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 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The parking on campus is average. Students will find a parking spot no matter what and it is reasonably priced for visitors on campus when they need to park somewhere.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have never witnessed someone doing drugs on campus, but I have heard there are students who find a secluded place, or sometimes even sneak some in their room and smoke it. I have heard students talk about places off campus to do drugs as well.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is awesome and convenient. There are not only your typical dorms but also a variety of campus apartments. The apartments are affordable and cheaper than the apartments in town. Campus apartments are a great choice for non-traditional students as well as upperclassmen.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: We have campus buses that provide continuous transportation around campus as well as around town. The buses will take you all over town, to non-campus housing as well as to the local outlet malls. It is very convenient and best of all it is FREE. The cost is included in your tuition.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I am an Anthropology Major focusing on Cultural aspects. The program as well as the instructors have exceeded my expectations. They are not only very skilled, but they are able to provided a variety of learning opportunities in so many different fields of study. They are top ranked professors who are published and known nationwide for their work.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I have attended several top universities in two different states, by far Texas State has been superior. There is an obvious focus on academics and student research as well as an overall excellent student college career and experience. The professors are top notch from various educational backgrounds with tons of experience in their field. Many of the professors are published authors and are well known nationwide in their prospective fields of study. The faculty and staff are very student oriented and are always willing to help you succeed the best way for you. There are programs for everyone with all types of interests.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is HORRIBLE! Its better to say that there is no parking. They have a great bus system though which is your best bet when going to class.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are pretty challenging. but are easy enough for you to pass

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are some pretty good restaurants in the San Marcos area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Texas State life could be better if it wasn't such a party school. Other than that the staff care about the students and the campus is beautiful. There are many green spaces, and a river that runs right through campus, it doesn't get much better than that.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a small town, but it's an environment that caters very well to a college student and their needs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The academic policies aren't prohibitive, but they aren't too loose either.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The clinic is excellent and provides great service, but there are a lot of safety risks I am notified of via email almost weekly happening around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Kinda overrated here for what the parties and activities on campus they should be providing.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We've got a great sports following when it comes to tail-gating. It's a huge deal to get ready for the games, but once the games start, most people leave or just stay at tailgate to socialize and hang out with friends and make more.

5 College Senior

Weather: San Marcos has a river going through the campus. It is constantly beautiful. 85 degrees and a slight breeze. Life can't get much better at Texas State.

4 College Senior

Computers: Other than the line in the library, there were computer labs in almost every building on campus. Unlimited printing is included in our tuition, so it was not an issue to print out larger amounts for the classes. They have scanners that you can e-mail to yourself or others and its very clear. The reason for the A- is because I have had times when the lines for printers are just filled, so you've got to be patient when others are printing larger jobs.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: As a freshman coming into a college, the dorms give you an amazing opportunity to meet other kids in the dorm. They have activities planned for residents multiple times a week and the lobby was a great place to meet people. Even without going to the dorm activities, eating in the lunch areas is very open and approaching strangers was no problem for me. I absolutely loved living on campus because I ended up meeting my future roommates off campus and made life long friends.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The parking is not bad. The cost of permits are a little pricy but, they do last for the year. There are usually spots always available, if you don't mind walking down a few stairs if the first floor is already filled.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is always excited about supporting our athletes. It's really fun to get involved and participate in the school pride.

5 College Junior

Academics: The school is very good at getting most of their teachers to supply what we need to be successful. Most teachers really want to help us be successful and are not hesitant in doing so. It is great to know that they care about our success as students and as potential working people.

5 College Junior

Academics: You are open to learn a lot of things to be successful in your field. The professors are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching and are broad in their understanding of how to apply what we are taught in a broader perspective as far as being successful in the working world.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are computer labs in almost every building of campus. The computers work very well and I never feel the need to carry my own laptop around because I know I will be able to have easy access to a computer wherever I am on campus.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are buses that take you everywhere! It is very convenient. I think they recently changed the routes because there are some places the buses no longer take you, but the bus system around campus is a very nice service TSU has.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: You get very tired of eating at the dining halls. There are even certain places on campus that I avoid because the food either is not good or I'm tired of eating the food. I also wish they had healthier food choices. No one likes Cartwells at our campus. I prefer to eat off campus.

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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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