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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Getting thrown in the fountain in the freezing cold on your birthday is definitely the way to start out the year.

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

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life at Austin college is really involved with the students life here at the school. There are always things to do and activities to participate in. I'm a football player myself and the sports life here at the school is great! Everyone knows each other and get along. It's a great experience to be a part of.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love Austin College. Although it's not a big school, I feel as though it's the perfect size for me. It's about the same number of attendance as my high school so it's not really a big change there. The staff and professors are really friendly here and get to know you quick and they treat you with great respect. The academics here are great and in my views will help you get far in life.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a library that functions only as a study area- it has no fiction section. We have a fitness pavilion and two gyms. There is nothing even remotely resembling a recreation center.


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To quote our college president, "This is the most beautiful place you will probably ever live." The campus is small but beautiful, boasting a total of eight fountains (one of which is reserved for tossing your friends in on their birthdays). It is an enclosed, walking campus—the main road running through campus was closed decades ago, meaning no roads to deter from the beautiful campus—and the interior is entirely sidewalks and green space. You live in a park, essentially, with countless trees, manicured lawns, birds abound, highly intelligent squirrels, and constantly changing flower beds. 

The heart of campus is the Wright Campus Center. This is where everyone comes to eat, get mail, study, attend organizational meetings, and just hang out with their friends. Students spend a most of their time here, and this is where the campus comes to life. The new jewel of campus is the IDEA Center, a new science building designed for interactive learning and interdisciplinary studies. It boasts 16 classrooms, 32 advanced laboratory-classrooms, a 108-seat auditorium, and an observatory. The center will house the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, and physics.

In the last few years, the school has also made additions to the north side of campus, including the Williams Intramural Complex, Russell Tennis Center, and Forster Art Complex. Another facility that Austin College boasts is The Lake Campus. A 25-minute drive from AC, Lake Campus is a 30-acre property on the Preston Peninsula at Lake Texoma. It is available to students, faculty, and staff year round.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
70 acres
Student Centers
Wright Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Abell Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Couches (living room) in Wright Campus Center
  • The North Lawn
  • Pouch Club
Bar on Campus
Beer and wine can be purchased in the Pouch Club if you're 21.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Kangaroo Coffee Co. in the Wright Campus Center
Movie Theater on Campus
Films are screened regularly by different organizations in the Pouch Club, Hoxie Thompson Auditorium, and one of the conference rooms in the Wright Campus Center.
"Green" Initiatives
There have been a number of initiatives representing the "green" mentality of most students on campus. Recycling is promoted with bins for recyclable items all around campus, both inside and outdoors. The cafeteria has "green" to-go boxes that can be reused, and the Pouch Club has started using reusable plastic baskets for food rather than paper ones to reduce waste. The IT staff is working to create virtual computer labs to save energy. The college hosts Green Serve, an annual campus-wide service event that promotes "green" behavior in the community. Finally the new IDEA Center is LEED-certified and incorporates renewable energy resources and ecologically friendly construction techniques and building materials.
School Slang
  • ACPD: Austin College Police Department
  • Bamboozle: A common game; if you secretly sees a friend across campus, call their cell phone and say, "Bamboozle." The receiver can counteract it by saying, "Anti-bamboozle" when answering the phone.
  • C/I: Communication Inquiry, a long name for the freshman seminar course all entering students have to take their first semester
  • Cluster: A group of freshmen who all live in the same hallway and have the same RA
  • The Couches: Nickname for the Living Room, an open room in the center of the Wright Campus Center with couches where students can hang out and study. In the winter, there is even a fire going in the fireplace.
  • GDI: God D*mn Independent, a term used for students who are not members of the Greek system
  • GDS: Great Day of Service; every fall, the entire student body gives up its Saturday to participate in community service.
  • The Green: The North Lawn; not to be confused with the actual College Green, this shady piece of grass is directly north of the Wright Campus Center. Students hang out and study here when the weather is nice.
  • Heaven and Hell: The parking lots outside Baker and Dean halls
  • Jan Term: January Term; during January, students have the opportunity to go on a trip with professors, take one class on campus, or maybe even work at an internship off campus. It is a time to explore, and everybody comes back with great stories.
  • North Mall: It runs parallel to the Windsor Mall, north of Dean and Baker halls
  • Pub: Pouch Club, the diner on campus and a popular hangout, where students satisfy fast food cravings and play ping-pong and pool with friends
  • The Refuge: A fraternity house close to campus
  • Roo: Johnson 'Roo Suites
  • Roo Poo: The student name for "Quest," the statue in Zauk Circle that represents the intertwining of disciplines and the continuous search for knowledge
  • Service Station: The student-run office that connects student volunteers to the community
  • SLO: The Student Life Office (pronounced "slow")
  • WCC: Wright Campus Center, the main student center on campus
  • Baker Bun Run: The guys of Baker Hall—and anyone who wants to join the fun—run around campus in their underwear after Finals Breakfast in the fall semester.
  • Birthday Fountain: When your birthday comes around, you may get wet when your friends throw you into any of the fountains scattered throughout campus.
  • Finals Breakfast: Every term, professors serve up a free breakfast the night before finals.
  • Kangapalooza: This is the biggest concert offered at AC all year, and it's free. The school brings in a band that has been chosen by a student vote. Previous artists have included Jack Ingram, Ben Lee, Mae, and Eve 6. The opening act is always the winner of the AC Battle of the Bands. And you can't forget the free T-shirt and other novelty items. There's also a week filled with fun entertainment preceding it, called Super Week.
Urban Legends
  • There are tunnels underground that connect many of the buildings that were built as fallout shelters during the Cold War. Later, they were used as a mode of transportation between buildings. Some say they were built so the science professors and students would never have to see the light of day. They are now closed off from student access.
  • There is a ghost named Mortimer in the basement of Ida Green Theater. It is said the boy drowned in the pool of the old YMCA, which used to stand in the place of Ida Green. "Morty" likes to play pranks on rehearsing theater students.
Favorite Things To Do
The Campus Activities Board offers weekly events for students on campus, including Monday night bingo, movie nights, and the occasional band or comedian. There are two major theatrical productions every year, on top of the smattering of one-act plays every semester. There's always a sporting event going on, but not very many people attend those. The carnivals for Homecoming and Kangapalooza are popular. Organizations set up games, and the school provides inflatable obstacle courses.

When nothing exciting is going on, most people just hang out in the Pouch Club or WCC talking to friends or playing ping-pong or foosball. Students also like to make the drive out to the Lake Campus to drink and hang out in the sun on a warm day. AC students pride themselves on making their own fun.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There is virtually a club for everyone at AC, and students usually find two or three to which to devote their time. It's all about balance, and most students juggle clubs well with school. The participation in student organizations is part of what makes AC such a tight-knit family-since everyone is involved in something on campus, faces quickly become very familiar. There are cultural, religious, service, subject interest, political, and student publication groups, and all types of students are involved in these organizations.
This is the main way that students make friends, and it is the fastest and easiest way to become part of the AC community.

Every club is active on campus in one way or another. Cultural groups host campus-wide awareness events with free ethnic food for students, and one of the most active is the Indian Cultural Association, which hosts the student talent show, "Masala," every spring. All clubs are active in community service, which is particularly noticeable on the Great Day of Service in the fall when most students do community service with their respective organizations or friends.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • College Street was closed off in the 1950s to make Windsor Mall, creating a completely pedestrian-friendly campus.
  • Harry Houdini once performed on the stage in Hoxie Thompson Auditorium in Sherman Hall.
  • Honors Court has plaques with the names of every AC graduate since the College's founding in 1849.
  • The Lake Campus, a school-owned property at a cove on Lake Texoma, is a unique part of Austin College. Located about 20 minutes from main campus, this is a beautiful piece of private property with a pavilion and public restrooms. Students make use of it by basking in the sun, studying, wading in the water, playing beach volleyball, and having bonfires at night.
  • The library used to be housed in both Sherman Hall and the Hopkins Center before it finally was moved into Abell.
  • Austin College is the oldest college in Texas still operating under its original charter.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 33% Birthday Fountain
  • 21% Homecoming/Halloween Festival
  • 17% Finals Breakfast
  • 17% Kangapalooza
  • 8% Baker Bun Run
  • 4% Love's Fool (auction off dates to raise money)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 35% Campus Activity Board events and cultural events
  • 25% Hang out in the WCC
  • 20% Club meetings
  • 15% Study
  • 5% Greek Life

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 36% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 18% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 45 responses

  • 22% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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