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

Guys & Girls: People at T-State! The guys and girls at t-state are very friendlyy! The guys are really good looking but there is such a large number of girls there. The girl to guy ratio is way off!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's Everywhere! Greek life seems to consume the student body, but it's perfectly easy to find a good group of friends without rushing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Variety or Courses – Every semester, I feel like I have plenty of options in courses, with great variability within subjects.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There is a club for everyone. The Greek society is very welcoming for everyone, especially the frat parties. Delta Tau Delta has the best theme parties, and their annual Toga party is legendary. Campus life is great, as long as you don't get caught drinking in the dorms.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: North LBJ – The N. LBJ area has a lot of great off campus eateries. Zookas is one of the best, with fresh, made-to-order burritos. There's also a great coffee shop called Mochas and Javas, where they sometimes have live music. If you're looking for take-out Chinese, Rose Garden is pretty good, except they don't deliver. The Den is tucked away in the corner, but if you're looking for a cheap drink, they have $2 you-call-it nights all the time. Just up the street you can find Grin's, which is older than most of the people living here, but their chicken fried steak is to die for!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many Apartments, Not Enough Houses. The living off of campus thing is not hard to figure out, many places would be more than happy to take your money in exchange for a room. The thing that gets me is that they are all leases and not enough rents. I would much rather rent a house out than lease an apartment. Rather split the bill with a roomie than pay out 450 monthly on my own.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Usually Enough – The computer labs at Texas State are very easy to find, and are very helpful to the student body. The only thing is sometimes there is just not enough computers for everyone. The main ordeal is over printing during finals or midterms. Other than that The Labs and used a fair amount.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student REC Is Incredible – The Student Recreation Center(The REC)is in very good shape. Not just in speaking about the building, the staff is helpful and plentiful. It is a very modern building and the Human Powered electricity producing machines really help to get one motivated to work.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are thousands and thousands of students so it is a little difficult to find parking; however, there are many parking lots specifically designated to certain buildings and the map emphasizes these locations which is really great! They offer a great transit system!

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Most of the nightlife offered off campus is located about 20 minutes away in Austin! Austin offers a great variety of nightlife while bars are 21 and older 6th street is renowned in Texas for having plenty of those. In addition, there are multiple clubs available for the 18 and up crowd in Austin. Another place to get to to go to bars and clubs is San Antonio which is about 45 minutes away so I would definitely recommend Austin because it's closer. School parties are easier to find than bars and clubs in San Marcos but it is great because you are in the middle to two large and wonderful cities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The restaurants around campus are great! The Bobcat Bucks are able to be used at a majority of them which is also a plus. The dining options between classes are also beneficial because there are an array of choices. I don't normally buy a large meal plan because I prefer to cook at home so I am glad that they offer commuter meals for those students who are not living on campus but need a quick bite to eat in between classes.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Swell Park – THe river is where everyone hangs out. You meet many different people from different backgrounds and styles of life here. The school holds several events for its students here and is by far one of the main attractions of the school. No other universities has a campus setting like Texas State does.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: If You Get Caught – The campus strictness is pretty severe. Anyone catching a student doing anything illegal or unsponsored/authorized events can lead to expulsion from the school or probation. I would not mess with Texas State's campus authorities because they do not play around.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Just Greeks – Not really a major scene that runs the campus life, but you do see them everywhere. Its good to have an in with the Greeks, more than one if possible because a lot of the females circulate around different Greek groups. So every now and then it makes it fun, but you don't have to there are plenty other places where you can have fun and it not be with the Greeks.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The A is for Alcohol. Lol. No, but seriously. This school has to be one of the most easiest to get away with underaged alcohol. All you have to do is find out where a party is and go. Bam, that's it. Plus the cops in San Marcos just say, ok everyone go home. That's it! I've only ever heard of a couple of parties getting busted and people getting tickets. But most of the parties are at the beginning and end of school semesters. Be safe, don't drink and drive.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I would completely and totally recommend using the busses at Texas State. Parking is so incredibly bad that its almost necessary to park on the perimeter or at apartments and get on the bus. There are so many more busses this year (2010) than there were in 2008-2009. They run all the time and they even run after hours (but they combine routes). I would try to make sure not to get classes that get out between 4 and 5 because the quad bus stop is insanely packed and the busses are usually standing only room. But other than that, they are a great necessity to TXST.

5 College Junior

Computers: Art and Design Building (JCM) – All of the computers in JCM are apples. It makes the experience feel more professional when you are using something like an apple computer. There are a couple of labs in the building and you can use the classroom labs when there aren't any classes going on. I love the art building.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Texas State is very tolerant of everybody, despite one's political views, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. It's a great school with fantastic views of the country side and have tons of places for students to hang out that are really affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very Compatible – Off campus housing is in abundance, but can be pricey. They have an excellent selection, and they are all relatively close to campus. Most offer a transportation system to and from school which is extremely convenient. The only real damper is if you don't act fast, you'll be stuck with something really expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student center on campus at Texas State is great. It's a good place to eat, study, or meet up with friends. The dorm I stayed in on campus was also really nice and made me feel right at home. I love Texas State!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunny All Day – there is hardly a rainy day and everybody is at the river almost every day

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – The dorms are really nice...for dorms, but they are a great place to meet a ton of new people and everybody is welcoming. of course the older the dorm the less in shape it is but that's what gives the campus is style.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – I have always felt safe on campus and in the town of San Marcos. Campus police are always around campus day and night. They are alwyas a phone call away and respond as fast as possible!

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I Love This School – The atmosphere on campus is awesome. Everyone is very friendly. The professors are very friendly and seem to be very interested in each student. They are always available for help if needed. There are many options for tutors and outside help if you are having trouble in classes. The students are very friendly and welcoming. There are many clubs and organizations so that everyone can find a place to "belong" if they want to.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: everyone in town is very friendly to the local students. there are several parks in the area. There is a river than runs through campus that you can float


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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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