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Reviews 4040 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you enjoy greek life, this school is not for you.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus isn't so good. The places range from extremely far to extremely close. The better the housing the further away it is from campus so that kind of sucks.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's always cheaper and better to ride the school bus, but beware that they don't always drop you off by the closet destination.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities aren't horrible, but the school is old

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Fun – Texas State is an awesome school to go to for many reasons. The academics are great as well as the atmosphere of the city. There are plenty of things to do and lots of great people.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: San Marcos: the Little Big Town – San Marcos is a great place to live. It is a big city with a small town feel. There is plenty to do like the regular things - movies, bowling, shopping. But also the river runs right through town so swimming, tubing, kayaking, etc. is a big attraction here. San Marcos is also very close to both Austin and San Antonio, so if you ever feel like San Marcos is too small for you at any point, those cities are just a short drive away.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Good Luck – If you live on-campus, good luck finding a parking space close to your dormitory if you move your car during week days. If you live off-campus and plan on driving to school, I hope you get an early start and get there before the afternoon. Parking spaces are nearly impossible to find during the week. Weekend parking is a breeze though. Permit Costs are way too high - especially for the headache you get from trying to find parking. The need for a car on campus is very small though. You can definitely walk everywhere - if you live close enough. The thing about Texas State is that a lot of the students are coming from elsewhere - miles away - and driving to school is the most logical and convenient way to get there. Parking needs to be improved here.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Mediocre at Best – The dining halls at Texas State University - San Marcos are fine and dandy - for awhile. The on-campus food gets very repetitive after awhile and it is not the healthiest of choices.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: very nice facilities. library is great, computer access is good. gyms are very nice. high tech lecture halls are nice.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking at football field for shuttle is the only way i can use my parking permit before 6pm.
There is one parking lot on Peques street which fills up by 7:00 am.
I can pay to park at LBJ public parking garage but it is very expensive. The commuter parking sticker is nearly $100.00. Walking up the hill with books from the football field which is at least one mile away from the center of campus library at the top of the hill is very difficult and the shuttle buses run about every 30 minutes.

2 College Junior

Administration: Smoking Ban – Smoking is banned on campus but people still smoke

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is almost impossible. Be prepared to walk!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Bobcat Pride – The football stadium is going to be one of the best.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is not very good. It seems that there were issues about there being too many passes given out and not enough parking spaces. The residential parking isn't as bad as the commuter or visitor parking. There needs to be more parking garages because it is becoming a serious issue. People have been missing class because they weren't able to find a parking space and they didn't want to park in another area due to the fear of getting a ticket from Parking Services.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The NPHC Greek Life was okay, this past year but it could've been better. It seems that everyone was just trying to work on being better so you could tell that they were trying to make a difference. They are pretty much all around when it comes to being social. They don't seem to be too stand-offish or anything. People seem to look up to them and they hold them at higher standards because of the organizations they represent.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The Nightlife is pretty good at Texas State University. There is usually stuff to do all the time. The only downfall about it is that, the places downtown are only 21+ so you always have to go to a party or to 18+ places in Austin if you are underage. Other than that, its pretty fun all around.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Abundant Lab Availability – There is a computer lab located in the majority of buildings at Texas State. Certain labs remain busier than others at peak hours, but chances are good you could run across to the building next door and a computer will be open. If in a hurry this is convenient, otherwise waits are never lengthy. Network is always up. Not once have I had a computer fail on me. Printing is always available, along with scanners you just have to find the right spot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Diversity Makes Us Unique – Texas State is a great college. They have the ability to be as involved with the school as you want. There are tons of sports teams, programs, clubs, sororities, honors programs, ROTC, you name it and guarantee it is offered here. But there is also a great program offered for people who transfer from Austin or other connecting cities. I travel everyday for class and still have the ability to be involved, or just focus on school work. Texas State is very diverse. That is why I have grown to take pride in my school.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Rarely Gloomy – The weather is mostly beautiful. There may be a few gloomy days but it is rare. I have had less times than I can count on one hand that it has rained. Minus the slight cold spell, weather is fantastic. The only thing wrong with the weather is hiking up the stairs on campus in the beautiful sunshine.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Committed Campus – I don't live on campus so I can't speak for strictness on crime of students living on campus. But as a student that travels I feel the faculty complies with all policies and treats each student with equal expectations. Any student that does not comply with policy is handled with a professional manner. Any student not taking their education seriously is put on suspension, and expected to straighten up and not take advantage of what the school offers. Education is key to the school.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Different on Many Levels – There are many whites, blacks, and Hispanic students, but very few Asians. There is a lot of gay, lesbians, and bisexuals at Texas State as well. There are people of many different political, religions, and opinions. Most of the students in fraternities and sororities look identical and actually dress alike, other than them most people are different.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful & Lots to Do – The campus is gorgeous and it's starting to become a lo bigger with the recent construction. It helps that there are lots of parties, coffee shops, the Texas Music Theater, and the river, it makes socializing a lot easier. there's always some city event or school event going on throughout the week. If you want to meet lots of people, the fraternities and sororities are big on socializing. The downside is that most people aren't too big into their academics.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Great, but When It Rains - It Pours – The weather in sunny and cool about 70% of the time. During May and August, it's deathly hot and you will sweat while walking to class.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Seems to Be Fun – People prefer to drink instead of using drugs. Drugs can smell bad and can stay in your system longer, so people rather have minimal fun that doesn't last days later.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living Improvements – Lots of new off campus apartments under construction and available to live in. convenient in regards to location to the campus. buses are also available if needed.


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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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