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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2 College Freshman

Weather: If it's a hot summer day then having to walk up hills just to get where you need to be is a pain. Adds excess heat.

3 College Freshman

Academics: We have a Child Development Center that allows hands on experience with children.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: No one really cares where you're from or what color you are. Here, everyone is a Bobcat and that's all that matters. Even the sororities that are Latinas based have members who are of a different race.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is great if you are a party animal. Starting on Thursday each week someone will host a huge party that ends up being busted so if you have Friday classes get ready to be sleep deprived. Also, no one picks up there dog crap so watch were you step.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a lot of crimes such as robbery and assault that take place on campus. Almost every day I get an email warning me about the latest crime. Three days ago I received an email because someone on campus had a bomb.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat in town ranging from local to chain. The cost depends on the place and is about average overall. I don't hear a lot about healthy and vegan options, though.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The biggest problem for me is parking and safety. Parking is always a mess because there are too many students wanting to get to class or football games and businesses either restrict it or decide their lot will make them a quick buck. As for safety, there have been numerous reports of theft and assault in the past year and I'm starting to feel very uncomfortable even walking from my car to my apartment which takes only 3 minutes. Other than that, I love how there are many food options and parks.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: My campus dining experience consists of only one visit but based on the experience I gathered that the overall quality of the food and dining was very accessible, clean, organized, and diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus represents a lot of faith-based groups as well as centers for students that hold different beliefs. Also seen on campus is the diversity of students that travel from around the United States or even over seas. In regards to sexual orientation, the campus doesn't seem neither against nor for the idea of being a gay student. But the campus holds a very open perspective towards a lot of situations.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in San Marcos is suitable for the campus experience being that the campus involves an active student to arrive at their classes on time. The residents of the town appear content with the climate and take part in swimming activities even in the currently cool times.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I didn't live on campus but I know people who have. They usually like it but do complain about how small they are. Though, I feel like for the most part, that the dorms are in walking distance but then again I didn't live on campus so I'm not a hundred percent sure.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are shuttles for students to get to and from school. The shuttles also stop near HEB so I have seen students go grocery shopping and use the shuttle.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls at TXST usually dress comfortably as in Nike shorts and t-shirts or leggings and oversized shirt. Guys typically wear jeans and a shirt. Unless you're going for a frat look which is Easter colored short shorts with an Easter color Polo.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We could improve on our attendance at varsity level sports. We do at a nice Rec Center and within the Rec, there are so many different types of groups to join for example: yoga, zumba, boot camp, boxing, etc. And the Rec also provides students to sign up to personally train other students.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants within walking distance from campus and then in the square there are different no-so-chainy restaurants. For the most part they are pretty affordable for college students.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It's okay, financial aid. I could use more money, that's for sure but if you use FAFSA then you'll be fine. Just be sure to apply for it early and before the due date!

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4 College Senior

Weather: Well, when it rains, it rains! We get a lot of rain so rain boots and an umbrella is a must! But there are those months where it doesn't rain and it is just a hot Texas summer day and that is where the river comes in to place! It is considered unusual/weird if a student has never floated in their whole college experience. Floating the river is one of the biggest things at TXST!

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5 College Senior

Academics: I love my major, Applied Sociology. The sociology department has great professors and I always look forward to going to class regardless of which prof I have. The workload is not that bad and for my major (there are 2 types of Soci degrees) I have an internship once all my hours are completed.

3 College Senior

Academics: There are a lot of different kinds of tutoring if one needs the help. You can find tutoring in the Library or in other places if your class/prof provides it, which most of the time they do.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking is an issue because there are way too many students and not enough parking. Parking permits are super expensive.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't really go out much but I do know frats host a lot of parties during the weekend, especially at the beginning of the semester for their rush. The square is practically walking distance from the campus. However, if you are underage then i wouldn't even try going to the square because they are super stick! That's why most underage students go to 6th street which is only like a 30 min drive.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I don't know much about our school police besides that they are sticklers on parking and are not afraid of giving people parking tickets!

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is Greek life, organizations with Greek letters (more like smaller sororities/frats that are concentrated on a certain topic. ex: religion, community service, social, etc.) organizations that aren't like frats, there's intramural sports for spring and fall, there's club teams which is a step above intramural and a step below varsity level. There is a river that goes through our campus and that is where everyone hangs out. You'll also find a lot of people at our rec center.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are a lot of different organizations, it's a great way to get involved. There are many programs that happen almost everyday and the school makes sure to keep you up to date with all the different events by emailing schedules.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love my school. So much school pride from everyone and so many opportunities to get involved! A LOT of organizations to choose from, it's hard not to find one for you. I transferred into TXST and wish I had just came here my freshman year.


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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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