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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Much Variety – Most of it is chains like Olive Garden, Johnny Carinos, and basic fast food-McDonald's, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, etc. The Sonic closest to campus sells Route 44 drinks to AC students for 99 cents-excellent deal. There are some good local places to eat and prices are extremely reasonable.

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3 College Junior

Technology: There is plenty of computer lab space in the library-one area is open 24 hours a day with around 13 computers and two printers for use by students. Most students are expected to have at least a laptop, so the dorm computer labs only have three computers and one printer (that is constantly out of paper)-not really enough for the number of students living in the building. Computers are also in the campus center, but there's only one printer so it can get really backed up (and again, running out of printer paper is common).

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The Perfect Liberal Arts Experience – The liberal arts experience, TONS of on campus organizations, the professors are like your best friends...they truly care about your personal lives as well as your education.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: No Need for It! There is basically not a need for on-campus transportation because everything is in walking distance. It's great! We do have the Roo Route though, which takes students all day long to local stores/restaurants, etc., who don't have a car.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is the Drug of Choice – Drinking is more popular than drugs.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: Strict Dorm Visitation – There are strict rules for visitation in place, and they are always upheld "to the fullest extent of the law." It's a wee bit ridiculous. Even in the coed dorms, women cannot be on men's floors after hours and vice versa.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Hit or Miss – The food in the Pouch Club tastes good, but there are few healthy eating options there. There is some food in the cafeteria that is good, but then there is also some that you will merely look at and lose your appetite. The offerings are pretty repetitive as well, so you find yourself tiring of it soon. Unfortunately, there isn't really anywhere nearby that isn't a chain and/or offers high-quality food.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Sherman Is Falling Apart, but It's Kind of Nice – Sherman is not a ritzy place by any means. But, I personally enjoy how laid-back the standards are because you don't find as many people who are "trying too hard" as you do in the city or suburbs. Plus, there are lots of abandoned buildings and railroad tracks, which is great for exploration, art, and trash-scavenging. Everything is what you make it.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid has changed at the school due to the recent health care bill. Also, financial aid has 'gone green' and is now entirely paperless. Be sure to check any verification forms, etc. The school generally is enormously generous with financial aid, and will easily cover 70% plus of cost in scholarships, etc for a lot of people. Double checking on loans and such is recommended and expect to get a lot of amendments.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I'm Not Sure It Can Make up Its Mind. The local weather is a little strange sometimes. It got cold around late October, but nobody really minded. The rain is what was annoying. It rained a lot, and the one thing everyone on campus had after a bit was rain boots-they're a necessity. It snowed 10 inches in February, which was great and got warm again in April. Sometimes the weather is a little bipolar, so to speak, and the rain is a downer, but overall the weather is okay once you get used to it. Sometimes you can randomly hear us yelling about it.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone's Not Good Looking, but Mostly Kind of Normal – Well, everyone is fairly accepting because we all have to just face it, everyone's nerdy at heart, so that's not really a problem. As far as social life, there is generally a party somewhere and there's not really a lot lacking. Sometimes there's a bit of drama, as with any school. There are a bunch of different types and everyone can mingle together well. I would say the school is a good mix.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Well you see, Austin College is a small liberal arts school. The best thing about the academics at Austin College is the numbers-because it is a small liberal art school, the student-to-professor ratio is pretty small. I'm a psychology major and a Spanish minor. In my major, I have taken a lot of classes that are very interesting, including Death and Dying, Language Development, Gender Psychology, and several others. There is definitely a lot of variability in the psychology field. As for my minor, I've become fascinated with Spanish because of the classes I've taken here at AC. I'm currently taking a Spanish literature class about transvestites, and it is so interesting! The liberal art aspect of AC makes you explore different fields, and even though that could sometimes get annoying (i.e. a humanities major taking a science course), it does allow the student to take classes that he/she would have never even thought of taking at another college.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: We Are Not Known for Our Sports – Students who are involved in sports play because they love it. Austin College offers no athletic scholarships and our focus is academics. Many students do not attend games.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Small Town Near the Big City – Sherman is very small, and there is not much for college students outside of campus besides going to the movies. Luckily, we are only an hour away from Dallas, which make weekend trips easy. Shopping-wise, Sherman has practically any store you'd want for clothes and other items.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus, but no one uses it. If you don't have a car, you usually have to rely on friends.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless Connection Bad – I have a laptop and I use wireless connection. The connection here is pretty bad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Its Pretty Safe – I think the safety of the school is pretty safe-except when they quarantine you in health service if you have flu or something.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: AC is a very welcoming community and very close-knit. There is a lot of drama and everyone knows all of your personal business because the school is so small.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The Administration Cares Too Much About Image – The administration is a bit strict on the rules. Almost all of the students are adults and should be allowed to make their own decisions. The school also cares way too much about its image.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Kind of Varied – I would say the majority of students at AC are liberal, as those kids are the most outspoken about it. The diversity is average for a university, from what I noticed. There are a few LGBT students, and they are mostly accepted at AC. Everyone I was around was pretty accepting of all differences.

2 College Junior

Weather: Classes do not get canceled even if it snows.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's average. There are not enough close parking spaces, and in the Dean/Baker parking lot the spaces have been reduced recently.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: School Does Not Provide Everything – CAB tries to get things going for underclassmen. I usually spend time with my friends and just enjoy hanging out.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at AC is rather bland, on a short rotational basis, and offered at weird hours. It is WAY overpriced and could use some major revamping.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Easy to Avoid Them – Many of the Greek parties are open to all students, and most of the Greeks don't prance around like they own the school. For the most part, the organizations are pretty low-key and don't bother non-Greeks much, which is nice. They also often carry out service projects to help the school or community.

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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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