Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T20:49:33Z
Hit or Miss – The food in the Pouch Club tastes good, but there are few healthy eating options there. There is some food in the cafeteria that is good, but then there is also some that you will merely look at and lose your appetite. The offerings are pretty repetitive as well, so you find yourself tiring of it soon. Unfortunately, there isn't really anywhere nearby that isn't a chain and/or offers high-quality food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-11T20:40:15Z
Sherman Is Falling Apart, but It's Kind of Nice – Sherman is not a ritzy place by any means. But, I personally enjoy how laid-back the standards are because you don't find as many people who are "trying too hard" as you do in the city or suburbs. Plus, there are lots of abandoned buildings and railroad tracks, which is great for exploration, art, and trash-scavenging. Everything is what you make it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-10T16:48:33Z
Financial Aid has changed at the school due to the recent health care bill. Also, financial aid has 'gone green' and is now entirely paperless. Be sure to check any verification forms, etc. The school generally is enormously generous with financial aid, and will easily cover 70% plus of cost in scholarships, etc for a lot of people. Double checking on loans and such is recommended and expect to get a lot of amendments.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-10T16:45:01Z
I'm Not Sure It Can Make up Its Mind. The local weather is a little strange sometimes. It got cold around late October, but nobody really minded. The rain is what was annoying. It rained a lot, and the one thing everyone on campus had after a bit was rain boots-they're a necessity. It snowed 10 inches in February, which was great and got warm again in April. Sometimes the weather is a little bipolar, so to speak, and the rain is a downer, but overall the weather is okay once you get used to it. Sometimes you can randomly hear us yelling about it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-10T16:40:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone's Not Good Looking, but Mostly Kind of Normal – Well, everyone is fairly accepting because we all have to just face it, everyone's nerdy at heart, so that's not really a problem. As far as social life, there is generally a party somewhere and there's not really a lot lacking. Sometimes there's a bit of drama, as with any school. There are a bunch of different types and everyone can mingle together well. I would say the school is a good mix.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-09T16:27:48Z
Well you see, Austin College is a small liberal arts school. The best thing about the academics at Austin College is the numbers-because it is a small liberal art school, the student-to-professor ratio is pretty small. I'm a psychology major and a Spanish minor. In my major, I have taken a lot of classes that are very interesting, including Death and Dying, Language Development, Gender Psychology, and several others. There is definitely a lot of variability in the psychology field. As for my minor, I've become fascinated with Spanish because of the classes I've taken here at AC. I'm currently taking a Spanish literature class about transvestites, and it is so interesting! The liberal art aspect of AC makes you explore different fields, and even though that could sometimes get annoying (i.e. a humanities major taking a science course), it does allow the student to take classes that he/she would have never even thought of taking at another college.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-08T18:23:04Z
We Are Not Known for Our Sports – Students who are involved in sports play because they love it. Austin College offers no athletic scholarships and our focus is academics. Many students do not attend games.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-08T18:17:28Z
Small Town Near the Big City – Sherman is very small, and there is not much for college students outside of campus besides going to the movies. Luckily, we are only an hour away from Dallas, which make weekend trips easy. Shopping-wise, Sherman has practically any store you'd want for clothes and other items.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T22:03:43Z
There's a bus, but no one uses it. If you don't have a car, you usually have to rely on friends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T22:00:04Z
Wireless Connection Bad – I have a laptop and I use wireless connection. The connection here is pretty bad.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T21:58:01Z
Health & Safety:
Its Pretty Safe – I think the safety of the school is pretty safe-except when they quarantine you in health service if you have flu or something.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T21:02:27Z
AC is a very welcoming community and very close-knit. There is a lot of drama and everyone knows all of your personal business because the school is so small.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T21:00:14Z
The Administration Cares Too Much About Image – The administration is a bit strict on the rules. Almost all of the students are adults and should be allowed to make their own decisions. The school also cares way too much about its image.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T20:58:34Z
Kind of Varied – I would say the majority of students at AC are liberal, as those kids are the most outspoken about it. The diversity is average for a university, from what I noticed. There are a few LGBT students, and they are mostly accepted at AC. Everyone I was around was pretty accepting of all differences.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T20:44:51Z
Classes do not get canceled even if it snows.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T20:44:24Z
It's average. There are not enough close parking spaces, and in the Dean/Baker parking lot the spaces have been reduced recently.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T20:43:21Z
School Does Not Provide Everything – CAB tries to get things going for underclassmen. I usually spend time with my friends and just enjoy hanging out.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T17:10:40Z
The food at AC is rather bland, on a short rotational basis, and offered at weird hours. It is WAY overpriced and could use some major revamping.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T04:46:28Z
Easy to Avoid Them – Many of the Greek parties are open to all students, and most of the Greeks don't prance around like they own the school. For the most part, the organizations are pretty low-key and don't bother non-Greeks much, which is nice. They also often carry out service projects to help the school or community.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T04:41:25Z
All Dorms Conveniently Located, Kept up Well – All of the dorms are within a 10-minute walk of even the most remote buildings of the campus; I usually leave my dorm for classes five minutes before they start and still get there with a minute or two to spare. The Jordan Family Language House is very nice, with a full kitchen and comfortable study areas. The other four dorms all have decent kitchens and, although they are older, are kept up well. Roo Suites are also nice despite the fact that they don't have a kitchen. Bryan Apartments, however, are somewhat rundown, and the kitchens are ridiculously tiny.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T04:36:20Z
Even though the science building was built in the '60s and hasn't been updated much since then, the professors have found many innovative ways to work around that fact. It is still very possible for students to take part in cutting-edge research projects within the outdated labs, working one-on-one with the professors. Plus, we're destined to get a brand new science building within the next several years. Campus center is very comfortable and convenient; dorms are old but kept up well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:35:36Z
From the time I've been at Austin College, I haven't encountered any hard drugs (i.e. cocaine, heroin, meth). I have been around marijuana quite a bit, but that is nothing new. Alcohol is quite present on campus, but I have never felt pressured to partake in activities because there are alcohol or drugs. Regardless of the marijuana and alcohol that I have encountered, it has not at all affected my educational experience here at Austin College.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:32:23Z
There are plenty of places off campus to live, and they are extremely convenient when it comes to driving to campus. There are new condos and duplexes off campus and even houses for rent and to buy. The cost of these places varies quite a bit, but they are always affordable to students. The parking when you get to campus is there, but sometimes you have to park a little ways away.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:28:51Z
The academics here at Austin College are phenomenal. I have never been challenged like I have here, and they create an environment in which you can actually enjoy the challenge. Another big thing about Austin College that I love is the fact that the classes are small enough to where you can actually be a student with a name to the professor and not just a number. I have gotten to know several of my professors on a personal level, and it has helped my learning experience tremendously.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:16:30Z
Great for Me, but Not for Everyone – I love it here, but it's not for everyone. You should definitely visit before you come.
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