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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

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The course variety is not very good and often the classes are filled before the freshman even get a chance to register. The worst part is that if you can't get into a required class you are held back a year from progressing forward in your degree plan. For example if you can't get into a bio115 class, you can't take chem 111 or any other chem or bio course for the rest of the year and you are held back until you complete that bio115 class

2 College Freshman

Administration: The campus only cares about how the school is viewed now how the students actually feel or anything to benefit the students

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty bad. They are never clean and are quite small for the price. Also the dorm that I live in live far away from all the buildings

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The school is rated in division three so no one cares.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is small. My dorm is next to all the abandoned buildings like the abandoned moody science center so it is hard to get to places on time. Also the dorms are quite old and have not been renovated. The only thing nice is the Idea Center and the Wright Campus center

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are definitely hard and challenging but still entirely manageable and reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms available for freshmen are definitely not the most luxurious, but they are pretty okay. They were all built in the 60's or 70's and have been renovated so there's little quirks. I can hear conversations from elsewhere in the dorm through the power outlet by my bed. The elevator in Clyce dorm is the second oldest one in Texas.

Roommates are based on the Myers-Briggs personality types unless you specifically request a roommate, and for the most part this works out. There is, however, enough dorm housing for all freshmen (it's required) which is pretty nice.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The college works pretty hard to get students internships and job placement. I'm definitely planning on doing an internship, and the teacher program especially gets students directly in classrooms as observers and actual teachers.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: The campus is pretty cut off from Sherman, and if you don't have a car you're pretty much absolutely stuck at AC.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms feel small and walls are thin. Hope that you don't have noisy neighbors. It can get better in later years- you may be allowed to move out of the regular dorms. Biggest problem is the train, which passes over a crossing immediately next to campus and is the widely agreed-upon bane of the AC student. If you can manage to get a room that doesn't receive the noise well, you are immediately obligated to gloat about it in front of everyone you know. Most students get used to it, and while it can be annoying, it shouldn't affect sleeping patterns. In freshman dorms, also be prepared to share a bathroom with 20 other people. The flats are undoubtedly the best (but also the most expensive) place to live, followed by the language house, possibly the village (haven't lived there, but have visited-is comfortable, but also a popular party site)and then the suites. Pro tip: try to get a room on the top floor wherever you live. It will be quieter.

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.

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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.

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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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