San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3284 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are open to questions and class discussion. They provide opportunities for learning and have been very helpful! The Business school is beautiful, high tech, and comfortable!

5 College Junior

Academics: I have fantastic professors. I love the campus and despite the party reputation, it's really coming around and becoming a seriously competitive school. Our graduates are stealing jobs from UT grads as well as graduates from Ivy League schools. The workload is what you decide it should be, and your grades will show. Although I study a lot, I still have time to socialize. the facilities are brand new and state of the art! McCoy College of Business has wonderful assets. I'm apart of a student organization where I will have many internship and job opportunities, as well as through the Business Finance Department.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking here sucks, if you live in a dorm after 9PM good luck finding a parking spot, but on a positive note they are buliding a new parking garage.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I live in TEXAS its hot....During the Fall the weather is great. We have a river that cuts through our campus so we can jump in to cool off by the way the river stays at a constant tempature year around. Overall the weather is great.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never heard of any serious violence incendents since I've been here (2010), we have a full police department on campus and i feel extremely safe.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Realible – The Public transportation at Texas State University is very realiable and run on time, we even have a Texas State app for Andriod & Apple that let you check the bus schedule for the next available bus. Also, they run every 15 minutes before 5PM and every 30 munites after 5PM, the latest bus run until 11PM at night.

3 College Freshman

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – Make sure you get a water bottle and fill up constantly. The campus is very hilly and the weather is hot. if you don't have a bottle of water you might be a victim of heat exhaustion! though on the plus side, walking up and down the hills carrying a 15 lb backpack is a great way to stay active and loose weight.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most Apartments Are Expensive – there are a lot of campus apartments, though if you are an older student it may be hard to find an inexpensive place.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: there is a wide range of guys at texas state. it gives you a nice variety

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4 College Junior

Academics: My Specific Major: ESS – I'm an ESS major and I have no complaints thus far about the major. ESS is a really popular major here at Texas State. They also have several organizations related to this major that help improve your community service hours, job searches, and advice for professors/classes.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Other Than Drinking.. Other than drinking, I've seen very little drug use. One plus is that Texas State is now a tobacco free campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: First of all, it costs over $100 for a year of parking. Second, it's tough to even find a spot. You have to leave extra early to make it to class on time. Third, campus police don't hesitate on giving parking tickets.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors have all been great. They are always willing to help any student that puts effort into the class. Texas State also has many different tutoring programs and study group options, both of which are helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The New Era – Drugs are everywhere; it's inevitable, and it's your choice whether your desirable reputation is consumer or student.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: safety isnt that great especialy in dorm halls because all you have to do is swipe your id to get it. health isnt that great either cause the food is mostly junk and fattening.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: walking around trying to find new places and meet new people.

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College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Best Campus Ever – Texas State is such a great school, the classes are great the environment is absolutely great there is nothing about this campus that isn't great the students are super friendly, it is very easy to make friends. I am enjoying every bit of my time here! the Rec center is is amazing i think we may have one of the largest in the state of Texas! we are constantly growing to bigger and bigger numbers in populations and its becoming one of the most beautiful campuses that ive seen!

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2 College Junior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – It is hot everywhere you go. There aren't very many shaded areas when you are transferring from one building to another so you will be very hot from the sun beating down on you while you climb those hills/stairs.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Food, Renovations, Traditions – The food overall is pretty good. there is a Panda express, Chicfila, pizzahut, and then various other sub, salad, and burger places. There is also an all you can eat buffet for one mealvtrade. They have been doing alot of renovations an building on campus, so the construction a the moment is rather aggravating, but what they have fnished is BEAUTIFUL! Also texas state loves traditions so there are many "landmarks" on campus. One of my favorite is the Fighting Stallions representing freedom of speech.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Bad Reputation – Texas state has a bad reputation for being a bad party school, but what university doesnt have thousands of kids out partying? Its so easy sneak drugs, alcohol, etc on campus, and the use is extremely heavy in all the student populated residential areas.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: So far my program has been great. The advisors for my program are so helpful and always want to make sure you get what you need and more out of advising appoinments. The instructors are always willing to work with you and help you. Professors are always very nice people, and love to talkl to you when they are available. Im keeping my workload high 15 plus hours a semester and its not crazy hard. There are buildings for every program that is offered. An example would be that we have a Flowers Hall, which is our English Building for english classes.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are great! Stadium is new! Love it!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Such a great place, so many cool people, I love it!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: San Marcos Eateries: Variety and Convenient – San Marcos provides it's resident with plenty to eat, not only in food variety but quantity of restaurants. Some places are even open really late (4am), if not 24 hours. And some even deliver into those wee hours of the morning. What more could you ask for?

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: My Freshman Living Experience – My freshman living experience was insanely great. I was lucky enough to get into an upperclassmen dorm hall as a freshman. I lived in San Jacinto Hall for my first year and it was absolutely fantastic. I couldnt of asked for a better living situation for my first year at Texas State on-campus. The other dorms I went to with friends and study buddies also proved to be very accomdating and best of all fun.


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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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