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Reviews 3331 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – There have been a couple of crimes on campus, but I have always felt safe at the university grounds. The school communicates very well and promptly if something does occur.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I only care about watching the Rugby team practice. Oh, and we have the most amazing Recreational Center!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Texas State educates folks from every walk of life, rich to poor, Catholic to Atheist. No matter what your background, there is a place for you. There is even a Quidditch TEAM here, so what does that tell you?

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Available Restaurants – Texas State features many restaurants, such as Pizza Hut, Chic-fil-A, Blimpie, Einstein Bagel Bros, and many other food choices are available. If you are on scholarship and live on campus, meal plans may be covered entirely.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: PARTY SCHOOL....Maybe? Maybe Not? Of course, Texas State University is involved in numerous about being a "party school." That could be the case or could not be the case. Depending on your individual objective or plan in college, excessive partying may be what is more important on your agenda. On the other hand, more studious students may find it more beneficial for them to stay in most weekends to get their studying done and save the partying for a different time. The nightlife is not a forced thing here, but fun every once in awhile definitely helps relieve stress brought on by homework, exams and other personal issues that may come a student's way.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We're a Family in Bobcat Country – Texas State is home to a diverse group of people of all races, religiions, backgrounds and walks of life. We encourage acceptance amongst our student body by hosting events on campus that begin as early as New Student Orientation. At this time, students are introduced to others from their class and guided on how to get to know others on a more personal level. Fellow bobcats also create clubs and organizations that keep current and prospective students informed on how to better encourage acceptance and tolerance. Organizations like Texas State Allies form a group of LGBT students and supporters who are advocates for acceptance and freedom of sexual orientation. There are many more to name, but that just goes to show that Texas State has a little bit of everything, and we continue to welcome even more diversity every year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Bobcat Dining! I definitely cannot complain as far as dining on campus goes. Compared to the meals provided by other universities, Texas State University-San Marcos deserves at least four stars. Theres plenty of options for students when it comes to dining types, food options and proportions. Texas State has two types of dining on campus: Restaurant-style and buffet-style. The restauarant-styled halls consist of Chick-fil-a, Blimpies, Starbucks and other chains of fast food. Buffet-styled dining halls on campus are Harris Hall and Jones Hall. They provide all-you-can-eat-service for few meal points. Inside of these dining halls are a variety of stations that meat needs of students with different taste buds. There's mexican choices like tacos and burritos, italian pasta and pizza, homestyle like cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and chicken fried steak, a salad and fruit bar, juice bar and dessert bar. These proportions are solely based on how much food the student wishes to consume and at restaurant- styled dining halls, the proportions are quite generous, including an entree', side, and drink for one meal point. Bobcat is not perfect but it sure is satisfying. Come check it out!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Campus Bus Use. the trams are awesome, wish there were more buses though

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Strictness at School – the school doesn't really care what you do, as long as you dont park where your not allowed or smoke.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Eating on Campus – I enjoy the food at the student center, you have your pick of mediterranean, chick fil a, or maybe something healthy like a fruit smoothie.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience here is limited to one semester, however, I love it. The classes are a little difficult and I don't live on campus but I will be next semester. Overall great so far

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


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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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