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San Marcos, TX
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24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The area right around campus is wonderful! There are many places to go and a lot of things to do. A few miles off of campus, though, it's harder to find things until you either go to Austin or San Antonio. There is a wonderful outlet mall though!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The performing arts here have been amazing! I absolutely love the program and, on another note, the student center has been extremely helpful. The campus overall is so beautiful. I absolutely love it here!

4 College Freshman

Majors: My university has a great English program, one that does offer many internships. I do have a concern about finding a internship that will also allow me to continue to be able to afford college, since interns do get paid less, if at all.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the program at my school. The professors are wonderful, and they are just as excited as I am to be teaching this field as much as I am about choosing it as my major. I do hope to continue learning, though I do have concerns about finding a job once I graduate. I do know that earning a living as a writer is hard, especially as a professional writer/author, which is what I hopefully want to become.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I have hardly had many problems with computers or printing on campus. The library is close and easy to get to, and with labs on more than one floor, finding an open computer isn't a problem. Maybe only right before and after classes!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Most of the dining halls are centrally located and very close to my dorm, which is nice. Though, most are not open on the weekends, making choices very limited.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally am not in a sorority, but my friend is, and she seems to enjoy it a lot! It seems like a really nice, tight community.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Turning in my one scholarship was easy, but I don't apply for many of the scholarships that my school offers and would help my financial situation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love being so close to the center of campus, and sharing a bathroom with at least 30 other girls isn't as bad as I thought it would be,

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I really do enjoy living in San Marcos. Though I don't know how long I could handle living here after graduation. This town is packed full with selfish people, whether it's students or permanent residents. On the weekend, there's a variety of options, but some weekends come around and I find myself with nothing to do. I'm sure this is also influenced by the variety of people you know and how many you know.

5 College Senior

Diversity: I feel the student population is very diverse and very accepting of this. The only thing I know off the top of my head, which would not fall into this category, is the evangelists which come once or twice a semester and attempt to preach to the students. They always draw a huge crowd and the students always argue with them or make a joke of what they are doing every time they come. It's entertaining the first time you see this, but you're just giving them what you want when you crowd around them and argue with them.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I would say there's a pretty diverse student population, with lots of students clubs and organizations. And depending on a club or organization, or your major, you will come in contact with a larger number of people with the same interests.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The student rec is awesome, but go anywhere from the time they open to early afternoon. After that, it gets busy and won't let up until maybe 10 PM. I like to eat at Chick-fil-A on campus occasionally, but I would avoid any places like a convenient store on campus. EXTREMELY overpriced! Your best bet, if on campus dining isn't open, is vending machines or walking off-campus and finding something else.
Library is huge, you should be able to find one relatively quite spot to study, even during finals. Some of the buildings are pretty old and it shows. There is an art gallery/"museum" on campus, but this is only student artwork. So, if you need to go to a museum for a project, you will have to go out of town. "Green" initiatives still seem low. Some buildings have restrooms with water saving toilets, and the library has bins for recycling paper, but that's all I know of.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, I've never heard any crazy stories about something bad happening to someone on campus. As far as the student health center goes, they are helpful and friendly, but I feel the doctors are unsure of themselves, and doesn't help me. Maybe it's just the one doctor I've seen, but I've seen her a couple times for similar symptoms. This ended up being a recurring problem and when I finally saw two different doctors, outside of the student health center, they gave me advice on my daily lifestyle to stop this. This doctor just prescribed me stuff. Also, I had to pay $30 every time I saw a doctor. With a recurring problem, this is very frustrating.
However, it was always relatively easy to make an appointment, especially at the last minute. Also, I hear they have a pretty cheap birth control.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It was hard for me to rate this option. I give it 4 stars because if you like to party, whether that means drugs, alcohol, or both, there is always something going on. For how often something is happening, I would assume anyone who wanted alcohol, could get their hands on it. Once at a party, I had one or two beers, but didn't get drunk and felt pretty awkward. However, if you're very outgoing and know you don't need that to have fun with people, then more power to you.
If you don't like to partake in either one of those, don't fret. I guarantee you will find a group of people who are on the same page with you and encourage your lifestyle choices, and you can still have fun with.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I like that there are a lot of local restaurants in San Marcos, but they aren't up to par with local restaurants in Austin. A few are pretty good, but I wouldn't say any local places are spectacular. Maybe The Root Cellar? However, this is more expensive and kind of a date night/anniversary place for me. Lolita's has the best price on breakfast tacos and good quality, but they are small and stay busy. Though they do keep the line moving quickly and if you have your dog, they will give your dog scraps. Very cool.
There are a decent amount of food trucks too, but they are kind of expensive also, so I don't make the effort to try them. I prefer the pizza chains over local pizza. Little Caesar's has $5 Hot n' Ready pizzas. And Cici's, in Kyle, has $5 buffet.

4 College Senior

Weather: Sometimes it sucks to walk to class and back home in the cold, against the wind, or even in the rain. I prefer the cold over the heat of summer and sweating to class and back. As far as the rain goes, I used to be able to ride the tram back, or I would have an umbrella with me, and it wouldn't be so bad. However, due to construction, the tram will not be dropping off at my location for the next 2 years. Which makes me delighted since I know the university will still make me pay the tram fee. Anyways, even if you only have to walk on campus, check the weather for the day and be prepared.

1 College Senior

Parking: I do not have a parking pass since I live close enough to walk to campus and because there is a university tram. However, I do drive to the rec. There is only one small part of the street which has free parking spots. Though these are usually occupied with students' cars who live in the dorms near the rec. The parking passes are expensive and amount of free parking is EXTREMELY limited.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Even though San Marcos is a small town, we do have our town square filled with mainly bars. Some of them attract a certain crowd that may not be what you're looking for, but there should be plenty of options to find a desirable environment.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: I have always wanted to be in a sorority, but only for the social experience. However, my experience with Greek life and what I've heard or seen, makes me glad I never did. For one, it is extremely expensive to be involved in Greek life. Secondly, they are ALL carbon copies of each other. No one is original, no one has different tastes...nothing. And third, I have found this doesn't apply to all of them, but to some: I have felt like I was disrespected and thought of as weird or a joke. It gave me the impression some of them really will judge you on your appearance, which is pretty sad.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I don't have any experience with dorm policies and strictness with that, but I know someone always has at least ONE story of doing something they shouldn't and getting away with it.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Some off-campus housing is really nice, but happens to be less affordable. However, where I live is very affordable, but in poorer condition. It's very frustrating when you live close to campus and the complex does not regulate parking permits, so any student will park there and walk to class.
As far as the condition of the apartment complex, it isn't terrible and does the job for a college student. If you want more, and can afford it, explore all options. There are some places which have very affordable rent, even similar to the poor condition apartment I'm in, but you have to already have roommates picked out.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love San Marcos and, for the most part, the school too. Sometimes, I am reminded how moneygrubbing some universities are, Texas State being one of them. Also, the Greek life is pretty big here. Those involved in it usually just hang out with others in fraternities and sororities, but I have felt I was disrespected a couple times engaging with one involved in the Greek life.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Texas State. It is the perfect school.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

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Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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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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