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5 College Freshman

Academics: This school provides excellent academics

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.

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 Freshman

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


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If there is one thing that you should know about Austin College, it is the school's reputation for stellar academics. No matter the major, students are always dying to boast of their school's scholastic reputation. AC is well known for its pre-med program, and most students are accepted into their first-choice medical school after graduation. Additionally, a very large percentage of students go on to graduate schools. AC also ranks No. 1 in the nation for study abroad based upon the percentage of participation among baccalaureate institutions, with 70 percent studying abroad during their time at school. It is a great opportunity.

Most classes have fewer than 20 students and are discussion-based. You will be expected to engage and participate in every class session, and professors have strict attendance policies. You are expected to show up to class in body and mind, no matter if it is 8 a.m. The professors are excited to energize and engage the students, so even if it’s early, it's hard not to pay attention and want to participate. Also, it's very common for students to do research with professors, to be invited over to their houses for dinner, or even to stop by a professor's office just to talk for a while. The professors are a regular presence on campus, and they actively sponsor clubs, attend student productions, conduct academic advising, answer e-mails at lightning speed, and call students into their office to see if they are all right. All of this is why graduates want to see their old professors just as much as they want to see their old friends when they come back to visit.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 71%
  • 20 to 49 students: 28%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 5%
  • History, General: 4%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 7%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Austin College prefers to keep the professor-student relationship in a physical classroom, rather than a virtual one. So, there are no online courses offered. It's even rare for online courses to transfer in as counted credits.
Best Places to Study
  • "The Couches" area in the WCC
  • Boiler Room (coffee shop)
  • By the windows in the library
  • A group study room in the library
  • Kangaroo Coffee Company/Hopper's Store
  • Leadership Institute office
  • North Lawn in front of the WCC
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance your life between social life and studying. Too much of either one isn't the key to success.
  • Even if you're from the Dallas area, don't go home on the weekends. You'll miss out on all the fun.
  • Get involved as soon as possible. There are tons of student organizations, and most students take part in multiple clubs. Find a few you enjoy, and you will have no problem fitting in.
  • Get used to small town fun. Sherman is home for the next four years, so make the most of it.
  • Study Abroad. Don't miss out on the opportunity to go somewhere for a semester. The school makes it easy and affordable, and most students go for at least a Janterm.
  • Take advantage of Janterm. Whether you stay on campus, go abroad, or do an internship, make the most of January. It is one of the only times you really get to expand your interests and do something just to do it.
  • There is free tutoring and paper editing/reviewing from the Academic Skills Center. Use it! You will be tutored by students who are proficient in that area of study, and it's free.
Did You Know?
  • AC's Global Outreach Fellowship annually sponsors 10 to15 students in summer servant leadership projects abroad.
  • Approximately 70 percent of every graduating class has studied abroad for at least a Jan Term. The QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) has a goal of having 100 percent of students study abroad.
  • Austin College is ranked in No. 1 for study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions by the Institute of International Education.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 40 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 25% Ron Kirk - trade representative, former Dallas mayor
  • 25% Larry Fedora - head football coach at UNC
  • 12% Carroll Pickett - minister, author, advocate
  • 12% David Lee "Tex" Hill - WWII Triple Ace
  • 12% Gene Babb - former NFL player
  • 6% Ray Morehart - former professional baseball player
  • 6% Candace Kita - actress

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 38% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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