Location
Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The school has been around since 1849. It seems that so have the dorms.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Austin College is home to all kinds of people. Our common denominator is that we're all passionate about our respective fields and eager to learn about other fields. Almost everyone is confident and very friendly.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking here at AC is fairly easy and there are almost always open parking spots, often good ones. There's no charge for parking on campus. The only downside is that some of the dorms are farther from parking than others, but the campus is small so that doesn't pose much of a problem.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a decent variety of off-campus dining here in Sherman (mostly chain restaurants like Cheddar's, Panera, Fuzzy's, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc, but all different kinds). Most of the places I have been or know of have decent or average prices, and many give AC students discounts if you show them your AC id card. Having a car is handy, but they're almost all accessible by our campus's bus route.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here seems to center completely around parties, some of which can get out of hand. They also seem to value doing service, with many community service projects continuously going for each fraternity/sorority.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: At Austin College, you can Major/minor in most subjects without any sort of application procedure. You do not select your major/Minor until your sophomore year, so keep an open mind in what you want to study.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: With a lack of any sort of Greek Row, students must revert to house parties of campus, usually hosted by a fraternity or sorority. They can either be a total rager, or be a terrible waste of time, depending on who is hosting and the amount of alcohol available.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unique things about Austin College include local Greek Life, very personal connections with professors, a small community and a town that really does not care about the college.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on Austin College's campus is truly what you make of it. Sherman, Texas is not exactly the most exciting place in the world, so you must make good friends to ensure a good time. Joining a club, whether it be going Greek, playing a sport or joining other student organizations, it is crucial to be a part of something, or else you will find your time here very dull. The student body is diverse enough for everyone to find friends. What you experience here will be very unique to Austin College, nothing comparable to being just a random face at a state school.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The only type of nightlife comes from parties. They have good alcohol sometimes.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: It is scary. It is always best to travel in groups or to carry around pepper spray. Since there aren't that many lights around campus at night it is difficult to see farther than a few feet in front of you.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Since this is a small school the parking lots are small and they fill up pretty quickly. There is one main parking lot that is closest to everything a person might need but unless you're extremely earlier you won't find a spot.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Our Academic Skills Center is an amazing facility for those in need of tutors in any subject. There are also many clubs/organizations that provide very interesting activities and events throughout the week. There is never a shortage of things to do in this small, culturally-diverse school. Let's not forget to mention the parties. Very fun! And there's at least one party going on every single day.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an english major and pre-med. The english professors here are amazing and our pre-med program is one of the best, although it's a very difficult program.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Almost all of our sports teams are great except for football.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are very few bars. Cellerman's is where most people go when they want to drink if they are over 21. Otherwise, it is all Greek parties. There are parties almost every weekend and some weekdays. If you do not want to go to Greek parties, there isn't really too much of a nightlife. There is nothing really in Sherman to do except movies and an old bowling alley. The school tries to have things to do with CAB, but there is not much involvement.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police are really looking out for us. They are more lenient than the Sherman cops. Dont drink/party in you dorm, you will more than likely get caught. Go out to parties to drink. If you do drugs, hide them and dont leave them out in your room. The campus police drive around at night, it makes me feel safe when I am walking to my dorm in the dark. They are really strict on parking though. They give tickets if you are parked in visitor parking or over 30 min in the 30 min parking. But they are nice people, when i got a ticket i told them it was my first ticket and i would never park there again and they didnt make me pay.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Tries to be safe with the Austin College drinking initiative.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Roo Route exists...but that's about it. Never on time and inconvenient.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Austin College attempts to partner with restaurants in the Sherman area to deliver some student discounts, but they aren't enough compared to what's seen at other college towns.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The school has a good study abroad program, however one of the directors is slightly incompetent due to her lack of a college education. Austin College is small, which allows for you to hear about a cornucopia of opportunities that otherwise you would not find out about.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: All I have to say is that when my dad lost his job my freshman year of college, Austin College did everything within their power to make sure I was able to complete my degree there, and I did. I am forever grateful for that. I would not have wanted to graduate from any other college or university, because I have a deep love for my school.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere really is not that great at all. If you want entertainment beyond going to the theater, you drive to Dallas, Allen, or McKinney. Or, you see what's happening on campus. Thank God for campus activities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I don't have too many complaints. No, a lot of the buildings are not the newest, but they are not raggedy. My biggest beef would have been the pub and WCC couch area furniture, but I hear that has all been replaced. The new science building is also going up. I also commend the Camus Activities Board for always having events going on to keep students busy. Last year, CAB did an exceptional job. I was very impressed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Our small close-knit campus community and study abroad program are what I think sets us apart from other schools. For the most part, the student body is very accepting of differences, and a majority of our students have great experiences studying abroad.

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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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