San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Facilities: It would be great if you didn't have to pay for parking for amenities such as the rec parking. We pay enough in tuition and fees to be able to park at our own gym after a certain hour.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I chose this university because of its size- not too big and not too small- for I wanted to be able to connect with faculty if I needed to. Luckily, that is what I have found. Most classes have smaller sizes, such as Honors classes which have 17 or less students per class, but even in the large lecutres of 200- 300 students, the faculty make themselves very accessible and offer a good amount of office hours and invite students to come by very often. All of the programs here have distinguished faculty, and the curriculum for the classes I have taken have been diverse and interesting.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The "Drug Scene": well, there isn't much to say when there is a Hooka Bar down the street from main campus, but overall, the school does have some good policies. There are emails and other such notifications of drug and alcohol abuse counseling, and it is often repeated that there is no tolerance of drugs or alcohol in dorms or on campus; however, smokers abound in plain sight (cigarrettes), and I have never seen anyone reprimanded.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the College of Liberal Arts as an English major, and I have found this department has a great faculty, interesting and diverse curriculum and programs, and that there is a good community base that offers plenty of opportunities for networking and information. The professors that I have had have are well respected in their fields, and it shows in the quality and diversity of their curriculum. The workload is a little light for my liking, but it does help for those of us who have to work and take a lot of classes. I do love that we are asked to use many different types of texts in our work; we don't just read a novel, we use philosophical texts to explain theories, political texts, social media, and other such fields in our work, which I think works wonderfully to keep liberal arts students very well rounded.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It is far more likely than not that the person you are talking to is an avid drinker, pot smoker or any other drug. It is a problem the University tries to mask but it is a very real problem here at Texas State.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good for the most part. There aren't a huge range of options however what they do have is good. The biggest downfall of the meal plans is the price. They are far too expensive.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. However, I am very careful. I never go out at night unless I have people with me.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus yet. I know that there are many apartment complexes to live in.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San marcos is a great sized town, big but not too big. The river and the outlet malls are great places to spend free time. The square is a cool place to eat and shop. Lots of things to do. Perfect distance to Austin and to San Antonio.

4 College Junior

Computers: Their availability is stellar and there are hardly ever any problems

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: We have started a drug free campus recenlty all is well and some people follow the no smoking rule but there are still people that get away with smoking

5 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting into the sociology program was very easy. I was an accounting major and decided to change to a sociology major at the beginning of my junior year. I just went to an adviser and discussed what classes I would need and she helped me get a better idea of what the major entails.

5 College Senior

Majors: My major is Sociology and I love most of my professors! The class discussions are very interesting and the topics are something I can relate to. The workload sometimes involves a lot of readings but that is where I have learned how to manage my time better. Also, they recently added a sociology study abroad program so that is awesome! I will be taking advantage of that and will be vising London this summer!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Be prepared to walk , because most classes have distance between them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not all the dorms are great but if you sign up early you can live in a pretty nice dorm. There are a pretty good amount of suite style dorms and I've heard our dorms are bigger than some other schools. The campus is beautiful, you get to see lots of nature, animals (deer and squirrels are abundant), the river. There are lots of things to do in the square, a social spot for younger college adults. There is a group for everyone and most people are friendly, especially the staff and people who are from/live here. Cost is not ridiculous for the college experience you get. But beware of Texas State hills, it's hard at first but your calves and thighs get used to it. STAIRS EVERYWHERE.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It doesn't really. Unless we were to get a rain storm then San Marcos would flood easily. Other than that Texas State is usually warm and sunny.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a nice small safe town where you can feel safe walking alone at night even as a girl. If not we have bobcat bobbies that will drive you to your destination. We have a convenient health center on campus, the prices are also reasonable and affordable, they also offer cheaper deals on things like condoms. Our school is really safe.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Pot and Adderall are the drugs of choice at Txst. We drink more than we use, but if you're not into any of that there's plenty of other things to do. Cops are a little split, some go really hard core for everything and others will actually drive you home from parties.

1 College Senior

Transportation: It used to be really good, but with all the new campus and city construction it's faster to walk. Walking isn't bad since it's not super far to anywhere, it's the hills and stairs that make you tired.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Texas State is a big party school, lots of people get really attractive for class so they can make contacts to party. We do a lot of activities in swimwear too, so hot bods are aaaalll over the place. As far as attitudes go, we've got lots of bitches and douches but you do come across genuinely awesome people once in a while. Wherever you go you just need to find a scene that fits you, and Txst has pretty much every scene you could possibly want to hit up. Geeks to Preps we have it all.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: if you're 21 the square is awesome, no cover charges, lots of options, and a 5 min. walk from campus. everyone in san marcos is always partying, from pool parties to apartment parties to fraternity parties. if you wanna party TState is perfect

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: the food gets old after freshmen year. would suggest the smallest meal plan after you're out of the dorms. not many healthy options. charge too much for certain things.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather here is beautiful. Some say that its perfect 300 days a year, which I would have to agree with. It is pretty hot in the summer but the river is cool so there's always a safe haven. We have long periods of 70-80 degree weather with a cool breeze. The sun is almost always shining.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been very happy with my education at Texas State. The departments are very stable and rigorous.

4 College Senior

Computers: Just got amazing new computers and printers in alkek, but sometimes the printers are down, causing you to never getting your work printed or be late to class. If you don't have a computer, it isn't a big deal. Alkek isn't the only place to use a computer or print. Most of the acdemic colleges have their own computer labs.


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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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