Location
San Marcos, TX
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24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I think they are ok. I never paid much attention to athletics. However, the football team has been moving up in division.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is a nice town with adequate amenities because of its close proximity to Austin and San Antonio. It is friendly and warm and the river and hills makes this a nice place for those who love the outdoors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is filling and satisfying, but as a person who was raised on home-cooked meals, sometimes the Campus Dining leaves me feeling empty. Sometimes I'll even start feeling ill from all the preservatives and fat in the Campus Dining food. My favorite places to eat is Blimpies, Harris Dining Hall and Mr. B's Grinders. I wish the Dining Halls offered more fresh food.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes at Texas State are either very easy or very hard and it really depends on the subject matter. Some classes were merely lectures with three exams, of which minor studying is required for an A. Other classes, however, require much more engagement and studying. I preferred to take notes for all of my classes along with perfect attendance, and I have scored all A's except for 2 classes from my last 3 semesters here. My favorite study area was the 4th floor of the LBJ student center where the rocking chairs are; it's always quiet and calm. My tips: study and don't skip class.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the department of Communication Disorders, and I only recently joined. I was previously a Psychology major, but the Psychology Department felt too boring for me and I felt like I did not fit in with the other Liberal Arts students. I wanted more science in my life. Thus I am completing the last of my core classes. Despite the change, I found the professors interesting, unique and even funny. The classes kept students involved and engaged. I was given help when I needed it and I even made some friends in my classes.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I work at the recreation center and it is awesome. It's huge, provides tons of classe and options to work out. The library is alright, I don't like that layout and there's no parking lot close to it. The student center provides restaraunts and Texas State store. I haven't seen tons of "green spaces" There are events, but I dont seem to hear about alot of them, you really have to lookout for when they are. I wouldn't say there are tons of "hangouts" on campus, but the recreation center is always busy and full of students.

3 College Senior

Academics: The nutrition programs workload is alot of classes. The facilities are very nice and well kept and provide there own computer lab for students. The teachers help you get ready to apply for internships during your senior year, but a more extensive program would be nice. The classes seem to repeative with what the teach and are not very broad in my opinion. The workload can sometimes be alot in some classes, but they do prepare you for the nutrition exam you must take at the end of the program and your internship.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I do like the salad bar at Harris, because i am a vegetarian. There are several restaraunts in the student center along with a small convenience food store. The prices are what would be expected of a school. I do wish they had more healthful options in the vending machines and in the convience store. The menus do provide variety.

3 College Senior

Academics: The professors in my department, nutrition, are mostly very nice and very good teachers, although there are a few that are terrible at keeping us interested and also horrible at giving decent tests that really measure what we learn. Teachers do provide a medium size workload, not too much, not too little. The registration process is a bit frustrating if you're a transfer student, but probably not too bad to others. You have to contact the departments every semester for permission into classes that require your prerequisite scores from previous classes at another university.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There is great acceptance and diversity on the Texas State campus. One reason I love this school so much is the amount of different people from all types of places. There are all type of backgrounds and political beliefs, which I learned a great deal about in my Family Policy class there. Religion is not on the forefront as I have seen, but I know there are many different religious clubs on campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am a Communication disorders major and I love it. I just finished my first semester in the program and the teachers were very helpful and you can really tell they love what they're doing.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The university does not allow smoking on campus. In some areas such as near the Health Professions building, you must be so many feet away from the building if you are to smoke.

4 College Junior

Weather: During the spring, it's beautiful at Texas State. The university sits on a hill and overlooks the city of san marcos. During the fall, the weather is still warm but also windy.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are several computers to use at the library. Printing is also FREE. The library will also rent out laptops for individual use in the library.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Honestly, I am a complete nerd. Meaning, I am always in the music building studying and practicing my instrument, writing tunes for the big band and small jazz band in the computer lab, and giving lessons in the practice rooms. I am only at my apartment to sleep and to wake. But when I do go outside for walks and runs, the weather can be just gorgeous! It is especially because of the scenery that makes anything beautiful, whether comes the rains, the sheer cold, or blazing heat. It is always nice being outside.
I hope this helps, or even give the reader a different perspective. =)

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: From my own experiences, I have never noticed any vibes that alarm me. I do tend to walk around campus to wind down my mind from studies and practices.
Although, I have received emails regarding thefts, suspected persons, and such. Thankfully, there has not been anything way out of the ordinary.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am not one to go out to parties. If anything, for good friend's birthday parties. Then again, I learned that parties do not define happiness/fun. It is honestly quality with genuine friends. For me it is recreating music together.
I hope this helps!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am grateful to have financial aid to help me with my tuition and rent. It is because my father has not had a job for two years due economy. It is a blessing in disguised. Those only beef I have is that you must keep an EYE on your emails from them, and especially urgently ask questions if something is not understood. Because if not, you will find out that they are asking for a document you already sent, except they want you to submit another. This may jeopardize dropping your classes.
Once again, read your emails. Especially if they are from Financial Aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at Texas State is not bad for a college, it's actually pretty good. There is plenty to choose from so no matter which side of campus you live on there is something to eat. Harris is by far my favorite, because it's all you can eat, which means you get more for your swipe!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of many different races and religions at Texas State, and honestly, that's what makes the school so interesting. Although the school is predominately white, the minority groups of the school are still just as important. There are always showcases for different religions, ethnic and sexual orientation groups. There is no way you can come to Texas State and feel "left out"

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining around Texas State is very good. The city has plenty of local food places that are reasonably priced and stay open pretty late. Most of the restaurants in the area except Bobcat Bucks, which is a great feature!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm from Houston, being in San Marcos gave me a small town feel that I enjoyed. Texas State's student population is very diverse and the school does a pretty good job of embracing diversity. There are many cultural, political, and social organizations on campus that you can join. The school really does a good job supporting the LGBT community around campus. You can truly be yourself on campus and meet people that share the same interests.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Texas State is really diverse, that being said I'm pretty sure you will find the group of people to hit it off with. The girls here are beautiful and most guys are pretty athletic.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is fairly easy to get. Texas State offered me a lot more than any other college I applied to. I wasn't the valedictorian of my class or anything, but I still ended up with a full ride. Just apply for as many scholarships as you can, meet with a financial aid advisor regularly,fill out the FAFSA, and you'll be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are pretty old and not exactly the ideal place to live, but I thought it was fine. I lived in Butler Hall and even though it was really old, it was a great place for a freshmen. It was really easy to meet people and become kind of a family away from home.

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Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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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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