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

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2 College Freshman

Parking: A Commuter parking permit is about $120 which isn't too bad but the parking gets taken up VERY quickly. Its almost equivalent the Hunger Games. There is Commuter parking at the Stadium and a bus comes to pick you up but its very inconvenient when you're in a rush to get to class. Resident and Restricted parking is almost $500 which isn't as bad a UT because their's is about $700 but still. Thats a lot of money. And the cops will give you a ticket in a heartbeat if you are parked in the wrong area or your permit is expired or if you don't have a permit at all.

College Student

Health & Safety: The health & safety is like any other campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Not too shabby. Just your average joes restaurant chains.

3 College Student

Facilities: Good condition, clean, & nice.

4 College Student

Facilities: Everybody is helpful everywhere when needed. Never left alone.

3 College Student

Weather: The weather is fine, there's nothing more to it. It's your average Texas weather.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here is okay. Defiantly better than your typical high school cafeteria food. The chicken tenders are pretty good. Panda Express doesn't taste as good as a normal Panda Express. The food is not too bad over here. I do recommend to eat off campus sometimes though just so you won't become sick of the food here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If depends where you live. I live in Jackson and wished I lived at Gaillardia, San Jack or San Marcos. Those are the nicest one but are pretty pricey which is the reason why my roommate didn't want to live at those places. FYI Sterry is known as "Scary Sterry" for a reason. Blanco and Elliot are gross and old and the rest are reasonable living spaces, especially if you're only a freshman.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Texas State is a great looking school. I'm not just saying that because I attend Texas State. I've had friends (guys and girls) visit me from, A&M College Station, UT Austin, and Tech and most agree that we have a very attractive student body. I've visited A&M and UT as well and although there are attractive people, I personally believe we have the most attractive people. Yes, there are some ugly people (not going to lie) but overall we're a pretty good looking school.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love the Greek life. Personally, I believe it was a great decision to join greek life. You make so many new close friends! You really need to experience it yourself. If you ask a Non-Greek person, then they might only be stuck on the stereotypes of greek life therefore try to give greek life a bad name. Yet, they are not in the Greek Life to know for themselves. You can't knock it til you try it. Also, I'll talk to anyone who is nice to me. I don't "Only talk to my fellow sisters" as some people claim.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though our football team is getting better, (they did pretty good this year) it's really a here nor there thing when it comes to sports. If you love the sport, then play! If you don't like sports, don't worry! There are plenty of other organizations to do here as well.

3 College Freshman

Computers: BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP! Believe me. It's pretty difficult to find an open computer on campus. Now when it comes to printing, I just use the printers at the library. But be smart. If you typically print your essay 5 minutes before it's due, then just bring your own printer so you have the convinces of not waiting in line and then rushing to class.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I personally never had a "bad experience" with a cop. Some cops are understanding and will let you off with a warning when it comes to underage drinking. They will go try to break up parties but most people are smart enough to not to let to officer come inside. Now when it comes to parking, you better have a permit and only park where you are aloud to park. They will give you parking tickets with no mercy. Overall, you need to treat the officer with respect and you probably be let off with a warning. If you're rude, then they will punish you for whatever reason why you're in trouble.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is the best. You do not need to worry about an RA knocking on your door or having the key to get into your dorm (RAs do have a key to get into the dorms).
Most apartments come furnished so buying furniture is one less thing to worry about. Prices do vary and most are pretty expensive but if you can find a reasonable priced one if you truly search. Also, the apartment parties here are the best.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're under 21, then you might not have too much fun at the clubs unless you're just there to dance. They are pretty strict when it comes to not selling to minors. Other than that, The Square is literally walking distance. Now if you're looking somewhere to drink under the age of 21, then you're going to have to attend a party that provides alcohol or know someone who is 21 to buy you alcohol.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's college. Nobody truly cares what your beliefs are. Just don't be that person to shove your beliefs down someone's throat. Thats not okay. Overall, nobody cares if you Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Gay, Bisexual or Straight. As long as you're nice and not creepy, then you'll be treated with respect.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You're going to find drugs at all schools. Even your local high school. You just need to be smart in what you put in your body. Nobody can "force" you to take drugs. You can always say "no". Honestly, at Texas State, I've never been pressured in taking drugs. I've been offered but never pressured.

3 College Freshman

Weather: We live in Texas. One day is hot and the next its freezing. That's just Texas weather.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The parking overall is okay. The only thing I dislike are the parking services ladies.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I just think that the cost of parking is too high....

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not that money options, and when you do want something it is too far to walk. I have the plan, but i still try to have some food in my dorms so when i cannot go to the eating places, i at least can have something to eat.
It is ok- but not like WOW.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love the field that i am headed to, there are awesome professors and then you have some that are just there.
the subject where i have awesome professors, my time just flies. I really like what i am doing right now and i am try to enjoy my campus life..I am not much into parting- i never have been, but the students that i do go out with are awesome and i appreciate them.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I would love to do the intership like New York, or even London- but financially i know that my parents could not afford it.
They try so hard to keep in the univeristy that i am in. I was in the top 10% percent of my class and i applied for so many scholarships, but i do not know what happened. I asked for work study and was also denied. But again, i would love to do my intership in New York.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In the dorm that i am in, it is average, we all try to get along, and it is pleasant.
Security is visible, but not always............

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: High School Years are very important and being on a team, varisity team which ever spoort you decide to participate on is an honor, and all students should take pride on that, however- i was in a varisity team my freshmen year, and due to the coaches and their favorites i ended up not playing my Senior year which i really regret, that a coach could do that to a stdent, especially since i was loyal and had my spirits so high- but when they start playing favorites and the favorites cannot hold up their end of the bargain it can be very sad, to a player that loves the sport.


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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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