If there is one thing that you should know about Austin College, it is the school's reputation for stellar academics. No matter the major, students are always dying to boast of their school's scholastic reputation. AC is well known for its pre-med program, and most students are accepted into their first-choice medical school after graduation. Additionally, a very large percentage of students go on to graduate schools. AC also ranks No. 1 in the nation for study abroad based upon the percentage of participation among baccalaureate institutions, with 70 percent studying abroad during their time at school. It is a great opportunity.
Most classes have fewer than 20 students and are discussion-based. You will be expected to engage and participate in every class session, and professors have strict attendance policies. You are expected to show up to class in body and mind, no matter if it is 8 a.m. The professors are excited to energize and engage the students, so even if it’s early, it's hard not to pay attention and want to participate. Also, it's very common for students to do research with professors, to be invited over to their houses for dinner, or even to stop by a professor's office just to talk for a while. The professors are a regular presence on campus, and they actively sponsor clubs, attend student productions, conduct academic advising, answer e-mails at lightning speed, and call students into their office to see if they are all right. All of this is why graduates want to see their old professors just as much as they want to see their old friends when they come back to visit.