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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I didnt plan on going to grad school; it was an opportunity that came along that I couldn't pass up. I am very glad I made the decision to come.Not only have I become a better athletic trainer, I have also been given the chance to teach, and I now know what I want to do after I graduate. I am thinking I would like working in the collegiate setting, but I would like to work with the athletic trining students academically instead of clinically. I would still continue to practice by doing contract work. Money is something I stress about, and stress ultimately ends up affecting my education.

5 College Junior

Local Area: I love living in San Marcos. There is so much to do with the San Marcos river, Austin and San Antonio near by, and great outdoor attractions such as cool hiking trails, swimming holes, etc. There is always something to do!

4 College Junior

Administration: I think the campus strictness on drug use is great, I'm glad that they are constantly working to keep that off campus.

5 College Junior

Local Area: I love San Marcos, it is a great place to live even if you aren't a college student! I love the river, the trails, its a great location since it is in between San Antonio and Austin, and people are friendly to college students.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of labs on campus, but I would recommend having a computer for home. And it is necessary to have your own during midterms and finals so you won't have to wait or worry about lab hours.

4 College Junior

Weather: I think the weather is generally nice. It can get pretty humid, but the rain is just beautiful!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did have an issue with the financial aid office and I had to spend a lot of time on the phone to get the problem fixed (I was out of town) but they did help me get the help I needed to replace and fix their mistake.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Texas State Trams are such a great thing to have. If I don't want to deal with traffic or only have a quick visit to campus, its nice having the trams (saves a lot of gas)

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat out too often, but I will say when I do I have many options and they are priced fairly for college students

5 College Junior

Diversity: This is one of the things I love the most about Texas State! The diversity is incredible. People are not looked down upon if they are different, I find this very important since I am Hispanic (and came from a place with mostly Hispanics) and there are a great number of Non-Hispanic Americans at Texas State.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are a lot of Greek organizations that are looked down on. However, I know that there are a lot of different options for Greek life and many of them have good reputations. If you do not join the Greek life, nothing will happen, you will still meet tons of people and have a great college experience (I am personally not involved in Greek life).

5 College Junior

Majors: I have learned so much while in the English program! I did not know how much my field would hold until I reached my advanced level courses and was challenged and mind blown constantly. If I could do it all over again I would, I learned so much that I would have missed out on otherwise. If I were to do anything different, I think I would get my teaching certificate. I plan on going to graduate school for the professional counseling program at Texas State to pursue my goal of becoming a clinical therapists. With the program Texas State has for counseling I have no concerns about finding a job in my field, especially since there are internships available for while you are in school.

3 College Junior

Majors: My English program has no special requirements. If you are accepted into the university then you are accepted in the English Department. However, if you do not take it seriously and do not do all the reading, you will not pass your classes. So, my advice to future students is to be proactive, be organized, do your work; if you do your work and are responsible you will succeed in any major not just English.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The night life of Texas State University is very active, what I like about the school is that night life is not just around the town at bars, or parties; the university (SACA) also has events held on campus that are fun and safe. I'm not really into going out that often, I prefer to stay in and read (for pleasure rather than homework) or watch a movie. Like any other university their is underage drinking but I do think that is restricted quite a bit, bars in San Marcos are very strict on the age limit as well as frats. At frat parties their are people at the front who check IDs and mark those who are under age. Over all I say San Marcos is a good place to have fun at night and it is much more safe than lets say 6th street in Austin.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at Texas State has been absolutely amazing. I come from El Paso, Texas and leaving to attend Texas State University is the best decision I have ever made. It is not just a beautiful campus, the faculty and staff is amazing, they challenge students and make them the best they can be. I have made amazing friendships at Texas State even with professors! The people at Texas State are the absolute best, their is so much diversity and zero tolerance for discrimination. I absolutely love the river on campus, its a great place to unwind after tons of studying, I also love that they have churches on campus, it makes me feel like I'm even more integrated with the Bobcat community! I would definitely choose Texas State University again if I could do it all over, I would not pass up the experiences and lessons I've learned here for anything else.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: even though it's "tobacco free" there are cigarette buds everywhere and occasionally you can smell weed near the residence halls. With so many frats and sororities, there is lots of drinking but you don't always personally notice it, you just know that drinking is almost always going on.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well...it's Texas so the weather is already crazy but TXST's layout creates tunnels of wind that can almost blow you off your feet.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is tons of school spirit at the tailgating but once the game starts, a majority of the students are still out tailgating rather than supporting the players. As for sports other than football, there are typically very small numbers of students that attend that aren't required to be there. The teams are decent and the facilities are above average but they lack fan support for every sport (we were denied a bowl game for football because there was not a high enough fan attendance rate).

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: At times it goes smoothly but if you don't meet a requirement for fall aid, it makes aid for spring and the following fall a pain.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Permit rate are ridiculous. There are rarely any spots available. There is not enough spaces available to begin with. Tickets and fines are also unreasonable. Going through the parking permit process at the parking service office is not very pleasant. The staff doesn't seem to want to help and answer questions. Confusion is normal amongst students because of poor communication about policies from parking staff. Having a car or driving to school is not worth it whether you live on or off campus, with or without a permit. Parking garage prices are poorly priced as well, however you have a better chance just paying there by the hour.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are dorms still available that are almost as old as the campus. Some of the dorms have no air conditionally. The location and convenience of them are fair and local to classes. The prices are overpriced. Not many amenities are provided with the dorms. The housing process is a hassle. Going to many locations to get material needed is a hassle. Moving in and out is a hassle. Space for parking and unloading is very poor.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Considering the number of stairs and hills, when it rains it pours. Its very unsafe to walk up hills and slippery stairs when or after it rains. The downhill slopes cause the rain water to flood down causing your attire to get wet.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. It is really great to interact with students outside of your ethnic group. Everyone is fairly friendly so acceptance is no problem. The population of females on campus greatly out weighs the male population. There is a great mix of attitudes, personalities, beliefs and religion. Everyone is respectful of others differences. The campus does not struggle at all in this area.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The phone lines are always busy so it is very hard to get answers to questions. The office as well is always backed up with only a couple people working. They are good about sending emails concerning disbursements. Not a lot of scholarship opportunities are provided either, but overall improvements should be made.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There aren't very many attractions. The atmosphere is pretty diverse which is pretty cool. We do have a outlet mall which is nice for shopping.

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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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