Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T22:06:42Z
Duplexes Seem to Be the Way to Go – The school owns a large handful of duplexes that students may live in once they're of senior status. Professors, alumni, and parents of alumni own houses in the area, and it is easy to find places very near to campus. Some have high-ish rent because they've been renovated.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T22:01:32Z
Music Major – The music major program must be prefaced with the fact that it is one of the hardest programs on campus. It is a heated race between being a music major and pre-med-it is possible to do both, but good luck, and I hope you have a great work ethic. The music major program has three focuses for its Bachelor of Arts in Music: performance, education, composition. The professors know their stuff, and with the small class sizes, they are more than willing to spend extra time with their students. As a first-year student, you are able to jump straight into what it takes to be a major (ensembles, regional symphony, lessons, recitals, and performances of varying sorts).
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T18:52:09Z
Most people have their own laptops, so school computers are usually free. The technology could be updated, but otherwise it's fine.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T18:23:48Z
Life Changing – It has its problems, but I love Austin College. Jan Terms are great, and the professors are approachable and friendly. I enjoy the small class sizes, but also the availability to meet such a diverse group of people that I now call my best friends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T18:15:06Z
Extremely Diverse – It's extremely diverse. Everyone's super friendly and not judgmental based on anything.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T18:12:16Z
Food Is Average – I can usually find stuff that I like, whether it be in the cafeteria or the Pub. I usually check to see what's in the caf on that day, and if I don't like it, the pub is my fall back. The meal plan is pretty expensive though, although I enjoy the selection of foods available in the cafeteria combined with the consistency of food in the pub.
College Junior 2010-04-03T17:41:33Z
Housing is pretty good for guys on campus. Yes, for your first two years you have to live in a traditional dorm where you share a bathroom, but the staff is good and professional, and once you are a junior you have Roo Suites, which are very nice and are close enough that you can get anywhere on campus in less than 10 minutes.
College Junior 2010-04-03T17:38:54Z
Off-Campus Food – The surrounding Sherman area has a number of good restaurants-they are not too far from the campus, and the chain restaurants are off of 75 and Texoma. There are also good local restaurants like Glory to God, various local BBQ spots, and good hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex restaurants.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:35:21Z
Housing Rules – I think that the housing rules are a little bit too strict. Visitation hours are established and agreed upon, but they are easy to avoid. I don't think that there should be visitation rules. I have not had any experience with the policies established to deal with underage drinking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:33:31Z
Drugs and drinking appear at parties, but they are by no means forced upon anyone. I don't think that peer pressure is a problem with either one. Of course, it depends on each individual person and the group of people he or she is with, but I do not feel like it is detrimental. Drinking is a popular activity at parties, but I feel like that is a universal theme at all colleges. Several Greek groups host non-alcoholic events as well, so there are several options for going out on the weekends.
College Junior 2010-04-03T17:31:25Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety – There are no problems on campus and most of the nearby community, but the school is on the poorer side of town. The campus police are friendly and check to see how you are doing. You should keep your door closed/locked because people may prank you or something may be taken.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:29:13Z
I love being a student athlete at Austin College. When students know about games, there is a lot of fan support, but because we are a D-III school, there is not quite as much school spirit as there is at a D-I school. I think that the workout facilities are well-equipped and there are good opportunities for IM participation. The soccer field is lacking though. I feel like we have one of the worst fields in our conference. It would be really great to have a lighted field and to be able to play night games. I think that would also be a great way to increase attendance at soccer games. I wish the softball team had their own field on campus. A lot more people would come to games if the home games were actually on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:10:47Z
Fair, Logical, Realistic – The police are very helpful around campus but everyone understands that this is a college campus and things happen in college. Most people are smart about their choices and whenever anyone really steps out of line, they are heavily punished. Luckily, nothing too bad happens very often.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:04:46Z
Not a Big Deal – Drug access at Austin College is the same as it would be anywhere. No one promotes any usage but if you really feel you need something, you find a way to get it. Most people here are dry though when it comes to anything illegal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T17:03:17Z
Fun, Friendly, Outgoing – I personally only know a few Greeks from two of the sororities on campus, and they all seem like very friendly helpful people. Several are my resident advisers.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T16:32:02Z
The sports at such a small liberal arts school are barely accessible, to say the least. The people involved with them think they are all magnate, but in reality, they don't matter that much. There is barely any team spirit except from those who wish to relive their high school "glory days" by occasionally attending games.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T16:09:03Z
There are parties somewhere around Austin College often during the week. There is nothing to do outside of the Austin College area in Sherman as far as nightlife goes. The parties are usually a lot of fun and open to everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T06:41:07Z
Jordan Family Language – Jordan Language dorms are the nicest for underclassmen not in Roo. Other than that, the dorms are pretty bad. It's also annoying that there's only one coed dorm and that we still have rules like quiet hours and visitation rules . . . in college.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T06:32:19Z
Housing Cheaper Off Campus, If You Can Get There! The housing is cheaper than larger cities, though anything is expensive to a college student. Still, it can cut living expenses in half when compared with college housing. However, only seniors can live off campus. For this reason, finding a house is harder because every senior is so starved for freedom that it can get competitive. Still, even the worst deals (around $450) are cheaper overall when thinking about all the money saved on food costs, too!
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T05:46:09Z
Meals Are on Rotation – There is only one cafeteria with somewhat limited hours, and there is a basic rotation of meals, so food can get boring sometimes.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T05:44:40Z
Pretty Good – Facilities at AC are pretty good.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T05:08:59Z
We need more parking spots that are closer to the main areas of campus and around Roo suites. Mostly there is not a problem.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T05:02:18Z
In terms of numbers, there is not much diversity, but the diversity we do have is celebrated, especially our Indian Culture Association.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:57:34Z
Our library has lots of books, which I guess is typical. I think there are three things that would make it better. We have an extended study area, but after midnight people who study in groups and alone are both in there, and it's very loud. I think we need a separate room for group studying. We need more private areas to study, in addition to the rooms that are already here. Lastly, I think that library hours should be extended past midnight on at least midterms and finals weeks. On a weekly basis, I think Thursday night through Saturday night should be extended hours.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:51:56Z
Before you get to the school apply for everything! Otherwise you wont get anything, you have zero chance. When you're here, don't apply if you know you're not at the top of your class or somewhere at the top quarter. Its a lot of time to write the letters and it would be a better use of your time if you studied. However, my parent's work gave out scholarships, so yours might too.
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