San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: All Round Computer Usage Is Good. During finals and midterms the computer labs do seem crowded. During other times they are just fine. They have computers that can be used until one is done with whatever needs to be done and computers which you can log in for 10 minutes which are just usually used to print. The network is reliable and the speed is incredible you don't need to wait at all for something to load. Having a personal computer is a great help for finals and midterms.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are More Popular – I for one have not seen people drinking at Texas State. Though regarding the drugs I have smelled the odor yet not have seen the people actually smoking the drugs.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Go Fast! Apartments around campus go very fast and it is generally difficult to get one in time for school. That being said, there are quite a few to choose from considering the size of the town, and good values for staying in rooms larger than a 1 bedroom.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Tram Travels Around Town – Texas State has a free bus system that traverses through out campus and town. There are night buses, weekend buses and also some that travel to large towns such as SA and Austin, however, they require a small fee.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe Zone – I've never felt unsafe at Texas State. There is little to no crime in a town like San Marcos.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls at this school seem to only go to school for a popularity vote and attention. Some dress very classy but others dress almost as if going to the beach, or just inappropriately. The students in general are very well rounded and nice. They will be happy to help and put a smile on your face.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Really Help – Although some core classes may be large due to money saving efforts, professors always make themselves available for further questions during office hours.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Alright – I did not live in a dorm my first year but I did have friends who did and they enjoyed it. Downside is the community showers in some dorm halls.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are ridiciously expensive and spots fill up extremely fast. Also, parking services people are always around to surprise you with a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Profs Help With Internships. Professors in my major classes are extremely helpful in assisting you at job searching. Maintaining a good relationship with them is greatly rewarding as they are valuable references.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am a transfer student and I absolutely love it there. Everyone is so friendly and the campus i beautiful.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: DRINKING > DRUGS – I would say alcohol is more consumed than drugs are. If I do hear about drugs it mainly marijuana.

5 College Junior

Parking: School Review – As a whole the school is great! Everyone their is friendly and their is a diversity atmosphere. Academic wise the school makes sure you don't fail and that's a plus the teachers here care!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper Than on-Campus – I'm living off campus because it's cheaper, and I'd rather have it more house-like than living in a dorm. Just like residence halls, some are loud and some are quiet. I recommend you do research before you sign a lease because my roommates and I almost ended up in an apartment that had a shooting and robbery a few years back. You also want to make sure you have good management.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Work Hard – There are plenty of financial aid options available, and the best way to obtain them is to work hard, especially on the standardized tests.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – There is the usual of fast food restaurants around campus, along with a few restaurants unique only to San Marcos

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.


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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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