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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: All Dorms Conveniently Located, Kept up Well – All of the dorms are within a 10-minute walk of even the most remote buildings of the campus; I usually leave my dorm for classes five minutes before they start and still get there with a minute or two to spare. The Jordan Family Language House is very nice, with a full kitchen and comfortable study areas. The other four dorms all have decent kitchens and, although they are older, are kept up well. Roo Suites are also nice despite the fact that they don't have a kitchen. Bryan Apartments, however, are somewhat rundown, and the kitchens are ridiculously tiny.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Even though the science building was built in the '60s and hasn't been updated much since then, the professors have found many innovative ways to work around that fact. It is still very possible for students to take part in cutting-edge research projects within the outdated labs, working one-on-one with the professors. Plus, we're destined to get a brand new science building within the next several years. Campus center is very comfortable and convenient; dorms are old but kept up well.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: From the time I've been at Austin College, I haven't encountered any hard drugs (i.e. cocaine, heroin, meth). I have been around marijuana quite a bit, but that is nothing new. Alcohol is quite present on campus, but I have never felt pressured to partake in activities because there are alcohol or drugs. Regardless of the marijuana and alcohol that I have encountered, it has not at all affected my educational experience here at Austin College.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places off campus to live, and they are extremely convenient when it comes to driving to campus. There are new condos and duplexes off campus and even houses for rent and to buy. The cost of these places varies quite a bit, but they are always affordable to students. The parking when you get to campus is there, but sometimes you have to park a little ways away.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here at Austin College are phenomenal. I have never been challenged like I have here, and they create an environment in which you can actually enjoy the challenge. Another big thing about Austin College that I love is the fact that the classes are small enough to where you can actually be a student with a name to the professor and not just a number. I have gotten to know several of my professors on a personal level, and it has helped my learning experience tremendously.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great for Me, but Not for Everyone – I love it here, but it's not for everyone. You should definitely visit before you come.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Gotta Love It – As a member of Greek life, I love it! It doesn't dominate everything, and the Greeks are local, so it is not as intense.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Only for Greeks – The only really active nightlife is for Greeks. Non-Greeks are invited to some parties, but not all.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't really any restaurants within walking distance, but Austin College does offer the Roo Route, which takes you to several restaurants for free. There are several student discounts to Cellarman's, a staple college hangout with good pizza, and others. Glory to God is a good option for a cheap, delicious, home-cooked meal.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Town Feel – Austin College is a big family. Due to it's small size, it creates a close-knit atmosphere where you know that everyone knows your name. There is not much to do outside of campus, but CAB and Student Life help put on activities on campus. We have dinners and events that make us aware of other cultures and ethnicities. I am very comfortable walking around AC at night-it is a very safe place. The Boiler Room is a hot spot for AC students, but lately the Boiler Room is cutting back on its hours.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I got a great education, but it definitely wasn't worth $120,000.

3 College Senior

Academics: The academics here vary. You get as much out of a class as you want to, generally speaking.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular Than Drugs – More students here drink than do drugs, but it is very easy to find at least one person or more at a party that has drugs on them. It is kept kind of hush hush, but I am pretty sure drugs are all around the campus. Enforcement is pretty strict though by res life.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The social life is really connected. If you haven't hung out with a person, you at least know their name and what they do on campus most of the time. There are plenty of really academic type people that kind of slip through the social cracks, but otherwise, the typical AC student gets good grades, is active in at least one organization on campus, dresses fairly casually, and looks average.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Money That People Give – Austin College's financial aid is mostly based on outside sponsors and alumni. Because of this there is only a certain amount that the school can personally give you and the rest comes from either loans or outside scholarships. With this being said, the financial aid program and workers are always willing to help you find more opportunities to apply for scholarships.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Study Abroad – Austin College is always fluctuating from being either the #1 or #2 school in America for study abroad programs. You can go practically anywhere you can dream of and the cost is cheaper than if you went on your own. If you don't want to go away for a whole semester then you can take one of our January Term classes abroad as well. Everyone in the study abroad program is super nice and willing to get you going to your dream location.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For a School With Mostly Pre-Med Students There Really Is a Lot of Asians – Here at AC you can find every different type of nationality and race, along with a multitude of religions. However, some either hide in the shadows, are small in number, or are non-existent entirely. Apart from the five or six black members of our campus, the school has a lot of Asian nationalities, some Hispanic, and of course, a white population. I still have to say though that as small as this school is, I am surprised of the vast amounts of racial diversity we have acquired.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Be a Smart Rule Breaker – The school can't look through your stuff, but can confiscate stuff if it's out. Don't leave things out and you're safe. If you drink in your room, keep it quiet and low-key. Don't smoke-they can smell it, and it will set off smoke alarms. Members of the opposite sex aren't allowed in your room after 12 a.m. on weeknights and 2:30 a.m. on weekends. Be sneaky and quiet and you can get away with it.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: It's All Walking Distance – AC is a very small campus and everything is within a five-minute walk. AC now provides the Roo Route to take students off campus if they don't have a vehicle.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average. They provide you with everything you need, and they really provide a college atmosphere to grow in. All in all, they're the same, and they are all close to almost everything on campus.

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4 College Senior

Technology: Good Computer System – The computer systems are fairly reliable. The only problem is that sometimes the printers are out of paper, but that is an easy fix.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap and Easy to Find Housing in Sherman – There are plenty of houses around campus that are for rent. They are very cheap since it's Sherman. Some are in great condition, but some are less than perfect.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's great for fast food and a decent coffee place, but that's about it.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Beautiful but Poorly Lit – Honestly, Austin has a great campus. All of the facilities I've used are fantastic. Dorm bathrooms are a little sketchy, but I think that's standard for any campus. One dorm has a minor ant problem, but all around, it's a great place to be. My only major complaint is that the campus is poorly lit at night, and I feel nervous walking from one end to the other.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Mild or Warm Most of the Time – It's Texas weather, so it's likely to change every day unexpectedly, but it is generally warm and humid. We get the occasional snowfall, which brings out everyone on campus. Our springtime is pretty rainy, but most days we have beautiful sunshine.

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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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