San Marcos, TX
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Reviews 3309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am studying Electronic Media which falls under the College of Mass Media and Communication. My intro classes have shined a light on my major and other majors like it that I did not know were offered. All of my professors and the College of Mass Media administrators have been extremely helpful with guiding me towards the best classes to take for my major as well as my minor. Along with taking these classes, I have been introduced to many clubs such as AWC (Association of Women in Communications) which provides networking nation wide for women in the associated fields.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The student recreation center is an excellent facility for students to excercise, play basketball/volleyball/raquetball, work out, take yoga/pilates/boxing/ classes, go rock climbing (75 ft. indoor rock wall), or get some labs in at the pool. And while there has not been a huge amount of student involvement in the Texas State sports programs in the past, this year that has all compltely changed. The football team got bumped up in to a larger conference which brought in more money for the sports programs and allowed for the stadium to be reconstructed and enlarged. Now we have rallies in The Square on the nights before games on the weekend and it seems like people start tailgating for the game around the same time. The entire campus is filled with students, faculty, and alumni rooting on their school's team. IM sports are scheduled almost year round for students wanting to get in on the action and can fill up pretty quickly so sign up as soon as possible if you want to play.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: First of all, in town you have tons of things to do. Sewell Park and the San Marcos River provide fun for everyone during the summer months (which is about 3/4 of the year FYI; it's October and I went swimming and kayaking yesterday), while the fraternities provide your house party needs, and The Square offers up a huge variety of different bars, clubs, and rooftop lounges. Almost every apartment complex has pools, volleyball courts, basketball courts, hiking/biking trails, and even frisbee golf courses. Not to mention, San Marcos is smack dab in the middle of I-35, the Interstate that takes you to and from San Antonio and Austin, Texas. With only a short 20 to 30 minute drive you can be in downtown Austin (one of the nations greatest music capitols) and on Sixth Street, checking out the world famous art, music, and cuisine scenes that "Keep Austin Weird." Or you can head 20 to 30 minutes in the opposite direction to San Antonio to catch a Spurs game, see The Alamo and have dinner on the Riverwalk, ride the rollercoasters at Six Flags, or take a day trip to one of the largest zoos in the world (3rd largest in the U.S.). 15 minutes north takes you to Wimberly which offers natural swimming holes, crisp, clean rivers, and beautiful parks and green space out in the Texas Old Country. So whether you're into the outdoors, amusement parks, food, music, the nightlife, or sports there is something for everyone in San Marcos.

4 College Senior

Computers: I have a PC and a lptob at home but rarely ever use them. The University has so many computer labs that offer a variety of different resources to students. There's the language departments computer lab that offers language tutoring all week, the writing center's computer lab which loans out microphones and webcams in case students need to chat live online while also offering tutoring for writing papers, typing essays, and finishing grammer homework, then we have the multiple computer labs available at almost anytime and for any purpose in the library, just to name a few. The network reliability, internet speed, and wireless access and connectivity is supreme and can easily compete with any other campus in the nation. Printing is free and the computers are in perfect working condition, so I have almost no need for my home computers (except for PC gaming, of course).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and I feel that it's great. The dorms are pretty much the same price as the apartments, minus food. The busses will come pick up people from their apartments as well. It's pretty much like living on campus, with less rules.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Whether the teams are doing good or bad, there is plenty of school spirit and fan support. Our football team is getting better. We just moved up to the FBS.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is alright. The busses will come to pick most people up from close to their apartments. It can get crowded from time to time, but that's going to happen anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are for anyone who wants them. They vary in size, but are manageable. And they come with a meal plan. Can't complain about free food.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's genarally between 80 and 100. Some days it will even go lower with a breeze. The sun is always out. Makes for fun times at the river.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Because Texas State is built on hills upon hills the walk from class to class can be a drag. Since we are also located south of Texas unless it is fall or winter the weather is in no ones favor. Very hot and humid.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is somewhat of a variety. I just wish there was more good tasting food that were healthy. Healthy food can taste good but not here most of the time. For my lunch before heading back home there is definitely something in my favor always.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is just like joining a organization on campus. If you join one great, of not there are plenty of more organizations that can be right for anyone. I myself am friends with Greek life people and they treat me no different than if I were.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The Square is located within walking distance of the campus. There are several bars and restaurants within a close proximity. They card heavily though.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The tuition includes access to an extensive library, multiple computers, both Mac and PC. Scanners and printers are free to use, copiers are pretty cheap. There is also a huge recreational facility that includes not only normal gym equipment but also a rock climbing wall and free exercise classes. There is also a spring fed river that runs through campus, with volleyball courts and swimming areas.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Texas State definitely has a comforting feel about it. Currently dorms are dramatically being restored to accommodate for the incoming overflow of students. When I attended, I lived in a 50yr old, community all girls dorm, where I developed a staff infection. That dorm no longer exists, luckily. There are a few green spaces, mostly off campus yet still in close proximity. I have enjoyed every year spent at this university, and have already witnessed such improvements.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Trams are pretty convenient during the week. Also, trams travel to neighboring cities like New Braunfels, San Antonio, and Austin. The transportation on campus late at night, 'bobcat bobbies' isn't as accurate as we'd hoped. Taxi's are constantly present around town. I would assume that cost is pretty reasonable, considering the lower economic college students, and families.

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1 College Junior

Parking: The cheapest available permit, the commuter, is now over $100. Availability of spots is fine as long as you don't mind parking 1 1/2 to 2 miles away from the center of the campus. At that point you're relegated to taking the free bus or walking (uphill) for 25 minutes. You can forget finding a spot on campus or anywhere closer than the perimeter lots, which as I said are miles away.

I commute from Austin, and after my second semester at Texas state, I now park in public spots that are not any further from bus stops than permitted parking.


The $100 commuter permit is way over priced for where it lets you park.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There are drugs here, just like any other school, but if you dont want to partake in the activities, then you just dont hang out with that "crowd". It is simply your choice!

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I have loved my time here at Texas State. I wouldnt have wanted to attend any other school. The river and floating is one of the best things about our campus!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Texas State has very attractive people! There's so much diversity, that you're bound to find some eye candy. I love that a majority of people take fitness seriously and enjoy being healthy and active.
Very good fashion here as well.
I have seen some incredibly hot guys since being here. So ladies, you'll definitely be satisfied if you come here.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Texas State is a fairly spread-out campus, but a Bobcat Bobby will pick you up anywhere on campus.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: Texas State has a unique campus. Situated right on top of a beautiful natural spring, and right between the cities of Austin and San Antonio, it is the ideal location for both city-dwellers and nature-appreciating students.

3 College Student

Nightlife: There are many parties over the weekends, mostly off campus. Most , if not all of the clubs are 21 or older.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: just one visit at texas state and you will understand the diversity is unlimited

4 College Sophomore

Computers: there are a lot to choose from, i just prefer macs.


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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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