San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: A lot of labs are full and you have to wait for a computer to open up. They just recently created a printing quota of 2500 pages.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: It's the thing we do the best. Bars are completely full Thursday-Saturday.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: We're getting better, but there is still a long way to go. The athletic department needs to step up their game and get more students out to the football games. There IS school spirit in the sense that everything is maroon and gold, but it's not necessarily due to anything other than that's where all of your money is going. There also needs to be another rec center, that place is too small for 25k+ students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Weather: I wish one of the options for the Rating would be 'It's Texas'.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone knows about Texas State girls. The general fashion of the majority of coeds seems to be cookie-cutter, though.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Tobacco free university, so if you need a smoke just walk 100 yards and you'll be fine. I gained a lot of respect for Texas State cops because they told the tv show "Campus PD" to take a hike when approached with a potential TV contract, but San Marcos PD okayed the ride alongs. I've personally only had one negative experience with a Texas State officer, but I've heard some really bad things.

Can't speak for the academic aspect, but I've never really heard anyone talk about it so i'm assuming it's average.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Speaking as a non-Greek student, I view them as annoying. This is for the same reasons they would probably say I am annoying, though (social stigma). So my argument is flawed and silly to begin with. At any rate, Greek life here is very cliquish and they usually keep to themselves, and even mostly in their respective chapter. The upperclassmen Greek students are a lot more down to earth, and drop the whole 'Animal House' mentality for the most part. I live next to about three frat houses and only one of them has really ever given me any grief. The closest one even has me over occasionally and I walk with them to the square. Really nice guys.

I haven't noticed Greek life affecting social atmosphere ON campus whatsoever.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's no West Campus at UT dining options, but for the size of the town you can't beat it. You could eat after midnight every day of the week and still have a good number of dishes or spots you didn't even know existed. It's not the most diverse cuisine in the world but it's great, cheap, and very close to campus.

Tap Room is the best example of this.

College Senior

Majors: Ignorant to internships. My major doesn't call for one, and I work on top of being a full time students so there is little free time.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I say it's great because I transferred into Texas State from from another large university south of San Marcos. At that particular university, there was absolutely no student life or social scene. Everything around that campus was closed by midnight, even though it's in a major Texas city. San Marcos and Texas State are the complete opposite. All ages music venues, hookah lounges, and a host of different local restaurants that are within walking distance from campus, as well as being open past midnight, make Texas State extremely attractive to potential freshmen or transfer students.

I am not too knowledgeable in academic programs. Apologies.

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College Senior

Facilities: Transferring into Texas State my Junior year has made me ignorant to a lot of these programs, but a river literally flows through campus. Enough said.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Up until this semester (Fall 2013) I never heard about any serious crime in or around campus. Last semester I would have answered this as 'It's great' but some of the stuff happening close to campus is worrisome. University PD are stepping up off campus patrol because of this, though.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It takes me ten minutes to walk to class, I live alone, and my rent is under $600. Can be a bit cutthroat at times though.

College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't have any experiences with scholarships at Texas State.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's great when you take into account there is a host of bars and music venues not even a mile off campus. People who say that the atmosphere is bad truly haven't experienced all that you can in San Marcos.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are many computer labs across campus with wireless network everywhere.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: I was only interested in one major and it was easy to understand the process.

4 College Junior

Majors: Love most of my professors however some just give busy work.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I never really eat on campus to know the eating situation.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is no parking that is fairly close to camups and if it is the cost it outragdous!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is okay, but there aren't many things to do there other than take a trip to the river, but you can only really do that when it is swimming time. Other than that, the recreation center is great if you want to stay fit and there are many organizations to join campus but not many attractions near Texas State.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I hate the parking services at Texas State because it is all so expensive and the parking spaces are super far from your actual classes! Fines are super expensive too! It is all ridiculous just because it is so hard to even find a parking space open for you to park in.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: Political beliefs is something i'm not too sure of, but everything else is very acceptable here! That is one great thing of our campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know a lot of greek members are looked bad upon due to their actions, but that is about it.

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This would have to be one of the main reasons why I dislike my campus so much! Campus crime, safety services, personal safety and special security measures are so low, it gets scary walking around on your own at times.

3 people found this useful Report

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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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