Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T03:08:51Z
The people aren't so bad. It is definitely a school where "weird people feel like it's okay to be weird" so there are definitely some odd people running around in capes sometimes. But for a small school, it can be really personable and it does feel like a community. Its limited resources and networking coupled with what seems like endless administrative red-tape and bureaucratic s*** undermine the school's overall experience tremendously. I probably wouldn't have come here if not for the generous financial aid package I received. However, the learning alone is comparable to many more prestigious universities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T03:00:08Z
There really isn't anything to do at night. Everything requires driving out of Sherman to do something interesting. There is essentially only one bar - Cellarman's. It's okay but there's only one and the redneck vibe gets old fast. They are also newly fierce on carding. There was at one point an alternative bus route that would take students around to a set route (including Cellarman's) but funding was put on hiatus in May 2011. I don't know if it will be resumed by Sept 2011 yet. However, that was very convenient. Also, the school does serve alcohol in the Pouch Club - a fastfood like facility inside the student center (WCC) in which students who are 21+ can buy alcohol on the weekends. A couple times a semester the Campus Activities Board will rent out the local bowling alley and get it free for AC students. They even provide free shuttles there and back every 15 minutes. Most students either pregame or buy pitchers of beer at the alley. This is one of the hi-lights of the semester. Besides the things to do in Sherman, there is really only college parties. Greek groups do exist and there is usually /something/ going on at least every day if not every other day. However, your ability to "go out" depends on who you make friends with. Make friends with lots of people who either A) live in their own place *off* campus or B) are in a greek group (in which case someone in the frat or sorority lives off campus).
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T02:51:30Z
Professors Really Want to Help – The professors really do try to help the students; however, the department is very small. There is one professor, Nate Bigelow, who teachers American Government and Politics and all related classes (i.e. Congress, Government, The Presidency). He is a really kind professor who really wants his students to succeed yet he isn't overly difficult in class. There is a political theory professor, Frank Rohmer, who graduated from UChicago (one of the more prestigious alma maters in the department) who is an old kindly/awkward conserative man. He teaches courses such as American Political Thought, Constitution/Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism. He is a hard professor who forces you to stay awake and listen to his lectures - they usually answer the essay questions he asks later on.
So of the International Relations department, 2 are just political Science and the other two are actual IR. Don Rodgers specializes in Asian Studies (mostly Taiwan) and political psychology. He's a great professor who really really wants to help his students. However, his lectures can be tiresome. He teaches courses such as political psychology, chinese politics, and international relations theory. Phil Barker is the second IR teacher and the last PoliSci teacher. He is the newest addition to the department and one of the youngest there. He is a liberal Quaker who counters the conservatism of some of the other professors. He teaches courses such as International Law, Introduction to contemporary politics, Comparitive Politics, Religion & Politics, Morality Justice & War, African Politics and Model UN. He also serves as AC's Model UN Faculty Advisor.
Overall, the professors really do want to help the students in any way they can. However, the regional studies do leave much to be desired if someone is interested in the Middle East (like myself). With only 4 professors, the department is limited in their resources and networking capabilities. Yet in term of accessibility they're always free to chat about class or life or even to just grab a cup of coffee.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T19:57:01Z
Loans, jobs, and financial aid are readily available for whoever qualifies or needs them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T19:54:48Z
Drinking Is More Popular – Drugs are available in Sherman as in any other city. However, drinking is by far the drug of choice among the student body. Access to drugs is dependent on who you interact with.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T19:53:13Z
Stong Greek Environment – Greek life is central to Austin College. There are over 10 different local fraternities and sororities. 3 out of 5 students are part of a Greek organization. Being in a fraternity/sorority is extremely important if you want to participate in the social life at the college.
College Senior 2011-05-19T23:21:21Z
The weather here is classic Texas weather and can vary within a few days or even hours. School gets cancelled for snow when it is excessive, but the dorms are within close proximity to the classrooms and other facilities on campus, so it is not bad when inclement weather occurs.
College Senior 2011-05-19T23:19:20Z
Guys & Girls:
Close Knit Community – People are all very friendly and most are open to meeting new people and sparking conversations with everyone on campus. It is a very close knit community at Austin College where most people know each other. Austin College is also very involved with the community of Sherman and surrounding cities, which makes the campus even more inviting.
College Senior 2011-05-19T23:15:46Z
At Austin College, there are many different types of Psychology classes offered, which I really enjoy because it allows me to explore various different areas of the field to really learn what I want to focus on later in my career. The professors also work very well with students on a one-on-one basis with finding internships and getting information about becoming a stronger candidate for jobs in the future.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T01:37:39Z
Food is awful, the hours are awful, the variety is nonexistent. I use my hopper dollars for coffee and smoothies
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T01:36:40Z
The computers at the school are excellent. The labs in the library are awesome and we get $50 printing money. The speed is incredible. I use these computers for everything.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T01:34:45Z
Sherman is a small town with not much to offer. there is a mall that is poor quality. its about an hour away from Dallas so that is a plus. It's a big party school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-23T21:51:09Z
The Pre-med Program here is one of top. We have 98% acceptance into medical schools for those who stick to the pre-med program. It is extremely tough and competitive, but it is very good.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-23T21:46:03Z
Apartments Are Better Then the Dorms – We are getting new housing and it is absolutely awesome. If you were to calculate the cost for living there, it would be less than the dorms because the dorms require a meal plan. These flats offer greta leisure and luxury benefits and are really nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-23T21:43:35Z
The campus activities engages everyone and does a variety of things. We get involved in the community and help others in need out. We all become one and just have tons of fun.
College Senior 2011-04-06T14:19:12Z
Small Town – not alot to do, but nice and pretty area. big city is less that an hour away.
College Senior 2011-02-06T22:00:08Z
Live Off Campus! If there were more options for being able to cook your own food on campus i'd be alot happier with living in the dorms. Also there are disgusting community bathrooms that only get cleaned once a week so its pretty disgusting
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T04:54:15Z
Non-Transferable Credit Hours – Before you decide to go to Austin, understand that the courses claim to be 4 credit hours. This is not accepted or transferable to accredited universities. Austin rarely accepts credit hours from other colleges. This forces students to take all coursework at Austin. Since each course alleges to be 4 credit hours - it's a snap to get a fast degree.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T07:11:45Z
Awful If You've Ever Had Fresh or Unique Food – Some of my peers enjoy the food but, I'm sorry guys, you're probably not used to good food. The meat is nearly inedible except for the chicken strips in the Pouch Club. Nothing is ever seasoned. I suppose most of the food represents "southern" cooking as chicken-fried steak, (super bland) mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and over-boiled vegetables. No ingredients are freshed and I've had wilted lettuce on several occasion. Not to mention that the lettuce is often only iceberg, which has no nutritional value. As far as I'm concerned, the only edible vegetarian option is the black bean burger in the Pouch Club.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T07:03:47Z
Amazing Professors – Most of the students are of above-average intelligence, and nearly every professor I've had has been brilliant; especially in the philosophy department. They really invest time in the students and are wise, kind, and interesting human beings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T06:50:48Z
It Really Depends – My freshman year the weather was absolutely gorgeous for most of spring semester and we even got a few nice snow days. However, winter seemed to drag on forever this year and rainy season set in second semester as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T06:48:29Z
No One Cares – I'm sure the athletes must have their own scene and groupies here, but I never see them. The games have extremely low attendance. I've only been to one and it was to get a free t-shirt.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-22T06:47:23Z
Guys & Girls:
Average Looking People; Slightly Above-Average Intelligence – If you're looking for a cutting edge scene, you're looking at the wrong place. Austin College is full of a variety of average-looking people. Everyone generally dresses in a very average manner as well; jeans and t-shirts always. Most of the folks here, while intelligent, can be extremely dull and it's hard to find good conversation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-24T19:33:36Z
Nasty nasty – Contrary to what many say, I come from a big city and since high school have been accustomed to an active social life. Many people that say they enjoy this school are typically from a small town (Sherman, Plano, areas around Dallas), thus moving to a small town with really nothing to do is a pretty easy change. Also if you liked high school with the gossip, lack of privacy, and seeing the same people day by day this school is for you. The Greek scene is a little ridiculous, and overruns campus. Basically visit this campus before you accept, or you will probably end up regretting it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T23:00:38Z
Nearly everyone at Austin College receives financial aid! They make sure to make it as affordable as possible to attend for everyone. Don't be scared by the high sticker price--no one pays that much.
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