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1 College Freshman

Local Area: Sherman is probably the worst college town there is.

3 College Senior

Local Area: There are a lot of cool parks that are great for capture the flag, camping, picnics, etc. There is trivia night every Thursday at 903 breweries too. Really, there is a fair amount to do. Again, you have to get off campus to find these things. The town provides few outlets in the evenings (one bar), but the parks allow for industrious students to have as much fun as they can create.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Very small town with little to do. There are nearby grocery stores, one bar, and several parks. Most of the restaurants are chains. You will go to Dallas (1 hour drive one-way) for anything really exciting (I personally don't bother).

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.

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.


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You will soon learn what students mean by the "Austin College Bubble." AC is separated from most of its host town by a set of railroad tracks, and by the fact that Austin College does not fit in with Sherman. We have our own atmosphere and space. The worlds on either side of the tracks have a mutual understanding of "we won't bug you, if you don't bug us," and it seems to work well. Sherman isn't a typical college town, and it has its quirks, but Shermanites probably think the little liberal arts school on Grand Avenue is pretty strange, as well. Since there's really no reason to go very far off campus except for an occasional meal, there isn't much casual interaction between students and Shermanites.

While AC and Sherman would like to ignore each other most of the time, the "bubble" walls are still pretty flexible. Sherman gets most of its art entertainment from the College, and Shermanites are good at supporting AC sports teams and student recitals and productions of plays. The Sherman Symphony is open to Sherman community members as well as AC students and professors, and it is under the direction of an AC music professor. The most common interaction between students and the Sherman community is in the form of servant leadership. AC students are known for volunteering through the Service Station, which connects students to needs in the community. Collectively, AC students clock more than 12,000 service hours a year in the Sherman community. This includes the Great Day of Service, the annual three-day campus-wide service event; Jan Serve; and the newly instated Green Serve. Organizations and Greek groups are constantly doing service projects in the community. With all of this giving back, it would be hard for Shermanites to hold a grudge against AC kids for partying too much, and while the two groups seem to not care for one another on the surface, they always support one another.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Another old nickname for Sherman is Helldorado on the Cross Timbers.
  2. Denison, a few miles north of Sherman, had Texas' first skyscraper. The Leeper Building was finished in 1891 and was five stories high.
  3. Grayson County has an ancient fossil named after it, the gryphaea graysonana.
  4. Sherman has its own symphony orchestra featuring Austin College students, professors, and community members.
  5. Sherman was once called the Athens of Texas because there used to be seven colleges, most of which were women's conservatories.
Notable Natives
  • William Jefferson Blythe Jr. – Bill Clinton's father
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower – former President of the United States (from Denison)
  • Frank James – outlaw and brother of Jesse James
  • Charlie Johnson – NFL player
  • Buck Owens – country singer
  • Buddy Tate – jazz musician
Local Slang
  • Dead Man's Curve: A curve near the end of Loy Lake Road
  • Exit 61: The exit off US 75 to Texoma Parkway that has a steep drop and gives a roller-coaster affect to your stomach when taken at high speeds
  • The Green Mile: A tall hill at Herman Baker Park used for box sledding
  • The Hill: Another name for the hill at Herman Baker Park
  • Hospital Hill: The steep road going to Wilson N. Jones Hospital
  • Hot Summer Nights: Outdoor concert series during the summer
  • Old 75: Texoma Parkway
  • Parkway: Another name for Texoma Parkway
  • Property: To run around the entire property at Sherman High School
  • Shermanite: A Sherman local
  • Shertown: A nickname for Sherman
Points of Interest
  • The Abandoned Orphanage
  • C.S. Roberts House
  • Denison Arts District
  • Downtown Sherman
  • Eisenhower State Park
  • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
  • Herman Baker Park
  • Kidd-Key Auditorium
  • Red River Historical Museum
  • Sam Rayburn House Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Allen Premium Outlets
  • Midway Mall
  • Sherman Town Center
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 12
3310 Town Center St.
(903) 868-4337
Major Sports Teams
  • Dallas Cowboys: NFL
  • Dallas Mavericks: NBA
  • Dallas Stars: NHL
  • FC Dallas: MLS
  • Texas Rangers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 1 hour
  • Oklahoma City: : 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 49% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 28% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 53% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Totally.
  • 26% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 72% No way.


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