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 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.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is a very popular activity to take part in college. Texas State actually used to be considered the "party school", however I don't feel that it is any better or worse than most universities. As for drugs, mostly smoking occurs in the college life but most other drug scenes are not very popular at Texas State. It is easy to avoid the party scenarios where any drugs and alcohol will be present and still have a good time. The school has attempted to break down the alcohol consumption by getting the police force more involved. The parties are usually dispersed pretty quickly. However, there are many bars in town and students go frequently. As for peer pressure, I wouldn't say it's an issue with drugs and alcohol, most people will leave you alone if you don't want to drink.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My Nursing advisor is very in tune with the students and their progress in acheiving their major.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are usually crowded but besides that they are useful and have great internet connection.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Texas State University has grown to offer many different programs and has become a leading research university. The professors are very helpful and engage students in discussion in the learning process.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very expensive and there is so much construction going on around the area and it is very hard to find an acceptable place. The only useful resource would be the Tram.

College Junior

Nightlife: I live in Austin and do not join in the San Marcos night life. Although I have heard great things.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I absolutely love the campus and have no complaints about anything. I enjoy coming to school and all of my professors are very insightful. I would recommend this campus to everyone I know!

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors in this major are really helpful. They are also very, very experienced in this field. There is an organization for this specific major which is really helpful.

4 College Junior

Academics: I came to Texas State University because of the graduate program they have for Physical Therapy. I am banking on keeping my grades up to par with the requirements for application to the program. Being a second year bobcat coming from Collin County Community College I felt a great deal of change when it came to some of the more challenging courses I have taken to complete my undergraduate degree being Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Physical Therapy. Although the course have been challenging I enjoy how the instructors are always willing to help you get where you want to be if you have the courage to seek their help. This is why I give Texas State University an A- from the experiences I have lived through as a Bobcat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The student population increases semesterly which is causing an uprise in housing. It takes me 45 minutes to get home, but in a car maybe 15.

3 College Junior

Weather: Well it is Texas, the only way you will know what the weather is like is if you go outside and find out yourself. The campus buildings are pretty close together for the most part, so even if the weather is pretty bad, it is not that noticeable.


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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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