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“Individual attention” is the name of the game at Austin College. Indeed, the small size of the school allows for a lot of “one-on-one interaction” and provides students with “many opportunities to get involved on campus.” Additionally, students are grateful that Austin seems to maintain a healthy financial aid office. A psychology major concurs stating, “This college was very generous in helping fund my education.” Undergrads are also excited about Austin’s “excellent study abroad program.” As one thrilled biology major brags, “I have already traveled to Trinidad for three weeks and I am planning to study in Cuba for three weeks as well as a semester abroad in Australia.” Students also rave about the college’s “GREAT pre-medicine program,” “strong Japanese program” and excellent five year education program. Importantly, undergrads find their professors to be “very accessible.” They are generally “willing to help and give us opportunities to advance ourselves outside the classroom as well as inside the classroom.” Moreover, professors are “devoted to teaching their students how to think, not memorize.” Finally, they “encourage their students to engage the material and ask meaningful questions.”

Student Body

Undergrads here emphatically insist that “there is no typical student at AC.” As one biology major explains, “Personalities range from frat-tastic jock to the gothic president of the English Country Dancing club.” Fortunately, most everyone is “very welcoming.” Indeed, “the environment here is so warm and friendly that the students easily fit in.” Nevertheless, despite the reported uniqueness of the student body, there are some commonalities to be found. For starters, most undergrads here are “motivated in their studies” as well as “engaged in other extracurricular activities.” Many students also describe their peers as “laid back,” “pretty liberal,” and “open minded.” Of course, Austin does net “a lot of local Texas kids.” However, there are definitely “some foreign students thrown in [there]” and students appreciate the diversity they bring to campus. And if you’re still wary, this junior is moved to assuage your fears: “After coming to campus it doesn’t take long to realize that even though most of us call Texas home, we are in no way defined by the Texas stereotype. Don’t be deceived; the differences in socio-economic status, religion, political beliefs, and general perspective on life could not be more varied.”

Campus Life

Despite its small size, Austin College is certainly a hotbed of activity. Truly, there are a myriad of clubs and events from which to choose. As one amazed senior shares, “I have played in a woodwind ensemble, done swing dancing and English country dancing, [attended] theater performances, art displays, choir, band and symphony concerts.” She continues gushing, “There [have even been] mini carnivals with rock walls, live music, food, and inflatable race courses.” And undergrads here are quick to tip their (metaphorical) hats to the Campus Activities Board (CAB) which “[throws] events almost every day.” These might include “making wax hands...[and] pumpkin painting.” Additionally, “CAB also hosts bigger events such as Kangapalooza where the college brings in three bands to play for the student body.” While there are plenty of school events, a handful of students feel that “house parties sponsored by Greek groups are usually what encompass social life at Austin.” Some students itching to get off campus are dismayed by hometown Sherman which doesn’t seem to offer much beyond “Target and a few book stores.” However, others insist there is more than meets the eye. As an optimistic international relations major sums up, “At first, Sherman seemed really small to a big city girl like me. But it really grows on you and now I love it! There are lots of great little hole-in-the-wall restaurants with awesome food. And if you need some city time, Dallas is about an hour away!”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nan Davis
Vice Pres of Institutional Enrollment

Address
Office of Admission
900 North Grand Avenue, Suite 6N
Sherman, TX 75090-4400

Phone
903-813-3000

Email
admission@austincollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wright Campus Center (WCC)
IDEA Center (science building)
Verde Dickey Fitness Pavilion in Mason Complex
Abell Library
Residence hall facilities
Roo Suites, a suite-style residence facility for upperclass students is the favored residential experience.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Austin College Lake Texoma campus
Kidd-Key Auditorium
Historic downtown Sherman
Denison Arts District
Shopping at Town Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year-round: 11AM and 3PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@austincollege.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be a current senior; overnight stays only during academic year.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Austin College students have a greener means of getting around Sherman, thanks to the Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS). With 24 hours’ notice, TAPS will pick you up and take you anywhere in town. Rides are free to the students with their college ID cards. Visit the TAPS website to view important information about this service along with rides to Dallas Love Field Airport and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Both of these airport services have a fee attached to them.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Dallas,TX take U.S. Hwy 75 North, take Exit 61 for State Hwy 91 (Texoma Parkway). Turn right at the second traffic light on to Grand Avenue. Continue on Grand across the overpass.* Austin College is 1/2 mile on the right

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites: 903-893-0499; Hampton Inn: 903-893-9333; Holiday Inn: 903-868-0555; La Quinta: 903-870-1122

Admissions

Applicants: 4,360
Acceptance Rate: 51%
Average HS GPA: 3.51







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