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Reviews 4895 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Administration: The school is pretty strict on some policies that make the campus safer. Parking is awful which does affect academics when students need to go on campus when the busses are hard to catch. Absolutely no tobacco on campus (RULE HARSHLY ENFORCED)! Many dorms are only accessible to residents at certain times; otherwise, a resident must let the visitor in the building.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many off-campus housing choices are available to students, though the school does not work with them that I know of. There is almost always availability. Cost is cheaper than dorms and also many other school's off-campus housing. Parking is AWFUL! Safety is good, there are almost always security on property! Landlords are awful, they take advantage of the fact that we are students that are living on our own for the first time.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be big or small compared to who you talk to. Most people either hate or love Greek life. I am in a sorority so I am not sure how "big" it is to those not in a sorority/fraternity. Many "non-Greeks" hate "Greeks", and I know, unfortunately, know some Greek students that feel they are superior to those not in the Greek community. Most Greeks have chapter houses that are well-kept and appropriate for their chapters.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: There is always something to do here. If not in San Marcos, then Austin is only half an hour away. Many students go to Austin on the weekends to enjoy the activities there.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The students on campus are so diverse, you are very likely to share common ground with many other students. Though many people are accepting of this diversity, some are not.

5 College Junior

Academics: My major is the best (for me, at least)! I feel like the program prepares you for many future opportunities! The workload and curriculum are not nearly as much/hard as other majors. The facilities are great and many job opportunities will arise from being a Communication Studies major!

4 College Junior

Technology: DON'T BUY A PERSONAL PRINTER! The amount of free printing a student is given is more than enough to last through a college career! There are computer labs in many buildings, though the ones in the library are more commonly used. The network reliability/speed is okay. A pain to access the internet though, especially on the visitor option. If you are working on something important, DO NOT USE THE VISITOR ACCESS! You don't really need a personal computer here as long as you set aside time to use the ones on campus.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Take care of your financial aid ASAP! It can be a long, struggling process, but it is all worth it for the aid!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a lot easier than living off of campus. Though dorms may be far from classes, it is still easy to access the buildings. Interesting people hang out in the lobbies of the dorms, I made 2 friends from my lobby. It is VERY expensive! It costs more to share a room and bathroom with someone in a dorm than it does to live in an apartment!

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Texas State is known as a "party school" for a reason. It is irritating that students here feel the need to uphold this reputation. Drug and alcohol use is very present here, though not on campus (it is not allowed here). I have been to many parties where I have not participated in drug/alcohol use. It is awkward being one of few to not participate, but I have never felt pressured to join in.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Many students go to athletic events at our school, though fewer in comparison to other schools. Our teams aren't very good, but I feel like the big reason we don't have great support is because we lack school spirit.

4 College Junior

Majors: In order to become a Communication Studies major, one must hold a high GPA. After taking hard pre-requisite classes, you may be accepted into the major. My challenges were met at the level of difficulty for the pre-requisite classes. Though these classes were difficult, I feel it is important to pass difficult classes as a pre-major in order to succeed in the high level courses. The most important criteria for admission is holding a high GPA and having made good grades in core classes. Communication Studies does not have an abnormal application process. Meet with an advisor early on in your college career to find out what steps need to be taken in order to be accepted as a Communication Studies major.

5 College Junior

Majors: This is absolutely the program for me! It is interesting and will be useful in my future. I would definitely choose Communications all over again if I could choose again. In fact, I would choose Communications earlier in my college career if it was possible. In the future, I want to become a high school teacher. The only concern I have about finding a job in my field is finding a job that is best for me. I have acquired a few requirements that my potential jobs must hold (i.e. safety).

5 College Junior

Technology: There are computers everywhere, and they are great to sit and to do your work. You get 2,500 prints and that can last you till the end of the semester. I only have a tablet because there are so many computers around that there was no reason to buy a computer.

5 College Junior

Transportation: If you can get an apartment on the bus route, its a life saver. They are fast and they are usually not full if you know the times to go.

3 College Junior

Weather: Its really not bad, only during the winter if you have to walk across campus in the cold and the rain. Once you learn the short cuts and ways to go through buildings to get to your class your golden.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: mostly anything that you could have ever wanted, and if there isn't Austin, TX is just a short distance away.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have heard people talk about it, but I have never seen people do them, or bringing them to campus.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Plenty of places to go and eat, and theres a huge shopping center here.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The people are really helpful, but its just a lot of steps and the people are demanded so much that it takes awhile for them to help you.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks are everywhere and they are always talking among themselves like no one else is there. Non-greeks say they pay to have a social scene. However, some are really nice and do great things for the community, and those would be the honor greeks.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some topics are really fun and exciting, and you can tell the professors really loves their jobs. Then, there are others like most of the biology courses where you have professors who only want to do research and the teaching is just a burden.

1 College Junior

Majors: All other majors are fun, and all the college students seem to really enjoy their college career. However, biology is horrible and everyone that I talk to either just don't have a life, or hate the fact that they picked this major. Those who love this, best of luck!

4 College Junior

Majors: During student teaching you really learn on how to interact with the teachers and the students. It is a great way to know what your getting into teaching, and to be able to acquire skills your teacher will show you to better your ways of teaching.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are programs that will help you get to where you need to go at night, but they take a long time to get to you. Its faster to walk alone, but the campus is really dark and there are shadows everywhere. To feel safe you need to make sure you have a partner at all times at night.

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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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