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

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life however, Texas State does not pressure students into Greek life and Greek Life is not dominate.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Texas State allows every type of nationality, religion, and ethnicity to express their views and does not try to influence their own beliefs on the students

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – Typically pricey. Hit the dollar menu every day instead.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – They are nice but every semester you are given 75.00 dollars out of your tuition to print 3 cent pages. Yes that is more than sufficient but I don't think they should limit your printing.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: So Far So Good – Walking the hills every day gets on my nerves. The buses fill up quickly during rush hour so I choose to walk, or ride my bike. So many e-mails about crime...

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: 1St Year Required to Live on Campus – The dorms are great. San Jacinto hall, San Marcos Hall, College in.

College Junior

Academics: Great Professors – The university provides variety of labs with excellent computers. Professors are knowledgeable on the material. Most have been teaching for a very long time. The department keeps improving every year. Obstacle for CS majors is the study/work to avoid commuting.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Great Scenery and People With a Lot of Attitude – The scenery is lovely. A nice river that goes through the campus and big pecan trees. The people are generally depressing to look at. Their faces have a lot of apparent attitude.

1 College Junior

Transportation: The local bus routes are good for san marcos. They have some buses that go to and from austin and san marcos and a bus that goes to and from san antonio but the bus pass is 40 bucks for about 5 rides (one way) and thats on top of 4000 dollars of tuition per semester. So if you commute from another town and plan on riding the bus go ahead and factor in about 600-800 extra dollars for the bus.

1 College Junior

Parking: When you buy a 100 dollar parking pass, if you are a commuter coming from Austin or San Antonio there is only one garage you can park in on an odd side of the campus. Plan on walking about 5 miles a day to get to class.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Come Here. You Will, Without a Doubt, Love It. You will see all kinds of things on this campus. We have farmer's markets in the quad, some man that praises the Sun God walking around campus, the Sorority girls buying sushi from the Anime Society's tent, just whatever. People are open here. You don't have to worry about being judged or pressured. Tuition, especially considering everything it includes, is great. We are an emerging research facility now, so the worth of a degree from here will only go up.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This campus is beautiful, the classes are conducive to learning and small when they need to be and the student population is a diverse, accepting, fun-loving mass. You can keep to yourself and no one will bother you, but if you'd like to jump into the social, you're never unwelcome. Great places to get fresh air when you need a clear head, free laundry in most dorms, very laid back in the way of authority.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Populous, Inviting San Marcos – Students are everywhere. The school basically runs the city, and the city loves its students. There are great local coffee shops, restaurants, hookah bars, etc. especially in the Square. The inhabitants are accepting and open. I love San Marcos, and its campus. It's a great place to get healthy, walk/bike instead of drive, meet people, get involved with community--anything, really.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Slowly Becoming Diverse – Majority Caucasian but its a mixture of different races

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Rec Center Is the Best – The Rec Center is the best spot to be in San Marcos. It has dance classes, Zomba, yoga and of course lots of exercising equipment.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everything in walking distance is 21 and up. In order to have fun you have to travel to 6th street in Austin

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Drugs – I have never seen people drink or do drugs around school. People say that there is drug and alcohol usage at parties but, never on campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At Texas State you can catch most girls wearing shorts and a cut up T-shirt with cowgirl boots. Many girls are a part of sororities that do activities together. Boys at school usually wear basketball shorts and T-shirts. You can always find plenty of them in the rec center.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off-campus housing opportunities at Texas State but, it is also very expensive. Since there are so many people at this campus it is always a good idea to apply for an apartment early. Off-campus housing is much more convenient because there is more room and you have your own personal space.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Texas State is in one of the most beautiful areas of Texas - close to San Antonio and New Braunfels, and with it's own beautiful San Marcos river running thru it. The town is small enough to get around in and get to know everyone. The football team just moved up a division and they built a big new stadium, so that is a big part of campus life, and will put the school in a bigger spotlight next year.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is very little parking at the school for those not living in a dorm. We have people that try to park in our dorm all the time, but they get caught with no parking pass (which is very expensive, by the way). When I move to an apartment I will have to take the bus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol at School – I have some friends that smoke pot, but I stay away from that scene. There is lots of drinking, everywhere, but I'm not too interested in that, either. Peer pressure doesn't affect me, and policy enforcement is strong in the dorms

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are better than I thought they would be. The social atmosphere is nice and the dorm room is nice and big and is very homey for me.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It is mostly fast food repeated. I'm trying to eat healthier, but it harder to do since Commons closed.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My Experience – I love Texas State and I would not go to any other school if I had the chance to do it all over again. I love my classes and my teachers. There are many social events to keep us entertained when we get breaks from studying. I have learned a lot here and I would recommend this school to anyone.


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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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