San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice Variety – We have chain restuarants of course, but we also have at least 3-4 local pizza places and we have at least 4 local cofee houses. We have Mexican, Italian, Chinese, at least one Thai restuarant, good burger joints, and fro-you places. We are 30 minutes from a giant outdoor mall with options and about 45 mins to Austin where you can get any variety you want.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – The largest mixture is of white and hispanic students, followed by black students. Acceptance is pretty high at this school for all religions and ethnicities, including clubs for each individual goups. We do have a preacher that comes to our school open forum and rants, but no one agrees with him and most of wish he wasn't there.

4 College Junior

Academics: My Program Is Very Good – I chose Texas State for it's Geography program in order to studie the environment. This program has lots of options and the professors do care about the students, you can get help if you try, and the curriculums offered are diverse.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very Good! There are some very interesting and unique places to eat in San Marcos. Lots of Mexican, Japanese, Chinese food and everything in between. Not to mention the food trailers you can find close to downtown.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Really Love It Out Here! Texas State is a beautiful campus, it's huge and in a small town. College towns are the best types of towns to go to school in because even when you're away from school you still feel the spirit and motivation to do good. I love all the nature and animals you can see around campus. The classes are good, and there are some very unique and inspiring individuals you'll meet here. Only downside is all the hills and stairs, but as you become an upper classman you'll have amazing legs and glutes!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Depends on What You Like – There are definately parties every weekend , but since apartment club houses allow parties any more lots of people just throw them at their own apartments. These parties are ok but if your over 21 then you probably just go the the square downtown where lots of people go to drink and hangout on the weekends and if your a club type person you can always drive north to downtown Austin and go to the clubs there on 6th street.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Outdoors Here Is Beautiful – The school has a river at Sewell park that you can use completely free of charge , you can bbq there, play sand volleyball , play basketball, go tubing all at this park located on campus its awesome! And then there is the scenery by the JCK building that is awesome you can also feed ducks there or do whatever i go ther to pray sometimes , the school's scenery is definately breathtaking and I feel blessed to be here.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: My school has a beautiful campus with a river right by it that you can go tubing on and it is a college town right in between the two big cities of Austin and San Antonio so there is plenty to do on the weekends.Not only that but our library is awesome with 7 floors with plenty of computers you can even check out a laptop there for free for a day, not to mention our rec or gym is awesome and I don't even enjoy working out but i'll go there. Also i found that most of the professors here are awesome and seem to love their jobs therefore they really want you to learn the material to the best of your ability. The professors or normally big classes have SI who have little tutoring sessions throughout the week, there is also a free program on the 4th floor of the library called slac and the people there help you in the certain subjects that they have and that you may struggle with. So I definately recommend Texas State University as a place to start your college experience because the professors are good and the school's environment definately give you a college feel.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – I was planning on transferring after my first year but I fell in love with the school and decided to stay all four years

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Go Greek – If you want to have a positive experiance you should go Greek! It provides students a lot of opportunities to network, gain leadership skills and do community service! And the friendship you create will last a life time! It doesn't matter what sorority or fraternity you join just go greek! You won't regret it!

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The campus and the students on it are amazing. There is never a lack of fun or polite people.

2 College Student

Parking: No Where to Park! Texas state has very few parking garages and if you want to park down town you might get towed

4 College Student

Greek Life: Greeks Like to Party – Most non greeks believe that all greeks are just air heads that just want to party and hook up

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet applied for my program but I do in the fall

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Square – There are a lot of bars and places to hang out down town.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The river and floating is by far the part of going to school at Texas State.

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3 College Senior

Academics: I know it is a good thing that Texas State is growing, but it also makes it more difficult to deal with registering for classes and what not. I really have not had a professor that I absolutely hated.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: greek life seems to be pretty big on campus. I like that the fraternities and sororities help charities, but that is about all the good they do. Other wise they are very clique-ish and unfriendly to non greek life students. They also all dress the same and show no individuality.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I spent two required years in the dorm. I met majority of my friends, including ones that are still in my life, while living in the dorm. During year two, I was ready to be on my own and not have parent figures (RA's) anymore.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous local restaurants around the campus that are fairly inexpensive and much better quality of food than eating fast food. There is a good diversity of food for these places.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On-Campus Living – The apartments and Dorms offer a wide-variety in living styles' while not costing too much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University PD – I recently got a ticket for running a new stop sign in a dim area in the parking lot of my dorm. Don't they have anything more productive to be doing? But they are very lenient when it comes to parties.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Texas State is a university known for their nightlife and recognized academics. So needless to say the parties are always a blast. The Square is definitely for people 21 and older but we have the Texas Music Theater which allows 18+ and that's always a great time!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Mass Communications – Seeing as that I am still an undergraduate I have not partaken in particular events which most Mass Communications students participate in. Although I have taken 2 of my pre-requisite classes and both have been taught by outstanding professors who truly love their work.

5 College Student

Majors: I was sceptical of attending Texas state university at San Marcos. I weighed the cons and pros and finally decided I was going to be a bobcat and I wouldn't change anything about it!

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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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