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Reviews 3331 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Academics: Well Executed – The process is very streamlined and we got good teachers.

College Junior

Greek Life: Non Existant – I haven't seen much influence regarding Greek Life

3 College Senior

Diversity: Growing Minority Groups – TX State is getting to be much more diverse than it has been in recent years. PLenty of while/ caucasian but many new african american and asian + huge amount of hispanics flowing in.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Spots and Buses – Not nearly enoough parking spots to go around especially for the price you pay for the passes but on the upside, the Bobcat Trams run almost everywhere and on a pretty tight schedule. Reliable and convenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Hole in the Wall Restaurants With GREAT Food! There is a large variety of restaurants for off-campus dining. The greatest thing about off campus dining is that a great deal of the restaurants are so close to campus that they are even within walking distance. I recommended asking students are their favorite little local restaurants and trying a variety of the small hole in the walls, they tend to have the best food.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on campus or around the campus can be extremely stressful. The biggest issue is that there are never any spots. I think that it is ridiculous that students are required to pay an outrageous amount of money for a parking permit only to never be able to find parking. I recommend getting to campus a great deal of time before you actually have to be at class just to ensure you are not late.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Texas!! The food off campus is amazing!! The campus is surrounded with great small restaurants that are family owned. Whats great about them? You can get meals that taste like they were cooked with your grandmother's bare hands. There is a bit of everything. San Marcos being in Texas has plenty of Mexican food, at reasonable prices. If you're into American food there is so many restaurants where you can go..ranging from Chipotle, Subway, and even Sonic, if that's what you're into. There is nice stake houses and Chinese food. Yum!! Go try all of it, but don't get broke on the way!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not So Much to Do but Still Fun – Due to the fact that San Marcos is very small there isn't much to do. Despite the size issue there are options of where to go. You can head over to Austin, which is a 30 mins drive. Everyone usually heads down to 6th street, which is notorious for clubs and fun. Keep in mind you have to drive back home. You can drive to San Antonio during the weekends in the Fall and head over to Six Flags, which is really fun and it contains not only an amusement park filled with plenty of roller-coasters but there is also a water park. Best of both worlds. If you're absolutely broke stay on campus and play with a frisbee at Sewell Park, a local park on campus. You can also go swimming, tubing, or even running. There are plenty of activities on campus if you're willing to go look for them. Luckily, a lot of them are free.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: A Taste of College. As an underage student, there are many options you have to have fun! Many sororities and fraternities throw tons of parties!!! Just last night there was a "Foam Party." If you haven't been to one, you absolutely must. It is a tremendous way to meet new people while also obtaining free food. You don't have to drink if you don't want to, you'd be surprised how many people actually don't want to drink. They're mostly looking for someone to stand up with them and take a stand for what they believe. You kind of have to have courage. The way to get to these parties is you either walk or you drive if you're lazy. Always remember if you feel uncomfortable, leave the scene because it could be your intuition telling you something. It could save your life.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: From My Experience... Great! I only lived in an all-girl dorm for a year and I didn't have any issues arise. The people were friendly and residence life was always there to help out with any thing we needed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: This is one thing I love about Texas State University. There are tons of people from all over the world and ethnic groups. Everyone here is diverse in many ways and we learn and enjoy each others company. While walking through the Quad you can quickly see diversity, not only in race but political beliefs, religious beliefs and sexual orientation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: If it's a bright sun shiny day then I'm happy and ready for what the day may bring. When it's gloomy and humid outside I always just want to stay home instead of going to class. Usually when it's rainy and gloomy the campus is less packed and there are less student activities going on.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: General Safety on Campus – I feel safe most of the time. There are occasions when we get emails about people getting assaulted on campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Most students take the bus to school. You need to make sure you get to the bus stop on time or you'll have to wait a while for the next bus.

4 College Senior

Majors: Exercise and Sports Science Is Impressive – I'm an Exercise and Sports Science major with a concentration in Physical Therapy. Thus far, I don't regret it at all. My professors have all been well-educated and helpful. They offer a Doctoral Program here and this is my dream to achieve. Well-over 90% of graduates get jobs within their first year after graduation. Because of this, I don't stress on getting a job in the future.

4 College Senior

Academics: I have yet to be disappointed with any professor I've had. They are all willing to get to know you on a personal level and help you to achieve your goals. Texas State offers multiple tutoring programs that are beneficial. I believe they hire close to the "best" out there. They have all seemed to be very well-educated in their expertise.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Bobcat Tram Is the Way to Go – Parking lots fill fast and Bobcat Tram usually runs every 15 minutes. Very convenient for those who live anywhere in San Marcos.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: San Marvelous – Despite the hills and scorching heat, San Marcos is a wonderful location for Texas State University. What's better than a river running through your town? A river running through your college campus. In addition, there is an outlet mall, friendly town with great restaurants. Couldn't ask for more.

3 College Junior

Weather: Hot, No Real Seasons – It is hot in the summer, but it is located in Central Texas, so it is to be expected. No snow or cold weather ever.

4 College Junior

Majors: Dietetics Internship – They are extremely competitive. Texas State offers one which is open to perhaps 9 people per year, but this is the norm nationwide, as I understand. Many institutions do not offer one at all.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Fairly Representative – Increased diversity is always a positive goal. The demographics at the school are fairly representative of the surrounding area. The only religious organizations I ever see on campus are Christian. Not as diverse as community colleges in terms of age and racial diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Neither Is a "Problem" – Of course with any campus this size there will be both drugs and drinking, but there's never any pressure from others whether you should do it or not. Peer pressure is a small problem and because of that drinking and drugs are not a huge problem.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Biology Rocks – I have zero complaints about my choice in major. I have enjoyed all of my classes thus far and hope that the remainder of my classes are half as fun as the ones I've already taken. I hope to join the FBI doing lab work and I know that these classes and major will help that. I wouldn't change a thing if I had to do it all over again. I'm somewhat nervous about fining a job in my field, but only because it's not growing currently.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Loads of Things to Do – San Marcos has a plethora of things to do, from the river thats not 5 minutes from campus, to the shoppettes and dollar movie theater. And if you get bored with all of that, Austin is less than a 30 minute drive!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Extremely Easy – The process of getting into my major of biology was extremely easy; no essays, no extra application process, all I needed was acceptance into my school. I couldn't have asked for an easier way to learn what I love.


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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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