San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 2949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Academic honesty is taken very seriously at Texas State. Most of my tests require that I write and sign an academic honesty policy, and the consequences of braking that policy include getting kicked out of that class or the university all together.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The easiest way to party is to be a part of Greek life. However the square is popular as the place to drink, and many people go to sixth street in Austin. On campus there are golfcarts that will pick you up at night, and the small size of San Marcos makes for less traveling when drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Texas state is a tobacco free campus, drinking has been banned on the river, and while the cheif of police did make a point that they don't expect students to be responsible as long as they are respectful, cops are everywhere and they actually enforce the law. As for accessibility, I'm not sure if I could find drugs if my life depended on it! They are not a significant part of campus life for a majority of students.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received my aid on time, but did not receive the full aid. I try to get all the aid i was supposed to get, but I never received it.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: the diversity of our campus' night life is to the extreme. 21 and up has plenty of different bars from vodka street to zelicks. underage has clubs and a lot of house parties, ranging from movie nights to frats to pool parites

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Grins is one of our diamonds in the rough. excellent food, easy to get to, prices vary, and the atmosphere is very laid back

3 College Senior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT summers...fall is very hard as well. Snowed the first year here but that was it. Second summer here was HOT...about 100 degrees for 100+ days straight. Cold winters...not snow but freezing/sleet. Buy scarves and bundle up.

3 College Senior

Majors: I am currently a biology major and it is a relatively hard and does take a lot of work. Most of the professors are very good at what they do with a knowledge of what they teach. Many are approachable but some are not. There is no "easy" ride in any of the classes. You earn what your energy allows you to receive...none of the grades are given to any student. It is hard but with determination it can be very rewarding.

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4 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting into Biology is not hard at all. There is not any types of special requirements in comparison to other public universities.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everybody for the most part is very down to earth and easy to talk to. Upperclassmen are happy to help incoming freshmen find their way around without bullying or making them feel stupid.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Alot of the fraternities are only good for throwing parties. There are some good ones that involve certain majors or high gpa's but I don't believe those are "greek life".

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Plenty of attractions in san marcos, outlet mall, campus rec, independent rec centers, plenty to eat, plus its only 20 minutes from austin and 40 from san antonio!

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They are pretty strict on attendance specifically in your upper level classes but i believe that is to be expected at any college.

3 College Senior

Weather: It is humid and hot but during fall it is pretty nice cool weather.

College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not involved with Greek Life at Texas State University.

3 College Senior

Computers: There are a large quantity of computers but the printers are broken majority of the time.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports here at Texas State are great. The student section has so many chants and team spirit which makes it so much fun. Our football stadium was recently remodeled and it is now huge and can hold so many more fans.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is great for a student looking to unwind on the weekends down at the square where there are several bars to choose from. Other activities that are fun are going to outlet mall for some shopping or floating the river during the spring and summer.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The school bus system is pretty efficient by covering most of the city at a reasonable time. When it comes to late at night though they slow service significantly. Other than the schools transportation there is a lack in public service transportation.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a large diversity here and Texas State University there is a part of the college that is specifically for international students. I have only heard of one racist remark from a white person about blacks but this school accepts different backgrounds and ethnicities.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During the Summer months it is hot, this fall it has not really begun to get cold yet, it gets cold in the mornings and then back in the 80s in the afternoon.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I love the University Gym, it is so convenient and close to campus. Also the athletic events are pretty well organized.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: kind of annoying with having to make sure they received what they needed.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms are outdtated and not kept well. Many of them have been shut down, because their useful life has ran out.

3 College Junior

Academics: I believe acadmenics is extremely easy at Texas State University; perhaps too easy. To Texas State Students, we have a lot of school work; however, compared to other schools in Texas, our work load and class curriculums do not provide a rich education that allows students to be successful in their majored subjects. I know that there are students who say they had a bad GPA, but transfer to Texas State and are able to boost it back up real quick, because our school is so easy. A lot of teachers give out extra credit, or slack back in assignments, just so students can receive a grade. Students basically don't learn, we are only concerned about receiving grades. Grades don't make people competent in their profession, an education does.

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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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