Texas State University

5,092 reviews
  1. San Marcos, TX
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Texas State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Sun Belt Conference
Address
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666

Texas State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
930-1120
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$11,871/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,149/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,894/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,578/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,856/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,913/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.352 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.354 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.354 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,234Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 229 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    39%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Average
    13%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Young
    7%
  • Different
    6%
  • Intelligent
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.430 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.527 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 249 responses
Report
  • Great education, beautiful town, fun environment
    30%
  • Great Education in a great location
    12%
  • Good education opportunities with lots of parties
    12%
  • Great town with an amazing atmosphere
    9%
  • Great education with a Good balance
    9%
  • A good introduction into university life
    9%
  • Party school
    8%

After Texas State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.253 responses

Reviews

5,092 reviews
  • Excellent
    952
  • Very Good
    2011
  • Average
    1789
  • Poor
    221
  • Terrible
    119
Similarly to other college students, freshman in particular, I can't and won't ever be able to deny the fact that I was a nervous wreck as my father and I drove through the intersection of San Antonio Street and North LBJ Drive. It was nothing astonishingly foreign to me as I had already visited the beautiful campus a couple times; one I recall being NSO, or New Student Orientation; however, my nerves remained rather rather uneasy until we pulled into the parking lot that sat in front of, what was then considered to me, my new home; Butler Hall. All of a sudden, I noticed without even the thought of forcibly reducing my anxiety-triggered nervousness because outside on one of the several picnic tables that lay under some enormous Oak Trees, stood a brigade of smiling, friendly faced and enthused Room & Board Advisors (RA's). They knew for a fact that, at least the freshman, were for the most part, pretty uncertain of what lay ahead of them during this major transition from High School kid to College Student. After no time at all, I was directed to my dormitory room with the assistance of one of the, ever-so-bubbly RA's and like that, everything I had taken into consideration that held the potential to wreak havoc upon my initial year of collegiate education had just about thoroughly dissipated! Needless to say, it didn't take long for me realize that I had made a great decision when I chose to attend Texas State University; one day was all it took to help me recognize that I had entered a historically unique and exceptionally diverse university. With al honesty, there is something for everyone here in San Marcos, if you don't believe me, just take a short walk to Sewell Park or a pleasant drive through the Square, and I promise, you won't regret it! With al honesty, I can personally claim that I have never found myself regretting a single moment during the time I've spent as a student in this alluringly notable town.

With love from the Bobcat Family,EAT EM UP CATS
  • College Sophomore
  • Oct 30 2015
The physical therapy program is one of the best in Texas. The academic advisors were easy to access and every helpful. The faculty for the physical therapy program are all wonderful, caring people who are experts in their field. The program is unique because it is on an undergraduate campus with lots of resources, and the DPT students have more access to the cadaver lab since they are not sharing the time and space as often as other medical schools that share with other doctoral students. Texas State DPT students are known for their anatomical knowledge for that reason. The program also has a clinic on site where students get to assist in treatments under the supervision of a professor, which helps them prepare for their clinical rotations the third year. Because the program is so great and competitive however, it takes more than a great GPA to get accepted. Out of 600 qualified applicants, only 40 are accepted, and they pick people based on their unique experience, passion for helping others, and social skills which are showcased in the interview. As for tips on the interview, I would take advantage of the career center on campus and schedule a couple of mock interviews, but my best advice is to not expect the worst. The professors are so kind, the last thing they want to do is see how you handle a stressful interview. It's not a board interview, like other universities, and they don't give you a lot of questions like "what would you do in this __crazy__ situation). They are mostly interested in getting to know you as a person, and it is a very relaxed atmosphere, so rest easy and have fun in there. Also, volunteer at as many clinics as you can to set yourself apart regarding experience. Good luck!
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 27 2014
There are seemingly hundreds of off campus housing options and counting, as San Marcos is the fastest growing city in the nation for the second year in a row. The pros are the ammenities and proximity to campus but the cons are definitely the prices, the prices, the prices! Eek-gad are they expensive. My suggestion would be to use craiglist to locate desperate students willing to negotiate a sublease or focus on renting a room in a house ideally with friends as this is substantially cheaper, saving up to $200 a month in my own experience, than leasing an apartment. I have had great landlords except for the Tmbers apartments so steer clear of them! Two years and never late for rent, followed most of their move-out guidelines, including hiring their specific carpet cleaner and was charged $500 on top of the already outrageous $500 deposit. I mean it is one thing not to get any of the $500 back but suggesting that $1,000 worth of damage had accrued is a slap in the face. Needless to say that price was reduced significantly after the matter was addressed in person...but I digress.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Nov 3 2014