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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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Eating on campus is great and easy. You only pay once at the beginning of the year and then you are set depending on what kind of plan you get.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I feel like it is almost impossible to get a scholarship at my school. You can apply over and over again for the same scholarship and still not have any success. That is why I turned to outside scholarships.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are only 3 super nice dorm choices in my opinion. But they are all pretty decent once you get used to them. The best part about living on campus is the fact that you have access to EVERYTHING. And plus by living on campus you meet more people that way.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: During my senior year as an undergrad I participated in 2 internships. One was for Hays County Victim Services and the other was for Hays County Juvenile Probation. Both internships did not pay. The time committment to internships depends on whether you intern during the summer or during a regular semester. If you intern during the summer, you are pressed for time and have to spend alot of hours during the week to finish it within the time frame you are given. If you intern during the semester you are allowed a longer period of time to get your internship hours in, at least this was the case in the Criminal Justice department.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It is amazing to be apart of the Criminal Justice Master's Program and the Forensic Psychology program. We have the most amazing and supportive professor's that are truly passionate about what they teach and their students. I can always count on learning such important valuable information with every class that I attend. The Criminal Justice Department is a very close knit community, one in which all the students are famliar with eachother and the professor's know most of their students by name.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Due to the extreme weather conditions of Texas itself, on months of January and those related to the Spring or Winter Seasons, it is relatively hot. However, a majority of the days are sunny and very breezy.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is easy to get around and you does not take an act of congress to get from one building to another one.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is quick an easy not always a fast way to eat between classes but I have learned to get around the busy times

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In the first semester of attending Texas State University I always felt safe.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not enough for those students that need financial help

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at harris and in LBJ is pretty good. Jones gets old really quick but is still good for a grab and go kind of meal

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is definitly the best college town there is. We have a beautiful river running outside of campus. There are so many things to do here. Whether it be going to the square, going to the river, or even traveling up to Austin to go dancing. I love this place

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: While there are tons, and I mean TONS, of apartments to choose from, they're all so very expensive. Like to live in a decent place ( not one of the luxury student housings that only students that have very rich mommies and daddies that pay can afford) is still expensive. A general two bedroom apartment usually charges both tenants a MINIMUM of $500 a month, with no utilities included. With that said, there are lots around, within close walk to campus or on the bus loop, with SOME really great management around town.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: While there is a great variety to choose from and we have great dining hall hours, I hate the value of what a "meal trade" gets you. So, in honest I guess my dislike is of Chartwells (our food provider who has a system set in place to obtain food-- it's required for all on-campus living students). The value of one mealtrade (after dividing how much you pay for the meal plan per meal trade) comes out to an average of $9. But, you'll be lucky to get any where near that value in food. The average meal that you get in place of your mealtrade is a mere $5. It's irritating that Chartwells does that, making a gross amount of profit off of broke students.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I feel that, while the campus is strict about a lot of things, it's an overall great thing. While it may seem cool that Texas State University USED to be a party cool and students wish it to be that way again, its better for it not to be. Since the police force are cracking down about busting underage parties and the RAs are strict enforcers, it brings overall value to our degrees. In the past five years, party frequency has gone down and our value in our degree has improved exponentially.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating off-campus! The prices are pretty good around town and there are lots of eating options!

1 College Senior

Parking: It is completely awful! There is basically no on-campus parking and to pay for it is outrageous! You need a parking pass to park there and there are so few spots available.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Has great programs for Psychology, Teaching/Education, OT/PT and many more. The liberal arts department is wonderful.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The school itself has lots of stairs and hills. Be careful about multitasking and walking on campus. The student health center offers wonderful services, just call ahead of time that way you spend much less time waiting. The campus became non-smoking in the past 2 years, which has helped. If you have allergies, in general, take precautions. The campus police are great and very prompt about responding. On any campus there are risks, so never do something that feels unsafe. If you have need to walk with someone at night if you paln on being on campus, its better to be safe than sorry. I never had any issues though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I went to Texas State University because they have a great program in Psychology and the atmosphere of the campus is laid back. The classes tend to be small especilly in higher level courses. Most of the Professors are wonderful.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: My grade given for financial aid might be because I'm a transfer student, but I go to financial aid at least three times a semester just to clear up anything I have left with my financial aid. I struggle to finish the process because of lack of adequate help. I always finish my meetings with financial aid by repeating back to them what I have to do and whenever I ask, "Is there anything I have to do after [whatever I repeated back to them]?", they respond with, "No, that's everything," which is NEVER the case. Honestly, the only complaint I have with Texas State is that they don't seem to have people that can do their jobs properly in the financial aid office. It makes my time as a student and part-time worker more stressful because they can't do their job. My advice is to ask for a person higher up the food chain at financial aid so that you can have a better chance at actually getting help

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Texas State is a large campus and it's hard to keep the entire campus safe. At night, Texas State does offer the use of transportation golf-carts so that you don't have to walk alone at night. Also, the placement of emergency phones and lighted walkways is well proportioned. Occasionally you do get an e-mail sent to you to warn you about a reported sexual assault. Overall I give Texas State's safety rating a B just because in a large campus like mine it is nearly impossible to have a higher safety rating.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: On campus they have the bobcat tram that can take you anywhere on campus for free. Off campus the City has the carts system that can take you anywhere in San Marcos

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different restaurants in the San Marcos area. The best part about the are is that you are also close to Austin and San Antonio. You have all of the bonuses of these huge cities, but you don't actually have to live in a big city. There are lot's of different options for dining.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have pretty good school spirit and have good sports teams.


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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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