Location
Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have a library that functions only as a study area- it has no fiction section. We have a fitness pavilion and two gyms. There is nothing even remotely resembling a recreation center.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The only real social scene is centered around the Greek groups. They throw house parties all the time, and that's about it. You never hear anything from the administration except when the president or someone comes to speak at an event. The only real activities are hosted by CAB, and they're mostly a joke.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's an organic market just down the street. Other than that and the cafeteria there are no vegetarian or anything options. The cafeteria food is unpopular, and the only open at night are fast food and the 7-11. You are basically trapped an hour away from anything interesting.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Restaurants are chains with substandard quality and painfully boring. There are public parks, but no attractions, sports or recreation centers, or appreciable malls. There are lots of cultural events but none of them are very serious. No one cares about the sports teams except a few of the professors.

College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers seem to know their stuff, but it's kind of hard to tell. I'm a biology major, chemistry minor and as a preveterinary student I'm required to take classes in a lot of other departments. I feel like I'm being prepared, but I really have no idea. Facilities are decent, but a few of the smaller departments, like language, don't have permanent settings and get moved to new classrooms every now and then. We just got a new three-story building devoted to the science departments, and music and visual arts each have a building. There is one building for the humanities, a theater, and one building for pretty much everything else.

College Sophomore

Academics: I have no way of knowing how this school compares to others. The people with the most credits get to register for courses on earlier days, and the people with the highest grades get to register earlier in that day. There are no favorite study areas. Professors are friendly and often popular.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I know a few homosexual people, (I room with one) foreigners, and ethnic groups, and no one makes a big deal about racism or anti gay stuff but there aren't that many of any of them. It's mostly just middle class white people. Really kind of boring.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Austin College is expensive, and like any other school the tuition rises each year. I don't think I've heard of anyone getting a full ride, but the president made a big deal of the fact that the entire class of 2016 got some kind of financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Austin College has variety in its majors, but there aren't enough classes to make specifically tailored majors like zoology or any particular brand of psychology. The two tracks known for their difficulty are the Premed and International Relations tracks. One third of each freshman class is premed, though there is no official premed major, only a Premed society.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I feel like I should have looked harder. I didn't really know what to expect out of a college. I wish I'd picked something in a bigger city, with friendlier people and more activities. There aren't any bullies here, but social life is not exactly bustling. Most groups either go to local parties hosted by fraternities or stay inside and watch movies or play video games. It's small and out in the middle of nowhere. Professors are friendly.

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car. However, parking is free. There are three parking lots, and the campus is small enough to walk anywhere you need to.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: People often talk about how frenetic the weather gets between winter and summer- it can jump about 50 degrees in a few days. It's rare to have snow more than one day a year here. Rain is rare, but once a semester you are guaranteed a storm strong enough to cause leaks somewhere in your dorm building.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a huge amount of education regarding safety and policies that the school has towards drugs and drinking, and every freshmen is required to complete a brief online session that reviews Austin College's stance on drugs.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: You'll meet people of all shapes, sizes, colors, races, and beliefs at AC. Every year, the Indian Cultural Association hosts Masala, political associations hold talks about upcoming elections, and there is always a game on campus to check out every week. Everyone is very welcoming, so it is easy to try new things and experience a different way of life here.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Austin College is completely local, so there are no national affiliations. However, the Greek groups on campus are very diverse, so there is a place for everyone to fit in. You don't have to be in a Greek group to go to parties, and no one excludes you if you aren't Greek. Also, rush is every spring, so you have plenty of time to figure out which group is right for you.

4 College Junior

Majors: There is a lot of variety and it is fairly easy to double major or double minor if you have credits from high school.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most guys are athletic, so I have to give it to them. Other than that, guys are just average. I've seen better at other colleges and universities.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Can be strict at times when underage students bring the party to their dorms. Do not drink in your dorms or you will get busted.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good food and great student discounts, but not much variety. Most of the places in town are chains. Best place in town is Texas Roadhouse in my opinion. Leaving town isn't really an option,not much around.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Its usuallly great weather and when there is abd weather classes are cancelled.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Hard drugs are virtually nonexistent at Austin College. Weed can be acquired with ease in Sherman, TX, but alcohol abuse is far more prevalent.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The punishment for smoking weed is far too harsh at Austin College. The first time you are caught you are fined and have to do community service the second time you are kicked out of the school, which I find to be very extreme. The campus police and school policies are far more lenient on alcohol abusers.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I hang out mostly with fellow baseball players that like to party and socialize. The girls are pretty nice but there are not enough of them.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Minorities come please! I need more culture here

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Great weather most of the year with a few exception of bad rain days.

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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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