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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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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love the campus and the atmosphere it creates

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I fell deeply in love with this campus from the moment I stepped foot on it, with its large and spacious green areas and beautiful flora plotted throughout the campus, and its breathtaking architecture. One would have to be simply crazy to not consider this to be one of the most beautiful campuses in Texas. The campus couldn't be better located either, dead center of the little city, the town square is within a few walkable blocks of campus! On top of all the beauty and awe inspiring aspects of this campus, the addition of the REC center, the campuses gym, makes it an even better experience, the REC is fully furnished and equipped to run 24/7.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I don't live on campus but the best thing about campus is the library. It's 7 stories and packed with study rooms, computers, and references. It's probably the best place on campus. It's also great that printing is free because you technically pay for it in tuition. So if you don't have a printer then no worries. Awesome place.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: if you are staying in one of the cheaper residence halls, i'm sorry. maybe i'm just a super germaphobe but i couldnt handle it. luckily i got a dorm where its just me and another person and we have our own bathroom.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: there are a variety of things to be involved in. sports (both competitive and recreational), organizations, and there are a lot of things to do. you will never be bored.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 67th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 69th
    Best Library
  • 95th
    Best Student Centers
  • 158th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 215th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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The facilities at Texas State are very nice and look superb in the night skyline. The facility/grounds staff does an excellent job of making the campus look spiffy. The bathrooms are mostly clean, except for some of the dining hall ones (Jones Dining Hall in particular—scary sometimes) and stocked with plenty of TP and towels. 

The Student Rec Center is top-notch. It has multiple gymnasiums on two different levels, a huge swimming pool, a running/walking indoor track, multiple rooms for aerobics and other activities, multiple racquetball courts, personal trainers, and lots of exercise equipment. It also has a café area that serves protein smoothies and shakes, among other beverages and healthy snacks. The café area is also equipped with wireless Internet, TVs, couches, and computers for anyone to use.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
296
Campus Size
457 acres
Student Centers
LBJ Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Albert B. Alkek Library
  • Schneider Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Grin's Restaurant
  • LBJ Student Center
  • Rio Vista Park
  • Sewell Park
  • Tantra Coffeehouse
  • Treff's Tavern
Bar on Campus
George's, the only bar on campus, is located on the first floor of the LBJ Student Center. You can reserve the bar for parties Friday through Sunday and even book your band to play there live. Drinks aren't all that George's offers. There is a big screen TV in the main part of George's, where people can watch sports games. There are also pool and tennis tables that all students and staff can use for a small fee.
Bowling on Campus
None; all bowling is done at Sunset Bowling Lanes, but you can sign up for intramural bowling at the Rec Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is a Starbucks on the first floor of the LBJ Student Center. There are also various markets around campus that offer gourmet coffee at a cheaper price.
Movie Theater on Campus
The only real movie theaters are in San Jacinto and San Marcos residence halls. However, movies are projected on big screens in various parts of campus, including Boko's lounge in the Student Center and outside at night when the weather is nice.
"Green" Initiatives
There has been a lot of construction going on at Texas State. The student body grows by the thousands every semester, and the administration is doing what it can to keep up with the influx of students. So far, there are new parking garages, a new dorm, a nursing building, a multipurpose education building, and an undergraduate academic center; plus, a political science building is in the works.
School Slang
  • Jones: Jones Dining Hall
  • Shiby: Term meaning "to agree with"
  • Sup bra: Hello, friend
  • Wanna go float?: Do you want to go float down the river?
  • Wuts good?: How are you doing?
Traditions
  • Flash Mob Rave: About every semester, the University radio station and the Student Organizations Council puts on a rave around midnight. It only lasts about 15 to 30 minutes because of the noise regulations, but in that half hour, people have some of the most fun. Plus, the after-parties that happen are always awesome. Look for an invite on Facebook!
  • Tailgating: Tailgating is one of the most popular pre-game activities. Tons of food, people, booze, live music, various radio stations, free stuff-you'll find all of this and more at Texas State tailgating parties.
Urban Legends
  • Old Main is the mass communication building. Rumor has it that a young girl fell from the third story of Old Main, after wandering the halls and trying to get to class on time.
  • Sterry Hall, nicknamed "Scary Sterry," has had lights turn on and off by themselves, as well as doors open and close on their own. Also, do NOT go into the basement-if you find it.
  • There is a statue of two horses, with one horse featuring a guy on top of it. It is said that if you rub the horse's testicles, you get good luck on any test you take that day.
Favorite Things To Do
The biggest attraction at Texas State is definitely the San Marcos River. This river is crystal clear, comes from underground, and no matter how hot or cold it is outside, it stays between 72 and 74 degrees. A portion of it is actually on campus at Sewell Park. Everyone goes to the river. It is a great way to cool off on those 80-plus-degree days. You will find people at the river all of the time. Whether they're tubing with some beer, scuba diving, snorkeling, playing sand volleyball, or just laying out to get a tan, students love being at the river.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/caso/soc
Student Newspaper
The University Star
star.txstate.edu
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
With all the diversity at Texas State, it's easy to find a student organization that interests you. Just by walking around the quad, you can see how active students are. There are always student organizations out there doing fundraisers or demonstrations, even giving out free stuff like T-shirts, water bottles, and beer cozies. The main problems students have in creating a new organization include getting enough students to join and keeping them there.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 133 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Tailgating
  • 23% Bobcat Build
  • 14% Football Games
  • 14% Graduation- jumping in the river
  • 7% Flash Mob Rave
  • 7% Farmers market
  • 7% Stress fair
  • 5% Housing fair

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 25% Office assistant/resident assistant
  • 21% Information desk
  • 18% The rec
  • 14% Bookstore
  • 11% Working at football and basketball games
  • 7% Call center
  • 4% Student worker in RFM

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 21 responses

  • 34% Sewell Park
  • 22% LBJ Student Center
  • 12% Grin's Restaurant
  • 12% Rio Vista Park
  • 10% Tantra Coffeehouse
  • 5% Treff's Tavern
  • 5% In the admin building of my res hall

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 41% Go to the Rec
  • 38% Float the river!
  • 11% Walk the quad during the org fair
  • 8% Avoid the Alkek stairs
  • 3% Partay

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 37% The ghosts the haunt certain buildings
  • 26% President LBJ graduated from Texas State
  • 26% Rubbing the stallions balls before tests will help
  • 11% Mammoth tusks were found at the bottom of the lake

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 0% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 20% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 20% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 154 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 16% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 42% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 42% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 153 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 48% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 62% Dining hall
  • 23% Janitorial
  • 15% Local restaurants/food courts

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