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Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Every professor is different and every class is different. No one expects the impossible; the classes are very challenging but helpful and will leave you very well educated. The workload depends on the class, but it tends to be a lot.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an electronic media major and I love being able to say that. I have a lot of pride being in the College of Fine Arts & Communication.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors have been more than helpful. They are always available to talk during their office hours and they respond to emails very quickly. They really do care about your grade and if you make the effort and TALK to them, they will appreciate you and give you a better grade. Taking the basic classes as a freshman isn't too entertaining, taking things like university seminar and intro to communication, but that's at every school. The academic advisers are amazing and so helpful but make sure you schedule appointments way in advance because you WILL need to talk to one at least once or twice a semester. The registration process is super easy. Just make sure you register as soon as possible because classes fill up quick and you don't want to be stuck with an 8am class like I did. The workload is alright, as long as you don't get caught up in your free time which is very easy to do being at a party school. Alkek Library is my favorite place on campus to study. They have so many books and so many resources as far as research goes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Love the options available here at Texas State!

5 College Junior

Academics: My major is the best (for me, at least)! I feel like the program prepares you for many future opportunities! The workload and curriculum are not nearly as much/hard as other majors. The facilities are great and many job opportunities will arise from being a Communication Studies major!

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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
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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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
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,075
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
448
Total FT Faculty
1,112
Faculty with Terminal Degree
78%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,260
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
63%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
126
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 ratemyprofessor.com) 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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 151 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 151 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 31 responses

  • 53% President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 42% George Strait - country singer
  • 4% Tomás Rivera - Chicano author/poet/educator
  • 2% Thomas Carter - film director
  • 0% Shawn Michaels - professional wrestler
  • 0% Lance Hoyt - professional wrestler

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