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Location
Sherman, TX
Undergrads
1,315
Tuition
$32,665
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 Freshman

Academics: The academics are extremely recognized at Austin College.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There is an abundance of internship opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Im a business major and the program is awesome! So many great professors and opportunities that will challenge you to succeed and reach your goals.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are great. The professors are always there to help you achieve your goals. There is always local help to help you always well with your grades and performance. The workload is not too much but is there to help you gain better knowledge in what you do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 39th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 91st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 95th
    Smartest Professors
  • 426th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Hometown
Granbury, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2013
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If there is one thing that you should know about Austin College, it is the school's reputation for stellar academics. No matter the major, students are always dying to boast of their school's scholastic reputation. AC is well known for its pre-med program, and most students are accepted into their first-choice medical school after graduation. Additionally, a very large percentage of students go on to graduate schools. AC also ranks No. 1 in the nation for study abroad based upon the percentage of participation among baccalaureate institutions, with 70 percent studying abroad during their time at school. It is a great opportunity.

Most classes have fewer than 20 students and are discussion-based. You will be expected to engage and participate in every class session, and professors have strict attendance policies. You are expected to show up to class in body and mind, no matter if it is 8 a.m. The professors are excited to energize and engage the students, so even if it’s early, it's hard not to pay attention and want to participate. Also, it's very common for students to do research with professors, to be invited over to their houses for dinner, or even to stop by a professor's office just to talk for a while. The professors are a regular presence on campus, and they actively sponsor clubs, attend student productions, conduct academic advising, answer e-mails at lightning speed, and call students into their office to see if they are all right. All of this is why graduates want to see their old professors just as much as they want to see their old friends when they come back to visit.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
88
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
36
Total FT Faculty
88
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,407
Full-Time Retention Rate
77%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
39
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 71%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • History, General: 4%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 7%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Austin College prefers to keep the professor-student relationship in a physical classroom, rather than a virtual one. So, there are no online courses offered. It's even rare for online courses to transfer in as counted credits.
Best Places to Study
  • "The Couches" area in the WCC
  • Boiler Room (coffee shop)
  • By the windows in the library
  • A group study room in the library
  • Kangaroo Coffee Company/Hopper's Store
  • Leadership Institute office
  • North Lawn in front of the WCC
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your life between social life and studying. Too much of either one isn't the key to success.
  • Even if you're from the Dallas area, don't go home on the weekends. You'll miss out on all the fun.
  • Get involved as soon as possible. There are tons of student organizations, and most students take part in multiple clubs. Find a few you enjoy, and you will have no problem fitting in.
  • Get used to small town fun. Sherman is home for the next four years, so make the most of it.
  • Study Abroad. Don't miss out on the opportunity to go somewhere for a semester. The school makes it easy and affordable, and most students go for at least a Janterm.
  • Take advantage of Janterm. Whether you stay on campus, go abroad, or do an internship, make the most of January. It is one of the only times you really get to expand your interests and do something just to do it.
  • There is free tutoring and paper editing/reviewing from the Academic Skills Center. Use it! You will be tutored by students who are proficient in that area of study, and it's free.
Did You Know?
  • AC's Global Outreach Fellowship annually sponsors 10 to15 students in summer servant leadership projects abroad.
  • Approximately 70 percent of every graduating class has studied abroad for at least a Jan Term. The QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) has a goal of having 100 percent of students study abroad.
  • Austin College is ranked in No. 1 for study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions by the Institute of International Education.

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