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4 College Sophomore

Majors: It is relatively easy to get into any program here at TSU. I had the toughest of all programs to enter, physics, just because of how unorganized the department is. The problem I had was actually registering for the physics class but I got some amazing help from the Undergraduate Student Center.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement in physical activities is very high at TSU. The variety of sports that students can choose from is overwhelming!!! From student organizations to clubs to programs, every student can find themselves in a sport. Our training facilities are very unique, huge, and mostly new! Our new rec center is only a few years old along with a brand new football stadium.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The entire city of San Marcos is literally based around the University in almost every aspect. Especially when it comes to feeding college kids!! There are dozens of authentic, traditional, and modern restaurants, coffee shops, etc.... that everybody can easily walk to and most places even accept the University's Bobcat Bucks purchased by the students.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is awful they have been trying to revise it and change the system but this has taken some years. The bus system is also a mess. But like I said in the process of renovation.

4 College Junior

Weather: It gets super super hot in the summers and the campus is built on a hill as well as very spread out so you will get sweaty.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The tram runs usually every 10-15 minutes depending on your location. It's part of your tuition so you might as well use it. Parking tags are an additional $100 and you are not always guaranteed a parking spot in your desired parking lot. Too many restricted zones here.

4 College Junior

Local Area: San Marcos is the perfect size college town. It's not too big, but not too small. There is the river and outlet mall which are both pluses in a college town. Good eating here, too.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I plan on taking a Physical Therapy intern within the next two semesters. I'm not worried too much about being able to find one. San Marcos is located not too far from either San Antonio or Austin which will be opportunities if needed.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Pre-PT major at Texas State. It is challenging, but so fun. The teachers are helpful. It will be rewarding in the end.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors I have had in the Education program are amazing. They really take an interest in the students and are always available to help. The courses are interesting and you will be well prepared to get into your own class one day. The work load is amazing! There is no time to rest, no down time or you'll get behind. The good thing is it is temporary and you get so much information!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Education degree I will have is a step up from the regular degree. I'll have an ESL certification which gives me an advantage over other fresh graduates. The professors are fantastically supportive and really pile on the projects but they are all great opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus, so therefore I haven't been able to see any pros and cons, availability, cost, etc. Although, I have visited many apartments and I have yet to see one that isn't physically in great condition. I have heard they are pretty affordable as well. They all are pretty close to campus, and also have the campus trams drive by and pick up students on a regular basis. I plan on living off campus next year and am excited to find the best one.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a pre-mass communication major, so in order to be a full major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, there are a few requirements. Each student has to take the Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation (GSP) test, have a C or higher in English courses, and have a minimum of 2.5 GPA. I believe that all these requirements are pretty easy to follow. I have a heard this major is very competitive, as are all other majors, so that can be pretty intimidating; but there are many job fairs and other events that help students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms here aren't very new, except for maybe a couple, and one that just opened up this year. I lived in Jackson hall, and although I do not like community dorms, I was happy with this one. The room was larger than other traditional style dorms on campus, I had a huge window which let in a lot of sunlight, and it is right next to LBJ student center which was very convenient. I now live in Bobcat Village and I love it. The campus provides each hall with anything a student might need: gym, computer room with printer, washer and dryer, etc. Although I do find each hall to be over priced, other than that they are great.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I decided to enroll at Texas State University because it has a great Mass Communication program. I was very interested in all of the research I had done on this school, and when I came to visit for the first time I felt right at home. The environment is very welcoming, as are the variety of people. The campus is large, but not so large where it's overwhelming. The professors are great, and this school provides just about everything a college student will need.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I chose Texas State because of the Mass Comm program and so far I love it. The professors are great and very helpful. Along with the professors and T.A.'s, Texas State provides many on campus programs designed to help out students such as S.L.A.C and the Writing Center. Both programs are free to students and only require that you make an appointment with them beforehand.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: San Marcos has tons of apartments and student living neighborhoods. Rent is fairly reasonable, and a lot less expensive than most other cities in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: San Marcos is full of great Mom and Pop, family owned restaurants that have been here for decades. If those ever get boring you have a few chain restaurants that can easily satisfy any hunger. San Marcos is also only about 15 minutes from neighboring town New Braunfels and only 30 mins from Austin; both of which have great dining options.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am studying Electronic Media which falls under the College of Mass Media and Communication. My intro classes have shined a light on my major and other majors like it that I did not know were offered. All of my professors and the College of Mass Media administrators have been extremely helpful with guiding me towards the best classes to take for my major as well as my minor. Along with taking these classes, I have been introduced to many clubs such as AWC (Association of Women in Communications) which provides networking nation wide for women in the associated fields.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The student recreation center is an excellent facility for students to excercise, play basketball/volleyball/raquetball, work out, take yoga/pilates/boxing/ classes, go rock climbing (75 ft. indoor rock wall), or get some labs in at the pool. And while there has not been a huge amount of student involvement in the Texas State sports programs in the past, this year that has all compltely changed. The football team got bumped up in to a larger conference which brought in more money for the sports programs and allowed for the stadium to be reconstructed and enlarged. Now we have rallies in The Square on the nights before games on the weekend and it seems like people start tailgating for the game around the same time. The entire campus is filled with students, faculty, and alumni rooting on their school's team. IM sports are scheduled almost year round for students wanting to get in on the action and can fill up pretty quickly so sign up as soon as possible if you want to play.

4 College Senior

Local Area: First of all, in town you have tons of things to do. Sewell Park and the San Marcos River provide fun for everyone during the summer months (which is about 3/4 of the year FYI; it's October and I went swimming and kayaking yesterday), while the fraternities provide your house party needs, and The Square offers up a huge variety of different bars, clubs, and rooftop lounges. Almost every apartment complex has pools, volleyball courts, basketball courts, hiking/biking trails, and even frisbee golf courses. Not to mention, San Marcos is smack dab in the middle of I-35, the Interstate that takes you to and from San Antonio and Austin, Texas. With only a short 20 to 30 minute drive you can be in downtown Austin (one of the nations greatest music capitols) and on Sixth Street, checking out the world famous art, music, and cuisine scenes that "Keep Austin Weird." Or you can head 20 to 30 minutes in the opposite direction to San Antonio to catch a Spurs game, see The Alamo and have dinner on the Riverwalk, ride the rollercoasters at Six Flags, or take a day trip to one of the largest zoos in the world (3rd largest in the U.S.). 15 minutes north takes you to Wimberly which offers natural swimming holes, crisp, clean rivers, and beautiful parks and green space out in the Texas Old Country. So whether you're into the outdoors, amusement parks, food, music, the nightlife, or sports there is something for everyone in San Marcos.

4 College Senior

Technology: I have a PC and a lptob at home but rarely ever use them. The University has so many computer labs that offer a variety of different resources to students. There's the language departments computer lab that offers language tutoring all week, the writing center's computer lab which loans out microphones and webcams in case students need to chat live online while also offering tutoring for writing papers, typing essays, and finishing grammer homework, then we have the multiple computer labs available at almost anytime and for any purpose in the library, just to name a few. The network reliability, internet speed, and wireless access and connectivity is supreme and can easily compete with any other campus in the nation. Printing is free and the computers are in perfect working condition, so I have almost no need for my home computers (except for PC gaming, of course).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and I feel that it's great. The dorms are pretty much the same price as the apartments, minus food. The busses will come pick up people from their apartments as well. It's pretty much like living on campus, with less rules.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Whether the teams are doing good or bad, there is plenty of school spirit and fan support. Our football team is getting better. We just moved up to the FBS.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is alright. The busses will come to pick most people up from close to their apartments. It can get crowded from time to time, but that's going to happen anywhere.

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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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