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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4 College Junior

Diversity: The ethnic/racial diversity is very well proportioned. There are plenty of international students and people of many different races and backgrounds. I have seen nothing but tolerance for different people at my school.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Bus is great and VERY convenient. Every stop anywhere in the city always picks up every 10-15 minutes well into the afternoon. The city usually has very little or no traffic and parking near bus stops is almost always available.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers are accessible, however I would love the scholarship to purchase my own. I study extended hours daily and the computers and not available in the wee hours of the morning.

College Junior

Nightlife: I attend Texas State University to focus on education not the nightlife.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: At Texas State you will find a very diverse environment there all kinds of boys and girls. Everyone seems to have a very different look, some people like myself go to class in mostly athletic wear and others actually dress up and really it doesn't matter as long as you are comfortable. When I came here I noticed that everyone is really friendly and you can make relationships fast.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation at Texas State is acutally really good, there is always buses coming around so you will never be late to class. Also, the Texas State is helpful to tell you what time the tram is coming.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many different ways to get involved at Texas State. There are over 150 different clubs, fraternities and sororities. The actual buildings at Texas State are also pretty great. Maybe not as modern as some other schools but well kept and clean. LBJ student center is pretty awesome. There are places to eat, the bookstore where you can buy school swag, as well as a place called Boko's Living Room where you can go and take naps throughout the day. They provide you with a blanket and pillow as well.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the Social Work college at Texas State. This is one of the best programs in the state in my opinion. The advisers are very clear on what you need to do to do well in the program and the program itself is pretty clear. There is also a fast track program to get your master's degree in one year instead of two. Also, there are many, many internship opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Academics: We have a good amount of really great professors. On the other hand their are professors that don't really care about the class at all. As long as you read reviews on ratemyprofessor.com you will get good classes. Most teachers will answer your email questions within a day or two. Also, they are pretty clear and consistent with what they require to get a good grade on assignments.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computers at school are pretty good, some labs have mac computers. The printing limit is set pretty high, and you don't have to pay for anything. Although they could have more computer labs because they tend to get full.

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.


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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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