San Marcos, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$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 Senior

Transportation: Buses Look Nice – Honestly have never ridden the bus anywhere since moving here. Something about it just didnt seem right. A few weeks later I heard the nickname for their really nice looking buses... "the sweatbox." Its humid and hot here during the summer. BMW with the top down or a 4x4 would work better in this town. Better parking is coming soon I know too.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Large Variety, High Markup – Large variety and lots of choices on 2 stories of the Student Center. Starbucks and a bar named after alumni George Strait on the lowest floor also. Like the parking here, the foods kind of overpriced.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Housinng Is an Option – off-campus housing cost about the same when it comes to on and off-campus apartments, there are plenty of options to choose from and the houses can be financially affordable too with the right amount of roommates.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Compleatly Safe!! I have never felt unsafe at this university! The university is well lit at night and for those that are uncomfortable walking in the dark alone through campus there are the bobcat bobbies that will take you where you need to go.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are for Sports Fans. I know when the time comes for a football game the crowd goes wild. i also know the team is pretty good. we also have a lot of school spirit!

5 College Junior

Diversity: There is so much diversity at this school! As far as having more of one race than the other, i think the difference is split equally. there are many religious groups that set up booths all around campus. I appreciate having many opportunities if i have any questions.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Life on Campus Is Not for Me – I have heard from many of my friends, that live on campus, there is a tremendous social atmosphere. Although it is quite pricey, the dorms are pretty sweet. The school access is also very convenient. I have always been a country girl myself and i like having a lot of privacy.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A for Effort – I personally dislike the hype squad here because they're rude. Very little of what they do, that I've seen, is cheering on OUR team.

That being said, the tailgating is pretty exciting and the football stands are only sometimes full. The same with every other sport.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Yeah, no. I still feel like a minority, though there are plenty of Hispanic and African American fraternities and sororities.. just no Asian greek life. It really sucks, but no one points it out and makes me feel left out. I asked a question about diversity and the person did not know a thing. I haven't met people who stand out economically, and I don't know much about the campus Democrats/Republicans but that they exist. It's just a lack of Asians here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living on campus is definetly a plus, but the particular dorm I stay in, the third floor doesn't have insulation in the ceiling so you can hear everyone's business. It's pretty bad, but not everyone is absurdly loud. Lots of students live on campus, so study sessions are easy to get to. The cost is for the room and the experience.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not Big at All – Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate at Texas State. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or sorority, and it is not a big deal if you never set foot in one. However, there are some very prominent members of Greek Life involved in other aspects of the university.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Finacial Aid – I recieved a good amount in finacial aid and they also offer last minute tution loans just in case you do not have enough, and the finacial aid offic made sure all you needs were meet before they sent you on your way

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife for underage student were great you could still go to all the parties 21 and over kids were going to, but the only thing is they made sure you did not drink by marking you at the door to make sure that the bartenders did not give you anything.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Local Attitude – Its in the middle of a small town so you get to know everybody and there are business near by so you get to know the shopkeepers to they get to know you and what you like. Though it was small the shopping is great cause the outlets out huge and they have tons of common store like wal-mart and target so you always had a place to shop no matter what you were looking for, and the people there are so sweet, nice and really do care about your needs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I stayed in an all girls dorm and it was good. The bathrooms were clean, the hall smelled nice and the room were a good size for too girls to share. They had and access key so not just anyone can walk in and they also had quiet hours that ways everyone got the chance to study in peace. THe RA were very nice and would take in interest in you if you had any problems or just wanted to talk.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything was in walking distance from the dinning halls, to a tanning store. You could walk to whatever you need on and off campus and if you did not fell like walking there were trams or buses. The buses went all around San Marcos from your apartment to the outlets if you need a ride. Everything was always in your reach and never out of your distance.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Saftey Service – I feel really safe being on campus and off campus, there are constant police cars driving around making sure that everything is okay; When something does happen on campus they make sure to alert everyone on campus through their email or through the apps on their phone. If some one does

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug secene on campus is not big at all you hardly heard of anyone getting arrested or kick out of a dorm because of drug usage, if people are doing any drugs in usually just smoking and most do it off campus because they feel it is better that way. Drinking is really what most people do but they do not do it unless they are at a party and even at parties if your not 21 or over you do not get to drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Jones Dinning Hall – There is great food chocies from corn dogs to Panda Express. They have spehgettii if your in the mode for italian, a BBQ spot if you wants something covered in BBQ sause. They avalibility is really great cause they open at 11 to server breakfast and the close at 12 just in case your in the mood for a really late night snack

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Activities – Student Support Services; provides mentoring, toutoring, job opprotunites, scholarship opprotunites, and learning opportunites about how to make the transition for High School to college easier. It is located on the fifth floor of the Student center; they provide offices and table where the students may study or get tutored and also a computer station.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not a Good Experience – My experience with financial aid has not been a positive one. this year, 2010/2011, has been the first year I have not been awarded with financial aid. although, for next year I have spent a decent amount of time talking with aid advisers and they have helped me figure out what I need to do to help with my college expenses.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls of All Kinds – There are all different kinds of guys and girls here at Texas State. Everyone is friendly and very social. I'm kind of glad I actually do not see a lot of public affection, unlike my high school days. I don't really like seeing the way some girls dress, it is quite appalling!

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5 College Junior

Academics: What I Need to Succeed – I actually like being here at Texas State, rather than the community college I was attending in 2009. I was glad to find out that this university is fairly close to home, and has all of the classes I need in order for me to become an EC-6 major!

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Cat Camp – Freshman can experience cat camp to have a preview of how spirited Texas State is does come at a cost but it is reasonable and worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Lantana Visitation Hours – Lantana has visitation hours. Monday through Friday males leave by 12 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2 a.m.


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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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