College Senior 2012-07-30T03:57:11Z
We Have It, but It's Ok If You're Not in It – If you're going to pledge, do it Freshman year. You might not think you have the time, but it only gets worse. If's not a big deal if you're not Greek and, for the most part, you can do to their parties regardless.
College Senior 2012-07-30T03:45:54Z
Lots of Variety – There are many different classes to choose from in many different areas of study. Students are encouraged to take classes outside of their major to gain experience. Classes are small so you get to know the other students and the professors which is helpful when you don't understand something or in preperation for an exam.
College Senior 2012-07-30T03:38:35Z
Helpful Profs – While they are definitely some profs who grade easier than others, they are all super helpful and you can tell they love what they do. Psychology is the largest major on campus so the profs are usually busy but it has been my experience that they are always available during office times and are happy to make accommodations for busy schedules.
College Senior 2012-07-29T00:05:09Z
Bring a car if you can. There is a bus called the ROO route thhat runs to places around town for students free.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:59:44Z
Personal Time – Austin College though a smaller school excels at giving you relationships with your teachers. There is a wide range of majors and it is a liberal arts school.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:57:21Z
Greek at Austin College is a very diffenent thing then most places. It's a non-national fratenity campus so all are local. I am personally in one and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have met some of my best friends for life and I forever have brothers to help me.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:54:21Z
Economics classes both challenge you and strain you but if it were not like this i wouldnt have a broad knowledge of the subject. I have learned so much here that I never knew before.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:51:34Z
It's alright there are options, but not all are cost effective and in the most safe neighborhoods.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:25:52Z
Austin College offers the possiblity for undergraduates to create a custom Major that fulfills all the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree, but still allows for some wiggle room in the courses that you take so that you learn other skills that some other colleges don't allow time for.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:23:09Z
Sherman is a small, low-income town that doesn't have much to do inside the city limits, but is decently close to Dallas (read 1.5 hrs away), so things to do are available.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:21:25Z
Language House and Flats Are the Best – Freshmen and upperclassmen tend to have the same options in terms of housing but the best dorm on campus for students who want quiet but also have the capability to enjoy several events is the Jordan Language dorm. Off campus, the Flats are the best in terms of space, comfort, and social activities.
College Senior 2012-07-28T23:17:45Z
As an Internation Relations and Japanese double major, I will hopefully be able to work for a company that has business interests in Asia or possibly the Navy. The first step would be to work over seas for a time or enter into a branch of the military that would support my skills and further my knowledge of the language.
College Junior 2012-07-28T13:19:25Z
Austin College requires you to live in on-campus housing (which is REALLY expensive compared to just about every other school I looked at) until your senior year. You are also required to have an outrageously priced meal plan as long as you live in any on campus housing that does not have a full kitchen, which is basically all of the dorm halls.
College Junior 2012-07-28T13:17:25Z
Greek Is Okay – I didn't choose to join a sorority/fraternity because there just wasn't one that I fit into. There are a lot of options, but that doesn't mean there's an option for everybody. I actually wanted to join a greek life, but there just wasn't any particular group that I got along well enough with.
College Junior 2012-07-28T13:15:54Z
Local Events Are Hard to Come by – Sherman doesn't have many things to do for people of college age. It's more of a retirement community. Students usually manage to find things to do together anyway, like going to local parks or shopping at the town center, but it often gets very boring in Sherman if you don't have a group of friends to go out and do things with.
College Junior 2012-07-28T13:13:03Z
I personally had no luck with financial aid at Austin College and am going to have to transfer this next year because I can't afford it and the financial aid office has done nothing to try and help me so that I can stay. Other people, however, have told me that the financial aid office was very helpful to them and made sure they would be able to attend Austin College, so I guess it depends on who you ask.
College Senior 2012-07-28T01:33:42Z
I'm a chemistry major, and I love the chemistry department. I've been given so many opportunities and personal attention so that I succeed with my major. The department is friendly and willing to help you succeed. Science majors in general are in luck at this school, all the science personel is very helpful and kind.
College Senior 2012-07-28T01:28:38Z
It's Been Getting Better Within the Past Few Years – There are only like two options for eating on campus: the cafeteria or the pub. Or you could always raid the hopper store. The caf serves a lot of different options and has a nice salad bar, but there are days that are definitely kind of gross. The pub serves more greasy/fried food
College Senior 2012-07-28T00:52:08Z
It Could Be a Lot Better, but It Could Be a Lot Worse – The only campus sponsered transportation is the Roo Route which is not very reliable from what I've heard. You have the driver's cell phone number to call them, but I've heard of my friends being stranded over at Target for an hour waiting on the Roo Route to come get them. Otherwise the Roo Route goes and makes rounds every night, and longer on the weekends. Otherwise, there's the city bus system and the Greyhound for longer trips. You're probably going to want to have a car on campus.
College Senior 2012-07-28T00:50:10Z
Since the campus is so small, parking isn't a huge issue. You can pretty much park anywhere and only be like a 2 minute walk away from whatever building you need to be at. If you keep your car on campus and park in front of your dorm (especially Clyce) don't leave during the day because you will lose your spot and be forced to park farther away.
College Senior 2012-07-28T00:44:32Z
We're Definitely Not a Sports School – We are not a big sports school. There are varsity teams for those who are interested, but not many people attend the events. School spirit isn't too big in terms of sports, but I feel like everyone respects the school in terms of academics. Athletic facilities are just the right size for the kind of sports teams we have. However, I'm not a big sports fan so I may not be seeing the whole picture in terms of how the sport teams are doing with their facilities.
College Senior 2012-07-28T00:42:49Z
Pretty Mild With the Occasional Snow Day and Some Intense Thunderstorms – Overall, it's pretty mild weather. During the school year, there are never days that I've felt that it's been unbearingly hot. It does snow sometimes during the winter, but it's never been too bad. However, whenever there's ever a slightest chance for thunderstorms, it always happens. Have rainboots and an umbrella, but otherwise I enjoy the weather.
College Senior 2012-07-28T00:40:11Z
Health & Safety:
Overall Pretty Good, but Still Be Weary – Overally I feel really secure on campus. I only feel a little uncomfortable when walking home around 1 AM from the library, but I've never encountered a problem. Most of the pathways are lit, some aren't lit as well. But as long as you keep your doors locked and have the campus police number in your phone, you will be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-27T22:01:20Z
There is always parking. It is free. I have never received a ticket in the three years I have been here.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-27T22:00:10Z
I had good grades and was involved in a lot of activities in high school. The application was one of the easier application I filled out. When declaring your major and minor, you just had to fill out a paper detailing your plan and have it signed by your mentor and the program's head of department.
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