Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:15:14Z
Gotta Love It – As a member of Greek life, I love it! It doesn't dominate everything, and the Greeks are local, so it is not as intense.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T01:13:27Z
Only for Greeks – The only really active nightlife is for Greeks. Non-Greeks are invited to some parties, but not all.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T00:42:29Z
There aren't really any restaurants within walking distance, but Austin College does offer the Roo Route, which takes you to several restaurants for free. There are several student discounts to Cellarman's, a staple college hangout with good pizza, and others. Glory to God is a good option for a cheap, delicious, home-cooked meal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T23:26:31Z
Small Town Feel – Austin College is a big family. Due to it's small size, it creates a close-knit atmosphere where you know that everyone knows your name. There is not much to do outside of campus, but CAB and Student Life help put on activities on campus. We have dinners and events that make us aware of other cultures and ethnicities. I am very comfortable walking around AC at night-it is a very safe place. The Boiler Room is a hot spot for AC students, but lately the Boiler Room is cutting back on its hours.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T21:11:28Z
I got a great education, but it definitely wasn't worth $120,000.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T21:08:12Z
The academics here vary. You get as much out of a class as you want to, generally speaking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T18:56:21Z
Drinking Is Much More Popular Than Drugs – More students here drink than do drugs, but it is very easy to find at least one person or more at a party that has drugs on them. It is kept kind of hush hush, but I am pretty sure drugs are all around the campus. Enforcement is pretty strict though by res life.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T18:52:28Z
Guys & Girls:
The social life is really connected. If you haven't hung out with a person, you at least know their name and what they do on campus most of the time. There are plenty of really academic type people that kind of slip through the social cracks, but otherwise, the typical AC student gets good grades, is active in at least one organization on campus, dresses fairly casually, and looks average.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T18:50:23Z
Money That People Give – Austin College's financial aid is mostly based on outside sponsors and alumni. Because of this there is only a certain amount that the school can personally give you and the rest comes from either loans or outside scholarships. With this being said, the financial aid program and workers are always willing to help you find more opportunities to apply for scholarships.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T18:48:04Z
Study Abroad – Austin College is always fluctuating from being either the #1 or #2 school in America for study abroad programs. You can go practically anywhere you can dream of and the cost is cheaper than if you went on your own. If you don't want to go away for a whole semester then you can take one of our January Term classes abroad as well. Everyone in the study abroad program is super nice and willing to get you going to your dream location.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T18:33:59Z
For a School With Mostly Pre-Med Students There Really Is a Lot of Asians – Here at AC you can find every different type of nationality and race, along with a multitude of religions. However, some either hide in the shadows, are small in number, or are non-existent entirely. Apart from the five or six black members of our campus, the school has a lot of Asian nationalities, some Hispanic, and of course, a white population. I still have to say though that as small as this school is, I am surprised of the vast amounts of racial diversity we have acquired.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T17:10:56Z
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T17:10:20Z
Be a Smart Rule Breaker – The school can't look through your stuff, but can confiscate stuff if it's out. Don't leave things out and you're safe. If you drink in your room, keep it quiet and low-key. Don't smoke-they can smell it, and it will set off smoke alarms. Members of the opposite sex aren't allowed in your room after 12 a.m. on weeknights and 2:30 a.m. on weekends. Be sneaky and quiet and you can get away with it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T17:09:46Z
It's All Walking Distance – AC is a very small campus and everything is within a five-minute walk. AC now provides the Roo Route to take students off campus if they don't have a vehicle.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T17:07:09Z
The dorms are pretty average. They provide you with everything you need, and they really provide a college atmosphere to grow in. All in all, they're the same, and they are all close to almost everything on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T17:05:45Z
Good Computer System – The computer systems are fairly reliable. The only problem is that sometimes the printers are out of paper, but that is an easy fix.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T16:59:13Z
Cheap and Easy to Find Housing in Sherman – There are plenty of houses around campus that are for rent. They are very cheap since it's Sherman. Some are in great condition, but some are less than perfect.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T16:48:41Z
It's great for fast food and a decent coffee place, but that's about it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T16:38:23Z
Beautiful but Poorly Lit – Honestly, Austin has a great campus. All of the facilities I've used are fantastic. Dorm bathrooms are a little sketchy, but I think that's standard for any campus. One dorm has a minor ant problem, but all around, it's a great place to be. My only major complaint is that the campus is poorly lit at night, and I feel nervous walking from one end to the other.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T06:01:57Z
Mild or Warm Most of the Time – It's Texas weather, so it's likely to change every day unexpectedly, but it is generally warm and humid. We get the occasional snowfall, which brings out everyone on campus. Our springtime is pretty rainy, but most days we have beautiful sunshine.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T05:57:36Z
Fan Support – Most sports have a devout following, but of a limited number. Homecoming always brings out a lot of fans because all of our alums are back in town.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T01:25:52Z
Guys & Girls:
Quite a Variety. There are some people, both guys and girls, who are attractive, but there are so many fun personalities, too. No matter what you are interested in, you are bound to find people with similar interests at Austin College. We are a small and admittedly academic school, but people from all walks of life and interests make up the student body.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T01:23:05Z
Pretty Diverse – Yes, there are many white people that go to school here, but there is a significant number of minorities, as well. Austin College is a very small school with a reputation for a great liberal arts education, and I believe diversity is a part of that. There are clubs for minorities of all kinds (race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) and those interested in knowing more about their culture.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T01:19:48Z
It Is Alright – There is only one dining hall, but there is an alternate place to get food on campus called the Pouch Club. As a freshman, I am required to have a meal plan, which gets me I think 21 meals a week or something around that. Personally, I do not ever come close to eating that much on campus. While they do offer many options, it becomes repetitive quickly. At this point I am pretty much over all the food on campus at Austin College.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-04T23:02:42Z
Roo Suites Are Nice – The dorms for freshmen and sophomores are okay for a college dorm. Pretty average compared to other schools, sometimes a bit more spacious. Roo Suites are nice because you get your own room but still have three other people to converse with.
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