San Marcos, TX
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Majors: Public Relations Major – Declaring my major has been a process. Not only because the university requires you to take an exit exam, but because I was having issues deciding if PR was the path for me. I'm not sure as to why I questioned changing my major last year. I think it had something to do with the notion, "This is it." It felt very official and somewhat scary knowing that this major will stick with me for the rest of my working career. Today, I am happy with my decision and would not want to be in any other field. As for the exit exam (GSP) required by Texas State, it was relatively easy if you studied.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I am a local to San Marcos. During the period of time where I was searching for what college I should attend I came to a huge realization. TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAS, BY FAR, THE PRETTIEST CAMPUS IN TEXAS. Seriously, nothing else can compare to the scenic routes that I get to pass during my walks to class. Of course the vegetation is a plus but nothing can compare to the San Marcos River that runs right through campus. I love it.

5 College Junior

Computers: Now going into my third year at Texas State University, I have yet to have any issues with their offered computers. My freshman year I didn't own a laptop so I was very reliant on on-campus computer labs. There was never a problem with them being too crowded since there is practically a computer lab in every building. The biggest perk about the computers at Texas State is that there is unlimited free printing for all grey-scale prints! I'm sure it is covered by my tuition, but it's nice not having carry around cash just incase you needed to print something out.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: A Night You'll Never Forget...... or Rembember – The bar scene is referred to the Square or the "Squiggly". It's busiest nights are Tuesday's after greek chapter meetings and Thursday's because Friday classes really only exist for Freshman and accounting classes. There are a handful of bars within sight of each other. You can actually have conversations unlike Austin's sixth street. You don't have to drive to get to the next bar like Houston's Washington Street, Lubbock and Waco bar scenes. In fact 5 new bars within the past year or so. The problem with living close to the square is you are always stumbling back home and losing loose cash. Thursday's are the cheapest nights for drinks. your average beer is $2.50 and your average shot is $4.00. Your best bets are $2 pint any-call its at Sean Patrick's on Thursday's--dollar lone star tall boys on Tuesday's; $3.50 irish car bombs and 190 octane everclear daqueris at harper's on Thursday's. Any other place has reasonable drink prices on the weekdays just the drink prices go up an unreasonable amount on fridays and saturdays when the townies roll in.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of intelligent Mexicans make up the student body. Some of the friendliest people you will find in the entire country. It's actually quite a conservative campus which is shocking considering the proximity to Austin. It's because many of the students come from Houston and aspire to be in the oil industry upon graduation. Religion barely exists and it's a shame but i think it's pretty typically among universities in general.

5 College Senior

Facilities: We Are Going to the WAC Conference! Wahoo! only there are only 7 football participating schools in the conference so if come fall 2012 we don't have an 8th school our conference will be no more and we will be orphans :( Please send us an 8th team who is good or adopt us into your conference (SEC, Big 12, CUSA, MNT. West, or ACC)

5 College Junior

Majors: Musical Theatre BFA – I have never loved anything more in my life. The instructors are phenomenal (of course), the opportunities we receive are nothing less than amazing, and I have so much fun! I love it!

1 College Junior

Parking: Awful, Awful, Awful – I would predict the parking spot to student ratio to be about 1:20. Seriously. parking is a nightmare, especially if you live off-campus. And the bus system isn't stellar. It's best to memorize the parking service officer's schedule in town and park in 1 or 2-hour, to be honest. And the FEES!!! Don't even get me started...

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Fine, but Not Stellar – The dining hall food is fine, and as far as I know people don't often get sick, but you'll never be able to call it gourmet. There are a variety of restaurants on campus, though, that offer slightly better selections. And there is food EVERYWHERE. The newest and best treat on campus are the farmer's market days in the quad - organic and local, and totally delicious.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I Do Not Regret Philosophy – I am currently taking required philosophy courses and loving them. The school has a program to help graduates find work so I'm not too worried. I want to double major in physics and perhaps go into research.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Taqueria El Charro (On Google Maps Aka Taqueria Del Charro) – Some of the highest rated mexican food in all of San Marcos. Don't let the outside of the building fool you, once you go in and try the food, trust me you will be coming back for more. This food definitely reminds me of home (Corpus Christi) where Mexican food was abundant and this definitely stacks up to it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It. I have only the most positive things to say about this school. There are always awesome things going on in the Quad, and everyone is always trying to get everyone involved in something!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living at Hornsby/Burleson – I live in a very small, cozy all-girls dorm that is next to an all-guys dorm. With no A/C, we have a small, close knit group of friends that always make for a great time!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Chose It Again – I did my undergraduate work at Texas State and loved the atmosphere of being in between two large cities but maintaining the small town vibe. The classes are a great size and the professors are wonderful. I loved being here so much that I decided to get my masters done at Texas State as well.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Known as a Party School – The Drug scene is not a big problem, considering who you hang out with. The drinking scene is something to speak of though. There is a lot of drinking and places to drink around the city.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good, Big Variety – The one thing San Marcos will never run out of it restaurants. The closer you get the I-35 more costly places pop up, but it's not terrible. If you walk to the square, there are a lot of cheep, filling places. On strip has European, Domino's, an asian place, and frozen yogurt.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Choices, Annoying Hours – The food is pretty filling and healthy at most places. Unfortunately, like going to the have restaurant every day, the food does get old. Just mix up what you get. i.e. I only get Panda's Express once a week. Make a certain place a usual with friends. To get me up for 8 a.m.'s I meet some friends for bagels, but only then. Most of the dining halls close on weekends, so have some good breakfast bars and snacks.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bobcat Bobbies – The campus is pretty much safe. It is public, but we have a system where you and get text messages or emails if there is danger on campus. Whether it is a dangerous person or a gas leak, they always let us know. At night we have Bobcat Bobbies. They will pick you up anywhere on campus and take you to the steps on your destination. No matter what. I've used them a couple of times, it's a lot better than walking to the dorm being paranoid.

1 College Student

Drug Safety: Drinking and Drugs – Pretty prevalent. I don't take part in any of it, and its annoying as hell when people come to class wasted. Parties pretty much every night, people coming back the dorms drunk off their asses. If you're a drinker than change my grade to an A+, if you don't drink then, keep it at an F.

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3 College Student

Facilities: The river sets it apart, along with the town of San Marcos. That's about it folks!

3 College Student

Campus Dining: The company that runs the dining situation here is making a killing. Buy your meal trades and whatever you don't use, they make a profit. USE ALL YOUR MEAL TRADES AND DINING DOLLARS. Sorry for caps but thats how important it is. They offer so so food with not much variety. The people that work here for them are great people! The food just sucks

4 College Student

Athletics: Pretty Good – Well don't expect the Football team to win anything, although I hear we're getting better. All University games are free to students with your student I.D. so most are pretty nicely attended. Volleyball is the topdog here, best around.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: If you don't party, its kinda a bummer. Since I don't, then it kidna sucks for me. But if you like to party, drink, and all that jazz then its your place. The school is so so on education, they just want your money -_-

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5 College Student

Weather: Its amazing. The nearby river and hills keep it cooler during the summer to a degree and the University is mostly on hilltops so there is always an amazing breeze! Hot during the summer, but it's Texas, what do you expect?

4 College Student

Facilities: Its Pretty Good – The req is amazing, most of the buildings are great! There is a 24 hour computer lab, which is a life saver. But the library isn't 24 hours which sucks. It closes at 8pm on Friday nights and 6pm on Saturdays. Which is stupid as hell. Most nights it closes from 1am to 12am


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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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