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Reviews 689 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Decent number of discounts, but discounts are not very heavy. Most restaurants are chains, though at least some are little-known chains (the big ones are all on the highway, the rest on texoma parkway.) A few better options in the neighboring town of Denison. Definitely check out the burrito bus.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Very small town with little to do. There are nearby grocery stores, one bar, and several parks. Most of the restaurants are chains. You will go to Dallas (1 hour drive one-way) for anything really exciting (I personally don't bother).

5 College Junior

Academics: I personally have always been able to get the classes that I want, but partly because I have enough AP credits to bump me up a year (registration priority is determined by number of credits and grades). Even when a class fills up before I get to it (has happened once or twice) I am usually able to get the professor to make an exception, though I have heard of less fortunate people. ALL the professors are fluent in english and know their subjects well. Workload is heavy if you want an A. Popular study areas include the library and some lounges around campus, including in the dorms.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am a biology major. I don't see it as particularly different from the rest of the school, though I believe we have the most faculty. Most of the biology majors are premed. Recently, they have been trying to integrate leadership components into the curriculum. As far as I can tell this hasn't made much of a change, but they say that the added components aren't meant to be immediately noticed.

4 College Junior

Athletics: If a student isn't on a sports team, they're probably not going to be at any of the sports games. Athletic facilities include an indoor pool, two gymnasiums, one workout center, and tennis ball courts locked by card access (which must be gotten from the tennis coach). There are a few small sports groups that play together weekly- rugby, soccer, ultimate frisbee (i believe the lacrosse group all graduated, or disbanded, or something)

4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus has a decent number of exchange students, but even so, the school is mostly white. As far as I know the majority of the school is straight, but has nothing in particular against anyone who isn't. The ethnic minorities seem to mingly freely and independently with the white majority, with a few exceptions. There are Republican and Democrat- centered clubs (both pretty young). There are also several church groups, one specifically catholic, the rest not specified.The school is officially Presbyterian, but welcomes all faiths. There is an asian student's association, a black expressions club, an indian dance team, a country dance club, etc.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I got about 20,000 in merit scholarships and about 5,000 in need-based scholarships. The rest is covered in loans. They were all pretty easy to get. Additional application-based scholarships (competitive scholarships separate from any aid the school gives you) are hard to find, though. I only know of one that occurs every year. (I usually miss it) If you want those, it is better to look online.

3 College Junior

Majors: All of my internships have been found externally. There is horribly little to find inside the local town, so most of your work is going to be done over the summer, unless you can manage to get a job online or commute.

4 College Junior

Majors: The workload is somewhat heavy though you can find a lot of advice from teachers and other students as to which classes will be the hardest and which should not be taken together. I am in the biology department, which is more or less the largest department in the school. Each professor will take two or three students for research during each semester, including summer (though that is somewhat more selective). There are a few jobs that biology students can find, mostly having to do with lab work. Most bio students also take a good deal of chemistry, so some of them end up working as chemistry TAs.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I only got a scholarship and wasn't even able to get any aid based on my family income. We have a large family (six people) so my parents are actually thinking of me transferring even with the biggest scholarship they have because it is not much aid.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The nurse in the office is very distasteful and seems more judgmental than to help the students. Also if there is a personal conflict the administration doesn't seem to take it very seriously at all.

2 College Freshman

Majors: Not a lot of internships, only a few in the hospital. gotta get your own way out if you want to get ahead. Also the workload is pretty intense for just a few number of classes that you are taking. The library is really tiny for the school and is usually really packed during finals.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties in the cottages like monday funday, the hill party on wednesday, whiskey Wednesday. but a lot of black music and mostly just punch. The good alcohol runs out pretty darn quick.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most people don't care how they look for class. If you are dressing up for class then something is definitely wrong. Girls are basic, mostly leggings and shirts and guys are too. Guys don't look very good for the most part and not very good selection.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is located pretty far away. The places close to the campus are run down and are pretty bad places to go eat. The off campus dining is best if you get on highway 75 and go near the new target complex near the edge of the city closer to denison


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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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