Students Say

“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.”

Overview

Applicants
3,038
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.45

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
29%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 670
SAT Math
540 - 650
SAT Writing
520 - 640
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

“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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
107
with Terminal Degree
100

67
Men
40
Women
12
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Speech Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Robert M. Johnson
President and owner of the Johnson Group, Inc.

Dennis Gonier
CEO, TARP Worldwide

Ron Kirk
Former United States Trade Representative

Deborah Crombie
Novelist

Catherine McLean
Partner, Dewey Square Group, Washington DC

Pamela Kay Bucy
Prof of Law, Univ of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

John Andersen
Prof of Pediatrics at Southwestern Medical School

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,026

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,926

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,133

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,865

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,278
Out of State
10%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

1.13%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
14.25%
Asian
6.76%
African-American
20.13%
Hispanic
57.00%
Caucasian
2.82%
International

51% female
49% male
10% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

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!”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
9

27% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Kangaroos)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Kangaroos)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

When it comes to going green, Austin College is making some impressive strides. As an ACUPCC signatory, the college is committed to switching to 100 percent wind-generated commercial electricity during 2015. A newly constructed science building, the IDEA Center, has been awarded a Gold LEED certification. Dining services is also helping to lead the charge by purchasing locally when possible and serving delectable organic vegetables. Perhaps more importantly, Austin also strives to ensure that sustainability penetrates the consciousness of its undergrads. To begin with, the college asks all students enrolled in Intro to Environmental Studies to submit campus greening proposals. To date, over two dozen proposals have been implemented including battery recycling, composting of food prep waste, elimination of incandescent bulbs, cell phone recycling and installation of light colored roofs. The students also successfully passed a referendum to institute a student greening fee. The money is used to fund new initiatives. Of course, environmental studies students aren’t the only ones getting involved.

Green Rating
83
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
41

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

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
Jordan Family Language House
Verde Dickey Fitness Pavilion
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
dsnyder@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
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Key Stats

3,038
Applicants
1,278
Size
54%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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