San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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Reviews 3295 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Excellent local and area (Austin to San Antonio) bus service. And if that doesn't get you where you want to go, Amtrak is in town and can take you all over the country! Town is small and is easy to navigate by car, bicycle or foot. Everyone does what works best for them!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Texas State is really pushing to improve its athletic image and is doing an excellent job! School spirit and performance has significantly improved alongside major construction projects to get state-of-the-art athletic facilities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are MANY MANY places to live off campus, sometimes just a short walk away. Otherwise, bus services are great. You can find anything to fit your budget and lifestyle in San Marcos.

4 College Junior

Majors: Throughout the business school, I have seen a lot of different internship opprotunities advertised so I know that when the time comes for me to start applying for internships, I can count on the advisors at the business school to help me out.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus so I don't really know how security is.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is so difficult. The commuter lots are so far away from the buildings I have to go to for my classes and if I wanted to park close, I would have to pay $3 per hour. Riding the bus from my neighborhood is so much easier than trying to park on campus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Texas State's student life on campus is great. There are tons of diffenrent dining halls, depending what you feel like eating and your meal plan. The library is 7 stories so you will always find a quiet place to study. The student recreation center is also huge, and always filled with people doing different activities. There are over 400 organisations at the school, so you are bound to find that you feel is more like you.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are really nice apartments here in San marcos. You just have to go on the hunt for one early so you will get the reasonable prices and deals. Because if you wait to long the prices will go up because there are no other choices. There is transportation from the apartments to the school by the tram bus. There is always security guards patroling the apartments incase of any suspicious action and for the students safety.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San marcos is a small town where we have the river surrounding us. Everything is so close and we are perfect distance from Austin and San Antonio for random weekend visits. We have the San marcos outlets as our mall, which is huge and amazing. There are always good prices at the stores. The locals attitude towards allt he students is always so nice. They dont mind sharing it with us, giving us a very "home" and welcoming feeling to their town.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The Athletics at Texas State isn't famous, but they are moving up quickly! It's a good time to be at Tx State! It's not as difficult to get into as a bigger university but you are still going to get an awesome experience and be competitive.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Texas State is a party school! It's not hard to find a party at any of the big apartment complexes and get free drinks. If your over 21 the square seams to be the go to place for casual partying. People who are a little more intense go to 6th street. A lot of times they will have party buses that charter there and back.

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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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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