Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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4 College Student

Greek Life: As you enter any large campus you can easily distinguish the Greeks, from the non-Greeks. I'm not going to lie and say they are the friendless, coolest people to walk around. You have your " I'm a Greek, your not a Greek so why in the hell are you talking to me" kind of Greeks. Then you got your " Hi, I'm a Greek and you should probably join a Greek or I will probably never talk to you again" but note, thus is all said with a great, big fronted smile on their face. And last of all, you have your " I'm a Greek but its ok if your not a Greek". As you can tell those are the friendlier bunch of the Greek community.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: Living Life on Campus – Those many steps from your form room to your classroom is not just a dreadful walk to class you really don't want to be at. But the walk is full of unsuspected food gifts and friendly people to invite you to an event of some sourt. Which will lead to a countless number of opportunities.

4 College Junior

Weather: Welcome to Texas – It's Texas. Anyone who has lived in the state for any length of time knows what I mean. Getting all four seasons in one week is pretty standard. It never affects classes though. Our President apparently refuses to cancel classes for any reason. But the weather isn't too bad, so it all works out. Except for the summers. The last two summers have been deadly hot.

1 College Junior

Parking: Words Fail Me. If you decide tospend the ridiculous cost required to obtain a parking permit,then I wish you the best of luck. Finding parking on this campus is horrendous. Just because you have a permit, does not guarantee you a parking spot anywhere remotely close to your class. If I'm being honest, it doesn't guarantee you'll get a parking spot period. Don't park in the wrong place either, because they're sticklers for handing out tickets. Head to class an hour early every time that you can. It's your best bet, because Texas State sure isn't going to do you any favors.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Separate but Equal – I would say there is a fairly diverse demographic represented on campus. In regards to acceptance of these groups, there's definitely an obvious separation between different religious belief systems or ethnic backgrounds, but I think it would be unfair to say that there is any legitimate animosity between the groups. The campus is pretty 'live and let live'.

5 College Student

Transportation: Travel With the Tram – If you need to get anywhere in San Marcos and you don't have a car the tram is your best bet, they have an app (although it needs a little improvement) that tells you the stops and which tram will take you where.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: We Aren't a Party School. Although we have the reputation of being a party school it's not the main focus. Yes, we have our fair share of parties, but alcohol and weed aren't in use as much as perceived. I would have to say the abuse of Adderal is an extremely large issue though.

3 College Student

Facilities: Hills Abound – The hills on campus are gorgeous and create a more interesting campus than a flat one, however taking all the stairs is killer on my legs, and the wheelchair ramps are zig zagged in far reaches of the campus making it frustrating for anyone with a need for them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Awesome Here! Texas State is a beautiful campus with a huge diversity of students and staff. Everyone is friendly! The only downfall is the huge amount of construction and stairs, but it's a good exercise!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a variety of food options, which is great, but not all dining halls are open all the time. Only one out of five halls are "green" and we are pushing for all of them to be.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School – Texas State University is a small college that offers many opportunities. The McCoy Business College is new and state-of-the-art. The professors are strict but approachable.

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Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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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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