San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3293 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: So Much Better Than High School – All of the teachers I have had are great, even if they are difficult. When asked they will help and have time set aside for students to ask questions.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: A Few Problems During Rush Hour – Sometimes the computer rooms get crowded and the printers aren't of the highest quality, but it is great considering the amount of students that use them.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Fantastic Choice I Have Made – I am extremely happy with the program I have choose. My career goal is to become a dentist. I am not concern about finding a job in the dental profession because it is a growing career.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Options – San Marcos has tons of options for dining for college students with and without money! Cheap, good food and you can also go to Austin!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics and sports facilities are perfect at Texas State. The school has tons of spirit and they're even finishing up a new football stadium for the bobcats!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Summer All the Time. It's never too hot or cold here at Texas State. It's right near the heart of Texas so we have the perfect weather. Not too much rain or snow! (Hardly any snow actually) And you can go out in shorts during the winter time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Clean and Perfect – The facilites at Texas State are always clean and well kept. They are even visually appealing and open at the perfect hours for a college student. I reccomend them all!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A Place to Learn – Texas State is the perfect school in the perfect spot. It's right between Austin and San Antonio, so you're close to everything. There is tons to do and see, like the river. And the campus facilites are amazing! The professors really help you out, and you can count on getting a good education here.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The Lazy River – Texas State is probably famous for its river. Everyone loves to go there to swim, tan, hang out with friends, do yoga, and anything else leisurely at the River. The River adds to the relaxed atmosphere at Texas State. A lot of people get stressed out during school, and sometimes we don't realize how much the school surroundings can add to that. The beautiful and clean river, along with the rolling hills of San Marcos, Texas relieves the anxiety and stress caused by school and everyday life.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Eco Friendly and Stress Free REC – The REC center at Texas State has a variety of work out machines, sports grounds, personal exercise classrooms, and even a rock-climbing wall! In addition to this, the place has been renovated, so that the work out machines power the place! It truly is a great place to exercise at!

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The Cheapest Are the Worst – This past year I experienced in staying in one of the cheaper dorms and it was terrible. The air condition would go out for days, there were bugs, you could hear everything through the walls, the community bathrooms are disgusting.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Could Be Better – The majority of the students are White, but there is a fair share of other faces as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Only 21 and Over – In San Marcos there are only 21 and over clubs and bars, students under 21 would have to go to either Austin or San Antonio if they really wanted to go to a club. But there are always parties that are open to anyone of any age.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you enjoy greek life, this school is not for you.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus isn't so good. The places range from extremely far to extremely close. The better the housing the further away it is from campus so that kind of sucks.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's always cheaper and better to ride the school bus, but beware that they don't always drop you off by the closet destination.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities aren't horrible, but the school is old

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Fun – Texas State is an awesome school to go to for many reasons. The academics are great as well as the atmosphere of the city. There are plenty of things to do and lots of great people.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos: the Little Big Town – San Marcos is a great place to live. It is a big city with a small town feel. There is plenty to do like the regular things - movies, bowling, shopping. But also the river runs right through town so swimming, tubing, kayaking, etc. is a big attraction here. San Marcos is also very close to both Austin and San Antonio, so if you ever feel like San Marcos is too small for you at any point, those cities are just a short drive away.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Good Luck – If you live on-campus, good luck finding a parking space close to your dormitory if you move your car during week days. If you live off-campus and plan on driving to school, I hope you get an early start and get there before the afternoon. Parking spaces are nearly impossible to find during the week. Weekend parking is a breeze though. Permit Costs are way too high - especially for the headache you get from trying to find parking. The need for a car on campus is very small though. You can definitely walk everywhere - if you live close enough. The thing about Texas State is that a lot of the students are coming from elsewhere - miles away - and driving to school is the most logical and convenient way to get there. Parking needs to be improved here.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Mediocre at Best – The dining halls at Texas State University - San Marcos are fine and dandy - for awhile. The on-campus food gets very repetitive after awhile and it is not the healthiest of choices.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: very nice facilities. library is great, computer access is good. gyms are very nice. high tech lecture halls are nice.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking at football field for shuttle is the only way i can use my parking permit before 6pm.
There is one parking lot on Peques street which fills up by 7:00 am.
I can pay to park at LBJ public parking garage but it is very expensive. The commuter parking sticker is nearly $100.00. Walking up the hill with books from the football field which is at least one mile away from the center of campus library at the top of the hill is very difficult and the shuttle buses run about every 30 minutes.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Smoking Ban – Smoking is banned on campus but people still smoke

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is almost impossible. Be prepared to walk!


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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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