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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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school has a great diversity of races, ethnicities, and sexual orientation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Chartwells is not the best. You get really tired of on campus food really quick. They'll have business hours that end at 7pm, but if you go there at like 4pm, they're closed! It's super annoying and confusing. Especially if you only have ten minutes in between to grab and go, it's very frustrating.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If You Know Where You're Going, Not Bad – It may be because I am a freshman and don't know my way around this super hilly campus, but there are a few fast food places like Taco Bell and the slowest restaurant chain in the world- Jack in the Box. Otherwise, there's nothing but bars and mini shops.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a Psychology majour and I must say I've not had any issues with my classes. My teachers know what they're talking about and have always made class interesting. The only sucky part is the classes that are required. Most people come with the attitude of "I can't believe I'm being forced to take this class" and the energy drains from everyone.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys are in frats. They drink all the time, and when I sit down in class, the first thing I hear is "were you at that party? That guy was totally f'd up!" The girls are mainly sorority sweethearts on campus and trashed partiers off campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Even professors complain about not finding parking, and they are actually allowed to park on campus. You have to pay a hundred plus dollars as a student to get a parking sticker so your vehicle doesn't get towed for the one or four hours you're in class any given day. You still have to get a bus to take you up the ridiculously steep hills, and you're not even close to most classes.

4 College Junior

Diversity: We have clubs for anything and everything, from Anthropology to Quitich

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of cool little places to eat in the square downtown. . Thats only a 5 minute walk!

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would say we have an above average facilities but definitely not the best.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would say the campus is pretty average some places are good and others need new and better food options. Also better labeling so we can choose the healthier options

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I really feel safe here at Texas State University and the campus police are working overtime to keep the peace. Also they are working with the city police and have formed a no tolerance policy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I can to Texas State University for the geography program and the beautiful hill country campus. Eventhough this is a large school it has a small campus feel to it.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity level sports are getting bigger since moving into Division 1 in all sports. I would say we have mediocre sports facilities compared to other schools in the state. IM Sports are pretty big here and they are opened to a large number of students

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have really enjoy the academics here at Texas State University. Im major in geography and minoring in business and international studies and all of the teachers have been very helpful wanting to see every succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It is relatively easy to get into any program here at TSU. I had the toughest of all programs to enter, physics, just because of how unorganized the department is. The problem I had was actually registering for the physics class but I got some amazing help from the Undergraduate Student Center.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement in physical activities is very high at TSU. The variety of sports that students can choose from is overwhelming!!! From student organizations to clubs to programs, every student can find themselves in a sport. Our training facilities are very unique, huge, and mostly new! Our new rec center is only a few years old along with a brand new football stadium.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The entire city of San Marcos is literally based around the University in almost every aspect. Especially when it comes to feeding college kids!! There are dozens of authentic, traditional, and modern restaurants, coffee shops, etc.... that everybody can easily walk to and most places even accept the University's Bobcat Bucks purchased by the students.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is awful they have been trying to revise it and change the system but this has taken some years. The bus system is also a mess. But like I said in the process of renovation.

4 College Junior

Weather: It gets super super hot in the summers and the campus is built on a hill as well as very spread out so you will get sweaty.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The tram runs usually every 10-15 minutes depending on your location. It's part of your tuition so you might as well use it. Parking tags are an additional $100 and you are not always guaranteed a parking spot in your desired parking lot. Too many restricted zones here.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is the perfect size college town. It's not too big, but not too small. There is the river and outlet mall which are both pluses in a college town. Good eating here, too.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I plan on taking a Physical Therapy intern within the next two semesters. I'm not worried too much about being able to find one. San Marcos is located not too far from either San Antonio or Austin which will be opportunities if needed.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Pre-PT major at Texas State. It is challenging, but so fun. The teachers are helpful. It will be rewarding in the end.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors I have had in the Education program are amazing. They really take an interest in the students and are always available to help. The courses are interesting and you will be well prepared to get into your own class one day. The work load is amazing! There is no time to rest, no down time or you'll get behind. The good thing is it is temporary and you get so much information!


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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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