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Review for Austin College, Sherman, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One of the strongest foundations of this school is its commitment to community service. A student-led organization called the Service Station is one of the most active student groups on campus, spearheading programs such as the Great Day of Service, during which Austin College students donate an entire day to work at many different sites around the community, and GreenServe, an initiative geared towards fostering environmental stewardship in Sherman and the greater Texoma region. With over 16,000 hours of community service each year, Austin College students help the community in numerous beneficial ways.
The College also has many local partnerships: Community Series partners with Austin College to bring world-class musicians and performance artists to Sherman. An annual internship program through Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) pairs Austin College students with local nonprofits to engage in collaborative project work. Last year alone, well over $40,000 was raised to benefit these nonprofits.
There are numerous summer programs such as Duke TIP, Summer Science Splash, and the Austin Teacher Program (ATP) Thinking Camp. These initiatives offer a transformative, educational experience on campus to elementary and middle school students through partnerships with Sherman’s school district and several foundations.
As an institution of higher education, Austin College is distinctive. As a small liberal arts college, Austin College gives students the opportunity to connect with their professors; the student to faculty ratio is 12:1. In these small classes, students think for themselves, express their opinions, ask thoughtful questions, pioneer innovative ideas, and lead powerful initiatives. With their Austin College education, students strive boldly into the world with both a local and global perspective.

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