance and the dissatisfaction students have with the Roo Route.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Austin College really has a diverse campus. There are students from every background and nationality which really add to the experience of being at Austin College. The different interests groups on campus also help add a very diverse and educational feel. Attending in Austin College definitely opens your eyes not only at a collegiate view but also at a worldly view.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cops are very respectful and there if you need them.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There will always be open spots, but you won't get a good spot every time.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's Texas, it changes from day to day.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are extremely recognized at Austin College.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There is a good variety of majors.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my business major.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of opportunities to meet people here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is small, so there is no need for on-campus transportation. All trains and buses are over an hour away.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek, so I don't know much about it.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink on campus, so I wouldn't really know.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It took a few steps, but in the end it was very worth it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I usually eat off-campus. There are plenty of options.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I see all kinds of people on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is very limited and there are not many activities off campus.


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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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