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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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is mostly good but I would check the weather daily. It only rained like 5 times the whole semester.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: On campus drinking is very strict in dorms and just around. But over all the cops are understandable that it is college.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not overly strict, just don't get caught with alcohol in dorms or public intoxication

3 College Junior

Athletics: While the school offers a wide variety of athletics, the teams are not always the best. The first football game I ever went to I honestly questioned if they even knew how to play football, but the next time they dominated the other team. So sometimes the teams are great and sometimes they play poorly. But as long as you're with a good group of people you will always have fun

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty normal I would say. The campus is huge with a lot of hills so you do not really gain the freshman 15, and most people tend to lose weight or maintain themselves due to all the walking of hills and stairs. So the majority have really good bodies which is a plus for when you're out on the rive.

The easiest and most comfortable things to wear for girls are yoga pants/capris, or running shorts and a running shoes, and whatever as a top.

guys if your major is business typically, especially the farther in you get you have to start wearing a suit or something really nice due to class presentations and projects, but most guys just wear whatever, nothing really stands out. Frats sometimes have to wear certain clothing styles.

Always carry a reusable water bottle, it's easy to get dehydrated and the school has new fountains that are meant to be able to refill your water bottle. Plus it tells you how many water bottles you're saving from being in land fills.

Most people are fairly ecofriendly.

It's only a party school if you make it to a party school, yes almost any given night you can find a party to go to, but that's only if you're looking

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life gives the appearance that it is pretty big, but it is actually very small. However the Greek life is always out and promoting, passing out, selling or doing something in the quad.

Best part is they offer Co-ed Frats and National Sororities (unsure about National Frats). So no need to only rush Panhellinic same sex.

Over all, all sorority girls I have encountered have been very nice, not all of them are as stuck up as their reputation makes them out to be.

Some frat guys do live up to their reputations though.

College Junior

Nightlife: Unfortunately, my only nightlife experience at Texas State thus far has been a math lecture. I am an older student, so I don't really fit into the young, nightlife crowd.

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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.


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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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