San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 2951 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: In my experience so far, my classes have been semi challenging. However, I don't spend much time out of class studying. I am only a sophomore, so this may change into years to come.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very helpful and friendly. They are invested to helping students succeed. The workload is very doable. There are always tutors available in the SLAC lab, located on the 4th floor in the library.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation is good in areas around campus, mainly just the campus loop. They run constantly betweem 7am and 5pm, then tend to slow until 8 when they stop running. But if it's late and you need transportation there's a number you can call for a service called BobcatBobbies.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The school is on the river so students are always tubing and hanging out anf swimming. The square is also a great place to hang out and there are a lot of great bars to party at!

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4 College Senior

Parking: The parking can be a pain in the butt, but if you live on campus you will always have a spot. If you get a commuter pass then you may have some trouble, but if you plan and leave 15 mins early to find parking you wont have a problem!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a bus shuttle around campus that comes every 30 minutes, however there are so many students that are always trying to get onto the bus you don't always end up with a seat and usually have to wait longer for the next one.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many of the guys on campus are in fraternitys, some of them are still immature but I like there style of dress. They are always wanting to party or do other activities. Most of the girls are in sororities, they are skinny and pretty for the most part and are usually down to participate in many activities.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In San Marcos, there isn't much to do. There is a bar, and a coffee shop and a lot of restaurants which is nice if you are a local and can drive there, or eat meat. There is no vegan food on campus (aside from freshens, and rice chips) and there are many fast food options. It seems like a pretty boring town, with lots of hard core partiers. As far as the school itself, the atmosphere is nice. People seem relaxed and no one is rude to anyone (at least visibly) it is a very live and let live type of environment there, which is nice.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Having attended UT Austin, I can say that I like the looks of the students at Texas State much better. While at UT Austin, I felt like there really were not many minorities enrolled, but at Texas State there are many, it is a very diverse college in comparison, there are also older students there as well. They even have a non traditional students organization on campus to be enrolled in if you so choose.

2 College Junior

Academics: I am in the College of Applied Arts and Sciences. So far my experience with this program has not been a good one, the people in the college are rude and unhelpful, and even make fun of you for being confused. No one there takes what you are trying to do seriously, unfortunately. I have had better experiences outside of this program, but I have only dealt with two people in this program so far, so the rest might be better. I really hope it will be, or else I may have made a big mistake.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Here is what I know. The school gives alerts about safety issues to your email, which if you can access that on your phone you should be good, if you can't then it won't really help you. It is fairly empty at night, which I don't really like, and isn't that well lit. I am a commuter and taking the shuttle home at night was a little scary, but luckily the LBJ building was open so I could wait inside. I have visited their health center once, and found the experience to be quite pleasant under the circumstances. It is a very large building and the staff is very professional.

3 College Junior

Academics: I came to Texas State University because I was transferring from a vocational program in Photographic Technology at Austin Community College and wanted all of my credits I had earned to count for something, and they did here, in their Applied Arts and Sciences program. I would say so far I have had one excellent professor and one very poor professor, so to average the two out I would have to give the school a B rating. I have only taken two classes so far, and do not feel like I can accurately say, however.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, Texas State is a great school. The professors do care about you and how you do in their class (that is, IF you attend class) and the people are super nice. Career services is super helpful even after you graduate and the organizations on campus provide a place of comfort for all types of people with all sorts of interests. The only crappy part was the parking...but I think that's an issue with a lot of schools.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a marketing major at Texas State it great. The business school is in the top 5 percentile in the nation and will definitely make you work hard for your degree but it is totally worth it. The professors are really cool, always available and willing to help you out if you need it.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Fill out all paperwork completely and as soon as it can be completed. Take note of any special circumstances that may change your need after paperwork is completed - you may be eligible for funds not awarded.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lot of positive spirit and just a all around great college town.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Texas State University is not really big.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are people of every race, color and creed at Texas State University.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Texas state has a huge recreational center with 2 floors. They have opportunities to join intermural teams for all sports and places to play in and outside the rec. there are many Restaurants around campus and on campus that are not too expensive. Perfect for college students. Texas state has so many opportunities to socialize.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Texas State has many opportunities for students at texas state. There are academic opportunities such as honors societies, SLAC, a giant library, and professors who are always open to helping. Texas state has many sororities and frats open for students Greek or service oriented. There are many clubs to join also such as the quitich club, hide and seek club, capture the flag club, anything. There are many spiritual opportunities also such as sororities, meetings, and more.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses run good, but many times the busses are completely pack and you can't get on. But other than that they are great. Run often and hold many people.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I love the bus shuttles at my school. However, the only bad thing I can think of is there isn't one located at the apartments I'm living in. Sometimes during certain times of the day, there should be more buses running because they tend to be filled up really quickly. One good thing about the buses is that they're always running and makes it easier to get to campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never really felt unsafe on campus, even late at night. I usually notice school campus police patrolling certain areas of the campus and that makes me feel safe. I also like how there are escort services so you don't have to walk back to your car or dorm alone.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather isn't so bad. The only thing I don't like about going to class or getting around campus is when it's raining.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: not the best but the school is pretty involved with athletics and team spirit. i learned to love texas state!


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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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