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

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is alright at best. The construction sucks right now so traffic tends to be bad and there's a lot of dust and noise. Austin and San Antonio are both less than an hour away so it's not too bad.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus/shuttle is okay at this school. Would recommend viewing the bus schedule prior to scheduling classes. Also, you can bring your car, but parking can become very difficult to find, even with a residential parking sticker.

3 College Junior

Transportation: i hate the fact that they make students pay if you want to go to austin but other than that transportation in san marcos is not too expensive

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love my dorm i think its very convenient the only thing i would change would be having a roomate. i love my own space

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: They girls on campus are pretty similar for the most part, though there are a number of interesting ladies.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most places are pretty cool. Plenty of bars around town.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many races and religions at Texas State, but I would say that Mexican's are the majority.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of apartments around campus. Most of the apartments have bus's that take you to campus so that you don't have to drive. The only sucky thing is at Copper Beech they NEVER have visitor parking.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school has been great to me as far as scholarships and financial aid is concerned. There are opportunities for anyone to get help if they need it.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Though almost every computer in the school is a mac the labs are usually packed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am very happy with my experience, the course work for my major (pre med) is challenging and I am allowed to branch off into specialized fields that interest me. Every professor an office staff that I have worked with has been extremely friendly and helpful.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not too much alcohol abuse was seen at Texas State University.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The Trams are always packed, and they are getting rid of the Interurban trams next semester

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Rec is really nice, the library is awesome, wish there was more green space around campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good stuff in SM! Great local food, dont be lame and go to Chipotle, support local businesses!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not great. Almost not worth bringing a car unless you live far off campus. Pro tip: Get commuter pass and take the bus into campus!!!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have loved being in the Agriculture program! Great people involved!!!

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is a disaster! The parking police are similar to the Gestapo but dressed in a white, black and yellow uniform. I apologize if this comment may insult anyone or the institution but it is the only way I can describe my experience on this matter. The parking is awful if you have the chance to live on campus or buy a bicycle take it and avoid the parking lots at all costs.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Once all of the construction is finished the city of San Marcos TX will be beautiful. However the city's atmosphere is amazing! There are many activities for college students as well as families to do on the weekends. The area surrounding the campus is safe but every now and the you will see a report on the local news about college students doing something illegal. Also, I wish this next statement was not true but I heard there are many students who do and sell drugs on the campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Texas State Univeristy is very diverse. They make a huge deal about diversity, and they make every student feel welcome and a part of the school. There are various clubs for different religions, ethnicities, and gender.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great around Texas State. The cost is included in the tuition. The buses don't only take you to and from school but they also take students to the outlet mall and neighboring cities; Austin and San Antonio.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is one 24hr. computer lab on campus located in Derrick. I can usually find an open computer in the library. There should be wireless access every where except in the dorms.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: pretty good. There's lots of options close to the school with reasonable prices and a shuttle bus to the school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: people here are very nice its almost weird how polite they are. You wouldnt expect it to be as kind as it is.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: i always can find a ride whether its the trams, taxi, even the bobcat bobby.


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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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