Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:39:40Z
Campus Buildings – The student center (WCC) is nice. There are different rooms that you can go into and the ASC (Academic Skills Center, which is helpful). The campus in general has some great facilities, but you can definitely tell which buildings are new and which ones are old. The older buildings are what make the school what it is though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:36:49Z
Network Reliability and Speed – The network for Austin College is horrible. It is always really slow and randomly kicks me off the network.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:32:39Z
Rainy Days and Snowy Nights – For the most part, Sherman is a well weathered town. The rainy days are helped by wearing rain boots, and the snowy nights are few and far between. Rain boots are a must if you are planning on going to class in the rain! The school has very few awnings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:25:58Z
Apartments Are Available, but the Landlords Are Not Great – It is hard to secure off-campus living. Landlords will tell you that an apartment or duplex is available and that you have the first pick on it, but then give it away to the first person who whips out a checkbook. Safety is an issue with many dogs running around leashless and the school offers no help in finding off-campus housing.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T16:20:40Z
Another Language Is a Great Asset – Literature is a big focus when obtaining a Spanish major at Austin College. There is a great deal of interpreting, understanding, and critically analyzing literature. While the 100- and 200-level classes are focused on grammar and vocabulary, the upper-level classes are more topic-oriented courses with heavy writing and reading required. The professors are open and willing to help you when you have questions, as well as provide options for research papers or suggest readings. Another language is always an asset in a more and more global world.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:39:30Z
First off, since we live in the grand state of Texas, all you have to do is wait 10 minutes for the weather to change. But mostly the weather does not affect my campus experience, except when it rains, even then I make my campus experience my own and I try to not let outside influences affect my experiences on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:35:25Z
The Austin College campus is very diverse in terms of religion, race, political views, and sexual orientation. But, despite the great amount of diversity we have, the students at Austin College are very respectful toward the opinions of others and actually seem to enjoy finding out others opinions on their beliefs and perspectives on many different topics.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:33:18Z
Fortunately, it is cheaper to live off of campus in terms of housing and food. But you lose the convenience of being on campus, and your transportation costs increase. The only help the school provides is offering off-campus housing to seniors, but they do not have a directory of available off-campus housing in Sherman. Parking is usually not too much of an issue, especially with the new parking lot that was built.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:11:13Z
First of all if you are going to be a student here you have to accept that Sherman (the city the school is in) SUCKS balls. After that, campus is great. The academic community is close-knit and the professors are here for the students. There are plenty of things to get involved with on and off campus (and away from Sherman), and the school really does make an effort to get its students out there in the world.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:07:36Z
It's like every other campus: don't go crazy with the drinking and certainly no drugs. Since I don't do much of drinking and no drugs, I can't really say.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T15:02:35Z
The computers at school are a little bit outdated in the computer labs. Also, the server can usually be slow during peak hours but the most annoying thing is that the printers aren't always maintained with paper and ink. It's best to have your own computer or laptop, and your own printer isn't necessary, but it makes life a whole lot easier around here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T05:04:20Z
The Roo Hopper or a Car – If you don't have a car, that's fine, just hitch a ride with your friend or someone who is headed the same place as you. We are friendly here. Also there is the Roo Route, which is like a little bus that passes certain stops every hour. Or tries to. I don't like to rely on it because it will be late. And it doesn't run on Sundays
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-01T04:57:50Z
There Are Resteraunts Everywhere – There are many affordable options in Sherman, and there is a running list of the college-friendly places on Facebook. There are diverse and affordable food options.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T23:45:02Z
Student Life Wants Nationals, Regardless of What They Say – Greek life is the reason I stayed at Austin College and is also the reason I do not donate money to Austin College. I hear that AC is looking to set a Greek Alumni Donation Fund and I would contribute to that, but at the moment, not to the college in general. After being a Greek member and a Greek Council Executive, I have a lot of bitter resentment toward Student Life and how it has chosen to deal with the participating students. They handled the changes in New Membership Development poorly, as well as the new guidelines for parties. During these changes, Student Life and the Senior Staff took little notice of current Greek members' requests and questions and succumbed to the teachers' demands. I honestly feel that Student Life is slowly moving toward making Greek life solely composed of national fraternities and sororities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T22:29:54Z
Tuition Exchange – I have not had to deal with the financial aid process.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T22:25:36Z
Drinking More Popular Than Drugs – The drug scene at Austin College is not as visible as the drinking scene, but there is definitely drug activity going on, either in dealing or smoking.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T22:20:20Z
The teachers at Austin College are very involved with making sure their students are understanding the material and keeping up with class work. They answer e-mails quickly and are always willing to set up a meeting time. The workload depends upon the department and teacher. I am not pre-med, but I am under the impression they have a heavier daily workload. As in they have to keep up with homework, labs, and tests. This is compared to students in sociology who have a strenuous workload as well, but their daily workload often consists of keeping up with readings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T03:50:44Z
Academics are more important than athletics, but we have most of the sports teams you'd expect. The gym isn't top of the line, but it is plenty good enough, and I spend a lot of time there.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T03:17:01Z
I think the campus could use more parking, especially for visitors. Now that I'm an alumni, I can almost never find a place to park when I come back for things like homecoming, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T03:12:12Z
General Dining – My only complaint in this department would be the lack of options as far as location is concerned ... but I think that since I graduated, they have added more options. I think there's a Starbucks on campus now? That's great!
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T03:09:52Z
General Campus Aesthetics – Very nice. Most are continually updated/remodeled to keep up with modern technology and conveniences.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T02:58:05Z
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T02:55:17Z
Health & Safety:
It's very friendly and helpful here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T02:54:38Z
Sherman doesn't have much.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-19T03:39:36Z
Guys & Girls:
You could say that AC is a "nerd school" since the acceptance rate is limited. It is almost in the country, so there are many guys who have country accents or wear cowboy boots. The girls don't give away their hometown normally by how they dress-they are usually wearing comfy and easy clothes.
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