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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a full scholarship here

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Getting thrown in the fountain in the freezing cold on your birthday is definitely the way to start out the year.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People here all know each other, so if you slept with you-know-who, it's extremely likely the entire campus will find out the next day.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a few frats and sororities. You can have the party people, or overly obsessed Christians. Take your pick. AC also banned pledge ship this year, so rush is more like turning in an application and receiving a confirmation e-mail the next day.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: Sherman is probably the worst college town there is.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some people really enjoy it here for the small class sizes, and small campus. However, if you don't like bi polar Texas weather, constant partying, and repeated food options, this is not the school for you.

5 College Freshman

Academics: This school provides excellent academics

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Who would want to live in Sherman?

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Mostly students on the football team's parents come out to the games. The cheerleaders, pom squad. and Captain ROO make the best of half time, but it feels like high school all over again.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The best parties take place at the cottages. However, most people like to go to Dallas for the weekend for some real fun. But if you're looking for some drinking, beer pong, and seeing the same people you do at every other party, the cottages are the way to go.

3 College Senior

Administration: In recent years the school has become much stricter on greek groups and new member education. Apart from that, they are middle of the road. The strictness depends on the individual who enforces the rules (professor, RA, etc)

4 College Senior

Campus Food: From freshman to senior year, the quality and variety has greatly improved. The cafeteria is the main option, but there is also the pub.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties, and a fair amount of them are low key. I think that parties have a positive impact on the whole, but there are definitely times where people have negative experiences

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is reserved for seniors. As otherclassmen, you can live in school provided housing that isn't dorm-style living. You can find a place to live without too much problem, and the school makes the housing process easy.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Scholarships are very plentiful, and the school does their best to make sure that most students have scholarships.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms are good, people are respectful (and when they aren't, you have a well-trained staff of RAs). Dorms are pretty spacious, have enough space for all your clothes, and can find room for activities. I can't compare the cost to other schools and dorms, but the process is easy and nothing is more than 10 minutes away

5 College Senior

Academics: Professors are great, and most are open and available to students. Curriculum is varied, but (in my opinion) majors are pretty general and vague. Application and ability to think is important. Registration is aight. Its organized and easy to use. However, I think it would be hard to find a school that has a registration system that all students love. Admin will work with you to get all your requirements and get you to graduate on time. Workload is pretty heavy, but manageable if you can manage your time. Study abroad opportunities abound, and most students study abroad, even if only for a janterm. Library, study rooms, and bedrooms are top places to study.

4 College Senior

Majors: At AC, you don't have to get into a program. If you can take the classes and get the major, you can get the major. There are no barriers to different majors. Some classes are difficult, and the liberal arts part makes you think in ways you aren't used to. No, we don't have an abnormal admission process.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school doesn't have a large alumni network, but career services will do their utmost to help you succeed. They provide opportunities, feedback, practice interviews, and more. They also don't discriminate based on grades or potential to succeed.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is pretty low. Some people's cars get broken into, but for the most part, it isn't a huge problem. Campus feels very safe, and I've walked through the town to my off-campus housing at all hours of the day and night. The school has also made a big push against sexual assault and harassment in recent years, but I've only rarely heard about sexual problems.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life adds a lot to the social atmosphere on campus. They are usually pretty involved on campus, and have events and parties that the whole school is invited to, and hang out in the WCC(main building on campus). Greek groups don't have recognized housing. Upper class-men can have housing off campus, which can be a Greek house if members of the same group inhabit the house. As a member of greek life, I don't know how we are viewed by non-Greeks.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We have great facilities that are used by varsity teams, but are also available and easily accessible to all students. The weight room provides a lot of diverse types of stations.

3 College Senior

Local Area: There are a lot of cool parks that are great for capture the flag, camping, picnics, etc. There is trivia night every Thursday at 903 breweries too. Really, there is a fair amount to do. Again, you have to get off campus to find these things. The town provides few outlets in the evenings (one bar), but the parks allow for industrious students to have as much fun as they can create.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chains in Sherman, which have cropped up in the new mall. However, there are a lot of hole-in-the-wall restaurants in and around Sherman. To find them, I suggest talking to upper class men.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The administration has started cracking down on some of the more reckless frats, which is good, because some of them needed it (rumors abound). Some of them are really good about service, but no one is going to really fall behind in hours just because they're not in a frat.

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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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