San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Mostly everyone don't care at all what they where mostly girls and guys where shorts with a simple shirt. Even from "goodwill" they don't care. Guys are usually blond and tall and girls as well.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Its ok during the day but during the night it feels unsafe since there is almost no cops to even guard you. Some spots of the campus are really dark.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is many organizations that involves people for the campus. But one thing I hate is that there is no 24hr library even in finals is not open all the week. Its very crowed in finals almost everything gets full even in the floor there is people. They place is not a good environment since its super hot outside and the library is not open a bunch of hours even the 24hr lab closes in the weekends. What a joke. That push me to rent my own apartment to study.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking permit for people that live in the dorms is about $500 it increased 50% in less than an year. The parking is a nightmare no parking even after you got that $500 parking tickets. There is parking in parking lots but for a few 2 hours its 8 dollars. Its just not a good experience so I ended up moving close enough so I can walk and forget about the parking. The only way you will find parking if you go at 5-6 a.m.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments are everywhere and the city is continuing to build more, finding a place to live is not a big issue and prices vary all over. Most are reasonably priced but of course there is a few outlandish one. Parking is pretty decent at all apartments, weekends become pretty busy so i would suggest if you want a specific parking spot then don't leave.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Every school has drugs and alcohol don't let anybody tell you different. Anywhere you go outside of campus with other students alcohol is usually involved but from what i encountered i was never pressured to drink or smoke. Most people prefer to drink off campus which is the best way to go if at all.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: I lived on campus my first year and so parking was not too much of an issue for me unless i chose to leave. Parking permits were $245 then which at the time seemed a little high but then again i didn't really know. Now parking permits are nearing $500 and i doubt i will even park on campus. If you live on campus the need for a car isn't essential for classes.

4 College Junior

Computers: All are in working condition and several labs have really good computers if you know where to look!!!

5 College Junior

Academics: I love my program! I am in the Agriculture degree, specifically Horticulture and it is wonderful!!! Great faculty and really cool opportunities.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The river is really nice to have and the town has great little stores.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a smaller city, with the major attractions being the University and the Outlet Malls, but there are lots of other, lesser-known opportunities for fun in the area. The San Marcus River offers a way to cool down, with swimming and tubing in the summer; local parks and hiking trails in the city offer a chance to escape the highway sounds; eating options are quite varied around the University area and city, ranging from Italian to sushi or Chinese, with several food trailer parks also. San Marcos is also easily accessible to larger cities, being only about a 25-30 minute drive to Austin and perhaps 35-40 minutes to San Antonio. I have not encountered any negative attitudes toward students in my general interactions with non-University places of business.

4 College Senior

Academics: I have really enjoyed the offerings in the Graduate Program for English Lit. The course offerings are varied, the professors extremely knowledgeable, and the class sizes small. The only reason I did not give an A+ rating is because summer course offerings are usually the same each year, with only a few extra (different) courses every summer.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a great deal of high quality apartments in the area, and being that Texas in general is known for cheaper real estate prices, apartment prices are reasonable. The university also runs a bus services that reaches most apartment communities within the area.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I rate the campus's security well. I've always felt safe within the university. There's also an school escort program that can take you anywhere on the campus at night. There are also many programs to encourage alcohol and sexual heatlh. However, in terms of personal safety, I feel many students take great chances with health in regards to alcohol and drugs. I do feel, however, that students are well aware and careful with sexual health.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a number of positives about Texas State facilities, such as its very expansive student rec center, and many of its academic program are great. My only complaint is that some of the academic building are becoming very outdated, but the school is working on this, including building a brand new performing arts center.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a good number of interesting people to talk to, but there's also a way too large (in my opinion) population of students who seem much more about the college party scene than anything academic.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of college-related activities to do not only in the campus town itself, San Marcos, but also in the nearby city of Austin, where the University of Texas is located. San Antonio, an even larger city, is located about 45 minutes in the other direction, and there's plenty to do there as well.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of diverse places to eat at when not eating on campus, for instance sushi to Mexican food and so much more. I like it.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is fine, Texas has crazy weather sometime but it doesn't interfere with our studies or campus life very much. The worse is when it rains a ton but besides that it's fine.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Texas State could probably do a little better, but I honestly haven't watched very many of the sport events. They are tons of fun though. Also our school has tons of school spirit so we are always supporting our athletes.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer availability and facilities are very good.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The Campus as well as its population is too big. No matter if you find parking or not, still is far from the class bildings.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I feel very confident that the major I am in is definitely going to help me in my future career. As of now, thankfully getting a job after graduating is promising. I just need to work hard and not get behind. All the teachers really care about making us into knowledgable speech pathologists and I think that is what makes this major at Texas State University great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: In the program I am in everyone is so competitive. The academics are awesome and make us really work for our grades! They have really showed me, early on, that reading is a big part of learning and studying.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I really admire that the program for my Major that I am in was relatively hard to get into. I was so nervous about the whole process and not getting in. Overall it really did prepare me for what was going to be in store within the Major.


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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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