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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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live on campus and have a car so I can't give much input as far as transportation goes but a lot of my friends use the Texas State bus system and they all seem to like it and I believe it doesn't cost anything. You don't need a car here but I don't like staying on campus all the time or relying on other people, so for me, a car is necessary but a lot of people don't have one.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The San Marcos atmosphere is really fun. On Friday and Saturday nights you can feel the tension between cops and college students. All TXST students know their way around every apartment complex because of all the parties. San Marcos is basically all students and the town sort of revolves around the school. For example, at HEB it has a mural of a bobcat right on the inside. It's definitely a river town, sort of by itself but close enough to Austin if you want to go into a big city.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors have been more than helpful. They are always available to talk during their office hours and they respond to emails very quickly. They really do care about your grade and if you make the effort and TALK to them, they will appreciate you and give you a better grade. Taking the basic classes as a freshman isn't too entertaining, taking things like university seminar and intro to communication, but that's at every school. The academic advisers are amazing and so helpful but make sure you schedule appointments way in advance because you WILL need to talk to one at least once or twice a semester. The registration process is super easy. Just make sure you register as soon as possible because classes fill up quick and you don't want to be stuck with an 8am class like I did. The workload is alright, as long as you don't get caught up in your free time which is very easy to do being at a party school. Alkek Library is my favorite place on campus to study. They have so many books and so many resources as far as research goes.

3 College Freshman

Weather: This is Texas, so the weather can shift from season to season in a span of 24 hours. During the warmer months, it's awesome because we have the river. When it's cold, there's a lot less people walking around campus for sure. We like the heat here. But it kinda sucks walking around campus when you're sweating and the sun is blinding you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Tower Hall, which is the biggest residence hall on campus which some say looks like a prison. There's six residence floors, 32 rooms on each floor, and two people in each room. So that means there's about 384 people living in this building, give or take. This dorm has probably the most frat boys and sorority girls which can get annoying at times, but other than that I really like living here. My room is spacious; bigger than the rooms I've seen in Beretta and Laurel. I also have a really nice view of Old Main and San Marcos. I also like the location. It's three minutes walking distance to Alkek Library and the LBJ Student Center, right across the street from Jones Dining Hall, and within close proximity to all my classes. My roommate and I are really good friends and have decided to be roommates again next semester. I would recommend living on campus to all freshman. It's a great way to meet people.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: no alot to eat and only the outlets

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They are dining halls, they are the best they could be but I think the food could be better.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It does a good job at getting you your money but I think there should be more scholarships available here on campus for students to get a hold of.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: I mean we are in Texas, so the weather is bipolar. Here in San Marcos though it is always nice during at least part of the day but mostly its sunny and wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete but it is great to get emails about everything going on around campus, so you are always informed!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great places around here and pretty easy to get to, you just have to watch where you go and how much you spend.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options in every price range. The campus also has apartment reps in the quad almost every week, so the school makes it very easy to look for an apartment in your price range.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are many types of majors on campus, I don't know how people keep track of them all. Anything you want to do, it's here!

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship here on campus. I get emails about some all the time but I have not partake in any because they aren't close to what I want to do.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everywhere you go you can see a blue tower incase of a emergency and those are able to press if you need help.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different types of people here on campus! You see new people and a lot of diversity here on campus!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have to do drug and alcohol tests before school starts and that really shows you what is going on.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It isn't what I am into, it isn't something that I would do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict but it also allows you to be your own person.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I love the campus buses. They're free (well, part of tuition), and run until fairly late hours to many different locations.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Especially for a Texas school, there is definitely a lot of people from different backgrounds here. I absolutely love it.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a psych major, but not a lot of my classes are specific to that. It's probably because I'm a freshman and I have to get my basics out of the way though.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I didn't have much trouble getting into the program, and the academic advisors are always there if you need them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Because I live on campus it seems like the greek life is huge, however, there are so many other types of people. You just need to put yourself out there.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food places, and the one's that are full service, are pretty expensive.


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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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