San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Relatively Easy – I just had to take a Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation test and maintain a GPA above 2.5 which I easily did my Freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots to Explore – I'm in the Journalism program and there are many different aspects you can explore within the degree. I am doing Print Journalism and there are several clubs and student-led activities to go along with it. I am on the school newspaper and Treasurer of the Association for Women in Communication.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful Surroundings – San Marcos has the Square for social gatherings and the River running through the town for fun at all times of the day.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great Instructors – Teachers in my education program have really pushed students and are very sincere about their teaching. This has made me very satisfied with my education. Many mentor their students and make them realize just why they want to teach.

4 College Junior

Academics: I came to Texas State University because of the education program. The teachers are great and really show a passion towards teaching and their students.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a small town which revolves around Texas State University students. It is a very old style town which seems like a town in a western movie. Very nice place to visit or live.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's Pretty Decent – I received a pretty average amount of financial aid and you can apply it online, so it's pretty simple.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The Hills from Hell and Hundred Degree Heat – The hills on campus can't really be called hills, they're more like baby mountains. In Texas, it's nothing but hot for most of the year so the weather plays a major role on campus. But unlike most Universities in Texas, Texas State has a river running through part of it which is why most of the year you can see students "laying out" tanning or floating down the river between classes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Non-Greeks are pretty indifferent to Greeks. They're only pros are their free giveaways in the quad and their parties.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Key Word Here Is "Involvement" – The more involved you are at Texas State, the happier you'll be. There's so many different clubs, that it's impossible to find something you wouldn't like. We have everything from Hide-n-seek club to more serious clubs. Also, there's a cross campus Zombies vs. Humans game that lasts a weeks which is one of my personal favorite activities.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's Not Quite a Melting Pot, but Maybe a Mosaic? The students at Texas State come from a lot of different backgrounds, but they don't all quite flow together in harmony. People who are similar tend to group together rather than meld with people they see as being different. If you walk through the quad you can see this phenomena. But, that's just human nature.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: If You Can't Find a Computer, You're Not Looking Hard Enough. It's difficult NOT finding a computer at Texas State. There is a multitude of computer labs all across campus and a lot of them are open 24/7. There's usually at least one or two in each building.

Even during finals and midterms, it's easy to find an open computer to use. The printers are quick and efficient and the internet is rarely down if ever. If you ever have a problem with a computer, there's always a tech assistant around.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Our campus is set in the heart of the hill country and one look at the campus, youll understand what im talking about. Much of the campus requires a hike uphill or a long trip through the quad hich is filled with up and downs of stair cases.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: This is one area Texas State stands out, ask anyone around the central texas area and theyll tell you we are known for goodlooking people! There are different types of guys from fratty preppy, to guido and your austin area skaters. As for girls there are many gorgeous girls and sorority girls that really make the school stand out!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Social Atmosphere – Many clubs and organizations to get to know people. The school offers greek life, as well as many other specific clubs and organizations geared toward everyones interests. A great easy way of getting to know people and experience college in a positive way.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dine-In or Drive Through – There are not many good places to eat close to campus. There is a Taco Cabana about 7 minutes away, and it is wonderful. A great spot to stop by after a nice day at the river.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: i have handicapped plates which save me alot of hassle that the other students have trying to find a space. there are too few spaces and the parking garages are full most of the time.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Doesn't Really Have a Drug Scene – TSU San Marcos doesn't really have a drug scene, and if they do its very small and behind closed doors.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: TSU San Marcos Safety – The campus is generally safe and the campus police do a great job making sure everything on campus is in order. There do tend to be a few minor incidences here and there, but nothing to be scared of. As long as you use common sense in protecting yourself and your belongings you should be fine.

5 College Senior

Transportation: The tram is the best option for transportation, because you don't have to worry about parking permits. Not only that but in finding a parking space.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are close to campus which is helpful, but they are expensive. When I first arrived Great Locations was very helpful in finding me an apartment, and it is close to campus.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The facility is well maintained, and very useful. I am grateful for the Kic-scanner, which helped me substantially last semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gets Old – Although at first I was happy with dining on campus, it got old very fast! Good food! But not enough variety

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Most Gorgeous Campus in Texas! The river, trees, architecture, hills! Breath-taking!

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Cracking Down – There is a zero tolerance policy in the dorms for drugs and alcohol. The school also just passed a campus wide ban on smoking cigarettes. They also give out tons of parking tickets for parking without a pass.


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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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