San Marcos, TX
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$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 Sophomore

Campus Dining: the food gets old after freshmen year. would suggest the smallest meal plan after you're out of the dorms. not many healthy options. charge too much for certain things.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is beautiful. Some say that its perfect 300 days a year, which I would have to agree with. It is pretty hot in the summer but the river is cool so there's always a safe haven. We have long periods of 70-80 degree weather with a cool breeze. The sun is almost always shining.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been very happy with my education at Texas State. The departments are very stable and rigorous.

4 College Senior

Computers: Just got amazing new computers and printers in alkek, but sometimes the printers are down, causing you to never getting your work printed or be late to class. If you don't have a computer, it isn't a big deal. Alkek isn't the only place to use a computer or print. Most of the acdemic colleges have their own computer labs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is a very popular activity to take part in college. Texas State actually used to be considered the "party school", however I don't feel that it is any better or worse than most universities. As for drugs, mostly smoking occurs in the college life but most other drug scenes are not very popular at Texas State. It is easy to avoid the party scenarios where any drugs and alcohol will be present and still have a good time. The school has attempted to break down the alcohol consumption by getting the police force more involved. The parties are usually dispersed pretty quickly. However, there are many bars in town and students go frequently. As for peer pressure, I wouldn't say it's an issue with drugs and alcohol, most people will leave you alone if you don't want to drink.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My Nursing advisor is very in tune with the students and their progress in acheiving their major.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are usually crowded but besides that they are useful and have great internet connection.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Texas State University has grown to offer many different programs and has become a leading research university. The professors are very helpful and engage students in discussion in the learning process.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very expensive and there is so much construction going on around the area and it is very hard to find an acceptable place. The only useful resource would be the Tram.

College Junior

Nightlife: I live in Austin and do not join in the San Marcos night life. Although I have heard great things.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I absolutely love the campus and have no complaints about anything. I enjoy coming to school and all of my professors are very insightful. I would recommend this campus to everyone I know!

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors in this major are really helpful. They are also very, very experienced in this field. There is an organization for this specific major which is really helpful.

4 College Junior

Academics: I came to Texas State University because of the graduate program they have for Physical Therapy. I am banking on keeping my grades up to par with the requirements for application to the program. Being a second year bobcat coming from Collin County Community College I felt a great deal of change when it came to some of the more challenging courses I have taken to complete my undergraduate degree being Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Physical Therapy. Although the course have been challenging I enjoy how the instructors are always willing to help you get where you want to be if you have the courage to seek their help. This is why I give Texas State University an A- from the experiences I have lived through as a Bobcat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The student population increases semesterly which is causing an uprise in housing. It takes me 45 minutes to get home, but in a car maybe 15.

3 College Junior

Weather: Well it is Texas, the only way you will know what the weather is like is if you go outside and find out yourself. The campus buildings are pretty close together for the most part, so even if the weather is pretty bad, it is not that noticeable.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Texas state off campus housing seems like most other universities off campus housing, same complexes with the same names. Can't say I am particular of my place rather than another school's off campus housing, but I don't complain.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I have been to UTSA, and was not impressed by the girls there. Then I went to UT, and there was a lot more attractive girls, however a lot were involved in sororities, which I am not that big a fan of. So here I think it is a good mix of artsy and athletic people with open minds.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police is pretty prevalent, the station is right on campus and there are always people there. Also, after 6 they have students that are employed by security who you can call on campus and they drive you around on a golf cart which runs all night so you don't have to walk alone. While they do have security points around campus which you can press to call security, they're pretty scattered and I think they could use more. And while it's not really a big concern with me, I think it'd be pretty easy for non-students to get on campus, just because there's a diversity of age groups and you can't really tell.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: While there are many different kinds of people on campus whether it be sexuality or race, the school does promote diversity and acceptance but I do feel like a good majority of the students don't believe that. It's very well known a few of the frats refuse to rush (or even let in to their parties) African-Americans, and they make up a lot of students on campus. However, there are other student organizations for minorities or different interests, such as a few fraternities and sororities that are specific for Hispanics or African Americans and even Muslims. If you talk to people that aren't in fraternities or sororities, they are pretty accepting of everyone.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle buses are very convenient and cheap especially for how far they go. Also the trams that go around to the apartments are easy to get to your destinations as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: On campus dining at Texas State is only good for the first week, after that it gets old super fast! You'll also learn why "Jones" is the very last option to consider.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe getting out of a late class and walking alone .

4 College Junior

Transportation: I don't ride the buses but I hear they're convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: this town is amazing! all the local businesses are very school/student oriented and its a very charming and friendly place to live. the residents make you feel at home and are very supportive of the school and it's events.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: all the off-campus housing here is nice, and pretty affordable. most are on a bus route, so getting to school is easy and you can live with your friends. most complexes also have amazing amenities like a hot tub or free tanning bed use.


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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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