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Campus Quality

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Aesthetics are getting better with the new buildings, some are just awful. Green spaces could be better implemented. The library is pretty nice, the views are awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love this campus! Although it's big, the buildings and rec center are very nice.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student life on campus is great! They have so many organizations to get you involved and make friends. The Recreational Center is awesome and so many people go there to workout including myself and people go to the courts to shoot around. The library is always full of student when I go in there, they are either on the computer, on the 7th floor of Alkek studying, or look for books for classes.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The community here is very welcoming; most everyone is very kind and understanding when it comes to navigating around campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Texas state is very accepting of the diverse community. There is a lot to do around campus, and a lot of resources available for students. Very friendly people, and well educated faculty and staff/professors. Texas state is the place to be!

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The facilities at Texas State are very nice and look superb in the night skyline. The facility/grounds staff does an excellent job of making the campus look spiffy. The bathrooms are mostly clean, except for some of the dining hall ones (Jones Dining Hall in particular—scary sometimes) and stocked with plenty of TP and towels. 

The Student Rec Center is top-notch. It has multiple gymnasiums on two different levels, a huge swimming pool, a running/walking indoor track, multiple rooms for aerobics and other activities, multiple racquetball courts, personal trainers, and lots of exercise equipment. It also has a café area that serves protein smoothies and shakes, among other beverages and healthy snacks. The café area is also equipped with wireless Internet, TVs, couches, and computers for anyone to use.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
296
Campus Size
457 acres
Student Centers
LBJ Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Albert B. Alkek Library
  • Schneider Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Grin's Restaurant
  • LBJ Student Center
  • Rio Vista Park
  • Sewell Park
  • Tantra Coffeehouse
  • Treff's Tavern
Bar on Campus
George's, the only bar on campus, is located on the first floor of the LBJ Student Center. You can reserve the bar for parties Friday through Sunday and even book your band to play there live. Drinks aren't all that George's offers. There is a big screen TV in the main part of George's, where people can watch sports games. There are also pool and tennis tables that all students and staff can use for a small fee.
Bowling on Campus
None; all bowling is done at Sunset Bowling Lanes, but you can sign up for intramural bowling at the Rec Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is a Starbucks on the first floor of the LBJ Student Center. There are also various markets around campus that offer gourmet coffee at a cheaper price.
Movie Theater on Campus
The only real movie theaters are in San Jacinto and San Marcos residence halls. However, movies are projected on big screens in various parts of campus, including Boko's lounge in the Student Center and outside at night when the weather is nice.
"Green" Initiatives
There has been a lot of construction going on at Texas State. The student body grows by the thousands every semester, and the administration is doing what it can to keep up with the influx of students. So far, there are new parking garages, a new dorm, a nursing building, a multipurpose education building, and an undergraduate academic center; plus, a political science building is in the works.
School Slang
  • Jones: Jones Dining Hall
  • Shiby: Term meaning "to agree with"
  • Sup bra: Hello, friend
  • Wanna go float?: Do you want to go float down the river?
  • Wuts good?: How are you doing?
Traditions
  • Flash Mob Rave: About every semester, the University radio station and the Student Organizations Council puts on a rave around midnight. It only lasts about 15 to 30 minutes because of the noise regulations, but in that half hour, people have some of the most fun. Plus, the after-parties that happen are always awesome. Look for an invite on Facebook!
  • Tailgating: Tailgating is one of the most popular pre-game activities. Tons of food, people, booze, live music, various radio stations, free stuff-you'll find all of this and more at Texas State tailgating parties.
Urban Legends
  • Old Main is the mass communication building. Rumor has it that a young girl fell from the third story of Old Main, after wandering the halls and trying to get to class on time.
  • Sterry Hall, nicknamed "Scary Sterry," has had lights turn on and off by themselves, as well as doors open and close on their own. Also, do NOT go into the basement-if you find it.
  • There is a statue of two horses, with one horse featuring a guy on top of it. It is said that if you rub the horse's testicles, you get good luck on any test you take that day.
Favorite Things To Do
The biggest attraction at Texas State is definitely the San Marcos River. This river is crystal clear, comes from underground, and no matter how hot or cold it is outside, it stays between 72 and 74 degrees. A portion of it is actually on campus at Sewell Park. Everyone goes to the river. It is a great way to cool off on those 80-plus-degree days. You will find people at the river all of the time. Whether they're tubing with some beer, scuba diving, snorkeling, playing sand volleyball, or just laying out to get a tan, students love being at the river.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.lbjsc.txstate.edu/caso/soc
Student Newspaper
The University Star
star.txstate.edu
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
With all the diversity at Texas State, it's easy to find a student organization that interests you. Just by walking around the quad, you can see how active students are. There are always student organizations out there doing fundraisers or demonstrations, even giving out free stuff like T-shirts, water bottles, and beer cozies. The main problems students have in creating a new organization include getting enough students to join and keeping them there.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 172 responses

  • 16% Tailgating
  • 14% Graduation- jumping in the river
  • 14% Club Alkek staying open 24 hours during finals
  • 13% Bobcat Build
  • 12% Football Games
  • 7% The music events, recitals, theater productions
  • 6% Riverfest
  • 5% Farmers market
  • 4% Stress fair
  • 4% Housing fair
  • 2% Flash Mob Rave
  • 2% Crosstalk an on campus ministry
  • 0% Sights and Sounds
  • 0% Colloquium
  • 0% Strutters spectacular and events
  • 0% Club activities fair

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 279 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 181 responses

  • 18% Float the river!
  • 17% Go to the Rec
  • 11% Eat
  • 10% Walk around San Marcos
  • 10% Go to the square
  • 8% Avoid the Alkek stairs
  • 7% Walk the quad during the org fair
  • 7% Hang out at Sewell
  • 4% Partay
  • 4% Hang out in dorms
  • 3% Attend any of the many Christian churches
  • 1% Attend Crosstalk
  • 0% Marvel the beauty of campus
  • 0% Dance
  • 0% MSC

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 183 responses

  • 54% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 35% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 9% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 290 responses

  • 47% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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