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

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – All colleges experience it, its normal to see. If you freak out about it, then you're not ready for college.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: New Apartments – Recently since I have attended TSU two new apartment complexes have been built making it easier to find an apartment.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Socrates Who? The frats and sororities can be found anywhere on campus and tend to throw the most extravagent parties, rarely rivaled by any non-member.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Domain of Appearances – Full of excitement and wonder as one ventures into the collegiate waters of Texas Sate University at San Marcos one immediately finds an eclectic group of exotic individuals, both in beauty and personality. Appealing as they may be on the surface very few can be probed much further intellectually. It is a school of the night life not of the stuffy parlors in which on would find the conversation of abstruse philosophies.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Our computer access is very beneficial. Texas State has everything organized and makes the use of the computer rather easy.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The people who work in the Financial aid building can be somewhat slow and unresponsive during the beginning of semesters, understandably so. They also do not mention scholarship opportunities available unless you first bring them up.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and Concerns – The student health center has been a great addition to the campus. Although prices have increased their services are commendable and they treat every patient with care and respect. Very few incidents on our campus as the campus police station is located in central campus. Since the students and faculty here are very friendly, there is a natural safe feeling when on campus.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The athletic facilities are constantly a work in progress. As the school moves toward a higher division in sports, the university does its best to improve the buildings accordingly, having distinct buildings for football, basketball, tennis, etc. The dining halls are above average but could also use improvement. The library and student center definitely serve their purpose and are both resourceful. In general, Texas State has a beautiful campus that will continue to strive to be top notch.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Its Could Be Better I Guess – well there really is no strict rules the only rules are not to use phones in classrooms

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of White People – at texas state university there are many differents races there but a larger percent of white people attend that school

College Freshman

Athletics: No Sports at All – central texas college doesnt have a sports program, they have recreational classes

3 College Junior

Facilities: IT'S A STATE SCHOOL, SO TUITION IS SOMEWHAT AFFORDABLE IN COMPARISON TO OTHER SCHOOLS. AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, TUITION COST IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE FOR ME, SO I HAD TO BASE MY DECISION BASED ON SCHOOLS WITH LOWER TUITION COSTS. REGARDLESS MY TUITION IS STILL EXPENSIVE BECAUSE I'M CURRENTLY PAYING NON RESIDENT TUITION, BUT IT'S ALSO A BIT CHEAPER THAN THE OTHER SCHOOLS!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: OFF CAMPUS DINING IS DECENT IN COST, CONVENIENT, AND THERE ARE SEVERAL CHOICES FOR STUDENTS.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: ACTIVITIES, CULTURAL EVENTS, LOCAL ATTITUDE – I'M CURRENTLY IN TEXAS STATE'S NURSING SCHOOL, WHICH IS IN THE ROUND ROCK CAMPUS NOT SAN MARCOS, SO I CANNOT GIVE DETAILED INFORMATION. FROM MY VISITS TO THE MAIN CAMPUS, IT'S A DECENT SIZED CAMPUS WITH A LOT TO OFFER THE STUDENTS. I DONT HAVE MUCH TO SAY ABOUT SAN MARCOS, IT'S A SMALL TOWN, AND I REALLY WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE THERE.

4 College Senior

Academics: Excelling in Excellence – Texas State has a great sense of pride around its campus. I believe it stems from the excellency that has been noticable as I have visited. I first became aware of Texas State for its high marks in its education major department, showing the abilities the university has.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The Devil Wears Khaki – There are plenty of parking spaces and garages, however, they may be kind of a hike away from classes. The university combats this by having a bus that loops around campus. The parking services workers, however, are complete pricks. Say it's an emergency and you have to park but don't have one of those super expensive permits, they treat you like a criminal. It is completely ridiculous. These workers seem to follow you and hunt you down.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Out With the Old, in With the New – The university is in the process of taking out old, out dated dorms and constructing new, state of the art, efficient residence halls. It currently provides a good variety of life styles and costs. An example is how they have community, suite, and super suite styles to fit your individual needs and budgets.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Contract – Because of the contract the school has with Chartwells, prices at the chartwells venues (all dining halls) are a lot more expensive than anywhere else on campus or in the area. While they have an amazing variety, from Greek to Mexican, and even the different halls have different styles, it is difficult to find a good variety if you are vegetarian. If you live in campus you are required to have meal plan, off campus it is optional.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I Greatly Disliked This School – when I first got here, I could not stand the chance of having to live here. I hated the campus, the living arrangements, my classes and everything else the school had or lacked. I hated living here my first semester. But when I came back for my second semester, I found a better appreciation for the campus, I stopped complaining and being so negative and started to take in everything the school offered. This Spring semester I grew up, I grew up liking the campus and look forward to another year of being here, its a a big campus with a small town feel to it.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Freshmen Are Required to Live on Campus – Freshmen are required to live on campus for their first year of college to get that true college experience. The dorms are average, most have visitation hours, some are coed a few are gender specific. A dorm is a dorm, you have no privacy, always share things, people are unexpectedly intruding sometimes.

4 College Student

Academics: It's a Challenge to Get Into the Program – My major requires an application process and only take in 16 to 18 students per year, so its rather challenging. The program does offer a lot since it was the first accredited college program for athletic training. the lecturers, athletic trainers and directors are all very helpful and easy to talk to.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: New Smoking Policy – The campus will be enforcing a new smoking policy to make it a smoke-free campus. I don't see any beneficial factors in it, I just see more issues coming from it on how to punish those who break the law.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: It Could Be So Much Better If the Buses Weren't So Slow – It's a great option to take the bus to class rather than walk or ride your bike in hot/humid weather. If the bus drivers weren't so slow when driving, many students would be as late to class. I live off campus and I have to leave an hour prior to my class time, a half hour to drive to the campus, and another half hour of riding the bus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Awesome, Wish It Was Cheaper – There definitely is a huge variety of where to live off campus. There's furnished, unfurnished, near campus, have to take the bus to campus, everything imaginable. I just wish the rent was a bit cheaper because we pay enough for classes and books already. Rent would make things so much easier for all students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: I love that there is WiFi anywhere I go. It's pretty fast and very reliable, especially when you need to Google something really quick to understand anything the professor might have said that you didn't quite understand.

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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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