San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm a Commuter – I am a commuter so I really do not eat around campus much. I mostly eat in Austin. However from what I have seen,nothing looks too great from the outside of campus. There is a Saltgrass, Subway, Donut Shop, and a few other little hole in the wall places but you would really have to know where they were to go there.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are tons of computers to use at school. Labs are never really crowded unless it is right before a class then sometimes it is difficult to find a place to print. Printing assignments was the only time I ever needed to use the labs. Wifi makes it easy to bring your own.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Bobcat Tram Is Great! You can commute from nearby cities to San Marcos easily with the Bobcat Tram. The best deal is to buy a punchcard. You even get Wifi on the bus!

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Party School – A sizable portion of the school is playing beer pong and doing keg stands. It's a party school. There are also some straight-laced folks, usually counter-cultural or religious ones.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lots of Lookers, Occasional Intelligent Conversation – If you're attracted to intelligence, avoid the bodies and slink over to the dorks. As usual, if someone were both physically attractive and intelligent, they'd probably be taken already. If you like a hot body and don't mind an airhead (male or female), you'll have plenty to choose from.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is bright and sunny and sweltering hot! Bring sunglasses, an ionic breeze, a fan on a stick, a parasol, a sweat towel, something! Do not be afraid to wear flip-flips and cutoff shorts to class!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Most Professors Are Great! Most professors are very enthusiastic about the subjects that they teach, and their enthusiasm spills over into the classroom. Occasionally, there is a professor with a pet project who has a bit of an axe to grind, but 9 times out of 10 the real issue is a snippy student who is offended by and afraid of the concept of critical thinking. Once you get to the upper levels, expect in-depth instruction and discussion. Read the material and be prepared to bring it, because classes are small and you will be called on.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Great Town! San Marcos is what Austin used to be--weird! Check out Zen's Pizza Bistro for some of the best food, including pure cane sugar sweetened sodas like Dublin Dr. Pepper as fountain drinks, creatively named and flavored hefty calzones, and specialty pizzas to die for.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Very Easy – It's almost too easy to be an English major at Texas State, but it always came naturally to me, so maybe I'm biased. Arranging my schedule to meet the course requirements was the toughest part, honestly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Really interesting professors teach really interesting courses at the upper levels. Once you've gotten past the base-level requirements for freshmen and sophomores, you'll meet impassioned and informed profs who absolutely love their subjects and know them inside-out, and love students who share their enthusiasm.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: We're in Texas, so it is extremely hot most of the time. There's a little down time when it's cold from about November to mid-March. It gets extremely muggy and most of the time you get really sweaty walking from class to class, even if it's only a 5-10 minute walk. But whenver you're not in class, you can always hang out by the river and cool off, and most housing complexes host pool parties, so there's always something going on where you can cool off in the water!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Of course Texas State is know for being one of the major party schools, and although we do obtain our repuatation for that, we also have GREAT academics. Our courses are challenging, and we have amazing teachers. We always have student activities going on, and there are many ways to be involved. We have the river that runs right through campus that provides us with free summertime fun! Our campus is beautiful, and we are a proud school with many traditions.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus at anytime during my stay at State so far. There are always students walking around campus. Of course it is a pretty big campus, so we have "bobcat bobby" to drive us around at night if we need to get to the library or something safely in the dark. All you have to do is call and they'll pick you up and drop you off. I believe they stay running until 2 or 3 in the morning. So it's always convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are the Best Way to Go – The Bobcat Tram (school buses) are running all of the time. Most of the time you can count on a bus coming to a bus stop in less than fifteen minutes. They run pretty late for the most part, but I believe the bus routes to the airport in Austin should be regulated more. Overall an acceptable bus system.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Well we do have a river right next to campus, so after all of your studying is done go and enjoy floating on the river! Also, we have program opening this fall called PACE. PACE stands for personalized academic and career exploration. PACE designed to encourage students to explore the future work world and choose an appropriate path that will open up a lifetime of opportunities!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Always Something to Do! I would definitely have to say that student life on campus is very enthusiastic! Texas State has over 300 student organizations, they have various intramural and club sports you can join, and the school is right next to a river, and there is always something going on on campus. You will never find yourself bored at Texas State!

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports Are Average – I would say it is about half and half of the students who are interested and attend sports events on campus. I personally never really was part of the sports scene, except tail gating for football games is pretty awesome at Texas State.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Bobcat Love – I love Texas State, I went there for undergrad and now Masters. We have many awesome programs, including being rated number one in the country for Geography. The best part of going to Texas State is the nature. We have a few rivers here and the students love to float and drink down the river. I would keep going to Texas State for the rest of my life if I could!

5 College Junior

Majors: Mccoy College of Business the Best – McCoy Hall is up-to-date with computer labs and modern classrooms. There is even a simulated Wall Street room in which classes are held with open computer times for business students. The professors are committed to their fields of study and enjoy mentoring students in their career of choice.

3 College Junior

Weather: Mild Fall and Winter – The summer's can be brutal with temps over 100 in August, but the Fall is beautiful weather with October the best month to be in Central Texas. Winter is nice with only a few days below freezing.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Okay at Best – While San Marcos has some night life, the real fun is on Austin's 6th Street. Shopping local is fun , though, as are the local TX State sports events. There is not a lot in terms of concerts to attend unless you travel to Austin or San Antonio. Just the local music for summer concerts in the park.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I wasn't really into the party scene, but Texas State has quite a nightlife. There are tons of parties and if you get tired of San Marcos, Austin is just half an hour away.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a campus shuttle and it is very convenient to go to places off campus. I've never really had a problem with transportation in San Marcos, but the parking is awful on campus. It is nice there is public transportation to Austin and San Antonio, but there are a few other options such as a flight from the Austin airport, greyhound bus, or train.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Cheap and Accesible – There are plenty of bars that always run specials. Campus is a 7 minute walk to the center of town with plenty of night life options. Various bars for the older crowd surround the city.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Lax Enviornment – The campus is fairly calm. There is a streaker during Halloween every year and no one stops him. Just don't upset your dormmates because they will be the ones to report you.


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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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