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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5 College Junior

Transportation: buses everywhere! very helpful when you are too pooped to drive

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at Texas State is horrible. There is simply not enough parking for everyone. Students can buy an expensive parking pass but it does not guarantee them a spot. And, parking services is very strict and give out tickets like candy. My advice would be to just take the tram. It is not worth a ticket or getting towed! And you will get in trouble, even if you park there for ten minutes. Don't try arguing with parking services either!

4 College Senior

Majors: For my undergrad, I majored in psychology and if I could do it all over again, I would! I strongly suggest the psychology program at Texas State. There are so many brilliant and diverse professors within this major that go above and beyond in their classes. In addition, there are so many interesting things I have learned throughout my courses which have helped me so much with my graduate classes. I did really well in all my undergraduate courses and graduated with a 3.8 GPA which led me to pursue my education in graduate school at Texas State University. When choosing a career, I definitely want to do something that helps people, such as counseling or becoming a psychologist.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: In my opinion, Texas State is really good about maintaining the safety of students and faculty. If there ever was a situation, such as a bomb threat or school shooting, the clocks in all classrooms discreetly notify the students and professors of these situations and the university goes into lockdown. In addition, all students are sent an alert text to the cell phones or an e-mail. All over campus, there are brightly lit emergency call boxes that students can reach if they are in danger. The student simply pushes the blue button and university police will show up in seconds.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation at Texas State is very convenient for many students. Our school has horrible parking so the majority of students living in San Marcos take trams from their apartments to campus. The students who commute typically park at the football stadium and take a tram to campus. The university also provides late night transportation for those who live on campus. If your dorm is on the other side of campus and it is ten at night, you can call the Bobcat Bobbies to pick you up and escort you safely home.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Throughout my four years at Texas State, I have always seen a great acceptance of diversity especially when walking through the quad. There are various organizations and groups fit for everyone. For example, Barack Obama has been to our school which brought the whole university together. In addition, there are three openly gay transgenders that attend school as well as my friend, Lizzy Velasquez, who has been diagnosed when an unknown aging disease but still manages to be a motivational speaker against bullying. Overall, in my opinion, I think Texas State welcomes diversity.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are very few options when choosing to dine out. The square, which is located downtown and near campus, has some hole in the wall restaurants that are popular. Some examples of these are Gumby's Pizza and The Tap Room. There is also a campus magazine that comes out each month that has coupons for dining out. Other than that, the chain restaurants throughout San Marcos are limited and sometimes pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are alot of organizations at this university. They make you get involved with the community which gives you an opportunity to interact. There are also opportunities to get you to work and get you an experience with getting a job.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am underage so i cannot go to clubs around my university. The good ones are off limits. I do hang out with friends where we are allowed though.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is huge and it is very convenient. As well as the student center, especially because it has a store and food court.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The college transportation is pretty good. It can go pick up at apartments and take you to campus. The only thing wrong with it is the amount of people that get on. It can get crowded at times,

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: A lot of the food was delicious, but most were unhealthy for what I could get on a meal plan, which was cheaper than paying for each meal. Two dining halls were buffet style and offered a variety, but places like the Lair and Jones were not as healthy, mostly containing fast food. There wasn't a lot of dining options for dinner, if you didn't get food before seven then you only had the Lair and Jones. During finals is when students are up very late and the dining halls close earlier, so it makes it hard on the students who don't live on campus and have easy access to food when studying in the library.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The dining places around campus are mostly fast food restaurants like Jack in the Box, Taco Bell and Domino's. Though some of the local restaurants were really good like Grin's, the food trucks and some places took Bobcat Bucks, but the problem with Bobcat Bucks it seemed like no one understood how they were used or how to use them so most of the students would just pay with their own money. Grin's was a great place to get a lot of food for very little and so was Gumby's, local pizza place. A lot of these places were a nice walk from campus, but the same fast food places get tiresome.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most of the time buses are on time and get to where they need to go, but recently Texas State is cutting of transportation to Austin and San Antonio and raising prices on parking which is putting on more financial pressure on my family and I. The parking situation is already atrocious and the continuing constructruction is not helping. I have chosen to move back home to save money and commute, but they are more concerned about getting money than making sure students can get to class on time and making room for a growing amount of students.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish there were more options, because I was offered a scholarship to a private university, St. Edward's, that would make it equal to the cost of a public school, for Texas State I had to pay mostly with loans and I am a student who has been struggling with grades and I've just been feeling discouraged from trying to attain scholarships. I've back myself into a corner and it seems Texas State is giving me zip and it makes me want to not try harder and with a changed major it makes me want to move to possibly just community college for a while or go an art school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: San Marcus has a college life environment because of the students of Texas State!! There is SO much to do for all of the students and families! Color runs, and festivals held are the main attraction from all of those from Texas and even from out of the state!!! Shopping, sports, restaurants, and events are outstanding and no to mention Austin is 45 minutes away! As everything seems like heaven, it gets better.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: the entire campus is surrounded by little coffee shops, sandwich shops, pizza stops, and many other excellent foods!!! The cost isn't outrageous, but affordable! Verity is is for sure no disappointment there!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers at Texas State University are very nice, and very clean. However, the reach for computers is a bit hard, on the other hand, I have my own computer, which is very handy (I encourage everyone to invest in one) and the wi-fi is excellent, fast and very dependable! Printing is reach-able!

4 College Junior

Transportation: busses run throughout most of the city, but often do not run on schedule

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my school, I love being a bobcat! I made the deans list last semester and I am grateful to have the opportunity to go to Texas State. Go Bobcats!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: As an honest answer, because our school has an incredible amount of dedicated student, it is somewhat difficult to find an open parking spot.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are several different ethnic groups at Texas State, for example: ASO, CSO, ISO, BSA, and many more. At Texas State, we take pride in our diversity, because everyone is different it brings us closer together as one big family.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Texas State University is big on diversity. I love being a bobcat because EVERYONE is accepting. We have tremendous school pride which makes me love my school even more. Go Bobcats!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I really am grateful for the nice and durable qualities of the computers Texas State accommodates for us students. It really makes it easier for the students like myself that could not afford my own person laptop.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is easy to get, if you're not Caucasian and not from a decent income bracket. Scholarships are difficult to get so you really have to stand out to get any scholarship money: but anything worth doing isn't easy!


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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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