San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Great Variety, and Good Looking People – There are really good looking guys and girls. All types of social life at Texas State. There are cowboys, skaters and all types of races.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: San Marcos is a very big party town. There is a downtown square not far from campus that gets pretty wild at night.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Life – Everyone gets along pretty well at Texas state. I mean its your basic Texas College.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a smaller town but its full of excited college kids ready to have fun. The river runs right through campus and is the main entertainment in the summer time.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: well yu better be rich or poor. being in the middle sucks!

2 College Junior

Parking: parking sucks! real expensive for the options available

5 College Junior

Academics: ESS Pre-PT – considering im still working on basics it's chilling. But Everything seems fun and badass

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Social Scene Is Amazing – My school is somewhat known for their academics. But what we're really known for is how sociable we are. The different types of organizations we have and all of social events we have give all of us an opportunity to meet someone new everyday.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Equal to Smoking – The drug scene at Texas State is widely known throughout the state of Texas. If you're not drinking, you're probably smoking.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Come to the Square – There are a lot of places to eat in San Marcos if you're not interested in eating on-campus. For instance, there are typical places such as Subway and Chipotle if you're in a rush. But I usually like to stick to local places. I really enjoy Valentino's Pizza. It's really good pizza with a n affordable price. Plus it's walking distance from school. I also like the Coffee Pot. It's a little bit pricier, but on certain days they give discounts. Also, if you show your student i.d., you'll also receive a 10% discount from your order.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The library has several computers for use as well as several printers and they even offer laptops for checkout. There are also several computer labs around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: How Greek Students Are Veiwed by Non-Greek Students – The Greek Life aroung Texas State is fairly large. Always present on campus and involoved in the community they are not veiwed badly by non-greek students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Athletic Centers – The student REC center is amazxing, one of the nicest i have ever seen. With up to date equipment, rock wall, swimming pools, indoor tracks, it is one of the most popular places on campus.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'd Do It Again – I visited other Universities after taking about a year off from school, and I'm glad I chose Texas State University. There are beautiful women everywhere, there are a lot of artistic people that do sketchings, drawings and paintings, music singers and songwriters. Big name visitors and alumni come back to San Marcos regularly to give free lectures, shows, concerts, and performances for the students at Texas State University. The people are a little different than out in West Texas, where I'm from. You'll find good and bad people, but there's a great bar scene, along with all of the entertainment that can be had 20 mins north to Austin, or 30 mins south the San Antonio. Some classes are challenging, but some of them make me wonder who comes up with some of these requirements. I mean some of them I'm going.... really? How about lowering your tuition, opening up more elective options for business majors, and not charging us for some of these classes that sound like reiterated common sense (made to be more complicated than it ever should be for any reason at all.) Skip and fail or be bored to sleep in a few classes... better get some coffee or something

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.


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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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