Recent Alumnus 2012-05-23T23:49:28Z
Free but Limited – The TAPS service provides a bus for Austin college students but it only comes from 4:00pm-12:00am. It comes by once every hour and goes only to a few places.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-23T23:46:15Z
Hard to Find but Worth It If Available – Since Sherman is a small town, it's hard to find somewhere to live off-campus. But if you can find a place, then it will significantly reduce tuition, especially since you won't have to pay for the over-priced meal plan the school requires most people who live on campus to get.
College Senior 2012-05-22T07:07:54Z
Parking at Austin College is not a problem because there are lots of space for students to park. No students have to park far away from school everyday. there are no cost to get the permit and the fines is only 50 dollar for every time the students violate the rule.
College Junior 2012-04-18T21:23:02Z
House Parties Are Basically Your Only Option. If you like house parties, you've found your place. Sherman nightlife is dead, but there's always some party going on, no matter the night.
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-11T06:30:06Z
Nothing Too Serious – While the greek life is fairly prevalent it's not to the point where it encroaches on everyone's lives. also most people don't care too much one way or another whether you're greek or not. however those in greek life do seem to get some preferential treatment from the administration
Recent Alumnus 2012-02-11T06:23:04Z
Health & Safety:
... except for the occasional crack/meth head roaming around but they never really cause any trouble
College Senior 2011-12-29T12:48:50Z
The only thing there is to do in Sherman is go to Walmart or Taco Bell. Those are the only places that don't close at about 10 o'clock every night. The town is hideously ugly and sketchy, too-I never felt comfortable enough to go out on my own. There are a few places in Downtown Sherman that seem like a nice place to hang out, but most of the friends I made at AC never felt the need to explore. I come from a large metropolitan city and I found that Sherman just flat out crushed my spirit. I felt like I was never going to leave there and would be sucked into nothingness.
College Senior 2011-12-06T18:08:25Z
For girls I suggest living in Dean for your freshman year, especially if you get along better with guys. Caruth is a nice upgrade (closer to food, closer to some of the buildings on campus) which is nice when winter weather hits. Clyce is ok and has a vanity that's already built into to the rooms.
Guys: Dean is awesome and you can still participate in the Baker Bun Run even if you don't live in Baker. Baker smells awkward and the elevator is rather shady.
The new flats and cottages are nice but they are the farthest away from campus. Roo suites and Bryan Apartments are also options and are both closer to campus than the Flats or Cottages.
The Jordan Language house is a nice immersion program and If you are going to major or minor in German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese I suggest living there for a year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T20:02:21Z
One of the things that can cause tension on campus is the fact that sororeties and fraternities can cause segragation. Friends that use to hang out with people before they rushed dont talk as much, people who usually arnt in a Greek group nor want to be frown upon the people who are; unless they have a friend who is in a sororety/fraternity then more is understood and acceptable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T19:57:29Z
The Pouch Club – the pouch club is pretty much a diner on campus, and thats where all the strudents go when they want a late night snack, which usually happens around 8pm; A rush of students come in and the cooks are on there toes. The Wright Campus Center, where the pouch Club resides is generally the hang out stop in the evening.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T19:51:09Z
its a small campus but with such a welcoming atmosphere. The grass is always green and whenever theres a sunny day outside, ouside is where you want to be. Everything is close together so there is not too much of a walk, and your friends are always near by to hang out with.
College Senior 2011-11-20T21:23:27Z
It's What It Is – Freshmen dorms are what they are. Caruth is uptight, Clyce is skanky, Baker is immature, and Dean is just weird. This is an exaggeration but most people won't deny it's true to an extent. You get the most freedom in Dean(co-ed), the "newest" dorm is Caruth but I also find it's the strictest. Clyce is overall fun but you can't control the AC which is eh. Baker needs to get laid. Cost is the same for all dorms so it's really whatever you want. Dean is slightly remote from the campus but Austin College is small enough you don't have to really worry about feeling detached. The best options are reserved for upperclassmen, the Flats are beautiful and your options just get better every year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:59:27Z
The Housing Is Not the Best – The dorms are fairly awful; however the RA's are usually pretty awesome and the campus does a lot to try to make it better. Other on-campus housing is way better, especially the new Flats. But, the Flats are given priority to Juniors and they have very little. They are the best option financially as well because your utilities are covered and you don't need a meal plan.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:55:47Z
The Newer Buildings Are Great! They have been building and remodeling a lot lately and everything new is awesome; however some of the older building are lacking a lot. However, the campus is very quaint and nice to be on.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-27T18:54:44Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe here. It is in the middle of a lower-income neighborhood, but campus police is always out and about and past 10 you can't get into any building without an ID.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-29T09:01:59Z
I Love This School – Austin College is perfect for me. Sure, the classes are quite challenging, but the community is great. Everyone knows each other and there is a fairly diverse population for such a small school. If you are looking for a liberal arts experience I would highly recommend my school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-29T09:00:15Z
Pretty Normal – There is a lot of pot. A LOT. But alcohol is still more openly consumed.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-23T12:38:13Z
Most Popular – The Sociology department is exceptional. Kots of students study Sociology and Psychology. Love the professors.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-23T12:32:39Z
Top Notch – Personally involved profeesors who are invested in the students lives. Small classes with the best professors.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-29T05:46:17Z
Are We Still in Texas? As a Texan lesbian from a widely intolerant school background, I did not expect to be widely accepted in a small Texan university. However, AC has an active Gay-Straight Alliance (which I am now a member of), as well as cultural and religious organizations of all types. I have been attending AC for two years, and have never once been looked down on or insulted because of my sexual orientation. It's a surprisingly accepting campus; I sometimes forget that it's a Texan school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-29T05:40:12Z
Having a Car Will Help Immensely – If you do not drive, make friends with someone who does. There are occasional events during which an organization's members will get together and go to a restaurant, but there aren't really any restaurants within walking distance (unless you don't mind walking 30 minutes one-way.) There's a Domino's Pizza that delivers to the school, for those without cars. For drivers, I highly recommend the Tokyo Grill (near La Quinta) and the Crazy Buffet (near a furniture store.) They're both fantastic restaurants, if a bit pricey (Crazy Buffet is about $13 per person, and Tokyo Grill is a bit pricier.) The Town Center is your best bet, though; there, you can find both fast-food places and sit-down restaurants.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-29T05:34:15Z
Double-majoring is a challenge no matter what disciplines you're going into. The classes I'm in are very challenging, but also very rewarding. The history courses in particular demand a lot of writing--I had to write a total of 34 pages in essays for one 300-level course, for example. Psychology courses are very hands-on; Research Methods, a 200-level course, requires groups of students to actually design their own studies. Fortunately, the professors are very supportive, and are almost always available if you have a question or concern.
College Senior 2011-06-23T19:57:46Z
Pretty Lenient Campus Police – I feel like the campus police at Austin College is there to help you, not to get you in trouble. The main thing that people get in trouble for at Austin College is parking violations. The police help a lot and always offer rides whenever it gets dark so that everyone feels safe and secure on campus.
College Senior 2011-06-23T19:52:24Z
The academics at Austin College are the main reason I decided to attend. The class sizes are small, so the professors really are there for individual help. The classes are tougher than a big state school, but I feel like that will prepare me for the real world moreso than those who went to a school that the main focus was athletics.
College Senior 2011-06-23T19:50:10Z
Basketball Runs the Show – Basketball is very highly supported and people often paint their chests and act like fools. The other sports have pretty good support show up, but nothing like basketball season.
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