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Sherman, TX
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1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sherman is a scary place to live and nothing to do. It's all old people

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's SHERMAN. There's not a lot to do here. You have all of the local restaurants, the movie theatre, and all of the stores, but there's not much else for entertainment. HOWEVER there is LAKE CAMPUS. Which is God's gift to earth for the warm months. It's wonderful packing up and spending a day out on campus, especially when there are parties there with kegs, punch, and games.

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.

2 College Freshman

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

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I like the location and atmosphere of the school. It's located in a small town and it's very peaceful and calm.


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Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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You will soon learn what students mean by the "Austin College Bubble." AC is separated from most of its host town by a set of railroad tracks, and by the fact that Austin College does not fit in with Sherman. We have our own atmosphere and space. The worlds on either side of the tracks have a mutual understanding of "we won't bug you, if you don't bug us," and it seems to work well. Sherman isn't a typical college town, and it has its quirks, but Shermanites probably think the little liberal arts school on Grand Avenue is pretty strange, as well. Since there's really no reason to go very far off campus except for an occasional meal, there isn't much casual interaction between students and Shermanites.

While AC and Sherman would like to ignore each other most of the time, the "bubble" walls are still pretty flexible. Sherman gets most of its art entertainment from the College, and Shermanites are good at supporting AC sports teams and student recitals and productions of plays. The Sherman Symphony is open to Sherman community members as well as AC students and professors, and it is under the direction of an AC music professor. The most common interaction between students and the Sherman community is in the form of servant leadership. AC students are known for volunteering through the Service Station, which connects students to needs in the community. Collectively, AC students clock more than 12,000 service hours a year in the Sherman community. This includes the Great Day of Service, the annual three-day campus-wide service event; Jan Serve; and the newly instated Green Serve. Organizations and Greek groups are constantly doing service projects in the community. With all of this giving back, it would be hard for Shermanites to hold a grudge against AC kids for partying too much, and while the two groups seem to not care for one another on the surface, they always support one another.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Another old nickname for Sherman is Helldorado on the Cross Timbers.
  2. Denison, a few miles north of Sherman, had Texas' first skyscraper. The Leeper Building was finished in 1891 and was five stories high.
  3. Grayson County has an ancient fossil named after it, the gryphaea graysonana.
  4. Sherman has its own symphony orchestra featuring Austin College students, professors, and community members.
  5. Sherman was once called the Athens of Texas because there used to be seven colleges, most of which were women's conservatories.
Notable Natives
  • William Jefferson Blythe Jr. – Bill Clinton's father
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower – former President of the United States (from Denison)
  • Frank James – outlaw and brother of Jesse James
  • Charlie Johnson – NFL player
  • Buck Owens – country singer
  • Buddy Tate – jazz musician
Local Slang
  • Dead Man's Curve: A curve near the end of Loy Lake Road
  • Exit 61: The exit off US 75 to Texoma Parkway that has a steep drop and gives a roller-coaster affect to your stomach when taken at high speeds
  • The Green Mile: A tall hill at Herman Baker Park used for box sledding
  • The Hill: Another name for the hill at Herman Baker Park
  • Hospital Hill: The steep road going to Wilson N. Jones Hospital
  • Hot Summer Nights: Outdoor concert series during the summer
  • Old 75: Texoma Parkway
  • Parkway: Another name for Texoma Parkway
  • Property: To run around the entire property at Sherman High School
  • Shermanite: A Sherman local
  • Shertown: A nickname for Sherman
Points of Interest
  • The Abandoned Orphanage
  • C.S. Roberts House
  • Denison Arts District
  • Downtown Sherman
  • Eisenhower State Park
  • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
  • Herman Baker Park
  • Kidd-Key Auditorium
  • Red River Historical Museum
  • Sam Rayburn House Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Allen Premium Outlets
  • Midway Mall
  • Sherman Town Center
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 12
3310 Town Center St.
(903) 868-4337
Major Sports Teams
  • Dallas Cowboys: NFL
  • Dallas Mavericks: NBA
  • Dallas Stars: NHL
  • FC Dallas: MLS
  • Texas Rangers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 1 hour
  • Oklahoma City: : 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 39 responses

  • 26% Painfully remote.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 51% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 39 responses

  • 56% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 68% No way.
  • 29% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% Totally.


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