Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T22:57:16Z
There are lots of different races/ethnicities present at Austin College. Personally, I've been exposed to the Indian culture a lot more than I ever have in the past because of my attending Austin College.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-23T22:49:10Z
Excellent Professors! Professors at Austin College are the best! They are always available and willing to help you with anything. It's such a chill atmosphere there most students know their professors on a first name basis!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T23:12:09Z
Protectice but Not Overbearing – Campus police are extremely friendly and seen constantly all over campus, but they're never afraid to do their job. If you're publicly intoxicated you will be punished. They do their best to make our college life as much like the real world as possible, whatever happens behind closed doors (off campus) is not their responsibility, but once you're on campus - it's not just your life that you're harming. What's great though is that Campus Police are on-call anytime after the sun goes down and will give you a ride from any where on campus to any where else for your safety.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T23:06:25Z
Freshman 15 Culprit. All incoming freshman to colleges and universities are so worried about gaining that freshman-15 pounds! With the off-campus dining options, I don't blame them. Within 5 miles there are at least 20 of the most popular fast-food restaurants. Definitely an easy and convenient experience with places like Taco Bell, Arbys, and What A Burger being open until early hours of the morning and being incredibly cheap. Off-campus dining ups it's score even more with it's student discounts with offers like 99 cent drinks at Sonic and free bagels at Panera. However, it's all fast-food. The vast majority of places, and food available there is incredibly unhealthy and we'd probably all be better off without them!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-12T23:01:33Z
Filling up on Campus – Dining options on the Austin College campus are spectacular, especially considering the size of the campus! There's a small store called the "Hopper Store" (in simile to the college's mascot, the Kangaroos), it has a full coffee bar with a delightful and very friendly staff. Anything you could buy at a gas station is here - snacks and drinks to stash up on when studying late a night. It also includes a computer lab and 5 - 6 study tables! Our campus also has the Pouch Club, a dining area much like a fast food restaurant, open all hours - serving students who had class or practice through the cafeteria's hours. There's booths and tables located here, along with ping pong tables, air hockey, pool, a juke box, and often times a big screen t.v. for when major games are on! The cafeteria itself is the biggest of course, with a full-time buffet! It has a fruit bar, a salad bar, a pasta bar, a presentation station, a sandwich bar, a Hispanic food bar, a vegan/vegetarian bar, a dessert bar, and then the typical main dish bar. It has every drink imaginable ranging from soda to sports drinks to every type of tea to coffee. You can take trays anywhere allowing for group meetings, picnics, and dorm dining. It really is an amazing experience, and was only knocked down due to it's repetitiveness. It's just suspicious that everyday after grilled chicken day we have chicken in our soup, and after mac and cheese day we have hamburger mac day. Over all, eating on campus is enjoyable, reliable, quick, easy, and healthy!
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-17T18:36:55Z
Parking spots are easy enough to find. If you have to be farther than you would like, it's still not that bad since the campus is so tiny.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-17T18:20:24Z
Night Life Is Not Great – Nightlife in Sherman is not good. You have to rely on house parties if you want to be out. And only recently was the Roo Route implemented.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-17T18:17:34Z
The computers themselves can get pretty slow. But, otherwise, they're good!
As far as availability goes, it depends on where you are. But usually there are computers available.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-15T19:11:28Z
Austin College doesn't have nearly enough parking, and they just took out a large parking lot near the biggest dorm on campus and built a new one, half the size of the other, in the most inconvenient spot imaginable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-15T19:10:13Z
Drugs Are Obvious – Drug and alcohol usage is pretty popular at Austin College, and people are very obvious and upfront about their use of both.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-15T19:08:51Z
Whether or not people want to admit it, Greek life is a pretty big deal at Austin College. The groups are very cliquey, and those not associated with Greek life aren't as accepted when at parties and social events.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-14T08:26:16Z
Definitely Apply – AC offers many scholarships both large and small. It's easy to be awarded at least some kind of financial aid, so it is definitely worth your time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-14T08:24:16Z
It's as Good as You Make It – You can have a wonderful time or you can have a horrible time. It just depends on whether or not you involve yourself. When you're fully integrated in all the activities and meet everyone, AC can be wonderful. It can, however, be irritating to live in such close proximity with the same people for such a long time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-14T00:29:39Z
Dorm Life – Our dorms need MAJOR renovations. They are very outdated, and the rooms are oddly small compared to other schools similar to ours. The bathrooms are sub-par and the study rooms are nothing great. Overall, they just need a complete revamping.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T18:44:03Z
There are people from all sorts of backgrounds. A big ideal Austin College tries to promote is the diversity and cultural integration. There are many religious and cultural groups on campus-just to name a few: Muslim Student Association, Asian Awareness, Indian Culture Association, etc. The organizations hold many different events throughout the school year that students can take part in, regardless if the organization does or does not represent your beliefs or backgrounds. Races are fairly distributed, with whites being the largest percentage, Latinos second, Asians third, and African Americans fourth.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T18:36:18Z
Everything but the Dorms Are Good! The dorms are probably the worst feature of this campus. The student center, gym facilities, and classrooms are fairly up to date. Restrooms are ridiculously clean. The campus is wheelchair accessible. The concept of green is heavily promoted, as there are lots of recycling places located next to EVERY trash can and options to deny trays at the lunch line. The auditorium and theater are fairly small.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T04:46:15Z
Some places seem run down, but others seem really nice.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T04:45:32Z
Health & Safety:
The campus is a closed campus, so cars don't drive through. However, it is rather dark at night. But, other than that, I feel safe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T03:16:06Z
Shots, Shots, Shots! Someone, somewhere is guaranteed to be partying every day of the week. Parties can get rowdy, but they're pretty much the only option for going out other than the movies or driving to Dallas. People drive themselves (and usually a carload of others) around.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T03:12:48Z
Not Much Variety – Most of it is chains like Olive Garden, Johnny Carinos, and basic fast food-McDonald's, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Sonic, etc. The Sonic closest to campus sells Route 44 drinks to AC students for 99 cents-excellent deal. There are some good local places to eat and prices are extremely reasonable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-12T03:09:03Z
There is plenty of computer lab space in the library-one area is open 24 hours a day with around 13 computers and two printers for use by students. Most students are expected to have at least a laptop, so the dorm computer labs only have three computers and one printer (that is constantly out of paper)-not really enough for the number of students living in the building. Computers are also in the campus center, but there's only one printer so it can get really backed up (and again, running out of printer paper is common).
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T23:45:12Z
The Perfect Liberal Arts Experience – The liberal arts experience, TONS of on campus organizations, the professors are like your best friends...they truly care about your personal lives as well as your education.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T23:44:17Z
No Need for It! There is basically not a need for on-campus transportation because everything is in walking distance. It's great! We do have the Roo Route though, which takes students all day long to local stores/restaurants, etc., who don't have a car.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T23:42:39Z
Drinking Is the Drug of Choice – Drinking is more popular than drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T20:58:55Z
Strict Dorm Visitation – There are strict rules for visitation in place, and they are always upheld "to the fullest extent of the law." It's a wee bit ridiculous. Even in the coed dorms, women cannot be on men's floors after hours and vice versa.
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