San Marcos, TX
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3 College Senior

Academics: Like I mentioned before, it's really stressful but the major is not very easy when you're taking a full load. It's a lot of pressure especially when you're close to graduating. There are some great volunteer opportunities though and I do enjoy that.

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4 College Senior

Academics: There area a lot of different programs here. I do not know the specifics of each but the grad programs here are pretty good. I have heard good and bad things about specific programs. You would have to ask someone in that current major. It's tough to say. Health professions has mostly great comments.

5 College Freshman

Academics: teachers really do care. they are strict but are willing to help if you put in the effort. and they are committed to getting all bachelor degree majors out in 4 yrs.

4 College Freshman

Academics: there are a good variety of majors although there could be a lot more.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything other than Volleyball and Track is pretty bad.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 396th
    Best Course Variety
  • 525th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 803rd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 942nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Even though Texas State's student body increases by the thousands every year, professors continue to go out of their way to ensure that students in their classes are receiving the attention they need in order to excel in their studies. Even in the 300-plus classrooms, professors always have office hours and will provide students with their e-mail address and phone number on the class syllabus so that students can always contact them when a problem arises. Mostly, Texas State University is known for its programs in criminal justice, mass communication, forensic anthropology, and geography, as well as the McCoy Business College. In fact, Texas State has one of the only Ph.D. programs for geography in the state of Texas. Students from all around the world, from countries like China, Italy, and the Netherlands, come to study geography at Texas State.

The Alkek Library is an excellent place for students to go and study. And—it's huge! At seven stories, the Texas State Library (along with Old Main) can be seen from Interstate 35. There is even a museum on the seventh floor. The librarians are always willing to help students with research questions or citation issues; they even have an instant messaging system set up through the library's home page where students can ask librarians questions from home. The library also houses the SLAC program, the Student Learning Assistance Center located on the fourth floor of the library, which is aimed at helping students in various areas of study. SLAC provides a walk-in tutoring lab, superb online resources, and editors to help you with your essays. You can even e-mail your essay to them from home and they will edit it for you, and then e-mail you back with corrections and suggestions.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 18%
  • 20 to 49 students: 64%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Applied Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science
  • Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
  • The Graduate College
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Weekend college
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physical education
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Online Courses
Online courses are great for students who need to take classes they don't have time to go to campus for. Almost every major subject offers online courses, but most online classes are in math, computer science, history, government, science classes that do not require labs, and philosophy. Should you choose to take an online class, your professor will always provide you with multiple ways to contact him or her. Also, every class is set up with a TRACS site (University portal), which has a chat room that everyone in your class has access to. There, you can ask fellow classmates any questions you may have or plan to get together to study.
Best Places to Study
  • Albert B. Alkek Library
  • LBJ Student Center - Boko's Living Room
  • LBJ Student Center study lounge
  • Lockers and reserved rooms
  • Outside!
  • Schneider Music Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check out what other students are saying about the professors at Texas State. Doing some quick research (whether it be asking friends or looking on will be well worth your time if you are in need of that one "easy" class to boost your GPA.
  • Get involved with the various student organizations. There are so many to choose from; there's bound to be one that suits your fancy. Student organizations are great to have listed on your resume, and they can help you get different scholarships and networking connections for future jobs.
  • Get yourself organized from the get-go. Do well on the first test so you can have some breathing room for the rest of the semester. Having to catch up at the end of the semester is never fun and can really stress you out.
  • In some classes, teachers will actually give you extra points for perfect, or near perfect, attendance. Those extra points boost many a student from a "B" to an "A"! Other times, professors will not give you extra points for being in class, but take points away for missing a class. Just go to classes you (or your parents) are paying for.
  • The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) is there for all students who need help in various areas of study. Tutors from every department are at SLAC and are willing to help you do the best you can in your classes. Take advantage of this free service!
Did You Know?
  • Texas State offers a variety of physical fitness and wellness classes, including scuba diving, fencing, outdoor adventure tours, weight training, beginning to intermediate bowling, wakeboarding and water skiing, backpacking, and Judo.
  • Texas State's forensic anthropology department has a "Body Farm" (an outdoor human decomposition research lab) out on Freeman Ranch. It is the top forensic lab in the state of Texas.
  • You can take Texas State classes at the Round Rock campus, which is pretty much in North Austin. Check out the Texas State Web site to see what classes are offered! It's really convenient for students living in the Austin/Round Rock area.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 152 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 152 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 38 responses

  • 51% President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 43% George Strait - country singer
  • 4% Tomás Rivera - Chicano author/poet/educator
  • 1% Thomas Carter - film director
  • 0% Shawn Michaels - professional wrestler
  • 0% Lance Hoyt - professional wrestler



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