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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    C+
900 N Grand Ave
Sherman, TX 75090
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Athletic Association
From Austin College

At Austin College, we prepare high-achieving students for rewarding careers as they create their own futures. As part of our learning-by-doing approach, students have countless opportunities to expand their horizons beyond campus. Our legendary professors take students beyond the classroom to present research at national conferences, connect with Fortune 500 companies, and secure professional internships. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality.

Austin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
March 1
Acceptance Rate
55%
SAT Range
1110-1310
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,824/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$30,830/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,276Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
  • Liberal
    39%
  • Unique (good or bad depending on your view)
    18%
  • Fake
    11%
  • Preppy
    7%
  • There is no "typical" student at AC!
    7%
  • Wordly
    7%
  • friendly
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.68 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Close knit, engaging teachers
    33%
  • Life changing
    33%
  • Its different
    15%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Fast-paced
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Liberating
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $48,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    72%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    90%
    National
    83%
    75%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

    Austin College Reviews

    815 reviews
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    I loved my time at Austin College! I made life-time friends and still keep in touch with some of my professors. The professors are top notch and teach all of the classes - and they want you to call them by their first names. Some even have events for students at their homes, and many provide personal sponsorship for the various organizations/clubs on campus. I really enjoyed the close-knit community and camaraderie between students, professors, and staff. There are many opportunities to get involved and hold leadership positions, within the college community and beyond. I looked forward to Jan Term every year, and the opportunities to study abroad are excellent, which many of my friends took advantage of. My experiences at Austin College also prepared me for a variety of careers that require analytical, interpersonal, and leadership skills. I would definitely choose Austin College again - my time there truly was one of the best times in my life.
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    The opportunities are endless at Austin College (AC). It's easy to get involved with many different aspects of college life: student organizations, Greek life, athletics, community service -- you name it. The professors care about their students. The liberal arts education has both broad and depth, allowing you to deeply learn in one or two (or more) majors but also take courses you'd otherwise never take at a larger institution (film, music, foreign language, sciences, humanities, etc.). It is a very close knit institution and allows you to be friendly/acquainted with the vast majority of the college students, staff, admin, and professors, but also fosters the opportunity to have deep, lifelong friendships. I am very grateful to have attended AC and proud to call it my alma mater.
    A life-changing experience- Austin College had such a welcoming and close tight-knit community that drew me to attending there. Despite its size, it is filled with many amazing and unique opportunities like their JanTerm/MayTerm where you have the chance to study abroad! The professors in all areas are excellent, and the study body is very diverse and open. I got the chance to broaden my knowledge through the interdisciplinary courses and meet people from all over the world. I highly recommend a campus tour as it is how I came to love and go to AC!