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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Junior

Majors: Small school, so majors are very broad and usually one word. "Premed" is a very common response, though not an official major. No restriction on admittance to major. All degrees are BAs and broad, so I am uncertain about how they will apply to life after school.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Average looks, a decent amount of talent. Many people have either a passion or a hobby that they put most of their energy into, and social interactions are very thin on the ground. Social squabbles are very common between students, and friendships can splinter easily, though usually not for good. I feel uneasy about the future, and unsure about how I've been guided.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are lots of complaints about this school, though the academics are the one thing that's never disrespected. If you want to be happy at this school, you're going to have to make it on your own. People might be happy if you're doing well, but don't expect them to care otherwise.

4 College Junior

Administration: There are some loose rules, but they are only enforced when really necessary. I know of people and fraternities that have been thrown off campus, but otherwise there are many points at which security is extremely relaxed, perhaps on purpose. RAs are responsible for most of the discipline, and will generally only be really harsh if you are bothering someone or if half of your dorm has noticed it. While people can be very brittle and serious disagreements should be expected and prepared for, the administration is mostly invisible. Teachers are very supportive of students and will often ask about them or offer advice if there is cause for concern. However they generally expect the student to take the initiative in actually doing anything.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: All parties are held by greek life or between tightly knit friend groups. Most of these involve alcohol and the big ones usually (I'm told) have some kind of drugs. The groups that hold these parties are not always the most popular on campus- many are considered jerks. However there are some groups that will have parties of little or no alcohol, and these are usually quite fun and full of very friendly people.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is mostly limited to a few places a few blocks off campus managed by a few people that I actually know nothing about. However, I do know of one girl living in an apartment complex 20 minutes away. Students are required to live on campus for the first three years and unless you have friends that regularly visit you there's not really much point in moving far away, because it will mean missing out on any kind of social life.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have been here for three years, and I have heard stories of someone being attacked by a local kid, maybe two or three times. Students say very frequently that the town looks suspicious or "sketchy", but I have often walked down to two nearby parks late at night and not been troubled at all, or even passed by anyone. It is very common for students to stay up late working in the wcc or science building or go to a friend's house off campus and walk back to their dorms after midnight. I would call campus security very loose, but I have never seen it really tested, and the attacks mentioned above were very well publicized. The only real problem is drinkers and smokers, who are quite common in certain parts of campus. They can be extremely careless, and in my freshman year a fire alarm was set off at five in the morning because someone's lit cigarette missed the trash can (this was 10 feet from my dorm room). To any AC students reading this, if you drink seriously, you're an asshole.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Limited options. Food is served on a loop so you eat a lot of the same things over and over again. There are days when nothing seems edible. They run out of things quickly. DIning hours aren't great. they stop serving dinner at around 7:30. Food is average. Often any fruits or vegetables aren't fresh. Limited options for vegetarians.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are division 3 but the athletes are very stuck up and think they are amazing. We lose most of our games. Everyone goes to football games.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school preaches small class sizes but some of my classes are 50 people. Most of the professors prefer seminar and encourage interaction in class. Work is not hard. Lots of people complain that it is but its not. There is a lot of it but its about your time management and if you are in the habit of doing work and studying you will be fine. Its quantity definitely not quality. Not challenging. Very easy to get into classes you need or want here. Variety is pretty good. Professors are knowledgeable and willing to help you.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of people form different countries and different ethnicities. Mostly Christians but religion is not at all pushed here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Don't walk around at night alone. Most people who are sexually assaulted were intoxicated or the person who assaulted them was. Its rarely reported. Your stuff is safe, but I would not recommend propping your dorm room door open- thats usually when things get stolen.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Sherman isn't as bad as it chalked up to me but its not by any means nice. Sherman is mostly low income, and the neighborhood around the college has some pretty shabby houses. They have a lot of discount bargain stores, and fast food chains. Shermanites tolerate AC students but don't like them. I would say this is mostly because AC students are VERY rude to Shermanites. Not sure there would even be a Sherman without the college though. Definetly don't want to be walking around at night in sherman. Its not completely desolate though. About 10-15 minutes away there are a lot of shops, jc pennys, claires, target, walmart, office max, pet mart, dress barn. You have to have a car to get there but if you need something you can find it.

I would say my biggest complaint is not having a natural foods store like whole foods.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depends on where you are living.

Clyce hall is coed and the rooms are pretty spacious. It is an old building but honestly I would say its the nicest one. It does smell strange and the elevator is really sketchy though. The biggest complaint I hear about clyce is that they don't have individual control of their thermostat.

Caruth is all girls. Its a nice building. They are the strictest on policies.

Baker is all guys. Its pretty basic.

Dean is the largest hall and probably the most rowdy. Its coed. Dean rooms are small, and without anything in them they resemble a prison cell. Very noisy. Walls are paper thin. Most of the bathrooms are dirty. People do NOT clean up after themselves. It does have control of thermostat for each room.

RA's are chill. Don't bust you for anything. Most of them party too.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Depends on what your looking for. I say its the worst because I hate partying. If you like parties than look at the rating as its the best. There is a party going on every night of the week if you want it, and a lot of students do go every night. All parties involve alcohol, it is extremely rare to find someone here who does not drink. Its the equivalent of finding a giant diamond in the grass. This school does a good time advertising and saying that they aren't a party school- but its reputation in texas is that its a party school. I think its number 9 in texas for parties. People are always coming back late completely wasted. Do NOT come here if you hate parties because you will hate it. They are all over the place!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wasn't involved too much in the process. Know several people who do work study and really enjoy it. No one has complained to me about problems with financial aid.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Honestly I think they aren't strict enough at this school. People come in completely plastered and walk straight past the office and they never do anything about it. People next door screaming at 4 am? Too bad. You aren't gonna be getting any sleep. People have dogs in the rooms. People have pot in the rooms. There are parties every night with minors attending. We have bad visitation hours but they aren't enforced. Rooms are rarely checked, maybe once a semester, so you can get away with having a lot of stuff your not supposed to have and no one ever knowing. If you tell the administration about a problem they usually say, thats just how college kids are, they want to party. Most of the professors would prefer that you are in class and they will notice if you aren't for the most part but I haven't met one who said attendance was mandatory. I can't really speak to parking. There is always parking on campus, so if your getting a ticket you must be really stupid because you can park pretty much anywhere. I will say that academic integrity violations seem to be taken pretty seriously here. Students are frequently getting reported for plagiarism.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There isn't a lot around Austin College that is good quality. Directly in sherman there is a sonic, a taco bell, dominos pizza and some pretty cheap cafes. If you are able to get off campus and go ten minutes up the highway there is way more food. Chipotle, panda express, red lobster. If you really want to go someplace nice mckinney which is like a 40 minute drive has very good restaurants. It all depends on how far you are willing to travel

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Haven't been here too long but my overall impression is it isn't great. Its a small school so there aren't a lot of guys and they are outnumbered by girls. A lot of the guys here or gay, or they have a girlfriend back home. 90 percent of the ones I have met are looking for hook ups only. There is not much to choose from at all.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's easy to get in when you know admissions and administration people.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Liberal Arts education is definitely and awesome experience

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: What would be without homes? If you're not living under a roof, I don't envy you! At this college, rooms are but a pathway to enlightenment and fulfillment. Rest in peace under a nice soft roof. I love my roof and you'll love yours. Great!

5 College Junior

Athletics: If you're not in the stands every Saturday or Friday or Wednesday night or whatever cheering on the best team within a 5-mile radius, you're not living! Sporting events provide excellent opportunities for people to be enraged by little games played with little balls and to viciously fight amongst themselves over said games. The events also normalize grown men and women publicly pledging allegiance to the flag like elementary schoolers, which is pretty appropriate. Truly wonderful; it also makes your brain grow!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing will change your entire outlook on life. If you think you've experienced freedom outside of college, think again! This place has all sorts of cool houses for all kinds of cool cats. Who knows what sorts of kooky adventures you'll get into when you take your first steps off the college green? You can barely smell the vomit!

5 College Junior

Diversity: This college is a veritable melting pot of diverse peoples and cultures! Whoa! If you ever want a radically different viewpoint on life, all you have to do is stick your head out the window and ask! As a draqonqueer otherkin, I'm used to extreme discrimination, but I was surprised to find that I was mostly accepted; there were a few instances of oppression throughout the year, but it was a picnic compared to regular life. A+


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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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