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4 College Senior

Athletics: I personally enjoy varsity athletics at TXST, but many people don't feel the same since we are not one of the winning-est programs. Tailgate gets packed, but plenty show up just to tailgate. Both student sections also see a mass exodus right at half time. The sports would be more fun if the fans were better.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: I've grown to love San Marcos and the hill country. We're located right between Austin and San Antonio, so if there's nothing going on locally, a bigger city is just a half hour away. There's lots to do outside, and it's great to go check out the quaint places surrounding San Marcos like Wimberley and Gruene.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I personally didn't like living on campus, but I know it's a different picture for others. My dorm was consistently dirty.

4 College Senior

Majors: The psych department here is pretty solid with professors that are some great resources to students.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing varies a lot from the huge townhomes down to the small old places. It gives a wide variety of options for students, and the buses have stops at or near most of the complexes.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great local places, and a good amount of the stuff you're familiar with.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: I'd say it's better to stick to house parties or going out on the square. Greek parties attract lots of Freshmen.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek members are sometimes perceived as snobby and cliquey. They are known for the parties they throw. There is no discrimination against non-greeks. Certain Greek communities do more for the community than others.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: The university is beautiful and there are plenty of attractions around. My main concerns deals with the safety around campus.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are great, football is the only sport where it is not that great.

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4 College Junior

Majors: There's a shortage of staff in the department. This results as a problem because class space availability is very limited. Instructors vary in quality.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: its great to live on campus because its convenient but parking is awful, the nicest buildings are farthest from classes, no guarantee you will get the dorm you want

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football season is pretty big, but the team isn't that great. School spirit starts off well and as the team loses people just leave

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus very much, I buy groceries for my dorm

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: So many people are always calling and staff is severely limites, even in office visits take hours before you can actually see someone

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Im not really sure yet, you don't apply for awhile but it seems pretty straightforward

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I haven't see much, besides greek parties.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Always take care of financial aid questions in person and well before deadlines if possible in order to avoid long wait times and last minute head aches.

5 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If you cannot find a party, you aren't looking very hard. Every weekend holds party potential for the willing. Any given apartment complex during the weekend will be holding atleast three parties.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is a pretty decent variety including price variety so you will never go hungry. Thai Thai cuisine offers a huge menu of equally huge servings for a reasonable price. Cedars Cafe has a delicious menu of mediterranean food for a decent price as well.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoy my major, International Studies with an emphasis in International Relations. It has the higheest GPA requirement, along with the McCoy School of Business which means that I do not need to have a minor to graduate. I have most enjoyed my economics courses and history courses as I feel I have learned the most valuable information for my major in these subjects. My only complaint would be the workload at times. Twenty-five paged papers in three classes, each due within a week of one another probably shaved a year or two off my life thanks to the residual and crippling stress.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: 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.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are many dorm options with various ammenities. I met my best friends while living in the dorm, one of which has been a continual roommate ever since and all of which I still see on a weekly basis. I cannot stress how important that living in the dorms was in shaping my college experience.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have personally never felt unsafe on campus. There are various emergency call posts around campus and the campus remains fairly well lit during the evening. The campus police utilize the emergency email system whenever there is an alledged threat both on campus and through out San Marcos.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: San Marcos boasts the beauty that the Texas hill country has to offer with its constant 74 degree river and scenic drives on the Devil's Backbone or Fulton Ranch Road. Nearby one can visit Jacob's Well or, if nature is not desirable, The Tanger and Premium outlets are a few exits down from the university. The bar scene takes place on the "Square" in downtown San Marcos, near the lovely Historic District for those who appreciate prime real estate.

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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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