San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 2951 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Using Your Head – The drug scene at Texas State, just like anywhere, depends on the crowd you hangout with, the parties you go to, and the way you were raised. The police enforcement in San Marcos is strict, and does not tolerate much. So use your head and stay away from the wrong crowds!

3 College Senior

Academics: I came to Texas State University for a various number of reasons. Not only did all of my friends that already attended LOVE it, but Texas State has a great education program! The advisors and professors are easy to contact and talk to. They are passionate about what they do, which helps the students stay passionate about what they should be doing. The work load is different for all classes, but it has never been too much to bear.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Pretty Good – You can it anywhere. There are even shuttles to take you to nearby cities. A car is nice aswell if you just dont do shuttles and like being in control of where you are and when you want to go there!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Okay – Most of everything is sanitary. But you can never be TOO careful!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Really Cool – I think its all pretty manageable. There's plenty to do to keep you busy and interesting teachers with plenty of interesting topics.

3 College Senior

Academics: Psychology and I – I study psychology, so the bulk of the classes are all in the same building. The work load was more than easy until my junior year: I am required to be much more involved in my school work in and out of the class room. Many of the professors are in research, so they have experience based knowledge. They also do their research on campus which gives more than enough internship, learning and networking opportunities. The availability of all the teachers and their teaching assistants also give me a lot of insight on what jobs would be most suitable for me.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Square Is in Walking Distance – Pretty good variety of food options within walking distance and many offer decent student discounts. I think I only miss being close to decent sushi, Schlotzsky's, and SouperSalad

4 College Junior

Facilities: Spick and Span – The facilities are very well kept on campus and even the custodians are very courteous if you approach them with a request. There is SO much offered at the Rec, it is unbelievable! It's like a Lifetime Fitness, minus the water slides. The student med center is very clean and the employees/nurses are very professional. My only complaint is about the garage maintenance, there seems to always be garbage on the grounds, it constantly smells like bat guana, and the elevators REEK and are always filled with Daddy long legs!

4 College Junior

Academics: Awesome Professors! I have loved all of my professors, even the TAs were so helpful and amazing! The campus is normally very kept and beautiful views, though the hiking up various can be a little intimidating at first, but you eventually get used to it. The variety of classes is enough to peak everyone's interests. My only complaints are about the advisors and the ease of transactions through the university website. I felt as though I was advising my advisor than she was actually advising me, and it was confirmed that at least 13 other students felt this way about my specific advisor. I have also heard that same complaint from people with various degrees all over the university. Also, the new online systems via CatsWeb are rediculously confusing and not user friendly whatsoever! Oh yeah, and not to mention, the university parking tickets are more expensive than if you were to actually get a ticket in the town the university is in ($40, give me a break!).

Overall though, I have had a fairly positive experience here at Texas State.

5 College Senior

Weather: Hot Stuff – The local weather is usually pretty hot, with temperatures in the summer reaching over 100F, and warmer temperatures still linger not only in summer. This makes it easy for students to go to the river for longer periods of time throughout the year, usually starting in March and all the way through October in some cases. The weather extremely effects campus life since most students enjoy the nature outside. I actively participate in the river scene.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Free Spirits – My school has an awesome variety of people who attend. From Greek life students, to athletes, to hippies, but one thing remains consistent is that all Texas State students love life and are free spirited. You can see this at the various river spots on and off campus, and all throughout town. Texas State students love to have a good time.

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5 College Senior

Academics: International Studies – The International studies program at Texas State University is a fantastic program. The thing I enjoy most about the program is the high variety of courses that are offered. As opposed to taking very major specific courses, I have been able to take courses from all subjects across the board, which makes me feel very well rounded, as an International Studies major should. I also know of numerous students have graduated with this degree and obtained excellent jobs or internships in the government, corporate, and non profit fields. This is a very important major in my eyes due to how global everything in the world is today.

College Freshman

Scholarships: Sumbit on Time – The process will be a lot smoother if you take care of everything in advance! You will get your results sooner and it will be one less thin you'll have to worry about during your college admission process.

College Freshman

Athletics: Womens Lacrosse – When i start at Texas State i do Plan on getting involved in there woman's lacrosse team. And they are ranked 10th, so they must have good athletics.

College Freshman

Academics: Un Sure – I'm going to be attending Texas State in the fall so i don't know too much about the Atmosphere there yet! But I am very excited to find out.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs are a big topic of the Police focus on campus. Every week before spring break they put two crashed (totalled) cars on the campus quad (to mimic a wreck) and have lots of signs with info on drunk driving and encourage students to make smart life decisions before the major party break.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Texas States undergraduate program for History Majors is compairable to University of Texas' undergraduate program for History majors and also has a high percentage of getting their masters students into further study programs than other school.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Although Texas State University has great and many programs promoting diversity all over campus and incorporated into their student requirements, it is not as diverse a campus compaired to cities such as Houston, per say. Texas State did this year receive aid from the state for having a higher than average percentage of hispanic population.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just Don't Risk It – You could get an MIP for drinking and/or doing drugs in the dorm or anywhere else on campus. If you get 2 or 3 MIP's or if you get caught in action by UPD, then you could and most likely will be arrested.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not Too Bad – Aside from the drinking that goes on "secretly" around campus, I don't really feel unsafe. There could be more lighting available to those walking around campus but other than that it is pretty safe, in my opinion. If there are problems walking around, you can always call up a Bobcat Bobby who can pick you up and drive you back to your dorm in a golf cart vehicle.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus system is good, but I've only used it a few times. Living on campus freshman year helps. I've taken the bus to the outlet mall before, they also have busses to Austin and all around San Marcos. $4 party buss outside the Grove apartments on weekends for everyone. I think it's 21+ but I have no idea. Takes you to sixth street, but why would you go there when you have the square! Sixth street is becoming dangerous really quickly. So many robberies and murders in one year!

4 College Freshman

Computers: It All Works Fine. Loads of computer labs, wifi everywhere on campus. Only annoyance is that you have to plug your computer into the phone line in dorms. They have like a 5 dollar 20 foot cable though they sell at LBJ which is an amazing deal. Free printing in the library and labs.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging, but Manageable. Some core classes are easier than others, history here is extremely hard. It's all about finding out professor reviews before you register.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall Expeirience – Great experience so far, no complaints. Made amazing friends and good grades, I'd recommend it to anyone. River is great, lots to do in town, beautiful campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: We're having more parking made, but it can be tight at times.


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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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