San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3277 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There seems to be a nice selection of mom and pop businesses, which I prefer to chain establishments.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: So far, I have no major complaints. I did recently receive a small scholarship that I didn't know I had applied for. However, I have no knowledge of where the financial aide office is, and have a pretty good idea that trying to get an appointment is going to be a challenge.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I am handicapped, and the shuttles don't drop off close enough to any of the buildings that I have classes in. I also live 55 miles away from Campus, and the only distance-transportation routes are being cancelled next year.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There's is definitely decent places to eat around campus but it does get boring after awhile. If you really want to eat healthy, you'd find your options limited around campus. There are four main dining areas throughout campus though.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is sandwiched between two major cities: San Antonio and Austin. So while it isn't a big city, you can easily find your way to more urban setting. There is also a beautiful river that goes through town and has a big draw for tubing, snorkeling, etc. Check out the food trailers, they're fairly inexpensive and delicious.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Texas State has a lot of different majors to choose from and you're most likely going to find something that interests you. As someone who is transferring and looking for schools with my major, I've realized Texas State has some of the best major opportunities compared to most schools.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I receive hardly any financial aid, and my family isn't by any means wealthy. They lose your forms a lot, so it becomes your responsibility. They don't really give scholarships, and I have a 4.0.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you want to be in Greek Life, Texas State is pretty dominated by it. However, if you don't, be prepared for them to be everywhere and think they're better than anyone who isn't.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't enough parking on campus and towing cars is a major problem. If you're living on campus, you'll find maybe a place to park but it will be far. If you're commuting, forget it. Get there an hour early.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: The people need to learn there surroundings in order to navigate the river and driving with the curves of the road.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: With the growing campus there are many new and improved apartments being built near the college. In very nice areas these apartments and housings are apart from the clutter are town but still walking distance.

4 College Student

Nightlife: There is something going on every weekend whether it be a Greek social or a party, even a study group it's never dull. The clubs, bars, and good food are always close by. A river is near where late night swims and BBQs' occur.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at Texas State are top notch. Our Library is huge and the perfect place to study. The student recreation center is a filled with many different exercise machines, basketball courts, and an indoor pool! The campus is one of the prettiest in the state.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a lot of school spirit at Texas State. Everyone usually comes to every football, basketball, and baseball game. There is also a huge involvement of Intramural Sports. So if you aren't on the school team you can just make one of your own!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I have classes online. I am 8 hours away from university. I go there twice a year and eat there when I am on campus.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't party so I wouldn't know. The square is pretty close by and so walking to get a sandwich is convenient.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Huge greek life, parties every weekend, greek is active with other activities on campus such as sports. Always on campus getting people involved.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Many students at Texas State dress casually and comfortably. There is a wide range of ethnicities. Many students frequent "The Square" which is just a few block from the university. You don't even need a car, you just walk to downtown San Marcos. The river is also a great place to be!
You can just float down the river with your friends and relax.

4 College Senior

Computers: Many students have their own computers. You probably need to get your own router to access the internet in some of the dorms. Probably a good idea to invest in a computer so you won't need to use the computer labs.

3 College Senior

Academics: I have been satisfied with the academics at Texas State. The professors have been anywhere from average to above average with their teaching methodology. I have had some problems with the registration process. Many classes are closed before I can register for them. They will not allow you to take the class even when it's your senior year. My last semester has been extremely stressful due to these circumstances.

4 College Senior

Academics: My Exercise and Sports science major with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy is challenging and provides me with many opportunities to learn what I need for grad school.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: This campus is a drug free campus that helps with the smoking situation on campus. There are a lot of bars around campus though that people can walk to so that drinking is prevalent. But the drug scene is not really big.

4 College Senior

Majors: My major is Exercise Sports Science with an emphasis on Physical Therapy. All the classes are very helpful in teaching you what you need to know in order to get into PT school or AT school. All the classes are very competitive and difficult. They help you become the best student and PT you can be and help you get ready for Grad school.

5 College Senior

Majors: I love being in the ESS with a emphasis on Pre- Physical Therapy. It is a tough major to go through here because there are a lot of people in it with all the same grades and all strive for the same goal. It is a very competitive major and all the classes help you when you apply for PT school or any other grad program that you choose to apply to. All the teachers and classes help you become the best student possible and to be around all the same minded people help you strive to become the best student you can be. The professors are all very helpful!

College Junior

Transportation: There are shuttle buses; car pool options; you can walk; ride your bike (i.e. bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, etc); public transit buses.


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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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