Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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!

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are always available for students at reasonable times. Around the time of finals and midterms, it is harder to find a computer available, but a majority of the students have their own laptops so there is hardly a shortage of computers. And with a great school wifi, it easy to do your work without having to worry about being limited to a certain time on any computer.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Texas State has something for everyone! If you don't see a club you like but want to start your own, you have the opportunity to. There are very diverse groups and organizations here at my school that every student can become a part of. I love that there is something for every student to be involved in without the hassle.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Texas State does a good job making students feel at home and welcome. They go to great lengths to accept each student with open arms.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Varsity teams at Texas State could be supported more by the student body. The school spirit is present but not at the level that other university have. The teams do their job as the recruitment gathers the best player the school budget ca aquire.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a small town with the huge city of the university in the middle of it. Plenty of stuff to do just like any other place. Has Music and Movies in the park during the summer. There is always events happening on campus if you just look for them. The river runs right through the middle of campus with plenty of areas to find your own spot you like. It has the outlet malls on the south side of town so there is plenty of shopping. The square downtown provides for good food during the day and a nightlife in the evenings. The outdoor center at the university provides ample opportunity to go on trips if you love the outdoors. Rent a paddle board!

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am in the Nursing program. It is located in Round Rock and not in San Marcos so it is very small school. I love the tight-knit network. The teachers are AMAZING, tough, and do anything to help you succeed. The pass rate of the NCLEX is decent...somewhere around 95%. Way different environment than Texas State University in San Marcos and workload is doubled.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: San Marcos has a good mix of chain restaurants and local ones. Some good local ones to check out are Gils Broiler - it has excellent burgers and is famous for their manske rolls. Another one is Alvin Ords - known for their excellent sandwiches. There are also local food carts and new places popping up all the time.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Well they just changed the bus routes. Now it's longer and inconvenient. Some apartments are the last stop, and by that time the buses are full. I feel like they need to have more buses, especially for those times where many students have classes. The last bus leaves at 11 pm and is only outbound only.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: well it's tobacco free campus, but some people don't follow that rule. There needs to be more parking spaces, and the parking permits are ridiculously too high! They give parking tickets to people who do not have permits, but what is that person supposed to do when there are not enough available parking spaces?

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the McCoy College of Business and I'm extremely satisfied with everything about this program. I'm a Management major, so it's really nice to have professors that held high positions in the corporate world (CFO's, attorneys for corporations, etc.). It's a relatively high work load, but you learn a lot. The curriculum is very engaging and pushes you to learn. Job opportunities from McCoy are really good as well. Most graduates get a job.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into my Business Management major was pretty easy. I just had to select my interest in the major on my application. However, the school is insanely selective (which is a good thing). The most important criteria is having a higher GPA and enough credit hours (30+) upon application. I'd recommend having a GPA of 3.75 or higher and making sure you have plenty of math background.

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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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