Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:47:17Z
Snow is annoying, but the weather is temperate and sunny. It's not humid most of the time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:46:33Z
No Need – There's no need because campus is so small.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:46:00Z
I'm on a First Name Basis With All of My Professors – I feel like my professors really support me! I'm never afraid or embarrassed to ask for help, and the class sizes are so small i really get to know everyone! I'm on a first name basis with all of my professors. :) AC has opened up so many opportunities for me.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:42:00Z
It's extremely cold in winter, extremely hot in the summer, and the weather likes to change very quickly. For example, we had a thunderstorm at 11 a.m. today and by 2 p.m., it was sunny, cloudless, and around 70 degrees. Also it tends to flash flood around here AND we are in the middle of tornado alley. In general, though, it's average, I promise!
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:36:41Z
There is some construction going on right now that is making parking difficult. The only time I really need to drive and park is when I'm late for class and usually then all the closest spots are taken. However, AC is a closed campus (no roads or parking lots except for on the edges of campus), so nothing is so far that you can't walk anyways.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:24:03Z
Labs Are Inconvenient, Laptops Are Better. There are computer labs in almost every building, but not all of them are convenient or have enough computers for student usage. Your best bet is to buy a laptop.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T00:00:55Z
Guys & Girls:
A Good Mix – but we have some weirdos.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-02T23:57:48Z
Health & Safety:
Safe School – Safe school, but shady town.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-02T22:51:39Z
They're Normal – The campus is small, so nothing is actually that far. Caruth (girls dorm) has the most central location and is newer, but Clyce rooms are generally bigger. I would have preferred Caruth if I'd have known. The best place I've lived on campus was the Jordan Family Language House, but it requires applying and extra classwork as it is for language majors or people who want to study abroad. If you're one of those people, definitely apply, it is a great place to live.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-02T22:47:58Z
Academics are the reason I am here, and they are phenomenal. A liberal arts education is an invaluable one, and the pre-med program is rigorous and prepares you for medical school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-02T22:46:59Z
The town has little surprises and bits of culture to offer, but it's definitely not an exciting city for a college to be in, and there's no use trying to hide that. However, it is only an hour from Dallas, making it a perfect distance from fun things to not be too distracted, but close enough to make the trip if you really want to do something fun on the weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T22:59:48Z
Moderate Variety, but No Fine Dining – Fine dining is very scarce, unless going to Denison, which isn't Sherman anymore. Otherwise, nearly everything is available.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T21:12:23Z
Greek Life – I like that Greek life on campus is local and not national. You are able to get to know the fraternities and sororities better because they are smaller.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T21:10:57Z
Drugs Vs. Drinking – I know of very few people who do drugs at Austin College. Certain groups may smoke, but no one uses hard drugs that I know of. Drinking is much more common. Pretty much everyone who drinks is smart about it. There are always people watching out for those people who do drink.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T18:02:20Z
Guys & Girls:
Social Life – The students here are very diverse. Everyone is very accepting, and the different sexes are treated equally on campus. The guys are usually Southern gentlemen and are very sweet to the girls, and the girls show the guys the same amount of respect.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T18:00:01Z
Now that we have the Roo Route, it has become a lot easier to get to the food places around Sherman. A lot of places have some good discounts for students, which makes it very nice, and there are plenty of places to choose from if cost is a concern.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:57:46Z
The variety on campus is minimal. The cafeteria rotates the same meals every week, but that's what someone should expect from a college cafeteria. The food is not like mom's homemade food, but it is still decent. There have been some cases of food poisoning, but that is very rare.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:54:46Z
Austin College Greek life is not affiliated with any national Greek organization. Because of this, responsibility for pledgeship and Greek activities falls upon the school administrators. In my opinion, this makes administrators much harsher on Greeks. Greeks here definitely party, but so does the rest of the community. Most Greek parties are not limited to Greek members, so they provide a chance for other students to get to know other students. Greeks do not have "houses" that are recognized by the campus. Greek life is not the main focus of the campus and does not determine social interactions.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:48:45Z
Health & Safety:
I Feel Mostly Safe on Campus – There really isn't much to worry about on campus. Although the campus isn't gated, it feels separate from Sherman. Because Austin College is such a small school, it's easy for the police to spot an outsider. The only areas I feel unsafe are on the outskirts of campus where Sherman homes are near. I have heard of girls feeling followed but have not heard of any serious crimes committed on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:45:14Z
Sherman is an interesting town. The Austin College bubble is where I feel the safest. I definitely would not recommend walking around off campus after dark. Herman Baker is a neat asset to the community and offers a variety of activities including box sledding, but I wouldn't stay past dusk. There are quite a few opportunities to get involved in the community through service projects but not a lot in the way of nightlife. One of the best parts of Sherman, the dollar theater, recently closed. I definitely have trouble finding things to do in town, but with Dallas being so close, fun is not far!
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:35:03Z
Good Party Scene, Bad Entertainment Options – The nightlife at Austin College is somewhat lacking in entertainment. The city of Sherman lacks the entertainment that most college towns would provide (outside of late-night munchie stops). As a result, most students drink heavily to compensate for the lack of other options. We can party hard, but even that gets monotonous.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T17:31:48Z
The athletics department is lacking in talent. This may be due to a lack of funding or simply a lack of enthusiasm; most likely the latter. Student athletes train daily for one and a half to three hours but rarely get the payoff. It is surprising if a team wins half of their games in a season. As a result, the fan support is low. This may also deter potential athletes from joining the team.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:56:39Z
School Experience – My experience so far at AC has been great. I'm only a freshman, but I'm involved in a lot of different things. Being at a small school, you need to get involved. That's a big deal. I joined a Greek organization, and that has just been an amazing experience. I really like the dorm life a lot and enjoy being close with my cluster. The class sizes are small, and that's great for getting to know your professors on a more personal basis than you are able to do at other schools. The January Semester is really neat, and I love how the students can explore different subjects while having fun at the same time. The study abroad program is amazing here, and January semester is a great time to go abroad and see how you feel about doing it for a semester. AC is just a great school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:48:30Z
I have a car on campus, my home isn't that far away from Sherman, but it's still nice to have it. If a student needs to go to the store or something, it's kind of a long walk, but by car it's not bad-you can always find a friend to take you to the store if you need to. The main use for a car is on Sundays when there is no meal plan and you have to eat dinner on your own. I can usually get around Sherman on a full tank of gas and not fill up again until the next month. So, there's not a lot of driving. We do have public transportation, it's called the Roo Route, but I don't think a lot of people use that because it takes forever to get around town.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:40:50Z
AC has many things that make it unique such as Jan Term. It gives us the opportunity to travel or stay on campus and enjoy a stress free couple of weeks with just one class.
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