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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Many People Do Join Greek Groups but You're Not Missing Too Much If You Don't – Greek life is very open on campus, and a sizable chunk of the student population participates in Greek life. Greek organizations provide nearly all the parties, and they're almost always open to everyone on campus. Each organization has its own stereotypes that have some basis of truth to them.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: An Automobile Recommended, but Not Necessary – Sherman, being a small town, lacks a system of public transportation. To ameliorate this, Austin College has started its own shuttle service called the Roo Route. The Roo Route goes directly, or near to, most of the locations in the city you could want go, however it only stops by each location once an hour, so if you just miss it you'll be waiting for awhile. The campus sits in a residential area, and as such there are only a few non-residential places that are truly within walking distance of the college.

Automobiles are clearly the best option in this scenario. They are definitely not required though, most of the student body lives on campus so you'll be just a few minutes walk away, at most, from the majority of your friends, and campus is obviously where most of the student activity takes place. Additionally, because a large number of students own automobiles, you could get by just bumming rides off of your friends.

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Slim Pickings – I feel like the ratio of attractive guys to attractive girls is a little lopsided. The number of hot girls at AC is definitely low. Anytime I have friends from other schools visit, they always ask, "Hey, where are all the pretty girls at?" I have even been asked by a prospective student and his parents where all the attractive girls on campus where because that would be a factor in their college decision!

2 College Junior

Local Area: Not Much Going on – There isn't much to do in Sherman. It's small and pretty boring. There is limited restaurants, shopping, and attractions. This leaves many students with the option of either going back home or partying on weekends.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good Choice – There is a great sense of community at Austin College. Everyone knows each other. However, social life must be kept limited due to the difficult school work.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Typically, things stay pretty safe. However, there have been instances of vandalism both on campus and in the parking lots. Also there has been cases of theft in dorms and around living facilities. The dorm rooms automatically lock, but students have found ways to break in to rooms.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: It Could Be Better. Meal plans are too expensive for what you're paying for. The dining hall food isn't the best, and it gets old after a couple weeks into the semester. The Pouch Club is the only late night option which isn't fantastic either and unhealthy.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great School, Great Professors – The AC student body is relatively small, which helps keep class sizes down. You get a lot of individual attention from professors, who are almost always friendly and willing to make time for you. Most professors I know have fairly strict attendance policies; anywhere from two to three absences will get you dropped from the class or at least make you lose points. If you want to slack off and be ignored, this isn't the school for you, but if you want to succeed academically we've got smart professors, smart students who contribute to class discussion and also push you to do your best, and a community that tends to make fun intelligent and intelligence fun.
While Sherman isn't exactly a bustling metropolis, there are opportunities to join student organizations and do community service if you like extracurriculars, and Dallas is less than an hour's drive away. There is also a bus that runs every hour until midnight in a circuit through the major shopping areas, so if you don't have a car or just want to save gas you still have a way to run errands, go out for a meal, see the movies, etc.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Rains a Lot – It rains a lot on campus, and the drainage is horrible, so it pools everywhere. Everyone is wet going to class

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: REALLY Small-School – I never experienced much involvement with athletics.... I think I went to a total of 2 football games, and those were both at homecoming. And I watched a volleyball and/or basketball match here or there, but only for extra spirit points during the homecoming competitions that our sorority was competing in. School spirit with athletics, at least in my experience, was a minimum -- not because we don't like AC, but because it was just never really on our radar. Our football team wasn't super great, either...I think that's just what happens when you go to a small private liberal arts college in Sherman, TX.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Not a Lot of Variety, but Pretty Decent – With only two options (cafeteria and the "pub"), the variety of food available is fairly limited, but I never had a major problem with the quality or value of the food..... Sometimes you just have to be a little creative. The standard meal plan was more than enough, because I hardly ever went to breakfast, but I also appreciated the Hopper Dollars for coffee and snacks from the convenience store.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Apart from the parking police's semi-strictness (I guess that is to be expected), I never experienced parking to be an issue. It's incredibly easy (and free) to get a pass, and even if you can't find a spot in one of the lots that's closest to where you're trying to get, the campus is so small that it doesn't really matter if you have to park sort of far away, and there's street parking as well. No problem!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: One REALLY Good Professor – Being a Sociology major at Austin College exemplifies a liberal arts education.....it really just teaches you about the social condition in a variety of subcultures and theories, exposes you to new ideas, and tells you how to think critically about them. I tell people that I basically majored in Bart Dredge -- he is a spectacular professor and honestly the only reason I decided to make Sociology my major. If it had been anyone else, who knows what I would have ended up doing. And while most of the courses I took don't directly apply in a practical sense to life after college in the way that a Business Administration or similar degree might, the ideas and issues that those classes introduced me to, and most importantly the way that Bart taught us to think about such issues, made that degree totally worth it.
I do think the department could use some improvement -- like I said, there is one REALLY good professor..... which is great, but there is (or was, when I was at Austin College) only one worth praising. I took one class with the other professor at the time and ended up dropping it a couple months into the semester because it was so awful.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Not Bad for a Small School – Considering Austin College is a small school, there's plenty of good-looking guys/girls to choose from. There's not one stereotype to describe the whole school, which makes it easy for anyone to find other people like them.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Efficient, but Not Best – The computer labs at Austin College have a reasonable number of computers and are usually not busy, except during finals week. The computers are not the newest but serve their purpose. The wireless network is acceptable and printing is easy.

3 College Senior

Administration: Ridiculous Rules, but Lenient. There are some weird and ridiculous rules at Austin College, but the school officials do not want to make themselves look bad, so any punishments are likely to be small fines, or community service. Not a big deal.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are old and disgusting, as well as, way more expensive than they are worth. The best thing to happen to Austin College are the Flats on Brockett apartments that were recently built. They are the best value available. The worst thing about the dorms are the bathrooms.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've Had a Fairly Good Experience – I was very excited to attend Austin College after receiving a $60,000 scholarship until I actually finished my first year and realized how much debt I was actually going to acrew over my next three years. Despite the financial strain, I love options for classes, the dedicated faculty, and most of the people that attend this school.

4 College Junior

Weather: Good Variation – AC is summer heavy, chill in the fall, winter snow

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Nothing Fancy, More Than Adequate – AC is a small school, but does well with resources

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Pick Your Lane – Fast lane Friday party or chill night in? You pick

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Whatever your financial need, AC works to find aid

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Religious Life – The Asian Religions teacher I have had was very phenomenal. She is an extraordinary lady with many achievements and life experience. Her lectures are always very interesting and well prepared. She is always very compassionate to students both struggling and excelling and she enjoys a wide variety of media and group discussion as the basis of her lectures.
Our religious life out of the classroom could use some improvements though as I have not seen a lot of student activism nor energy in applying what they learn in the class into campus life or the community. I feel like the chaplain could do more to empower the young adults of Austin College more.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors: for Better or Worse – Some professors are good whereas some are very difficult to approach. In my perspective, the professors has a lot to do with which major/minor people choose ultimately because there are so few teachers in each field that if one is unbearable, professor alternatives are limited or unavailable.
That said, there are some professors that I have found to be phenomenal. They are extremely knowledgable in their studies and love to help their students succeed.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Excellent Religious Studies Program – If you decide you want to major or minor in religious studies, Austin College is a great place for that. Their major program for religion is divided into three sub sections; one study in each is required and they can be elaborated on for completion of the major. The sub categories are Asian Religions, Christian Theology, and Biblical Heritage. Austin College religious courses are great for any major as they call the student to analyze and apply religious themes, contexts, and perspectives to other fields of study such as medicine, economics, politics, and environmental studies.

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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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