San Marcos, TX
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In the dorms alcohol is not allowed and the visitation policy depends on what dorm you live in.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties start on Thursday and end on Monday, distance is not that bad. Everyone is friendly in the bars and clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have great professors and the workload is time consuming. The facilities are relatively new and very helpful for homework.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload pretty much depends on your major. The registration is hectic unless you're in some organization and get priority registration. That means you get to register a week before the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing on campus is free, the Internet speed is good, and the computers are new.

2 College Junior

Parking: Permits ridiculously expensive, you'd have to sell a limb for one. Not only are they expensive, but super far from class- it's like a 15-20 minute walk to your class. Enforcement is not that strong, but it is unfair for people to pay such ridiculous high prices to buy a permit for the rules not to be applied to those that violate them. It's better to wait for the school bus (even though the school bus system is pretty bad) than to buy a permit and take your care to school. Good luck finding parking before your classes, you'd have to show up at least an hour ahead of your first class.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's okay. People get away with a lot, but most people will not break the rules because they are afraid of the punishments.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Many of the people who attend this school are conservative either economically or socially. It is totally different from the background I come from, where mostly everyone is a liberal. There is a lot of diversity on campus though, but at times I am concerned on how others view me. There is some mild racism on campus, luckily I have not experienced anything directly, but at times I hear racist comments from my peers on other people. So many people here are very accepting as well, which came as a surprise to me because I came with the mindset that everyone would be out to get me since i was going to be living in a more conservative part of the state.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty attractive. Both guys and girls work hard on their appearance. Mostly everyone is fit. The one thing I noticed is that girls don't really dress up for school, sometimes even to go out. At my old school everyone dressed nice. At Texas State many girls just wear Nikey shoes, shorts, and over sized t- shirts. At times it feels as though you are overdressed even if you just wore jeans to school.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is wonderful. Tons of great options to choose from. They have food trucks by campus, as well as fast food chain restaurants, salad bars, chain restaurants such as Applebees and Red Lobster, they also have wonderful locally owned restaurants. The food is always delicious, the prices are alright, but many of these places offer student discounts. If you pass by town you definitely have to check out the food trucks and Gumby's - which serves the most delicious pizza you'll ever taste. Try the stoner pie on one of your cheat days!

4 College Junior

Greek Life: It's not hard to join, I myself am not in any sorority, mostly because it'd be too much to afford. As long as you have a good gpa it should not be hard to get into one. There are a lot of options to choose from for both sororities and frats. I know a lot of people in frats but I, like others who are not involved in the Greek life are just interested in the parties.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Too many old dorms. They are dirty, some are far from classes or dining halls, and at times it takes long for your to receive your mail.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Unfortunately the safety on and off campus worries me a lot. I never received so many "timely warning" emails before I transferred to Texas State. At least once a week a will receive a notification that someone was mugged on or near campus. I'm always extra cautious when driving at night as well because so many people drunk drive, although you don't hear of much accidents. Rapes happen often, unfortunately two of my friends have been victims because many of the guys here seek to take advantage of girls when they are under the influence and unable to make judgments for themselves, or even defend themselves.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: For the most part people just drink or smoke weed. During mid terms and finals some will take adderall. Some do other drugs like lcd or ecstasy. I unfortunately have a friend who has tried meth and got hooked on heroin and a mutual friend who died of a heroin overdose this past semester because I strongly believed she was pressured by my other friend to try it. For the most part though everyone stays away from these dangerous drugs, but a good majority is involved in at least something, whether it is in excess or not.

2 College Junior

Weather: It's crazy Texas whether: one day it will be 50 degrees, the next day it will be 70. Summers are hot, sticky, humid. The winter is super cold. It rains a lot which make it hard to walk around campus even with an umbrella. A lot of people will skip class on days when the whether is bad.

3 College Junior

Academics: I'm a political science major. The workload is tough- lots of heavy reading and tons of essays, but your professors will always work with you.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I've never worked or studied harder before transferring to Texas State. The registration process was simple. Although my major require a lot of workload I found that if you manage your time correctly it will get easier. Never had any better professors. They work with you and are actually passionate about their jobs and don't slack off.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm a transfer student and although Texas State was more costly than my last school everything went smoothly with my financial aid.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Luckily for me I have a car so I can drive through town to where ever I need to go. There's no public transportation, which makes it difficult for some to find jobs or even go to the grocery store. Unless you have a parking permit, taking your car to school is pointless because of how difficult it is to find parking near campus. The school bus system is very convenient, although it's horrible. Often times I have waited for up to 30 minutes for one single bus to show up, and instead of sending a bus every 15 minutes, they send 2 at the same time. The school bus system needs some major improvement.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not too shabby at first there's a lot to choose from at all of the dining halls, but after a while the food begins to taste very fake and plastic-y. Most of the good dining halls close at about 8 and they only keep the worst, most unhealthiest one open till 12. Not much vegetarian or vegan options rather than tofu and salads. The food could use some improvement.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: You have tons to choose from, at least if you're a girl. Frat parties, apartment parties, you can drink downtown or go dancing, and if that does not float your boat you have Austin and San Antonio, which are both less than an hour away.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone shows up to tailgate, but leaves as soon as the game starts. Where's the school spirit?

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with the program and would gladly pick it again if I could just because I love music too much.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy being part of the music program at my school because the workload is not so bad at first and the people and professors are great.

College Freshman

Majors: I don't believe this should have a rating because I haven't personally been part of an internship. I plan on student teaching but an internship doesn't seem to be in my path.


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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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