College Sophomore 2012-11-17T00:03:51Z
Our Academic Skills Center is an amazing facility for those in need of tutors in any subject. There are also many clubs/organizations that provide very interesting activities and events throughout the week. There is never a shortage of things to do in this small, culturally-diverse school. Let's not forget to mention the parties. Very fun! And there's at least one party going on every single day.
College Sophomore 2012-11-17T00:00:43Z
I'm an english major and pre-med. The english professors here are amazing and our pre-med program is one of the best, although it's a very difficult program.
College Sophomore 2012-11-16T23:58:06Z
Almost all of our sports teams are great except for football.
College Junior 2012-11-11T05:46:08Z
There are very few bars. Cellerman's is where most people go when they want to drink if they are over 21. Otherwise, it is all Greek parties. There are parties almost every weekend and some weekdays. If you do not want to go to Greek parties, there isn't really too much of a nightlife. There is nothing really in Sherman to do except movies and an old bowling alley. The school tries to have things to do with CAB, but there is not much involvement.
College Junior 2012-11-11T05:36:10Z
The campus police are really looking out for us. They are more lenient than the Sherman cops. Dont drink/party in you dorm, you will more than likely get caught. Go out to parties to drink. If you do drugs, hide them and dont leave them out in your room. The campus police drive around at night, it makes me feel safe when I am walking to my dorm in the dark. They are really strict on parking though. They give tickets if you are parked in visitor parking or over 30 min in the 30 min parking. But they are nice people, when i got a ticket i told them it was my first ticket and i would never park there again and they didnt make me pay.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-17T20:15:53Z
Tries to be safe with the Austin College drinking initiative.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-17T20:13:51Z
Roo Route exists...but that's about it. Never on time and inconvenient.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-17T20:11:06Z
Austin College attempts to partner with restaurants in the Sherman area to deliver some student discounts, but they aren't enough compared to what's seen at other college towns.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-16T17:07:58Z
The school has a good study abroad program, however one of the directors is slightly incompetent due to her lack of a college education. Austin College is small, which allows for you to hear about a cornucopia of opportunities that otherwise you would not find out about.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-16T16:50:55Z
All I have to say is that when my dad lost his job my freshman year of college, Austin College did everything within their power to make sure I was able to complete my degree there, and I did. I am forever grateful for that. I would not have wanted to graduate from any other college or university, because I have a deep love for my school.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-16T16:42:41Z
The local atmosphere really is not that great at all. If you want entertainment beyond going to the theater, you drive to Dallas, Allen, or McKinney. Or, you see what's happening on campus. Thank God for campus activities.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-16T16:31:39Z
I don't have too many complaints. No, a lot of the buildings are not the newest, but they are not raggedy. My biggest beef would have been the pub and WCC couch area furniture, but I hear that has all been replaced. The new science building is also going up. I also commend the Camus Activities Board for always having events going on to keep students busy. Last year, CAB did an exceptional job. I was very impressed.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-16T16:24:18Z
Our small close-knit campus community and study abroad program are what I think sets us apart from other schools. For the most part, the student body is very accepting of differences, and a majority of our students have great experiences studying abroad.
College Junior 2012-08-30T07:45:30Z
Great for Pre-Med – The school is known for the Pre-Med program. It gets a lot of attention because of the high acceptance to med school rate. The professors are great and always willing to help or explain things. I can stop by after class just to sit and talk with them about work or normal things. That is something i think really sets AC apart from other places. I have a personal relationship with almost every one of my professors. All of them make an effort to know every student's name within the first few weeks. I have seen them off campus and they still want to talk. Some will talk about your personal life, others wont. But each of them really do care. During the summer a few friends and I went over to a professors house for dinner just to catch up and discuss potential project ideas. I feel like a real person on campus no matter where I am. The admin workers work hard to meet the students and are all so friendly. AC really is it's own little community.
College Junior 2012-08-30T07:39:19Z
Recently Updated – Our main facility where the book store, coffee shop, cafeteria, and student life offices are is the WCC. Summer 2012 they did a update on all of the furniture in the area referred to as "the couches" because it really is just a bunch of couches placed around tables. But people each lunch there, study, and just hang out. It it really is a great atmosphere. They also broke ground on the new science building. AC is a old campus, but they are doing what they can to keep it looking nice. The campus it's self is BEAUTIFUL. i love to just go sit on one of our many lawn areas and just take in how great it is. They have new flowers in regular rotation of all of the flower beds. and they take care of the IM fields so that there is always a great place for IM sports and the weekly ultimate frisbee game. for a small campus, i could not have asked for a prettier place.
College Senior 2012-08-28T16:40:56Z
Student life is pretty good. On campus living is fair to mediocre, worse for male dorm halls. The college focuses primarily on academics, but facilities and extracurricular activities are generally above average
College Senior 2012-08-20T22:41:03Z
Greeks Will Be Greeks – I'm not in a Greek group. That said, I've never felt like I'm missing out. Greeks hang out with non-Greeks as much as they do other Greeks. The only rivalries on campus are good natured, with the occasional prank thrown in. They do host most of the "good" parties and people love them. Virtually no one "hates Greek life" and most are centered on helping the community.
College Senior 2012-08-20T22:36:10Z
AC is pretty lax in most of their rules. They really want to work with us to resolve issues that arise. However, some things are simply not tolerated. Hazing, for instance. If a sorority or fraternity is caught hazing, there is a zero tolerance policy and offending students are kicked out and the organization is banned or suffers heavy restrictions. There's no lights out time. We do have "quite hours" but those aren't enforced unless someone complains or it's finals week. That said, if you complain about noise, people are generally pretty quick to quite down as a matter of courtesy. Problems regarding drugs and drinking are generally avoided. AC generally expects students to be able to regulate themselves.
the reason for a B is that this could be great or problematic, depending on your outlook on strictness.
College Senior 2012-08-20T22:27:55Z
Sherman is pretty much dead. All the stores downtown close by 5-530. We do have some chains that are open longer. Those are located relatively close and the bus goes to all of them. Austin College is, however, very very close to Dallas, so many students will take a weekend trip down there about once a semester. Chaktaw(Casino) is also fairly close on our northern side. If you want to live in a town or city in which something unrelated to the college is always happening, AC might not be for you.
College Senior 2012-08-20T22:23:16Z
The computers are still running XP. They are all linked together, which is nice and all, but..... XP's was released 10 years ago, and the tech they use is just as old! additionally, about once or twice a semester, the Wi-Fi is completely dead for about 3-4 days(occasionally as long as a week). In fairness, the Internet speed is VERY good(generally speaking) when it is working, and the IT department gives out free Ethernet cables.
College Senior 2012-08-20T22:17:28Z
It's Good! Austin College is made great not by the facilities, but by the people. The professors are excellent, know their stuff, and are readily available(and happy) to help, sometimes going so far as to invite students over to their houses. in fact, when I picked up pipe smoking, my professor showed me how to pack it and suggested I sit with him and the other Poli-sci professors at their"pipe-time".
In addition to the professors, the students who find their way to Austin College are some of the most interesting I've ever met. many of them are very quirky and accepting. There are few "clicks" though they can be found. None of the clicks are unbreakable however. One can join a group simply by sitting at a table with them and soon enough, they'll engage you in a conversation and try to learn about you. Once, i was sitting alone in the Cafe. I got up to get more food, taking my tray with me, but leaving my bag. i came back to find a group of jocks sitting at my table. Not wanting to make a deal of it, simply apologetically retrieved my bag and left. Or tried to anyway. They would have nothing of it, and insisted that I sit with them(knowing i was sitting solo). They asked questions and tried to include me as much as they could. this is very much how most of AC is.
The food is not of bad quality. It is however, monotonous. Excitement is certainly not to be found on the menu. That said, many good memories were made in the cafe.
As for the social scene, you can very much pick which you like. If you enjoy parties, you can find those whenever you want. If you want drugs, you can find those too. If you'd rather stay sober and clean, that's fine as well.(on the drug note, to whom it may worry, I've been at AC for 3 years and never had anyone try and pressure me into trying drugs)
Austin College has 4 dorms. Dean is the WORST. It is co-ed, and probably has a mold problem. It definitely ranks lowest on the list, though some like it well enough. Baker is the all male dorm. Good enough for a freshmen dorm I suppose, and a LOT of spirit. the "Baker Boys" have quite a few events designed to bring them all closer(all dorms have some of these events and you can be as active or absent from them as you want). Clyce is an all female dorm. Nice enough for a dorm, but if someone has a new perfume, everyone can tell. Caruth gets all the nice things. New sofas, TV's, cooking supplies, you name it. go there if you can.
Finding a place to study isn't too hard. The library has rooms that you can borrow to study if you need silence, or, if you prefer a little white noise, the Couches is a central hub that is ideally situated for studying.
College Senior 2012-08-20T21:53:20Z
Housing isn't great, especially for freshmen and sophomores. If you go the language track and live in the Jordan Language House however, it's fairly good. Senior Cottages are nice, but pricey, and the school tries HARD to force Seniors into them.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-18T05:16:56Z
overall i met some wonderful people, and had a great time. AC has a crowd and group for everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-18T05:15:54Z
Didnt Participate – actually, i got screwed on this. i went out for a group, and during our pledgeship, their charter was revoked. i ended up being ostracized for my participation in the group. i won't say anything more other than i wish i had never pledged.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-18T05:14:35Z
I loved AC. I got to have an amazing study experience with the Mellon Fellowship which really provided me with time/experience i would never get elsewhere, and i am always thankful for that. my professors were always amazing, smart, dedicated individuals, and i applaud AC for attracting those types. my profs really cared about me and my life.they made time for me and my likes and passions and interests beyond the classroom.
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