Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Texas State student body is very accepting of the diversity on our campus. Everyone is very friendly and respectful towards the different political and religious beliefs our students have.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Texas State has a lot of buildings that offer computer lab services. There's at least one at every corner on the campus!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A handful of the professors I have met are very intelligent and extremely open to offer help to any students who need it. History is the hardest department at Texas State, but there are many resources to help out! Registration can be frustrating. Everybody can have a good time and relieve some stress at the river!

5 College Senior

Majors: I Love Public Relations – I love Public Relations! I always had a struggle narrowing down a major and deciding what I wanted to declare. I went from nursing, to radiation therapy, to Health Administration before I finally realized that health care was just a safe option. Not something that I was interested in. When I finally switched to PR I had my "ah ha!" moment. I enjoyed going to class and enjoyed doing assignments. I hope to stay in the public relations field but at the corporate level. My only concern is the job market right now.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Generally Good – Basically, the food selections vary on campus. It's all good choices but it does get old after a while. Eating the same things every day gets repetitive. But the food is actually really good if you only frequent the dining halls every so often.

2 College Senior

Majors: Internship Possiblities – I have not yet done an internship but I would like to. I work 38 hours per week and many of the internships are not paid. So, at the moment I am not in a place where I can take an unpaid internship. That's my problem at the moment. I do work for a custom home builder as an assistant so I am getting hands on sales/office experience.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Texas State is a great place to go to school. I feel like it is often under rated in the outside world. The student body has pride in the school and enthusiasm for the area. My school is unique in the aspect that it is in a small town so the entire town caters to the university which makes it all the more fun. I really struggled to find my place at a college I liked. I transferred twice before I made it to Texas State. I always made the best of each city and experience but I never felt content. I transferred in to Texas State but if I could do it all again I would go to Texas State straight from high school. Its the best choice I've made since going to college.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics at Texas State are quickly growing in popularity among fans and students. We used to be a school that had a weak athletic program where students hardly frequented games. Currently we are adding an addition on to our football stadium because every game we are at maximum capacity in the crowd. I personally love college football and school spirit so I am proud to be part of this growing movement at Texas State. We also will be joining the WAC conference in the fall which is bringing in more funds and more attention to the school. I get a sense of pride seeing my school grow and become better. It makes me proud to be a Texas State bobcat!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Theatre Program – The process of getting into the theatre program is tedious depending on your focus. Musical theatre, acting emphasis, and design and technology majors must audition and must recieve a callback to be considered for the program. Performance and Production and Theatre Certficate majors can automatically enter the program.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Texas State is not my dream campus, it was actually my back-up school. The academics are adequate and the social activties are abundant here. However, this school is where I need to be right now.

3 College Freshman

Academics: BFA in Performance and Production – I attend Texas State University, and my education thus far has been adequate. I'm a Theatre- Performance and Production major; the degree gives students versatility in the entertainment field. However, only few of the courses give students opportunities for internships and jobs.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Great Advisors and Awesome Instructors – I'm not in a particular program right now at Texas State, I am currently undecided. But, my advisor is helping me through my decision with joining the Physical Therapy program, and he's been awesome. He understands what I want and my academic standings, and he tells me exactly what I need to do to succeed.

3 College Freshman

Computers: At Texas State it's easy to access anything you need to access. There is tons of printing places on campus, there is computers in every building and there is always someone willing to help point you in the direction of a computer or printer and tell you how to use it!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although Texas State University is a huge school, I still feel like I am getting so many opportunities to learn. Even with the class being so big, my professor always offers her office hours and to stay after class to talk to anyone that needs to talk. All of my professors wanted to know our names and help us out as much as possible. I love that about my school. Workload isn't that much, but is still challenging to the mind. There is so many on campus tutoring places you can choose from to go to. Everything about Texas State's curriculum is helpful and I believe that I will do so well the rest of my 4 years here.

1 College Freshman

Facilities: Parking Sucks – Freshman who live on campus get green permits lots of available parking. Very expensive.
Upperclassman can purchase purple commuter permits. Barely any parking available and still kind of fair from actual campus, you would have to walk a ways or ride the campus loop bus.
They give out a shitload of parking tickets.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman who live on campus get green permits lots of available parking. Very expensive.
Upperclassman can purchase purple commuter permits. Barely any parking available and still kind of fair from actual campus, you would have to walk a ways or ride the campus loop bus.
They give out a shitload of parking tickets.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Fairly Decent – Never had a problem, Internet and wireless work, printer with free printing always available.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Monkey No See – What monkeys do behind closed doors is their own business. I haven't run into any junkies and no one has tried to sell me any goods. However, San Marcos is just down the road from Austin - where the prairie guy is high, so high - so it isn't uncommon to glimpse a stoner or twelve on campus. They keep it decent, of course. No harm, no foul.

I don't know this personally, but I heard that Texas State doesn't take kindly to drug violations. If you're caught, you'll pay according to the severity of your offense (I don't think they take pot too seriously unless you're brazen about it).

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: No Need to Speak Softly. Big Stick Optional. I have never, not even once, feared for my safety on or near campus. Campus Security is always around the corner, anticipating students' safety needs. They offer free escort service (not the dirty kind), parking facility patrol, and "timely warning" via SMS and email of any possible threat. So far this semester, I've received three notices (one theft, two attempted assaults - no surprise) and each were followed up with updates until the suspects were detained or the issues were resolved. From what I understand, the crime rate at Texas State University is relatively low. Crime most definitely isn't an issue.

5 College Junior

Academics: I Couldn't Have Made a Better Choice – As a non-traditional student, I had difficulty deciding which university would be the best fit for me. I chose Texas State (as opposed to UT) because of the breath-taking architecture and scenery, the friendliness of students, faculty, and staff, and the quality of the English program. After just one semester, I'm convinced that I should continue my education with graduate studies at Texas State once I complete my four-year degree. The faculty are eager to share the knowledge about which they are passionate, the staff go out of their way to accommodate students, the workload is challenging yet manageable (with due diligence), and the opportunities are endless. For instance, in less than three months, I've enrolled in a study abroad program, have been nominated and selected to attend a National Political Convention, have been offered an internship with the Texas Historical Commission, and will soon publish a short story in a national periodical. Like I said... ENDLESS.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life is not too bad, it's the easiest way to make friends

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a jack in the box, chipotle, taco bell and several other chain restaurants near by. Most of them are in walking distance. Mostly every eatery has some kind of coupon so it can be cheap!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Town Is AMAZING!...San MARVELOUS – I love Sn Marcos! This is my first semester and it has been a joy!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Visibility – Much like any other college campus, there is a prevalent population of students that drink regularly. The organization that I am apart of, PAWS Preview, does a lecture on this at the beginning of every school year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great Locations – Here in San Marcos, we have an agency called Great Locations that helps students in the area to find a decent apartment. It has helped me in the previous years of finding the right living quarters for myself.

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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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