Athletics

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

Athletics: If you're not in the stands every Saturday or Friday or Wednesday night or whatever cheering on the best team within a 5-mile radius, you're not living! Sporting events provide excellent opportunities for people to be enraged by little games played with little balls and to viciously fight amongst themselves over said games. The events also normalize grown men and women publicly pledging allegiance to the flag like elementary schoolers, which is pretty appropriate. Truly wonderful; it also makes your brain grow!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Austin College is not known for sports

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: The fan support is very minimal.

3 College Freshman

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

1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The Grade Says It All. We are not a NCAA Division 1 or 2 school. So athletics are so-so. We lose a lot. :(

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1236th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1305th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Hometown
Granbury, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2013
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Austin College is a great liberal arts school, but it is not (and should not) be defined by its football team, which has gone 0-10 for the past couple years. They won the 1981 National Championship, but the program has since gone downhill. However, for those students who thrive in an athletic environment, the teams provide an outlet for them while they gain an outstanding education. While the football team is not the best in the division, there are a few teams that excel. The softball team is gaining traction under a new coach, and the volleyball team has dominated for years, as has the tennis team. The diving team is also fairly decent, with the swimming team behind them. 

Shermanites outnumber students at most games. Sadly, game attendance from the student population does not extend much outside of the sports kids and their friends. There is a group that shows up to many games, but they number few, and most students do not show up to any game ever. However, everyone always has Roo Pride and is happy for a team when they head to a big tournament or to the playoffs.

There is also the option for students to join intrarmural sports, friendly games with bragging rights and a T-shirt going to the winning team. Most Greeks play each sport, with organizations and dorms making up a few teams as well. The athletic facilities are something to brag about even if some of the teams aren’t. The Mason Complex houses a workout facility, two basketball courts, and a natatorium that can be used by students when the teams aren’t practicing. Most students take full advantage of this privilege, especially the workout facility.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
School Colors
Red, white, and gold
School Nickname
Kangaroos
Men Playing Varsity Sports
189 - 33%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
98 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baker Field
  • Jerry E. Apple Stadium
  • Robert T. Mason Athletic/Recreation Complex
  • Russell Tennis Center
  • Soccer Field
  • Williams Intramural Complex
Most Popular Sports
Football, volleyball, and soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming, diving, softball, tennis, and lacrosse
School Spirit
While students are proud to be Kangaroos, an outsider wouldn't notice it based on attendance at the athletic events. Students are happy to brag about any other aspect of campus, such as academics, service activities, and student organizations. However, athletics are definitely lacking in the school spirit department.
Getting Tickets
All sporting events have free admission, and there's never a problem finding a good seat.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the outskirts of campus and Herman Baker Park's nature trail
Did You Know?
The Austin College Football team won the National Championship in 1981

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 15% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 27% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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