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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Its a small dating pool and its definitely hard to find a relationship here, a lot of people are just looking for a hook up or one night stand. In addition opportunities for meeting people are limited, mostly it occurs at parties when people are drunk. Also can cause drama because its such a small dating pool there are bound to be ex drama.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you leave the door open to your room things will get stolen. Calling campus PD late at night if something is going on is worthless. I had a group of guys jump out at me and chase me and they told me to relax because it was just some kids "fooling around". Sherman is definitely sketchy at night and the campus can be at night too. Campus PD rarely gets involved in any claims. Sexual assault is fairly common but rarely reported, and usually involves alcohol or drugs. Campus health center is worthless crap. The nurse is never there, clinics with the doctor are very consistently cancelled. When the nurse is there she tells you things that are medically incorrect. Clinics in the surrounding area are equally as unhelpful- you likely need to drive 45 min to an hour to the mckinney area to get reliable healthcare. Campus would probably be safer if less people were intoxicated all the time.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Great life is not as a big a deal at AC as it is at other schools but it still has a presence. During pledge week there is a lot of petty drama that goes on as to who gets in where, especially in the sororities. Greeks are basically responsible for all the parties/drugs/alcohol on campus. A few have been on probation this year. Greek groups argue with one another consistently about stupid things, pledgeship activities include things like inducing vomiting to fill a bucket, eating onions, burning ones skin, and doing sexual favors. One group was kicked off campus for beating a girl nearly to death.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't very many off campus dining options available. Most of them are fast food options that are mostly just fried foods. It is extremely rare to get a student discount, I think I have had one restaurant ever offer it. Things are all close, although all the construction in sherman sometimes can make it hard to get to them. Price is average fast food restaurant price. If you do go to one of the few sit down restaurants for two people its a 30-50 dollar bill depending. It is easy to get bored of the options in sherman: you don't want to have to eat chipotle every single day of the week.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is basically non existent, either they don't know things are going on or don't care that they are going on. Drinking and drugs are rarely cracked down on, dorm rules are never enforced. People cheat in almost all of their classes. People take drugs to study. Pledgeship was "banned" this year, but still continued the entire time. school just chooses not to do anything about it

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Depends what you are looking for- if you want parties its the best, if you don't want a party then its the worst. Parties every night here, drug use and alcohol constantly.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The caf closes at eight at night so if you want food after that you will need to pay for it. There is a lack of options- food choices are the same every week. If you don't eat meat good luck finding anything worth eating. Food is mediocre at best, and usually people get sick from eating in the caf. Things are bland or taste bad. Food is almost all unhealthy options. Food quality is low. Fruits and vegetables are always marginal.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is ok. Austin College forces you to live on campus for the first three years which sucks. I can only comment on the dorms, because I haven't lived in roo suites or apartments. Dorms are not clean. The bathrooms are consistently unclean, people don't flush the toilet, there is vomit on the floor etc. Several dorms are loud even during "quiet" hours. Rules are not enforced, boys and girls sleep in each others rooms over night, people smoke and drink in the dorms, the area coordinators are useless to go to if you have problems. Building isn't great quality, dorms are old and tired, community bathrooms. There are no perks to living in the housing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper than on campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It has a lot of options near by- however you will have to drive 2 minutes to get there. A lot of known chain restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They do what they have to do. Only problem I have is with the ruling out with the rushing program and moving of freshman dorm space to the big rooms which were for upperclassmen supposedly.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Great parties held pretty frequently- especially first semester of school. It dies down second semester and becomes closed to members of sororities and fraternities.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a whopping scholarship- could've been better since the school is so so expensive- but I am really happy with what I got. 90% of students get some form of scholarship whether need based, merit based, or both

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not feel as if I have gotten my money's worth on the food in the cafeteria. They will reuse materials at times and call it something else, and the food will be overly salty or just nasty in general. Sometimes I find something good like pasta or a soup but most of the time, I just eat the food because I have to not because I want to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The particular dorm I am living in, Caruth, has smaller rooms in the middle of the 4th floor and I live in one of the smallest rooms for my freshman year. However, it is the most clean out of the rest of the campus dorms and it is closest in proximity to most of the classrooms and dining hall. The elevators are very slow. However this is one dorm that has an AC adjuster in each room rather than a whole building set temperature. Overall I say this dorm is livable, it just takes some getting use to.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depending of where off campus and who you are trying to live with.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Around Austin College you can find a lot of places that give you discounts toward meals. Cheddars I am not sure if they give a discount but it is fairly cheap to eat there especially if you are dining for one or two.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness of the school on an academic stand point is very strict. They take cheating and copying or stealing information very seriously here. As for underage drinking and drug use it is taken seriously but usually handled internally and you rarely hear of anyone getting arrested or ticketed for partying.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got enough financial aid from my FASFA but as from the school not so much. I didn't get many scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most nights there is something going on. Whether it is a casual get together or a full on party. Wednesday through Saturday nights are the big nights I guess but like I said there is always something going on some where around campus. I believe the party scene helps since the curriculum is so demanding at times it is nice to blow of some steam.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Caf food is good at the beginning and when the school has visitors. Other than that it is really Russian roulette with the food in there. The Pub is fantastic with meal and variety. You have to be ready to use up your hopper dollars quickly though. Around the campus options are good but as freshman you might want to stick to on campus food since it is mandatory that you get the 7 day meal plan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living at Austin College is nice. The campus is lovely, the dorms are up to date in some manners. If anything cleanness is a problem here and there but that really depends on who is in your cluster. The temperature does tend to fluctuate in Baker Resident Hall due to the fact there is one thermostat. If you want to choose how hot or cold your room is then you might want to room in the Coed Dorm Dean Hall. Although they have smaller rooms I will warn you. The social atmosphere is very accepting to anyone. Being a liberal arts college you not only get the diverse learning in the classroom but in the people and students themselves. When recruiters tell you it is a tight nit community it really is. By your second semester you come to know almost everyone you walk by if not by a friendship but in an acquaintance type relationship. There is always something going on. You just have to open your eyes and look around. The cafe food is pretty bad at times but then again it has its good days.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't exactly like staying in a five star hotel. However, college students don't need much besides a bed to themselves. Schools have to house a lot of students and unless the school is very small there isn't enough funding to make on-campus living super nice for every student.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: AC NEEDS to renovate their dorms. ALL of them.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Purple hair, pink, blue - you name it. I prefer to stay in my room and not interact with the Shermanites.

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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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