San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 2949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are accepting of who you are and who you are interested in.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options, it is hard to choose from.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is AWFUL, there are never enough spaces. Permits are wildly expensive and you get tickets at the drop of a hat.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: it is a good program, and most of my professors have a lot of experience in the course they are teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The business school is a solid school, and I enjoyed my experiences there.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: it was easy for me to get into the business program. I had good grades and was instantly accepted.

4 College Junior

Majors: This University has a great Mass Communications program, so my major has been enjoyable so far.

3 College Junior

Weather: Classes are never cancelled unless the roads are completely iced over to where the bus system can not run. Other than that, classes meet no matter what the weather.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: It is very involved on campus and a good majority of students are aware of it.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Everyone is always willing to help and the professors have been pretty qualified so far.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some are excellent, while others are too overpriced for it being a college town.

4 College Senior

Facilities: TXSTATE campus is beautiful! The student organizations such as Greek Life - Sigma Delta Lambda impact the entire campus and provide opportunity to learn.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: police on the scene. email alerts when danger is present.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: social scene is active, and school gets students involved.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its there but most dorms haven't been upgraded for some time

5 College Junior

Transportation: buses everywhere! very helpful when you are too pooped to drive

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at Texas State is horrible. There is simply not enough parking for everyone. Students can buy an expensive parking pass but it does not guarantee them a spot. And, parking services is very strict and give out tickets like candy. My advice would be to just take the tram. It is not worth a ticket or getting towed! And you will get in trouble, even if you park there for ten minutes. Don't try arguing with parking services either!

4 College Senior

Majors: For my undergrad, I majored in psychology and if I could do it all over again, I would! I strongly suggest the psychology program at Texas State. There are so many brilliant and diverse professors within this major that go above and beyond in their classes. In addition, there are so many interesting things I have learned throughout my courses which have helped me so much with my graduate classes. I did really well in all my undergraduate courses and graduated with a 3.8 GPA which led me to pursue my education in graduate school at Texas State University. When choosing a career, I definitely want to do something that helps people, such as counseling or becoming a psychologist.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: In my opinion, Texas State is really good about maintaining the safety of students and faculty. If there ever was a situation, such as a bomb threat or school shooting, the clocks in all classrooms discreetly notify the students and professors of these situations and the university goes into lockdown. In addition, all students are sent an alert text to the cell phones or an e-mail. All over campus, there are brightly lit emergency call boxes that students can reach if they are in danger. The student simply pushes the blue button and university police will show up in seconds.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation at Texas State is very convenient for many students. Our school has horrible parking so the majority of students living in San Marcos take trams from their apartments to campus. The students who commute typically park at the football stadium and take a tram to campus. The university also provides late night transportation for those who live on campus. If your dorm is on the other side of campus and it is ten at night, you can call the Bobcat Bobbies to pick you up and escort you safely home.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Throughout my four years at Texas State, I have always seen a great acceptance of diversity especially when walking through the quad. There are various organizations and groups fit for everyone. For example, Barack Obama has been to our school which brought the whole university together. In addition, there are three openly gay transgenders that attend school as well as my friend, Lizzy Velasquez, who has been diagnosed when an unknown aging disease but still manages to be a motivational speaker against bullying. Overall, in my opinion, I think Texas State welcomes diversity.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are very few options when choosing to dine out. The square, which is located downtown and near campus, has some hole in the wall restaurants that are popular. Some examples of these are Gumby's Pizza and The Tap Room. There is also a campus magazine that comes out each month that has coupons for dining out. Other than that, the chain restaurants throughout San Marcos are limited and sometimes pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are alot of organizations at this university. They make you get involved with the community which gives you an opportunity to interact. There are also opportunities to get you to work and get you an experience with getting a job.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am underage so i cannot go to clubs around my university. The good ones are off limits. I do hang out with friends where we are allowed though.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is huge and it is very convenient. As well as the student center, especially because it has a store and food court.


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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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