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Reviews 702 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Senior

Weather: Perfect 1/10 of the Year – At the beginning and end of the school year, the weather is absolutely beautiful. Sunny, warm and breezy. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the year, the weather is wet and cold. It snows around January-February but is more typically just wet and cold. Make sure that you bring some rain boots to campus.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: You Think Premed Students Are Naturally Smart? Yeah, right. If you see someone who claims they are premed out partying every school night, it's because they have a good supply of vyvanse. No joke. The students who don't take ADHD prescription drugs are the ones that have absolutely no social life. Pre-med is extremely tough and takes away from all aspects of your social life. So, either give in and study all day long, or take some adderall and have fun in college. OR drop being premed, like 3/4 of the students do, and major in something 'easier' And if you have to take drugs for that, you are just plain lazy.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse! Great Atmosphere for All Minorities. Austin College has a very diverse population of students. White students are a majority, but not by much. There is a wide range of Indian, Asian, and Black students. There is a significant amount of openly LGBT students, many different religions, and political views on campus. You will easily find a club dedicated to each of the different types of students at Austin College.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly Fast-Food – Most of the off-campus dining is fast-food. Where there are a few chain sit-down restaurants, it's nothing spectacular, like Cheddar's or Chile's. There are a few local restaurants that I hear are very nice, but you have to know where they are to be able to find them.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Sherman Is a Questionable Town – While campus is safe, and there is a lot of on-campus housing, the off-campus housing around Austin College itself is often questionable. While there are some nice places and rent isn't bad, a lot of the houses are in poor condition or are in bad neighborhoods. If you want a nice place to live, you have to look on the other side of Sherman.

4 College Junior

Weather: The fall is beautiful! Slightly cooler than the fall in DFW, the winter is always cold, but nothing ever ridiculous. It snows some during the winter, which is always nice in moderation. Bring your rain boots because the sidewalks flood when it rains!!

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: As AC is a very small campus, driving to school on a daily basis is unnecessary for most students, and many who live within a few blocks chose to ride bikes. However, there is very limited parking, especially for certain residence areas (Roo Suites parking is terrible). While there is enough room for everyone to get a spot, you may end up having to walk halfway across campus just to get to your destination. Campus PD can also be a stickler for parking regulations and will not hesitate to hand out parking tickets. However, having a car on campus isn't entirely necessary, as the whole campus can be traversed in ten to fifteen minutes.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some People Get Screwed. There's a lot of good and bad things about the housing on campus. You have to live on campus for three years. The good thing is that the school just built some really awesome apartments that you can live in as a junior. They are practically making you live in dorms your freshman and sophomore year now, juniors are treated like royalty and get to choose first from three different places to live, and seniors get the boot. The system is pretty corrupt. The good thing, if you and your tentative roommates have a great GPA when applying for junior living, you will get what you want, if not, you might not even make it on the list to live in any of the places offered. So you pretty much get screwed. Don't slack off, or plan to live with those who slack off, or you'll be stuck in Bryan Apartments. (Which hopefully are being redone right now.)

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There Is No Public Transport – For the most part, there is no public transport in Sherman. That said, the city and campus itself are very small, and the school does offer the Roo Route, which is free for students and will take students to just about all of the places someone would like to go. They'll even make a special stop if it's near the route and you ask nicely. You don't need a car at AC, you need a friend with a car, and there are plenty of those hanging around. The school does also help students arrange for travel to and from airports around holiday times.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Printer Availability Questionable – For the most part, people use the computer labs to print, as the software on the computers can be out of date, or just old. As a result, computers off of which one can print are often limited, and the printers themselves may back up quite a bit. This is especially true during finals weeks and whatnot. However, just about everyone has their own computers, and the campus is completely covered in wi-fi, so getting work done on a personal computer is very easy.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Great Small Town. Sherman is a growing city! There is a WIDE VARIETY of places to eat and shop at, from home-owned places to big franchises. If you come from a smaller town you will think it is a great city! However, there are few places to go for entertainment. There is a movie theater and a Hookah Bar... that's about it. If you're coming from Dallas or a BIG city, you will find Sherman quite boring. It's exactly like my home town though, so I love it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Not the Most Diverse, Comparatively Many Local Options. While Sherman, Texas does not host many restaurants, the ones it does have are mostly locally owned.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are students from all over the world, and across the US. Austin College works hard to grant each a venue for expressing and sharing their culture with the student body.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are groups of whites, indians, and blacks, but the majority of students are a mixture of races/ethnicity. Most people are very welcoming and friendly but there are of course clubs and organizations that seem to only attract a specific race/ethnicity.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: the food is average, supposably they are working to make it better this year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there are many options for off campus. lots of restaurants and cheap food for us poor college students.

3 College Junior

Local Area: It is in Sherman, Texas so there are not many things going on off campus but there are somehow always fun things to do, you just have to know where to look.

5 College Senior

Majors: Career Center – All my internships have been without pay, but that is not to say that there aren't ones that are for pay. Not only that but there are a couple of different scholarships and grans through the school that will pay you to do your unpaid internship. Both my internships I found on my own, but would not have been made possible without the help of the career center workers' help. They are there by your side step-by-step, helping you through the process. For my second internship I studied and worked abroad. I had fabulous help finding a fit for me as well as scholarships to help me pay. In fact I ended up getting all the money I needed to do both programs.

4 College Senior

Majors: Life Plans – I am extreamly satisfied with the program I have choosen. It took me awhile to get there, but now that I m here I am excited to move foward. I am a double major in History and Sociology. The two subjects are very similar just a difference of timing. They fit very well together and help me to understand the community, environment, society, and world that we live in.
I would like to work with groups of people who are on the outskirts of our society to help them regain what they have lost or are lacking. At this point I am looking into a graduate degree in public policy but I am undecided in all honesty. I am looking to work with AmeriCore: Vista Program the year after I graduate and then gather educational and life experience working for a couple of years afterwards.
While I am still not a hundred percent sure of my future plans I know regardless I will be ready. The professors do an amazing job at giving you several outlooks and view points. Whatever I decide I know I will be able to tackle it and tackle it well.

4 College Senior

Majors: Although the school is small it does a good job at offering as many majors as possible. Over the time I have been there they have added two majors, both that students had asked and petitioned for. While there are still many degrees not available there is great ability to create your own major and cross many disciplines.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Getting Better – I am a vegetarian and it was sometimes very difficult to eat well on campus. They had a vegan area but it was not completely vegan. Sometimes it was vegetarian, which worked out for me but did upset some friends. There is technically a salad bar but hardly were things fresh.
During sophomore year they began introducing new meals and special meals. This was nice as it was a break from the same thing everyday. I didn't get a meal plan my junior year but friends told me that the variety was getting a bit better. Also this coming year we have a new guy in charge of the food and he is changing things around quite a bit. It should be interesting to see what changes are enacted.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: It's repetitive and has a lack of flavor. Some dishes, which is a handful, are good to eat but you get tired of eating them all the time. I prefer to eat out or cook for myself.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Roo Route – Roo Route takes at least double or triple the time you actually intend to take. It takes a while to get to where you need because the route needs to go to every single location before and after you get dropped off. What should take 30 min actually takes at least an hour and a half or more.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: During the day, I generally feel safe walking around alone. At night, I feel more comfortable being with people because the campus is open to the public and anyone, not just students, can roam around.

3 College Senior

Majors: So You Wanna Be Pre-Med? There is a lot of focus and pressure put on students at AC for their pre-med program, so make sure you come in with an open mind and explore other things!


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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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