San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3277 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With so many "mom and pop" shops maintaining such a high standard the other competition "i.e. chain restaurants" must also maintain an unprecedented standard of excellence, meaning the bathrooms are generally spotless, the servers are always fast and responsive, the food is fresh and prompt, but enough about the run of the mill chain eateries. San Marcos has a plethora of home grown organic and "human friendly" eateries, all with freindly and amazing service.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: With an entire range of dorms, i was able to locate one that fit my exceedingly tight financial budget and still remain in a happy and healthy environment, making friends and social ties.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I fell deeply in love with this campus from the moment I stepped foot on it, with its large and spacious green areas and beautiful flora plotted throughout the campus, and its breathtaking architecture. One would have to be simply crazy to not consider this to be one of the most beautiful campuses in Texas. The campus couldn't be better located either, dead center of the little city, the town square is within a few walkable blocks of campus! On top of all the beauty and awe inspiring aspects of this campus, the addition of the REC center, the campuses gym, makes it an even better experience, the REC is fully furnished and equipped to run 24/7.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While the security on campus isn't made blaringly obvious, it is there, and in great working condition. With its own central police force and many security cameras in plain view making it a noticeably safer feeling environment, there are other factors making this campus a little safer than what meets the eye. With the addition of "bobcat Bobbies" student (predominately females) Can call or text the campus office requesting a vehicle to come pick them up in order to avoid any unpleasant nightly encounters. Other additions to the campus one may consider are the innumerable amounts of helpful and caring students and staff, creating a wonderfully engaging social environment for all.

3 College Senior

Academics: Like I mentioned before, it's really stressful but the major is not very easy when you're taking a full load. It's a lot of pressure especially when you're close to graduating. There are some great volunteer opportunities though and I do enjoy that.

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4 College Senior

Academics: There area a lot of different programs here. I do not know the specifics of each but the grad programs here are pretty good. I have heard good and bad things about specific programs. You would have to ask someone in that current major. It's tough to say. Health professions has mostly great comments.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Every once in a while there is a message about someone being robbed or assaulted but not a lot. Campus police is always on top of it though. They always send alerts and are very informative when incidents like this happen. You honestly shouldn't feel safe anywhere. It's always best to be on alert. It's a college town and people are care less sometimes. It's always important to report whatever you see to campus police.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I honestly never notice this. I know there are plenty of supporters of the LGBT community. I have never had any issue with this sexual orientation. I have not seen much international students or Asian students. Most students are white, African American, and Hispanic.

College Senior

Campus Dining: I never eat on campus.

College Senior

Nightlife: I have not been to any clubs or bars around here. But I have heard there are some great drink specials and the bars are all walking distance from campus.

3 College Senior

Majors: The only issue I have had with my degree are the professors. Some of them do not seem to care about the students and are very discouraging. But there are a few who are actually intelligent and love what they do. Some of the student in this major are also either very friendly or complete jerks. This is a very stressful major in my opinion. It's honestly quite competitive but if you have the right connections then it's possible to find a great job or internship.

2 College Senior

Majors: The curriculum is brutal. The classes are very intensive and if your professor is not a great teacher than you are stuck teaching yourself. Study groups can be very helpful though. I like it because there are a lot of opportunities as far as volunteering.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of complexes in the area. You can find anything from houses to duplexes to studios and two bedrooms. It's better than cramped dorm rooms and actually can be a lot cheaper if you budget wisely. Totally worth it. You can find a place to live anywhere.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I don't live on campus but the best thing about campus is the library. It's 7 stories and packed with study rooms, computers, and references. It's probably the best place on campus. It's also great that printing is free because you technically pay for it in tuition. So if you don't have a printer then no worries. Awesome place.

2 College Senior

Athletics: I would say school spirit is not that great here. There are some nice athletic facilities but I do not participate or am interested in sport activities. They spend a lot of money on the athletic facilities. Not something I really agree with personally.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Coming to Texas State was a last minute decision. I would say the hard thing about it are the professors and negativity from some of the professionals. I've had advisors screw me over a lot and give me bad information. Some of the professors are not that great at teaching. Do not let people get you down here. My experience has been really tough. What is great though, is that there are some individuals that are very encouraging like GA's. There are also a lot of student services offered which are an awesome resource. For example, career services have been very helpful in guiding me in the right direction for internships.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't personally eat off campus or on campus. I have my own apartment so I cook at home. Most of the restaurants or food joints are fast food. There are a few other options like Chinese food, Mexican, and Italian. There are several decent sandwich shops. They also have some pretty cool food trucks but I heard they can be pricey. There are a few bars and yogurt or smoothie shops nearby. Also there are plenty of places that sell coffee and breakfast foods. Like I said all are close to campus but I have yet to try all of them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Texas state needs way more healthier options. The US is already extremely high in obesity and if healthy food was more convient to obtain, those ratings could possible decrease.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is really nice but should be cheaper for the students that have to pay their way through school and can not afford the ridiculous 600 a month for rent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek life, but I do think the people involved with Greel life are snobby and only stick to hanging out with the individuals in that same group. They typically all dress the same so they have no individuality.

4 College Senior

Majors: Love the faculty and the opportunities

4 College Senior

Majors: No pay, but great learning experience

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Food isn't the greatest but it's close to class

5 College Freshman

Academics: teachers really do care. they are strict but are willing to help if you put in the effort. and they are committed to getting all bachelor degree majors out in 4 yrs.


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Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Texas State is such a friendly, open, accepting university. It's not a super huge college, so the people aren't stuck-up or cocky like you might find at bigger universities. It's very relaxed on campus, and there's a very chill atmosphere surrounding the city of San Marcos, as well. You can feel at home at Texas State, and you'll be surprised to find how easy it is to make friends.

Texas State is superb in making sure its students are offered the opportunities they need to gain skills that will make them the most competitive in their field. Being a smaller university makes it even easier for academic advisers and professors to take the extra time to talk to students one-on-one about their future career paths. The professors and advisers are always eager to help. 

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