Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on the Texas State campus when walking in a group of people. I try to avoid walking alone at night because I have heard of numerous thefts that occur. Bobcat Bobbies is a helpful organization that will pick you up and drive you to another location if you feel uncomfortable with walking alone. The only problem with them is the inconsistency and availability of hours.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football games are enjoyable to attend but there is about more than half the school ( I feel) that really could care less about attending them. There is I see the most school spirit during football season and for intramural games. The Rec center is very nice and accommodates all the athletes.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Nightlife: The bars and clubs in town are 21+. Getting in with a fake id isn't likely. They are pretty strict on that. But if you aren't 21 there are parties everywhere. If you live in off campus apartments you can basically just walk around and find one. Also party buses go to downtown Austin every weekend which are so fun!

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: I always make sure I apply for my financial aid on time. I've never had any problems as far as missing documents or not getting my aid on time. My advice is to go to the financial aid office if you have problems. Doing things over the phone won't be very effective.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is the most visible activity of people around campus. Parties are a big weekend activity that most students participate in. I don't see a lot of drugs going around but it really just depends on who you hang out with. I don't see peer pressure as a big problem. Students are pretty accepting and not judgmental.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Facilities: I love being on campus. I love the library. It's so huge and has so many comfortable places to sleep and study. There are so many spots around campus to hang out or just relax.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: My school's career services is amazing. We have job fairs and work shops on resume help, marketing yourself, interview help, and help finding employment.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation & school shuttles really take care of the students here at Texas State! They almost ensure that most off-campus students will have easy access to the campus & will ultimately want to attend class.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Weather: When its hot outside, the campus will let you feel it because of its stairs & other obstacles but I blame Texas for the unbearable!

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never, personally, ever felt threatened by any students or faculty at Texas State. It's such a great environment & filled with amazing people! Would recommend the campus to anyone around!

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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits are double the amount of spaces available so finding a parking spot is almost impossible & not to mention how expensive the parking permits are.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. There are many trees and shady areas, and aesthetically speaking, the campus is gorgeous. The only downside to the landscape is the abundance of hills and the many flights of stairs.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many facilities at Texas State with freshmen in mind. There is an entire building (PACE) dedicated to the well-being of the freshmen on campus. Texas State does an excellent job of taking care of it's students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many dining options in San Marcos, and they are generally cheap places. I have yet to go to a restaurant that has been less than satisfying. There are also many fast food options for a quick and cheap fix.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Whereas there is a mix of diversity, many miniorities are still very ostracized, due to the fact that most of the student population came from small Texas towns where diversity is certainly not a large value. Ultimately, there is not going to be many social opportunities available for you to meet people of different cultures and lifestyles. That is my biggest issue with Texas State.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There's a few labs, mostly in the library but not enough for everyone to use on busy days.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Texas State is definitely a party school. Always something going on at one of the Frat Houses or something.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Right now I'm just doing my basics, but it amazing how much one on one time you get with your teacher. There are over 30,000 students and I have 4 classes with 30 or less students. It's great how small the classes are and how much can be accomplished. Also it's so much easier to build a relationship with professors. I mean, I've been attending Texas state for about 2 months now and all of my professors know me by my name.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: There aren't nearly enough computers. There are always long waits, especially to print things out. Sometimes you wait 30 minutes in line and finally sit at a computer and it won't hook up to the Internet or it won't connect to the printer or something like that.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I gave Texas State an A instead of an A+ simply because they aren't as big as other universities so the teams we play aren't really that well known. Of course it's competitive and fun to watch and support your school, but it's not like the entire school shows up to every football or soccer game. we hear about the sporting events all over campus and they games are free to students which is a definite plus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing at Texas state is pretty good. I stay in San Jacinto dorms which are the suite rooms, but there are sometimes difficulties. For example, last week I guess somehow the trash room got locked so everyone just piled their trash in front of the door and it was so gross, but I mean if that's the worst news about staying in the dorms then I guess it's pretty good.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for scholarships at Texas state so I honestly don't know too much about them.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos TX is a very safe community. It is peaceful, quiet, people are very polite, the whole town is centered around the river. Tubing in the river is by far the best activity. Students are always hanging out at the river at different locations of it and some travel to Austin, which is the music capital of the world. San Marcos is a very safe place, consisting mostly of good and friendly people. There are alot of events around town always, as well as the Premium Outlet Mall shopping centers. San Marcos has all the amenities of a big city but the simplicity and peacefulness of a small town.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a huge part of Texas State University. Football especially is huge with tailgating every home game, to girls dressing up specifically with dresses and boots to the games, and mostly everybody is there. Same goes for basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and intramural sports.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: My school is huge on school spirit! We go all out for the sports teams and celebrate a win. Even if we lose, we still celebrate a great game played!

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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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