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5 College Junior

Majors: Austin College offers the possiblity for undergraduates to create a custom Major that fulfills all the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree, but still allows for some wiggle room in the courses that you take so that you learn other skills that some other colleges don't allow time for.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Sherman is a small, low-income town that doesn't have much to do inside the city limits, but is decently close to Dallas (read 1.5 hrs away), so things to do are available.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Language House and Flats Are the Best – Freshmen and upperclassmen tend to have the same options in terms of housing but the best dorm on campus for students who want quiet but also have the capability to enjoy several events is the Jordan Language dorm. Off campus, the Flats are the best in terms of space, comfort, and social activities.

4 College Junior

Majors: As an Internation Relations and Japanese double major, I will hopefully be able to work for a company that has business interests in Asia or possibly the Navy. The first step would be to work over seas for a time or enter into a branch of the military that would support my skills and further my knowledge of the language.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Austin College requires you to live in on-campus housing (which is REALLY expensive compared to just about every other school I looked at) until your senior year. You are also required to have an outrageously priced meal plan as long as you live in any on campus housing that does not have a full kitchen, which is basically all of the dorm halls.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Is Okay – I didn't choose to join a sorority/fraternity because there just wasn't one that I fit into. There are a lot of options, but that doesn't mean there's an option for everybody. I actually wanted to join a greek life, but there just wasn't any particular group that I got along well enough with.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Local Events Are Hard to Come by – Sherman doesn't have many things to do for people of college age. It's more of a retirement community. Students usually manage to find things to do together anyway, like going to local parks or shopping at the town center, but it often gets very boring in Sherman if you don't have a group of friends to go out and do things with.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I personally had no luck with financial aid at Austin College and am going to have to transfer this next year because I can't afford it and the financial aid office has done nothing to try and help me so that I can stay. Other people, however, have told me that the financial aid office was very helpful to them and made sure they would be able to attend Austin College, so I guess it depends on who you ask.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm a chemistry major, and I love the chemistry department. I've been given so many opportunities and personal attention so that I succeed with my major. The department is friendly and willing to help you succeed. Science majors in general are in luck at this school, all the science personel is very helpful and kind.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's Been Getting Better Within the Past Few Years – There are only like two options for eating on campus: the cafeteria or the pub. Or you could always raid the hopper store. The caf serves a lot of different options and has a nice salad bar, but there are days that are definitely kind of gross. The pub serves more greasy/fried food

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2 College Junior

Transportation: It Could Be a Lot Better, but It Could Be a Lot Worse – The only campus sponsered transportation is the Roo Route which is not very reliable from what I've heard. You have the driver's cell phone number to call them, but I've heard of my friends being stranded over at Target for an hour waiting on the Roo Route to come get them. Otherwise the Roo Route goes and makes rounds every night, and longer on the weekends. Otherwise, there's the city bus system and the Greyhound for longer trips. You're probably going to want to have a car on campus.

4 College Junior

Parking: Since the campus is so small, parking isn't a huge issue. You can pretty much park anywhere and only be like a 2 minute walk away from whatever building you need to be at. If you keep your car on campus and park in front of your dorm (especially Clyce) don't leave during the day because you will lose your spot and be forced to park farther away.

2 College Junior

Athletics: We're Definitely Not a Sports School – We are not a big sports school. There are varsity teams for those who are interested, but not many people attend the events. School spirit isn't too big in terms of sports, but I feel like everyone respects the school in terms of academics. Athletic facilities are just the right size for the kind of sports teams we have. However, I'm not a big sports fan so I may not be seeing the whole picture in terms of how the sport teams are doing with their facilities.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Pretty Mild With the Occasional Snow Day and Some Intense Thunderstorms – Overall, it's pretty mild weather. During the school year, there are never days that I've felt that it's been unbearingly hot. It does snow sometimes during the winter, but it's never been too bad. However, whenever there's ever a slightest chance for thunderstorms, it always happens. Have rainboots and an umbrella, but otherwise I enjoy the weather.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall Pretty Good, but Still Be Weary – Overally I feel really secure on campus. I only feel a little uncomfortable when walking home around 1 AM from the library, but I've never encountered a problem. Most of the pathways are lit, some aren't lit as well. But as long as you keep your doors locked and have the campus police number in your phone, you will be fine.

5 College Senior

Parking: There is always parking. It is free. I have never received a ticket in the three years I have been here.

4 College Senior

Majors: I had good grades and was involved in a lot of activities in high school. The application was one of the easier application I filled out. When declaring your major and minor, you just had to fill out a paper detailing your plan and have it signed by your mentor and the program's head of department.

4 College Senior

Administration: Not Too Bad – It mostly depends on what RA you are dealing with. Some are stricter than others. When you get in trouble, you usually get a warning and a small punishment like community service. With each repeated offense, consequences get greater. The campus police normally keep to themselves unless you are showing signs you are in trouble. They do not harass you. There is a curfew, but it is pretty late into the night and there are areas in each dorm that visitors are allowed in past curfew.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I got a large scholarship to help pay for school. I heard from a lot of other people that they also received large scholarships. The financial aid office answers all my questions.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There is a 'Roo Route that takes you to the shopping centers in Sherman. It is free. You need a car or a friend with a car for long distances or to go places that the 'Roo Route does not go.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Understanding and Open-Mindedness – I feel that Austin College recognizes the reality that college students are a curious group of people. They are more than likely going to try things whether they are legal or not. Austin College accepts that fact and first tries to work with the students. They may not like this aspect of college, but they know it is there. When a student is caught with an illegal substance he or she is not kicked out or chastised for it. The school comes in and works with the student to ensure the student does not do it again but can remain on campus and enrolled in the school. Now that is after the first offense any repeated offenses and A.C.'s good graces disappear and that person is on there own. The main thing to emphasize is that Austin College is there to help you not hinder you.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: AC is located in the middle of a scary neighborhood so it is inevitable that students will be scared to walk around at night. I feel pretty safe, but there are so few campus police and I wouldn't know how to reach them if I neede them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Technology Is Almost There – Technology on campus is improving. Despite the IT being MISERABLY understaffed and other...issues within, the overall technology situation is good. Internet speeds can be slow (especially upload/download), but you can at least do your homework. Good warnings about spam and phising. The infrastructure is improving and the computers are not totally useless (need to be replaced in 2-3 years).
The printing system is good and there is a strong green initiative.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Old Vs. New – Old: Since the College has needed to cut spending, scholarship have pretty much gone out the window. I will not say the number (since I am a former employee of the College as well), however it is not good. Unhappy with the vision the College leadership (Board, Administration, etc.).

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public Transport Good, College Transport? The College has ZERO transportation for its students. The college does subsidize some of the public transportation, but it could do more. The public bus is free to AC students.

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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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