San Marcos, TX
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Good – Can be expensive, but also if you look can be really dirt cheap for nice stuff. Locations arn't all that great but they make up for it in other qualities. You're going to just have to look em up

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Go for Res College, nicest dorms, closest to everything. The other dorms are so-so. Avoid Bexar hall unless you enjoy hanging out around drunk jerks all the time. Besides that its hit and miss.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: School doesn't allow smoking on campus, but that's better for everybody's health. They can be really strict on drinking, but if you're doing it in your dorm it really depends on your R.A's. But the cops will write you up pretty fast. Thats really it

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The People – The girls are hot, the guys are muscle bound. If you're into looks than this is the place. People dress well, interests are partying... And ummm... Partying...
Social life as is above.

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4 College Student

Greek Life: There probably arn't proportionality a lot of greeks here, but they are very active in the school. They do lots of good for orginization through raising money and such. But they are pretty much all the stereotypical fratters and sorority people. I've got good friends who are Greek. But for the most part I avoid them, because the most obvious ones are also the biggest jerks. But great programs and most of em ain't jerks. As far as I know us "non-Greeks" view them as a alright.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Pretty Good – I've never not felt safe, and never heard of anything worse than bikes being stolen. There are not many police officers, but they do their job. They can be seen driving around campus on electric buggies untill about midnight. Even past then, say... 4-5 I've never felt unsafe. Just keep your doors locked and such.

3 College Student

Academics: Electrical Engineering – Just started it, but its not accredited so I'm probably going to be switching universities if TxState isn't going to get accredited before I'd be graduating

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a big social life here, but also we have beautiful scenery.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are many greek sororities and frats to become involved with. However, they are all stereotyped as party goes and not academically inclined.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's Hot.. Still. It doesn't rain that often here in Texas, and when it does we are all thrilled! you will still see people at the river. When it's hot it's the perfect river weather.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: San Marvelous Review – San Marcos is awesome! The people are really friendly, and the River that runs through town gives students plenty to do in their time off. The townspeople are very friendly, and apartments are reasonably priced


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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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