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

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There aren't very many attractions. The atmosphere is pretty diverse which is pretty cool. We do have a outlet mall which is nice for shopping.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Everyone is pretty friendly. The best kind of nights are with a couple of friends in an apartment.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty convenient. Student discounts however are not used for many places. There is a good number of options provided.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Attendance has recently been pretty poor. The students who do go however show much school spirit. Team performances have been low in every sport except woman's basketball and baseball. This is why fan support is low

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are dependable for the most part. For people that might drive to campus on occasion paying to park in the parking garage gets pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The buses are usually dependable. I don't have to worry about getting a ticket for not being able to find a spot. However later in the evenings it comes less frequently, so it alters my mind about staying on campus at the library to study.

The cost is less expensive to stay off campus. You don't have to buy a meal plan and an apartment itself is way more reasonable than a dorm. It is also more convenient as far as being around local stores, shops, an restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The parking services department makes it difficult to drive to campus and learn. Not many parking spots are available whether you buy a parking permit or not.

Academically everything is pretty fair. It is based upon the students effort and willingness to learn. However some courses are difficult to understand the concept by just listening in a lecture.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Every college requires students to go through the red tape. It's just a part of the process.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Good athletic program, but nothing compared to having the Longhorns close by.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a great school. Some classify it as a party school, but that all depends on you.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets pretty hot in Texas, so if you're okay with that, you'll be fine here.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Bus schedules work well with class times. If you're willing to walk, you will have no trouble finding parking.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not far from Austin and San Antonio, which makes it a great place to live.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't really care for night life as I'm a commuter student.

4 College Junior

Computers: Great computer labs all around campus. I never bring my computer.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live, there are great options.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I'm married. I don't care.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Since San Marcos is currently under some construction going on it can be a bit frustrating to find parking off campus, but the projection says that by the beginning of the fall semester of 2014 the major repairs by the square will be finished.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Every place has its best and worst individuals, and in Texas State there is really no clear difference between Greeks and non-Greeks, there are come crazy ones on both sides, and even though I am not one of them I've had the pleasure to become friends with some awesome Greeks.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is always security agents near, ands with the new implementation of the blue buttons (911 speed call) there is always a more safe feeling.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I like that people understand if you say that you are not interested. They respect tour decisions.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone who works at the financial aid department is very helpful. They always provide with alternatives in case there is some difficulty in the process.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is a very charming place to live at. Very close to Austin invade there is some urge to visit s large city.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Awesome prices, good services. In general very convenient, keeping in mind that San Marcos is a college town.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety. There is always specialized places for different types of foods and occasions.


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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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