Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
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

Academics: I have loved all my teachers. they are all very smart, caring people who don't just care about a letter grade, but how you are learning and who you are as a person.

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: I rather walk to school, because the buses do the best job they can, but that doesn't mean its a good job. the parking lots are never empty. hardly anywhere to park and even if you buy a pass they are way over priced and the price increases every year and don't even guaranty you a spot.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There is great nightlife but it is mostly accessible to those 21 and up. The square in downtown san marcos is a great place to party and meet up new people. There are lots of bars and hangout spots.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Commuter student parking at this campus is truly a nightmare. It takes you about 30 minutes waiting time in order to get a good spot close to the side of campus that your class is located at. It is a miracle if you can get a spot and make it to class on time.

3 College Junior

Weather: It is extremely hot around campus during the summer and fall semesters. Temperatures typically reach the 100 mark. Tx state is a huge campus so it typically takes around 15-20 minutes walking time from class to class. There is also not a lot of campus transportation to get you by.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have felt pretty much safe walking around campus most days of the week. I have not been a victim of theft and I feel like the on campus police is always there and they are easily accessed.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A large majority of students smoke pot. MDMA has grown in popularity in the last year and it's really taking a toll on the sophomore class numbers. There aren't any programs in place to stop students from getting into drugs or seeking help on how to stop.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The closest places are fast food, unhealthy options. The square in town has so OK places, but they don't offer student discounts since that's the majority of their customers.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is terrible. It's full of salt, preservatives and by-product nonsense. Chartwells is our catering service that provides us with food and it's really just no good. Make your own PB&J's in your room and save the money on the expensive meal card. Waiting to get an apartment is well worth the wait.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Students who are out late at night are not monitored at all. They can access a lot of buildings and do whatever they please. There really needs to be more people walking around and monitoring the campus late at night to prevent the vandalism and sexual assaults that often happen.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am not eligible for financial aid. The middle class gets the short end of the stick

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You have a variety of dining halls that are located in different parts of campus. Yes, I'll admit after a while one gets tired of eating dining hall food, but who doesn't? There are 2 buffet style dining halls and the other 3 dining halls provide different styles of food (Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, etc).

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Practically everything is walking distance. The buses are great! They can take you to the outlets, some apartments, around campus, the stadium. There's always different ways to get from one place to another.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think it is kind of hard because I need financial aid but don't receive very much.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our school is a new team to division one sports. We are not the best but definitely going up from the recruits this year. My school also has a ton of school spirt and living in texas football is everything.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is mostly good but I would check the weather daily. It only rained like 5 times the whole semester.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: On campus drinking is very strict in dorms and just around. But over all the cops are understandable that it is college.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not overly strict, just don't get caught with alcohol in dorms or public intoxication

3 College Junior

Athletics: While the school offers a wide variety of athletics, the teams are not always the best. The first football game I ever went to I honestly questioned if they even knew how to play football, but the next time they dominated the other team. So sometimes the teams are great and sometimes they play poorly. But as long as you're with a good group of people you will always have fun

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty normal I would say. The campus is huge with a lot of hills so you do not really gain the freshman 15, and most people tend to lose weight or maintain themselves due to all the walking of hills and stairs. So the majority have really good bodies which is a plus for when you're out on the rive.

The easiest and most comfortable things to wear for girls are yoga pants/capris, or running shorts and a running shoes, and whatever as a top.

guys if your major is business typically, especially the farther in you get you have to start wearing a suit or something really nice due to class presentations and projects, but most guys just wear whatever, nothing really stands out. Frats sometimes have to wear certain clothing styles.

Always carry a reusable water bottle, it's easy to get dehydrated and the school has new fountains that are meant to be able to refill your water bottle. Plus it tells you how many water bottles you're saving from being in land fills.

Most people are fairly ecofriendly.

It's only a party school if you make it to a party school, yes almost any given night you can find a party to go to, but that's only if you're looking

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life gives the appearance that it is pretty big, but it is actually very small. However the Greek life is always out and promoting, passing out, selling or doing something in the quad.

Best part is they offer Co-ed Frats and National Sororities (unsure about National Frats). So no need to only rush Panhellinic same sex.

Over all, all sorority girls I have encountered have been very nice, not all of them are as stuck up as their reputation makes them out to be.

Some frat guys do live up to their reputations though.

College Junior

Nightlife: Unfortunately, my only nightlife experience at Texas State thus far has been a math lecture. I am an older student, so I don't really fit into the young, nightlife crowd.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There seems to be a nice selection of mom and pop businesses, which I prefer to chain establishments.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: So far, I have no major complaints. I did recently receive a small scholarship that I didn't know I had applied for. However, I have no knowledge of where the financial aide office is, and have a pretty good idea that trying to get an appointment is going to be a challenge.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I am handicapped, and the shuttles don't drop off close enough to any of the buildings that I have classes in. I also live 55 miles away from Campus, and the only distance-transportation routes are being cancelled next year.

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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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