San Marcos, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$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

Transportation: Transportation is great! There is a tram that takes you all over campus, off campus, and to other cities!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm satisfied with my education. My professors are great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of different apartments near campus that allows you to be close to the university, but still have some freedom.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different cultures at this university and organizations to allow you to feel closer to your culture and people that share the same background as you.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Texas State has a lot of School Spirit it is great

2 College Senior

Parking: I'm not going to lie, parking at Texas State sucks! It's expensive, and you have to come to campus around 8 am to find a spot.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are tons of computer labs on campus that are free and readily available to students. The network can be slow occasionally though.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a variety of apartments available in San Marcos. Some are extremely close to campus which is nice because you can just walk right to class! There are 1-4 bedroom apartments available all over town. I use a location service each year to decide where I will live. They give you an overview of prices, perks, parking, etc. San Marcos is a pretty safe place to live as well.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a high selection of fast food chains. I am not particularly fond of that. Only one restuarant offers a student discount. There are many large restuarants however I don't want to eat there since I am usually just needing something fast and easy.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am very pleased with the McCoy School of Business at Texas State. The overall experience has been rewarding and professional. Most professors use their real world experience to help guide the class throught the semester. Every professor has been considerate of our personal needs such as a 40 hr work week, kids, family, etc. It's such a warm and welcoming atmosphere that fosters learning, I love it!

4 College Senior

Diversity: In every class I have been to I have seen a diverse selection of students. Every type of person, age, race, gender, etc. What's really cool about the Round Rock campus is that majority of the students are working parents. And that's really cool!

4 College Senior

Academics: I am in the McCoy College of Business at Texas State in Round Rock, and my overall experience has been great! The faculty seems very interested and dedicated to their students and the facility is gorgious! All of my professors use real world experience in the class room. One professor even took the time to talk to me about my major options and he encouraged me to change my major.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Housing at Texas State University is at a reasonable price! I have lived in my apartment for 2 years and the cost is too good to be true. Bus route availability. Parking is great. Safety is excellent. landlords are awesome! The school provides information on various apartments near the college.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls at Texas State San Marcos are beautiful and lovely. I enjoy many conversations with random people and love how friendly students can be.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It stays usually bright during the summer, occasionally with an extremity of now 100's, but all buildings have a/c which is where you'll reside most of the time anyways unless your looking for sweating and getting a tan.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The process of becoming a Music Ed major was quite difficult considering you have to have some experience(years) of playing and instrument with an organization or so. No challenges approached me due to my success with my past volunteer work with institutions and organization that was easy as performing my instrument and playing some works that were just tear-jerking to the audience. The most important criteria is perhaps the prepared audition that you may be asked to record so that it may be reviewed by the professor of your instrumentation, the aural and theory placement exams that aren't hard if you've prepared with theory in high school and the resume of your music stuff. Professors like to see the involvement and the commitment you have to music, especially at Texas State which is considered one of the best Music Education schools in the nation. For tips, I'd say just be calm when you approach the professors during your vocal or instrument audition, you may even get to work with them when you get in! I'd recommend practicing through scales, arpeggios, and just the basic fundamentals of your musicianship because it may help you now, but just like all freshman or new students, you enter a new level or maybe have to adjust yourself to the teachings of some unique individual who has just affected others.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Being a freshman in dorms, their really isn't much to boast or nag about. Texas State provides livable environments for everyone, some spacious or more suited for others. The cost is really dependent upon what YOU desire upon coming to Texas State, do you wanna learn how to budget by settling with what would be more financially good for you? or if it doesn't bother you then you should be well off. The social environment is most outrageously one of the best you'll ever come across from, traditional friendly and common courteous bleeds from these students. I remember being majorly lost where I was and which rooms and even buildings! I had class in. Luckily, students I came across, some which instantly became one of my closest friends here guided me to even to the door of my next class. The perhaps most enjoyable convenience is the traditional aspect of Texas State, it feels like I never left my high school. The teachers go out of their way and time for you, the atmosphere is just better and more realistic in scheduling, and pride for our sports and teams far exceed what I would've expected. I am in the Bobcat Marching Band and its very beloved by the members to hear the crowds roar for us and reach their hands for a shake of appreciation. Everyone is a star on the field and in the stands, You want make a mistake being a Bobcat at Texas State. EAT EM' UP EAT 'EM UP GO CATS GO!!

College Freshman

Majors: As an education major in the field of music, I will be student teaching, both privately and abroad a large group. I don't care of being paid, the reason to be paid when the students themselves show potential and are willing to express everything they are and have become through music. I would rather accept the results of their huge success through the variety of opportunities as they progress as musicians and students of mine.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am a business management major. The business school is state of the art. The building was built in 2005 and is one of the most business schools in the nation. We are the 3rd ranked business school in the state of texas. We have state of the art trading labs where students learn about the markets and trading stocks and bonds. We have top of the line faculty and professors who are not only invested in the world of business and give great real world examples through their experience, they are invested in the students. Being a business student at Texas State is the best major you can pick!

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5 College Senior

Facilities: There is a lot of green awareness at Texas State. We have a big green initiative. reduce water bottles and unnecesarry waste and even our treadmills at the gym are hooked uo to generate electricity as students run. We have big traditions like Bobcat Build that is in place to build our community and promote a green city.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Campus life and the social life of the town are conveniently intertwined. The square is where most the students hang out on the weekend and its a great party scene. We are also very involved in the summer time with going to the river and enjoying the outdoors!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for student living off campus. In addition, there are currently 3 new complexes being built. All of these offer the tram service which helps students get to and from school. Most student living is very affordable but there are other small, non student living apartments that are even more affordable. Overall, the town is very safe and has a lot to offer as far as living arangements go.

4 College Senior

Academics: Pre-Physical Therapy is where it's at. One of the top PT schools in the state of Texas.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Policies are extremely lax, including both academic and social.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Schools holds off-campus housing fairs every spring semester. I would say living on campus for the first year is a must to get that college experience. Then, move off-campus for more privacy. Cost for off-campus is cheaper than on-campus depending on where you look.


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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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