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Tarleton State University Reviews

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  • 09/18/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    16 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want a school that is in a small Texas town and you literally become part of a family, then Tarleton is a GREAT decision. With a student population of about 10,000 you are able to make a lot of new friends, but don't have the worry of getting lost in the mass of students like a larger university would be like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Duck Camp so you can make friends before the school year starts, get involved with on campus activities, and just have fun, but do keep up with your studies and don't procrastinate!

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the least expensive state schools in Texas, you do get a wonderful education and have so many open opportunities on campus, whether its Greek Life, tailgating, campus movie nights, sporting events, and many many more, you will have an enjoyable yet educating experience at this school.

    Did enjoy being here

    I am so glad I decided to attend Tarleton. It literally became a second family and home for me. Tarleton offers so many different opportunities for its students to meet new people and make life long relationships with people. I currently am not attending due to financial reasons, but I am planning on returning in the spring because I do miss my Texan family, and want to return ASAP!

    Did learn a lot

    At Tarleton I learned a lot both academically and about myself as a person. College opens up so many doors to learn about life. The way Tarleton goes about its education and family like feel on campus just benefits its students in so many ways

  • 12/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are planning on majoring in agriculture, Tarleton is perfect for you. Tarleton specializes in the agricultural studies and being in the middle of a country town, they definitely know what they are talking about. Tarleton also has one of the best barrel racing teams in Texas, so if you're a rodeo kind of person it's great. Even if you're not into the whole rodeo scene, there is a spot for you a Tarleton. I'm an English major and I love my classes and the whole environment at Tarleton. There is a great fine arts system at Tarleton as well, so theatre majors, music majors, and art majors are welcome and at home. Over all, Tarleton is a great school for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending Tarleton and living on campus you are going to be required to purchase a meal plan. You may think you're going to eat three times a day in the dining hall, but trust me, you don't have time to do so. I'm on the 10 meals per week plan and I have never used all of them in one week. It's cheaper to just get the 10 meal plan and some ramen for your dorm room for those days you miss dinner.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton's cheap tuition make it one of the best deals for education you'll be able to find. The environment, teachers, school spirit, and community feel makes it one of the best schools to go to and make the cost seem like a steal. I've made so many close friends within my first semester and learned so much in subjects I wasn't expecting to like and I've really enjoyed the whole experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and love the people I've met there. Being with people that are striving for a similar goal to your own really helps you concentrate and pull your grades to where you want them. There is also a lot of organizations and activities on campus that are a lot of fun to partake in.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a wealth of knowledge at Tarleton State University. There is a huge variety of classes ranging from mathematics courses to musical courses to theatre courses. There are honors programs available, which I am a part of. The teachers at Tarleton care about the individual student if that student cares about his or her education. I feel so much more intelligent just being on campus and interacting with others in the honors program.

  • 11/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for people who love to have fun, but still can get work done and do well academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you get here, don't stress out! Find friends, get involved, and everything will go smoothly from there.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it isn't as cheap as a community college, I feel like the combination of the quality of the classes and the fun you have while being here makes the cost well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tarleton is deep in tradition. From the Purple Poo to the Plowboys, the entire university revolves around the traditions and organizations here. This makes the university fun to be at because it becomes easier to feel included when you get involved and learn the traditions.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are extremely in-depth, especially the Honors classes. I feel as though I have learned more in my first semester than I ever did in high school. The classes are challenging, which is something that I enjoy. Also, the teachers care about you. At Tarleton, you aren't just a number. The teachers want you to pass and do everything they can to help you.

  • 01/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its great for everyone as long as you go out and get involved. There are over 150 organizations on campus, so its hard to say that there is nothing for you to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tarleton State really is Texas' best kept secret. Getting involved is the best way to meet people. So, go to Duck Camp! Its a big help when you first get to school because you'll at least know some people. Joining groups help you get socialized as well. Whether you want to go Greek, join Freshman Representative Council or Student Programming Association, just do it. At least you can say you tried it out.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is affordable, and makes it feel like you still have some cash left over to have a life at the end of the day.

    Am enjoying being here

    I ABSOLUTELY love this school. There are plenty of ways to get involved, an active campus life is definitely a big deal. Tarleton is all about community, and its one thing you can for sure sense just walking on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Academically, this school has a lot to offer. Most of my teachers are extremely helpful, and if they aren't, chances are there is an Supplemental Instructor or tutor that would be more than willing to assist you with any questions.

  • 04/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If your major is Agriculture then Tarleton is great for you. If your major is science then Tarleton is great for you. Don't get me wrong other majors are great and accepted too, but Tarleton's science and agriculture programs are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    The places/dorms I recommend to stay in are Legends, Centennial, Texan Village, New Dorm, and traditions. Those places are the best. Traditions is not as great as the others but its A LOT better than Bender and Ferguson. If you stay in Legends or the New Dorm its like a 5 star hotel with 5 star security for your door.

    Bang for the buck

    To attend Tarleton is very, very cheap. You will most likely always have money left over, and the best thing is you are receiving an awesome education!

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here very much, everyone is so welcoming. When I first came to this school, the employees that work in the office (any office) are dedicated to help you get whatever you need. The upperclassmen are very helping as well.

    Am learning a lot

    At Tarleton, the learning experience is like no other. I learned and gained a lot in academics and experience. The environment of Tarleton is very studious and feels like an environment for learning.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Visit every college brochures can make some colleges appear to be perfect when in reality they have A LOT of flaws.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is one of the cheaper universities, but its worth a lot more I don't think you can get a family atmosphere at any other college besides Tarleton.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tarleton State University is a family atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly and helpful. I just came back from an event for freshmen called DUCK CAMP!!!! I had a blast. All the current students at Tarleton really helped me out and just reassured me that if I needed anything that they would be there for me no matter what.

    Am learning a lot

    I haven't started class yet, but i do know that they have smaller classes so you can get more one on one time with your professor. They also have a first year experience program that really helps freshmen make the transition from high school to college.

  • 05/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who's looking into any major can come to Tarleton. Our doors are open. Tarleton is well known for it's agriculture programs and similar to Texas A&M we are more geared toward the sciences. But don't let that discourage you, Tarleton offers just bout everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I could give anyone is to apply and come visit. As soon as you step on campus I know you will feel at home, it's just a matter of giving the school a chance. You will automatically be greeted with smiles and any questions you have will be answered thoroughly. You couldn't ask for a better school.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is probably one of the cheapest Universities in Texas and as a member of the Texas A&M family they offer the same courses completely transferable for way less money. If your looking for a college that brings you everything that large university would bring you for way less and a lot smaller, Tarleton is for you!

    Am enjoying being here

    When it comes to Tarleton theres no doubt that you will enjoy yourself. Even aside from the school the town it is in is very enjoyable. It's a nice small home town kind of feeling and you never know what you will get yourself into. Tarleton offers it's students so many opportunities that you are guaranteed to have fun no matter what.

    Am learning a lot

    I definitely learn a lot while at Tarleton, not only about school subjects but on a personal level as well. The atmosphere at this school is very welcoming of every individual as a person but also as members of the Tarleton family. This allows for a more comfortable learning environment and excellent academics.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton has an amazing diversity proram and there is a place for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are interested (which you should be) then go on a Texan Tour. it is much better than the regular tours and you get a better experience. it is led by actual tarleton students who have a huge love for the university. you wont regret it and i DARE you to not immediately feel at hom here.

    Bang for the buck

    Im my opinion, TSU's tuition is very reasonable for the experience you recieve, which is incredible. Not to mention there are a ton of scholarships that Tarleton offers to help you.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've only been here for one semester, but i already call this place home. I love where i live, I love the friends i've made, and most of all, I love tarleton!

    Am learning a lot

    I LOVE the classes. In most classes there is an SI (tutoring) session at least once a week to help you if you choose to go.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper than most schools in Texas, and still provides a friendly college atmosphere.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being from Stephenville, I absolutely did not want to go to Tarleton. I originally planned on transferring away, however I've found that I truly love the campus and the atmosphere and don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on your major, Tarleton is a great school for learning. The Music program is phenomenal, and the Education program is one of the best.

  • 09/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Check tarleton out it would be the best choice ever its a small school with mostly small classes and full of traditions and purple shirts!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing and everyone is friendly!!!

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy a large town with a small hometown feel will get the same experience in Stephenville. There is a wide variety of everything squeezed together in one town. If you're a true cowboy/cowgirl, Tarleton is a true country town, even having its own Rodeo Club (come ready to know how to two-step). Really, however, Tarleton is for anyone who wants a rich history and an education background to be proud of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just get involved as soon as school starts; there are many opportunities to get involved in school before it starts, like Duck Camp and Texan Orientation. These events will get you prepared for the traditions and history of Tarleton. On a side note, if a current student tells you not to order your books until the second week of school, don't listen to them; order your books in advance. There will be many traditions that you have to know before you get there, too, so be ready.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is one of the cheapest schools to choose from, although they do not offer a wide variety of scholarships. Also, when it comes to buying books, look into renting or buying off campus/online because you might get them a bit cheaper than you would at the bookstore.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus provides many activities to go to, along with a variety of groups and organizations that bring you closer to the students and faculty. Also, I'm not too far from my classes and don't have to walk so much because everything is so close. Safety is also a number one priority.

    Am learning a lot

    I can't say much for other teachers, but the teachers that I have are very good at what they do and they make the classes very interesting. The classes that I'm in are small and reasonable so that the teacher is able to answer every one's questions.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is police patrolling at night as well as safety lights all throughout campus, but i dont really ever see a need for them, stephenville is a safe town, but tarleton is even safer of a campus. all the dorms require card key access to the buildings and to the individual rooms.

    Greek Life

    there are a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus, ranging from big groups, to smaller groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many activities on campus it is really hard not to be a part of one.

    Great for these types of students

    tarleton is great for any type of student looking to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we do not walk on the grass, we have numerous traditions homecoming week such as beating the drum, purple pancakes at midnight, and the bonfire.

    Bang for the buck

    tarleton is one of the cheapest four-year universities in texas and they have great teachers.

    What to do for fun

    stephenville is a small town, so for fun there is a lot of things that go on around campus, but there are little things to do around the town if you get involved.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall is really great. they have a huge selection of food choices and they also have alternative places to eat on capus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms can get kind of loud and crazy sometimes, but they are dorms filled with freshman students mostly. the on campus apartments are great, but you have to be a returning student to live in these

    Academic Rigor

    there are great classes for every major and the teachers make going to class fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    be involved in as many groups as you can handle with your schedule and do not forget to start studying early. waiting until the last minute is not a good way to start.

    In three sentences

    tarleton is full of traditions. tarleton is a place that is very welcoming. tarleton, to me, is home.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    what do you guys like about this school?

  • 12/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    There is so much diversity at Tarleton; who could not love to be here?!

    Will learn a lot

    Every class is relatively small, with a great student to teacher ratio.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any type of students

    Tips for prospective students

    You will fall in love if you come visit, the entire campus is very impressive.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is very reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing and I feel very much at home, I couldnt ask for a better school.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my classes are great and I have Learned a lot. the professors here are amazing.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Plenty of school cops for how small this university is.

    Greek Life

    more per capita than most other universities .... although I donot participate, i do Know that their are several quality Frats on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    to many to mention.... might be more effecint to name the thing on campus that dont have a club!

    Great for these types of students

    Agricultural or Engineering

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purple Poo .... sounds bad but its not what you think... oldest spirit group in texas!

    Bang for the buck

    great professors sell this category.... hard to find better for the money

    What to do for fun

    fair night life.... four local bars and fortworth is an hour away

    Food and Dining

    awsome brand new dinning hall

    Dorm Life

    great lots of things to do... great securtity

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major of choice.... in the case of Enigineering/Physics, get ready cause its going to be tuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont park where you are not supposed to ..... the parking lot nazies are ruthless. go talk to the finacial aid office as soon as you get on campus, they are by far the most helpful.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a well rounded 4 year university. It offers an experience that most other Colleges cannot. tarletons most unique feature is the fact that it is in the middle of a small cowboy run town.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Tarleton has something for everyone! Get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who want to be in a small town and want to see a familiar face in each of his/her classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton is all about tradition. You cannot walk on the grass or the Purple Poo will attack you. The Purple Poo is one of the oldest spirit organizations in the world. There is a cannon and it is said if a virgin walks in front of it it will shoot off. These are 3 of the many traditions at Tarleton.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is one of the cheapest Universities you can attend and they offer great education.

    What to do for fun

    Stephenville is a small town. They have a movie theater and a paintball course. Those are both fun, but you need to make friends and you can make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    So here is the deal on the food. The dining hall is good for awhile, but all of a sudden you don't want to eat there anymore. You just get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great. The Residential Leaders are pretty great. They will help you with anything you need. The neighbors are fun to have around, too. Some of the dorms have kitchens. Mine does not, but I wish it did. Sometimes, though, you just want time alone and cannot really get that in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at Tarleton want you to succeed. They strongly believe that college is a transition from childhood to adulthood. They expect you to get your stuff done. The view it as carreer developement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Get involved. Get involved. I cannot stress this enough. College is a great time to meet new people. Go out and show your school your amazing personality!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Tarleton State University! It is the best choice I have made in my life! College life is great!

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the dining hall is awful. the only time it is remotely good is if a tour is occurring! they have the same food and the hours on the weekends are horrendous. i can't wait until i can live in an apartment with my own kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms at school here are either very good or very bad. if you get into legends, traditions, legacy, or centennial, you'll be okay. but other residential halls such as bender or ferguson are disgusting. the dorm life here on campus does make getting involved easy and achievable.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic competition here at tarleton is obvious. there are many different kinds of students with different approaches to school work. the classes are difficult, but definitely not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    getting involved here at tsu will bring great rewards. seeming as stephenville is a small town, there is not much to do here. being involved will bring, friends, relationships, and other great opportunities.

    In three sentences

    tarleton state university is a very traditional based school. people are friendly, classes are small, and the professors really care about their students. i absolutely love my school.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have code purple which we have speakers in all the buildings and also they send out mass emails and texts.

    Greek Life

    there is a panalimic greek which is delta zeta, alpha gamma delta, and phi mu. but thoes are jus the large girls the best is zeta phi beta!!! o and theres guys like kdr ,agp(agriculture) many more

    Clubs and Activities

    minority student leaders, texans promoting tolerance, and many many more groups

    Great for these types of students

    all types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the yell contest than we snake dance down to the tsc building for the beating of the drum during homecoming week.

    What to do for fun

    go to bostocks, city limits, bowling alley, go karts etc.

    Food and Dining

    the food is not that great only when they have special occasions.

    Dorm Life

    best dorm is hunewell reason i say is because very loving dorm plays games as a dorm in the lobby and if someone needs something someone else doesn't mind sharing it.

    Academic Rigor

    very smart school and willing to help you through!

    Tips for prospective students

    to register early and to also remember school work first than party!

    In three sentences

    tarleton state university is a good school to attend. tarleton makes it easier for you as a student and if you need help will help you along the way. tarleton is also a very warm community; very loving students!

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    duck camp. purple poo.

    Bang for the buck

    ? not sure what this means

    What to do for fun

    barrel races and rodeos...is what i do.

    Dorm Life

    no applicable.

    Academic Rigor

    the courses are a challenge, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class!

    In three sentences

    tarleton is a great learning environment. i came to tsu with doubts, but i am now glad i made the choice to come here. the classroom environment is great!

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus that is convenient for everyone to reach. There are emergency poles located throughout campus in case of an emergency. There have not been any shootings or incidences that would make anyone feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities you can choose from, some are religious affiliated and all are non prejudice. Anyone is welcome to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations to choose from. You can also create an organization of your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo is an unusual tradition that almost all the students love. They attend all the school events and to raise the spirit of Oscar P (the founder's pet duck). No one knows who they are and they will not be revealed until their graduation.

    What to do for fun

    On Tuesday and Thursday nights you can go to this country bar called City Limits to kickback and get away from schoolwork. Often times we will have movie nights on the lawn behind the rec center. Visiting with friends in other dorms is always fun because when you all put your heads together there is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has many choices to choose from such as international, grill, cuisine, deli, and desserts. Some times they will have a chocolate fountain and fruit to go with it. The food is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Living in a Learning Community very beneficial to the student. You get to live and study with students who are majoring in the same major as you. You will also form many friendships and see your grades rise tremendously.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not hard, but challenging. It starts off easy, but picks up the pace from then on. As long as you study and pay attention in class it will be a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for the scholarship deadline, Dec. 1. Also, choose to be in a Learning Community.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are constantly patrolling campus. There is also a 24 hour number you can call. Comes in handy during one of those late nights at the library when you don't want to walk home by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Do it. You won't regret it. There are numerous fraternity and sororities on campus. At the beginning of the year they'll have socials so you can meet all of their actives. You're bound to fall in love with one of the sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone. Anything from Nerf Club, to professional. If there isn't one you like you can make one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purple pancakes! Get pumped for homecoming!

    What to do for fun

    There's a small movie theater and a bowling alley.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than most cafeteria food I've had. They always do really cool themed stuff. Sometimes they'll have a chocolate fountain during lunch, cupcake decorating contests, and salad and pasta bars. They have a selection for vegetarians and have a variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    I live on one of the oldest dorm on campus, but i wouldn't trade it for any other one. I know everyone in my hall and a lot of us are very close. It's always good to live in a dorm because there are people of all majors that can help you if you're struggling in a class.

    Academic Rigor

    Professor are always willing to help, they understand. There is also supplemental instruction (SI) for some classes. They're very helpful. The SI instructors also hold test prep sessions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You will hear that from everyone here at TSU. I have met so many new people.

    In three sentences

    My new home!

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No crime!

    Greek Life

    Love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Sigma Chi Fraternity and intermural sports....always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student with a fear of being on a large campus and being lost in a big ocean! It's perfectly sized.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus tour is great as the tour guide gives you a lot of history about how there are 288 trees on campus and there are 288 zip codes in Texas and how that all ties together.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it's quite a bargain, money-wise, and everyone is nice.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the rec center and shoot hoops. There is a lot of equipment you can rent to go canoeing or camping but that's a little hard for me as I am one-handed. Hang out at the frat house.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is great but the hours could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Legacy Dorm is newest and best. I don't get too involved with the goings-on at the dorm itself as I am in a fraternity and that keeps me busy outside of the classroom.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in a fraternity, I have to maintain a certain GPA but it's not too difficult. Professors willing to answer questions anytime!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live at Legacy Dorm -- It's the newest and the best!

    In three sentences

    I love the student-to-teacher ratio and the size of the campus. The professors are all willing to help me anyway they can. I am a disabled student.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    surveillance and call phones all over the campus.

    Greek Life

    alive and well.

    Clubs and Activities

    library to sports, clubs you can be apart of and activities weekly.

    Great for these types of students

    all walks of life. agriculture tops the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    purple poo spirit group beating of the drum during homecoming.

    Bang for the buck

    You can get a first class education for less amount to spend at a major university.

    What to do for fun

    get to know people, intramural sports, swimming pool, health and fitness center, plays and dances.

    Food and Dining

    great food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    awesome life experience.

    Academic Rigor

    tarleton hold you to high standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    be yourself, have fun, and get your school work done!

    In three sentences

    1.tarleton is outstanding small school to attend. 2. tarleton is a caring university. 3. tarleton students are more than a number at tarleton.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    the national society of leadership and success is highly recommended.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the davis hall is an unusual building that was most likely built since the beginning of the university (not sure what year). the building itself is mysterious with broken windows, yet the university still utilizes the building for offices.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good enough to eat and not make you sick.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you attend class you will do well at this university. bleed purple!

    In three sentences

    tarleton state is a unique university located in stephenville, texas, which is approximately sixty miles southwest of fort worth, texas. there are around 10,000 students that attend this university.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Love Tarleton.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I'm a current student at the Tarleton State University McLennan Community College (MCC) University Center at Waco, TX. This is a great option for the type of students that are not yet ready to be away from home and want to close to home. Also being able to have the option to live at home really does help out those students that come from low-income families, that perhaps can not afford to move out into the university of their dreams. The Tarleton State University Staff/Faculty here is extremely helpful, and enjoy their career just as if they were on the actual campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Tarleton State University expects their students to finish their degrees, encourages students to receive double majors, and promotes transfer students to complete a certain number of credits to transfer over into Tarleton State University. The Tarleton State University commits everyday to the students in trying to offer the best education, teachings, and learning everyday. They strive to enhance their degree programs availabilities, so they can offer the most education as possible as they can to their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students if you are one of those students who wants to learn it all, come with an open mind and your brain ready to learn new things each and everyday. Your instructors are always available to help students out when they might be struggling, so take advantage of the great exceptional help the professors have to offer. From what students learn in the class and from the professors, they will get pretty good insights of what to expect in their field of study.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University offers professors that have tons of field experience in their degrees; in which they are able to offer students real life examples of what to expect out in the real world, once they are out in the field. All the classes are exceptionally good and really do make you learn, by giving as you examples of real life events that have occurred, are occurring, or will occur down the road in the future. The professors and the classes are made to make the students think professionally about their career, also how they will expand in their career of choice, and how they can make a difference for the better of the people.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    be safe

    In three sentences

    tarleton is n amazing agricutlre school. so if you want an Ag degree go there.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going dancing at Agave or Bostocks is always fun. The Stephenville City park is awesome and the movies and bowling are more options!

    Food and Dining

    THE FOOD AND DINING IS TERRIBLE. The hours are bad and so is the food.

    Dorm Life

    If you get into Legends, Centennial, or Legacy you are golden. Every other dorm is awful.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not as competitive as other colleges. Basic freshman classes are relatively easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be friendly! Tarleton is a small campus where most of the people already have groups of friends. Be outgoing and be yourself!

    In three sentences

    I love Tarleton State University. The atmosphere is awesome, the people are nice, and the teachers are great. The only issue is the terrible food in the dining hall.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always different activities going on on campus. It is very easy to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    I personally don't have a meal plan because I commute, but I have eaten at the dining hall twice. It was ok, not the best but definitely not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm because I commute, but I have seen inside some of the dorms. The more expensive ones are nice, but the more cheap ones don't look the greatest. Could use some improvements in some dorm buildings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't freak out and think it's going to be too difficult. There is always someone there to help with any class whether it be the professor or SI leaders. This is a great school.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a very friendly environment. This school has great professors. It is also easy to adjust to after high school.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police seem friendly when we met one on the campus tour.

    Greek Life

    Definitely want to join one of the sororities. Pearls and squirrels!

    Great for these types of students

    Country folks. People coming from small towns.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo is awesome! ;) You'll have to go to Tarleton to hear about this secret organization.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to most other universities, it is a very good price.

    What to do for fun

    There seems to be plenty of student activities on campus. Also, if you get involved with one of the religious organizations they have church functions, movie nights, and get-togethers weekly.

    Food and Dining

    The options of different types of food available in the dining hall is great. And unless you are some food critic it should taste just fine. Also plenty of fast food places within walking distance, and a chick fil a right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The cheapest hall for girls, Gough, is the one I signed up for. And I love it. The community bathrooms are bright and cleaned twice a day. The rooms are a little small, but not to the point of being an inconvenience. Two walk in closets are available. The community kitchen in smaller than I would prefer, but is nice enough.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses seem average in difficulty. Which means if you are willing to work hard then you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    A pretty campus in a small town. Everything you need within walking distance, and there are several cute shops. The locals and fellow students seem very friendly.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is cheaper than a lot of other universities, but the facilities are better than many, the food is great, and the education is comparable.

    What to do for fun

    Stephenville has a small town appeal. Consequently, there's not a lot to do. There are a few bars, a couple parks, lots of fast food, a movie theater, and a few stores to visit, but mostly students just create their own fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, but the hours aren't the best.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are very nice, and the communities within all the dorms allow students to meet and adjust to college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your courses, you may take ridiculously easy classes, but you may be faced with very demanding classes depending on the number of hours you take and your major. A lot of people have trouble with chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wait to buy/rent the text for biology courses (you may not need them), but not the lab manuals (you will need them). Try to take physics somewhere else if it isn't one of your stronger areas. Don't spring for the unlimited meal plan. The food is great, but you probably won't feel like going to the dining hall that often.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a relatively affordable, growing university. Parking is a pain, and there is a lot of construction going on. Classes are small, which promotes learning and allows students to connect with their teachers.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always police presence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fresh Duck Camp is awesome and worth attending.

    What to do for fun

    There is a wide range of activities on campus. Swimming, tennis, baseball, football, track. For a small college town there is enough shopping locally to keep everyone happy and the Metroplex of Dallas and Ft. Worth is only 60 miles away.

    Food and Dining

    I would recommend the dinning hall. The food is fresh daily, cost is low for the meals and for what you get. Well worth eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus since I live 12 miles from the school. But friends seem to love it. TSU has built a lot of new dorm areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and yet well worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do matter what your degree plan is: music, ag, nursing, business or numberous other majors - TSU offers you the best deal for your buck!

    In three sentences

    TSU is part of Texas A&M. I attend TSU and am going to be a junior. My major is Music; I play french horn. Am in the concert band, play in the marching band, am in the horn choir, play in the chamber winds and love every minute. I have a great private horn instructor at TSU and would recommend this school to anyone. Top Notch!

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Amazing, They even have a Starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms are the Presidential Honors dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    great academics!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the college early.

    In three sentences

    This is a very nice shool. They will help you with anything you need.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus offers a lot of different get togethers.

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of food in the student cafeteria and you can use your Texans buck at different places on Campus and around town

    Dorm Life

    All freshman will have to live in a dorm. Most of the dorms are very nice although I lived in one of the older ones and was not very impressed with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be sure to sign up for a campus visit.

    In three sentences

    I believe that Tarleton State University is the best college. If you're looking for a good school that is not too big then this would be the school for you. Everybody here is always willing to work with you no matter what the issues are.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and academic chapters available to join.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not easy, but help from teachers or past students is always available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in contact with your student advisor. They have great tips to offer.

    In three sentences

    A very good value for the price. The medical lab program is one of the top rate programs in the country. Class sizes are small.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am in LOVE with the Greek life at TSU! GO GREEK (:

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purple Poo

    What to do for fun

    Movies and Hanging out with Friends

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Rodeos Clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, ask questions, do the legwork

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a very friendly campus that provides excellent facilities to learn in. All the staff is helpful and cares about each student. I look forward to learning even more things I love about Tarleton.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    TSU has hundreds of traditions that have existed since the foundation of the school.

    What to do for fun

    Tarleton has many clubs and organizations that have activities that all students can participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Huge cafeteria with everything.

    Dorm Life

    They have a variety of dorms to choose from that serve all needs.

    Academic Rigor

    They have classes and advanced classes for all students to fit in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give Tarleton a chance.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a hometown, small school that is centered and producing successful students. They are focused on giving their students opportunities that even grad students don't receive.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety first, it works!

    Greek Life

    It's fun, sister and brother hood come together as one!

    Dorm Life

    Really fun! Best time of my life

    In three sentences

    Great school, it's open and everyone is helpful. School spirit is through the roof and amazing! Great beautiful campus.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police will escort you to your car at night if you feel unsafe. There are also several emergency phones on campus and the campus police offer self-defense class for women.

    Greek Life

    We have several sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Any one who wants to attend and small school in a small town where everyone is friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton is all about traditions. There are many to experience the most unusual and the oldest is the purple poo. I'm not going to ruin that one you'll have to check it out. ;)

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of ways to get involved on campus that will be fun and keep you busy.

    Food and Dining

    it's good but there are only two places to eat on campus so there isn't much varaiety.

    Dorm Life

    It's so much fun something your sure to want to experience.

    Academic Rigor

    They really want to see you excel. There are may opportunities to help you do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and check out SI it will improve your grade by a full letter. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is student oriented and big on traditions. Tarleton and it's instructors want to see they students succeed, so they are always there. There is no place like Tarleton, I wouldn't trade it for any other school.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ULTRA and Purple Poo

    Bang for the buck

    Price is very reasonable and for the education you get very good.

    Food and Dining

    A little stale pizza, everything else is good

    Dorm Life

    Appears good, not in it yet but sees very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Going simply off what I have determined, all good some harder depending on the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick to what your good at, don't let others determine what your going to be. Be yourself, but also be open to change once you settle in on what your good at.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere. Nice people. I can't wait.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual tradition: you can NOT walk on the grass at all!

    What to do for fun

    City club nearby, so much happening on campus, bowling alley :)

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall is great, but the food gets boring afterwhile.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are alright, but most students prefer living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small so the professors have so much more time to give you one-on-one help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be happy, confident, and most importantly, have fun! Tarleton isn't for the city folk. You must love the country if you want to have a good time here.

    In three sentences

    Great university if you are looking for a small town kind of feel. Teachers remember your name; you are not just a number or a face in the crowd! Class sizes are small and everyone is friendly.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The pizza is great there, but stay away from the burgers... they unfortunately do not taste good. The cafeteria is nice and big, and you can sit near the windows which is great.

    Dorm Life

    I have met my roommate and will be living in the honors dorm... there is a nice area where I can study and watch television whenever I don't want to be in my dorm.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are purple lights around campus if you need to call the police, such as needing a ride at night back to your residence. However, Tarleton has had a bit of a problem with its Clery Report.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is also very big at Tarleton. There are quite a few different sororities and fraternities, holding events and doing good for the community. Unfortunately, sororities aren't allowed to have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs and activities, but they are usually very specific. Sometimes you have to do a little research to find something you'll enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture is big at Tarleton, and we have a brand new nursing building. Anyone who has extreme school spirit and drive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton has many unusual homecoming traditions, such as a purple pancake feast at midnight, a huge bonfire, and of course the secret organization known as the purple poo. There are quite a few unusual spots on campus, like the Ultra and president's house, which you would be acquainted with on a Texan Tour

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton has education and college experience comparable to any university for far less tuition expense.

    What to do for fun

    Tarleton always has something going on, whether it be football tailgates, theatre plays, or Greek organized events. Stephenville as a city has a few bars, bowling, etc but can be pretty uneventful

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has a variety of choices food wise, and the building itself is nice and always clean. If you have an apartment style residence hall, you will have your own kitchen to use.

    Dorm Life

    There are new residence halls being built and added constantly, due to increased student population. Many of them have room to study, socialize, etc. There are apartment styles as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Different majors have different levels of difficulty, but most professors ask the highest of their students and/or teach in a way that make you want to learn. Take a course load that is right tor you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge Stephenville by its looks; the Tarleton campus will have things to offer you. Definitely take a campus tour. Research thoroughly because the campus is constantly growing.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton will feel like your new home right away. The campus is small but vibrant. There is a chance for anyone to put their skills or knowledge to work.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always patroling and are very helpful. Their really cool though, they understand your college students and what you like to do, they handle things very well. There are 911 posts all around campus also.

    Greek Life

    Their are 5 fraternities on campus and 7 soroties (I think), everyone that I know that is in one loves it. I am not in one however.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything, and if theirs not, you can make one!!! SWAT (school wide activities team) puts on great events all through the year. SWAT hosted the largest game of hide and seek in the world, were in the guiness book of wold records!

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for an agriculture degree, an education degree, or a nursing degree, those programs knock it out of the park!! Science degrees are fantastic as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For homecoming week Tarleton has the largest handmade bonfire in Texas. The purple poo are Tarleton students who run around in crazy costumes to conceal their identities and are very funny.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is a super economical school, great bang for your buck!!

    What to do for fun

    Theirs always things going on around campus to do. Theirs 2 great music venues/bars that are really great. The movie theater is super cheap, $3 for students, and if your into the outdoors this is heaven.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is pretty good, some things like burgers get old but they always have other cool things like steak and stir fry to switch it up. The starbucks, chikfile, mexican resturant, and the american restruant are great.

    Dorm Life

    In a dorm you really get to connect with the other people in your hall. I would definitely recommend it for at least a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes can be very hard but history classes are a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid early!! Go to duck camp, its amazing and you wont regret it.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is an amazing university, the campus is beautiful, the professors are great, and you feel like family there. ALl the staff and faculty really want every student to succede and will do everything they can to help you. I love Tarleton, it is an amazing place to attend college!!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    You are certain to find something of your liking at TSU whether it's sports, academics, Greek life, study abroad or community experiences you will find it here!

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot to choose from inside the university campus itself. They have an international cuisine section as well as the typical American specials. In addition, you can find a variety of food to choose from outside the university and at a close distance.

    Dorm Life

    New apartments have been created and for the people in the honors program you can get a dorm closer to campus!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers make you think and help you in anyway possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour early in the year or a year before if possible. It is also beneficial to sign up for orientation early as well because you get better opportunities as far as registering for classes goes.

    In three sentences

    The university has a beautiful campus, in addition to being the perfect size not too big but not too small. The teachers and staff are friendly all-around and very helpful. The orientation experience gave me a great idea as to what to expect regarding the classes, extracurricular activities and more important the future academic experience.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completley safe on my campus, there are always campus police driving around at night, there are card ID swipes to every door in every dorm. Each person can only get into their own individual dorm. Each door has a lock on it and if something is broken it gets fixed very quickly. Tarleton is an extremley friendly family environment.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is growing bigger and bigger!!! All the sororities and fraternities have prideful harmless competition with each other for fun but at the end of the day we recognize that we are all greek and all going towards the same purpose. Also, there is absolutley no hazing at this school! Greek life is where you meet your best friends and bridesmaids you will keep in touch with for the rest of your life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of sororities and fraternities to get involved with, religious organizations, clubs everyone is welcome to participate in, there is a club for literally everything, and if there isn't one yet then feel free to create it!! Here everyone is involved in at least something because why would you not want to be? There is something for every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERY TYPE!! I was shy at first and Tarleton made me come out of my shell. I'm also from the city and I love how its just small enough to make me comfortable but big enough where I am not bored. If you like the country, there are plenty of people to share your interests. We excel in sports and everyone loves to go to the games as well as play intramurals themselves. We have a great band and arts program, new expanding buildings, and the nursing program is top of the line.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Around campus we talk about Oscar P who was the original John Tarleton's pet duck who followed him everywhere. Also we have the secret society called the Purple Poo which dress up and go around spreading campus pride and no one knows who they are until they unmask at graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    HOLY COW this school is worth SO much more than they charge!!!!! It is such an affordable school, a new home, new friends, wonderful opportunities to excel and join tons of fun and thriving organizations and get an awesome education.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends, join a sorority or fraternity, the school puts on lots of events that are great opportunities to get out and have fun. Plus a lot of students enjoy going dancing at the bar on Thursday nights.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has awesome food, buffet style, tons of choices and they switch them up every day so you never get bored of it. They also have a big salad bar and healthy options if you are on a diet.

    Dorm Life

    Clean, no bugs, friendly RL's, friendly neighbors! I had a blast getting to know everyone and it literally became my home away from home. I would go back and live in my dorm a million times over.

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program has an excellent reputation and is extremely challenging. I feel VERY prepared for the real world!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many organizations as you can! Don't take everything too seriously, but remember your grades are what is most important. Take advantage of every opportunity.

    In three sentences

    I absolutley love Tarleton State!!! It has been an amazing experience with friendly and fun loving people, a nice small town atmosphere, and challenging curriculum. I feel successful and uplifted by my peers and teachers.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are very good about doing their rounds on campus and keeping the peace. If something does happen that could affect other students, emails are immediately sent out to forewarn everyone. The CP are friendly and promt which is nice to know when living away from home.

    Greek Life

    Big fraternities are Lambda Chi, Delta Chi, Kappa Delta Rho and Sigma Chi. Main sororities include Phi Mu, Alpha Gamma Delta and Delta Zetas. Lesser know Greek organizations are Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Mu Alpha. Christian sororities and fraternities exist as well so there are options for whatever you want to be involved in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs at Tarleton for everything you can imagine and if there isn't one you can actually make one! Sports clubs exist, honorary societies, religios clubs, service/social clubs and even professional organizations that are aimed toward a students success in the professional world. These are only the highlights of what Tarleton has to offer!

    Great for these types of students

    Whatever your major is, I guarantee there is a club for it. If one likes to organize fun events for campus SWAT is ideal and for the over achievers, SGA exists to elect class presidents and such. If you don't want to actually be in an organization, but like to stay active, the rec hall is perfect and at your service from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. most nights.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The unofficial mascot is Oscar P. which is a duck that was said to have traveled with John Tarleton (the founder of this University). Another unofficial thing is the Purple Poo. It's really hard to explain, but basically they show up at events covered head to toe in Tarleton gear and cheer on everyone. No one knows their identity until the graduating Poo unveil at their graduation. It's pretty special and I've never heard of anything like it at any other college:

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is unlike most schools because it's a university dripping with tradition. Things like the silver bugle hunt done once a year, the snake dance before best the drum, midnight madness starting basketball season and homecoming week is just a blast. The drum, as mentioned before is part of this week an has been for a very long time! It's these activities that being students closer and get people to bleed purple!!

    What to do for fun

    There are church groups that get together Thursday evenings which are a lot of fun to attend and meet Texans that don't cross your path on any other day. Residential Leaders also arrange events throughout the semester that are fun and interactive. Multitudes of organizations exist like SWAT (student wide activities team), clubs for different majors and fraternities as well as sororities. Duck camp is held for mainly freshman before fall starts and this is an excellent way to get a he's start on meeting people you will be going to school with.

    Food and Dining

    Tarleton State University's dining services stand out in a good way! With our meal plans comes dining dollars which can by food for your dorm and the dining hall also has to go meals that are convenient when there's not enough time between classes to sit down and enjoy a hot meal. The dining dollars can also be used in the library at the Suave Café for hot chocolate, coffee or just a little something to snack on while you're studying.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman it was rough adjusting to dorm life, but with the help of Residential Leaders it became second nature today and very quickly after that my home away from home. I wouldn't trade anything to live off campus right now and miss out getting to know my fellow Texans!

    Academic Rigor

    Tarleton State University has challenged the way I think and pushed me to be an all around better student. College is hard, but with the help of programs such as SI and tutoring, you are able to be successful as a college student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and get to know people! Of course we are all here for the education, but the relationships you make with others will last a lifetime and thoroughly worth it!

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University has the perfect feeling of a university, but in a small enough town that student to professor ratio is really convenient as well as comforting knowing your professor really can be there for you moreso than if Tarleton were as big as Texas Tech.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, sporty types, to-be teachers and nurses. They have some really great programs here for them. The arts program is not to bad it self. It is still growing though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The snake dace after the yell contest is very interesting. You grab the person in front of you and you end up in a long line of running people. you run in this line all over campus. It is CRAZY!

    Bang for the buck

    As I said before it is cheep but you get WAY more then what you pay for. :) It is a great place to learn.

    What to do for fun

    the football games are a hoot! Homecoming is the best time of the year! There is plays and concerts. Also a fun improv group on campus! There is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    What can I say. It is a cafeteria! Haha. The food isn't half bad. I have enjoyed it many times but there are other students that don't like it as much. It gets mixed reviews.

    Dorm Life

    It is getting better every year. They keep adding wonderful new dorms each year.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly it is like an A&M education for a WalMart price. It is very affordable but don't let that fool you. The education is top notch and very hard if you don't buckle down and get to work. As long as you stay focused on your studies you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get overwhelmed. There is plenty of help available to you. The campus is small so you can walk anywhere in 5 minutes.

    In three sentences

    They are very much into keeping school spirit alive. They want all in coming freshmen to feel welcome and know what is going on so you do not feel lost. They are very proud of their football team.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Join and organization, go to a football game.

    Food and Dining

    A new large cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Have lots of new dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are all do able if you are ready to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus.

    In three sentences

    Very big and crowded. Not too expensive. Very nice and helpful staff.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in agricultural studies.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends. The town has a population of less then 20,000 so not much to do for those under 21.

    Food and Dining

    I've never liked cafeteria food so I'm having a hard time finding anything good to eat at the dining hall. The salad bar is ok and there is always cereal. The rest is awful. Even the pizza is bad. This is going to be a long year eating hot pockets and ramen in the room.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently in Traditions Hall which was suppose to be two people in a room but with the huge influx of Freshmen we are 3 to a room. And you still are given only one small refrigerator and one small microwave. At least we have a private bathroom which is a shower only, and you do get a closet, 3-drawer dresser, desk and chair for each student. Plus the price stayed to same, you would think you could get a discount due to occupancy increase.

    Tips for prospective students

    Beginning in Fall 2012, new Tarleton Texans emerged on campus a week before classes began (Aug. 19-26). Students moved into their residence halls on Aug. 19 and experienced a week full of activities designed to help them meet their academic and social objectives. The week also guided students through the resources available to adjust to Tarleton's environment and culture. Please take advantage of this week. It was very helpful.

    In three sentences

    You are more than a face in the crowd â?? you are part of the Tarleton family. Very friendly faculty and staff. The University is mainly an agricultural college but it has a large nursing program also.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall provides a wide enough variety that you shouldn't get bored.

    Dorm Life

    Living at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the courses you select, academically you can be as challenged as you want or have it easy enough to sleep and have a social life.

    In three sentences

    Small town atmosphere, but still has plenty to do. Cheap tuition with good professors. Plenty of opportunities for anything you want to do.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One of the biggest reasons I chose Tarleton was the amount of safety they offer. We have Code Purple which is a mass text message or email sent out to every Tarleton registered student that notifies them of any emergency occurring on campus. We also have police officers on call 24/7 to pick you up and take you to your dorm/car if you are worried about walking from the building by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Tarleton has a huge variety of sororities and fraternities that are always welcoming in new students to experiences what they have to offer.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe Tarleton has over 225 organizations and if you can't find one that fits your interests you just need to find two or three other friends and you can start your own club, but odds are you will find one that already fits your personality perfectly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton has a lot of traditions that I know no other college can offer. We have the Purple Poo and the Plowboys. I would love to explain them to you but they are a lot more fun to research on your own and it gives you the full effect of what they are and what they do here at Tarleton.

    What to do for fun

    There are always free meals and activities going on around campus. Every now and then they provide street dances by the dining hall/student center for all tarleton students to attend for free. Also, the local dance hall has nights where they allow students in for free with their ID handy. There is also the movie theater down the road that is only $3 per person for a movie, which is extremely cheap.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall has plenty of options for everyone, whether you be a very picky eater or you being the eater that eats just about everything. The Dining Hall also has a very basic meal plan that is available for those that can't afford to eat a lot and then they have the maximum meal plan that gives you unlimited swipes with your card and you can eat any time the Dining Hall is open.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love dorm life because we do not have to worry about parking every day before class which seems to be a hectic problem around here for people off campus. I also love dorm life because you make one payment at the beginning of the semester and do not have to stress about that anymore until the next semester. My favorite part about dorm life is I pay for the meal plan in my tuition at the beginning of the semester and anytime I get hungry, I just walk to the dining hall and eat my little heart out.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Tarleton are very high priority but getting involved is also a very high priority because we are all one big family. I suggest this campus if you are coming from a small school because it is so well rounded that there is always a place for you to fit in and feel at home. I came from a 1A high school and I absolutely love Tarleton and the size of everything here.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great tip for Tarleton is to come in with a great attitude towards organizations and student life and it will make everything a lot more fun.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a exciting and tradition based university where everyone is as excited about you getting your degree as you are. Every professor I have ever had was very easy to approach and very loving/caring about your grades and your future. Tarleton is a small campus and is very easy to adjust to, so it makes your experience even more enjoyable.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own personal police station in the middle of campus and also have blue buttons that will call the station located all around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus and the school completely supports the production of new clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all kinds of students. We have a large diversity of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions on campus that it would take days to say all of them but the one tradition that always sticks in everyones head is that we do not walk on the grass. Legend says that our founder, John Tarleton, when he died his body was burried on campus and no one knows where so in respect we do not walk on the grass.

    Bang for the buck

    The town supports the school realy well by giving us discounts on a lot of things.. like the movie theater has $3 movies on wednesdays just for college students. The school is really reasonable also.

    What to do for fun

    There are suprisingly a lot of things to do for fun in such a small town. You can go dancing or watch a movie. The best thing is that everything is really affordable!

    Food and Dining

    Eating in the cafeteria is like eating at a five star restraunt. The food is amazing. I don't think it could get much better.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are really nice. Especially legends and legacy. They are really clean.

    Academic Rigor

    They have wonderful teachers and they really care about you as a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for housing early to get the best rooms and the best roomates.

    In three sentences

    I love Tarleton with all of my heart. I wouldn't dream of going to any other school. It is an amazing place to live and learn.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, campus police are out so much that the give bogus tickets to parked cars, so watch out for that.

    Greek Life

    Joining a fraternity has been the best experience I have had. We do so much around the community and considered the gentlemen on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is literlly a 200 page book bout our tradtions.

    What to do for fun

    There are several good bars to chill at, City Limits and Bostocks are the most popular.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent, its as good as cafeteria food gets.

    Dorm Life

    Bender, Ferguson, and Hunewell are average dorms. Community showers aren't the greatest in the world.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is tough, but the material taught is wholesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay off the grass, stay off the grass, stay off the grass!

    In three sentences

    Tarleton has the most friendliest environments I have experienced. Its full of traditions and full of great people. I believe that Tarleton is in the top 5 schools in Texas for helping its students succeed.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had any problems around campus. There have been very issues with that since I've been here.

    Greek Life

    Very big at Tarleton, many who become in a sorority or fraternity don't regret it.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from! Great profession clubs, there's even a nerf club. Cancer awareness, Student Government, special interest.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love tradition, Tarleton is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    purple pancakes during homecoming week!!!

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. It is one of the cheapest schools in Texas and there are times where I can see why. Dorms aren't the prettiest. Lab equipment isn't the newest.

    What to do for fun

    Not much in the city. There are plenty of clubs that would suit one's personality. It's a bit boring at times.

    Food and Dining

    At first it's amazing, then it just gets worse. There are some good days though, but don't count on it to be like your mom's.

    Dorm Life

    Not the best. Many people go home on the weekends because there's never really anything going on during the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some hard teachers and there are some not so hard teachers, it depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself busy here, there isn't much to do on the weekends. Keep yourself busy in general if you want to have a decent college life.

    In three sentences

    It's a small university that offers a lot of opportunities. There are a variety of majors to choose from. I love their job search engine for current and Tarleton Alumni.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is a very secure place, the Tarleton Police are very serious at their work and to walk across the campus at night is no big deal. I always feel at home and everybody is so friendly so you don't worry much.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming week is the best tradition ever!!! There is so many things to do each day of the week such as the bugle hunt, purple pancakes, and the campfire, its really an awesome thing to experience.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons of sports to play and many organizations are just hobby groups, and if you want to start your own organization, its possible.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best but the variety is pretty big for such a small school. I have been at Tarleton for a couple months now and I still have yet to try all the food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Tarleton is awesome, its like a big family and everybody is so nice. The people are helpful and the residential leaders help with anything and everything!

    Academic Rigor

    Its a little harder than I expected but nothing impossible. Figure out a good study program that fits you in the first week and your grades will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations, be apart of the campus, you will meet so many people and make so many friends.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the campus attitude, i would give Tarleton three tens' without a doubt. The people are so nice, everybody says hello and the simple things like opening the door for a stranger is seen everyday. I could not of wished for a better school to of picked.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Many agricultural clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for outdoor students and agricultural futures.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school for a four year degree because its cheaper than many other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Ate at home.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know lived at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is different from a community college so be ready to actually do homework.

    In three sentences

    The teachers really know the material they are teaching. Also very helpful with any material you are struggling with.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Street dances are the best!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students just need to be ready to get involved and enjoy their experience as a Tarleton Texan.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a school that has made it possible to feel like you are at home. The education opportunities are outstanding and the campus involvement is great. I would not describe this amazing university any other way!

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, its in the middle of nowhere, you can go to school, the bar, or a party; those are youre only options.

    Food and Dining

    AWFUL! meal plans are a rip off!Do not get anything over a ten meal plan, which is the minimum you can purchase, you will never use them all! the most i use in a week is 6, and its even rare that i use that many. The food is soooo gross, the only decent foods they serve are sandwitches and the salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Ferguson hall dorms my freshman year, it was AWFUL, the dorms are literally 10 feet by 13 feet and built for single occupancy, however due to the record breaking number of incoming freshman that year, they doubled the rooms. So we were stuck sharing that tiny room with a roommate, its wasnt terribly awful but it wasnt very fun.......However, the community in Ferguson and Bender is unlike any other on campus, i would reccomend staying in these dorms because you will definitely make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the Professors are wonderful, there are a few duds in the math and science departments; but for the most part its good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before accepting your enrollment, consider the location, and through out orientation and campus tours you will be told a million times to get involved...blahblahblah even if you dont get involved on campus youll have a great college experience, so dont be discouraged to attend this school because youre not a super outgoing person.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is in the middle of no where, there is literally nothing to do aside from eating, going to the movies, or most students personal favorites going to one of many bars or house parties. I love the school but the location is a huge issue for me.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. During your orientation, the student body has you sign up to receive texts that have great deals and all sorts of announcements. If there are any threats, you would be notified that way. Other than that, there are campus police that are always on the lookout.

    Greek Life

    I am not Greek, so I do not know much about it, but I have heard nothing but great things from those of my friends who are Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activites going on every night and there is such a diversity in these groups that there is something for everybody. As long as you're involved, it's pretty much impossible to get bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are laid back and enjoy a small town, love dancing and are always willing to accept others and make new friends are perfect for Tarleton!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite traditions is the PurplePoo. They are our spirit people. They dress up in crazy costumes that completely hide who they are, and they are all students. There are 10 girls and 10 guys. They hide their identities until they walk across the stage at graduation and hand the Dean a purple pig. While they are in school, they cause chaos and bring smiles and laughter to all of the students, raising the spirit and love that the students have for Tarleton State University!

    Bang for the buck

    There isn't a lot of stuff that is cheaper on campus, but nothing is overly priced.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there are a lot of events always going on. There are concerts, movies in the park and theater productions. Along with that, there are also a bunch of clubs that you can join depending on what you are interested in. Off campus, most people go to Bostocks or City Limits to two-step, play pool and/or see concerts.,

    Food and Dining

    The food it great. There is a diverse selection ranging from salads to pizza, different home cooked meals and stir fry. You have your healthy and non healthy options and as long as your in the dining hall, you can get as much as you want before you leave. You'll never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fabulous! I live in Traditions, and I love it. Living in the dorms makes it that much easier to meet new people and branch out. They are also very convenient. Tarleton campus is so small that you could probably get anywhere you need in about 10 minutes while living on campus in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There is an absolutely no cheating policy, but as long as you pay attention in class you shouldn't even need to cheat. Some teachers are more on top of things than others so I would definitely ask around about the different teachers before registering for classes. Most of the time they say no late work is accepted but sometimes exceptions are made.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about being overloaded with school work. If you pay attention in class and don't procrastinate college will be that much easier. That's the most important thing, but getting involved comes in as a close second. If all you do is school school school, then you most likely won't enjoy your time. The good news is that we have over a hundred clubs that you can choose to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a diverse school. This ranges from majors to choose from, the types of people who attend Tarleton and the different types of clubs that we have. Tarleton is my home away from home and I could not think of any place I'd rather go to school.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Because Stephenville is a small country town there is not a whole lot of violence. There is awesome campus police who are always patrolling and there to help if need be. If living in the dorms there is always someone at the desk to help, residential leaders in the dorms to assist with anything and to get into the dorms students much swipe their campus id to be admitted, making it harder for an intruder in get inside.

    Greek Life

    There are both sororities and fraternities at Tarleton. There are some major ones and there are some smaller ones depending on your preference. There are also some based on religion and majors. Overall Greek life is a huge part of Tarleton because they help with a lot of its events and traditions and give students away to become involved and meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities at Tarleton. There are many sororities and fraternities if the Greek life is what your interested. If not there are club and intramural sports, and also clubs for every major and interest from photography to our own quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton is a great school for nursing because of the wonderful nursing program and of course Tarleton is known for their part in the Agricultural system. They are known for their rodeo team, agricultural events and studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo is what Tarleton is most famous for. They are a secret organization of students who have been chosen to keep the spirit of Tarleton alive. They dress in ridiculous outfits that cover all of their bodies and are not revealed until they graduate. They attend almost all of the Tarleton events and are hilarious to be around! They are also allowed to tackle someone if they happen to walk on Tarleton's grass!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools Tarleton is defiantly cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to join on campus from sports to the greek life. The gym is close and Tarleton is always putting on events to keeo its students entertained. Stephenville also has bowling, a skating rink, golf courses, mini golf, and a movie theater cole by.

    Food and Dining

    The ding hall is very good. Very many options to chose from when eating and there is always music, activities, or other events to participate in as well.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms! Met so many friends and my boyfriend who i've been dating for the past year. It also helped to make study groups and was nice being so close to everything on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very helpful and the class sizes are small so you don't feel lost in a huge campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus, apply for a lot of scholarships and talk to current students.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a beautiful campus full of friendly people, and teachers that want you to succeed.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Very good food!

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of options for living. They all are very well kept and are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Not a student yet but classes don't seem difficult.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security around the clock

    Great for these types of students

    I do not attend the main campus, I attend a feeder campus in Fort Worth, TX.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events and networking events

    Food and Dining

    I am an off campus student

    Dorm Life

    I am an office campus student

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is paced for efficiency

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to the Counseling Advisors for all updated information. Come to class everyday and stay involved.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is an excellent University, the campuses are well equipped and technology savvy. The Professors are accessible and go above and beyond to help the students. The feeder campuses are allowing more people an affordable education and it is wonderful.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emergency call areas throughout campus. RA in all dorms for problems. Low crime rate.

    Greek Life

    Soroiety life Fraternity life

    Clubs and Activities

    Band, honer fraternities, Greek life, Theater arts, Athletics, Duck camp.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, willing, hard working people who are determined to succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The purple poo people is a Tarleton tradition, they are a anonymous pranksters who dress in disguise and antagonize campus establishment with no repercussions.

    Bang for the buck

    The thing that makes Tarleton State unique,is it is located in the Texas Hill country. It has is a center for the The Red Dirt Music Scene. And it is one of the cheapest University in the state of Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoor life. Theatrics . Clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food plans to choose from. caters to all different nationality's. Nutritious food for your body.

    Dorm Life

    Good size dorm rooms. Good selection of dorms to choose from. Walking distance to all classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Gives you a challenge. Helps ease you into your potential . Brings out your Best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your Financial aid is in order. Make sure you qualify for classes you wish to enroll in. Utilize all potential orientation resources.

    In three sentences

    Best Leaning Environment for all students. Small classes taught by professors only. Offers a large variety of majors to choose from.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs to join and always some kind of activity to attend on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes. Tarleton is well priced with a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Envolved with school clubs. Go to football and basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. Lot of selection though I do get tired of eating on campus all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. I have made alot of friends in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are top notch. You will be sure to get a great education at Tarleton.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone here is like family. School spirit is high. Lots of student activities and clubs to be involved in.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Everyone has awesome school spirit. Love attending Tarleton.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is an outlet mall, bowling, skating, horses, there are plenty of small things to keep you active around Stephenville.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and dining. Plenty of options and affordable. The only thing is they need to extend the house past 7pm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great or bad. It is easy to switch roommates once you find someone that you get along with or there are TONS of options for off campus housing that are still filed through the school.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a few hard classes but we have an SI (supplemental instruction) program that offers students FREE tutoring for the classes they are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into getting involved with the many organizations available!

    In three sentences

    It has a great environment (beautiful scenery, small easily accessible campus). Friendly people. Community highly supports the school and it's students.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have plenty of officers here, as well as a lot of southern gentlemen who are more than happy to help should anything go wrong. There are also call boxes placed around campus for emergency use.

    Greek Life

    The fraternities and sororities do not have houses, so if you're wanting to go Greek, I would strongly suggest going elsewhere so that your meetings aren't in the math building Tuesdays at 7PM.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are a little over-rated in my opinion. In particular, the fraternities and sororities do not have houses, so if you're wanting to go Greek, I would strongly suggest going elsewhere so that your meetings aren't in the math building Tuesdays at 7PM. Other clubs are alright, but the intramurals are always a blast!

    Great for these types of students

    Everybody! We have a wide range of majors, many ethnicities, and so forth. While the town is small, there's always something to offer for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Steal a Poo Sign! If you become a Tarleton Texan, this will make much more sense once you meet a purple poo for the first time!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a very affordable school, although the dorms can get pricey with the meal plans if you're not careful.

    What to do for fun

    I came here after I was 21, so I go to the bar and two step. If you don't know how, there are PLENTY here of both genders that would love to teach you. For those under 21, there's dance places, a park, movies, a bowling alley, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has pretty darn good food for a college. There's a mongolian grill there where your food is cooked to order, there's several styles of food in other lines, then with Chick-fil-a and a sub shop you really have a lot of dining opportunities.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I hated the dorms. I didn't mind the facilities or the other residents; rather, I minded the way the institution treats you as a resident. Aside from getting into your personal life (sexuality, religion, how much money you have/came from, etc), they routinely move students out of their rooms and into worse rooms over breaks in order to make room for other students. This is why I left the dorms-- I felt that residents should be treated better and not bothered about their personal lives nearly as much.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the courses can be very rigorous. As an engineering major I spend at LEAST 40 hours a week outside of class to keep up my grades; however, when I did CIS I found myself studying 1-3 hours a week and making fantastic grades. If it's engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, math, or similar fields, you'll work very hard here but you'll absolutely know your stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be in the professors' offices or meet with them after class at least weekly to make sure they have a strong association between your face and your name-- once they see you care about your grade and are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, they really work with you here since the classes are so small. Also, you'll need a vehicle. Stephenville may be a small town, but it's over a pretty decent sized area. having a car will help you tremendously. Lastly, while parking tickets aren't too expensive, they are VERY thorough in their checks of lots, so just don't risk it and park in your designated spots-- the difference in walking time in most instances is less than 30 seconds anyway.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a great place to do your undergraduate degree, especially if you are a traditional student. Our campus is very close-knit, and the classes are pretty small, which really helps to keep your GPA up. My favorite part is that since the teachers all get to know you personally, they're willing to work with you on things to help ensure that you don't fall behind, are understanding the material, etc-- as long as you show them every day that you care!

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    we can walk around during our break time

    Food and Dining

    we have the lounge area that has 3 microwaves and we have coffee machines

    Dorm Life

    very good

    Academic Rigor

    you will know what is the meaning of accuracy, precision, rigor, reliability, thoroughness, and fineness when you start doing the lab

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend school, specially lab. Study hard Ask questions make flash cards Review

    In three sentences

    It is great school, it is one of the expensive schools in Texas but good education, and they are preparing students for medical careers. I am glad that I am a Tarleton student.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    71 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    SWAT is great because it throws free on campus events like concerts, shows and unique events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Tarleton we have a lot of unusual traditions including our pep squad called the Purple Poo, they dress up in costumes and act crazy and their identities are revealed at the end of the year.

    What to do for fun

    Make sure you get involved, there are a lot of things to do you just have to find them.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has a lot of variety, and the student center has a food court with a Chick Fil A in it.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm got tripled up, so make sure when you sign up for housing you ask about the possibility of the dorm getting tripled.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of academic aids that are provided.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest going to duck camp, I've met my best friend there. Make sure to get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a great school with a diverse population. The small town feel provides an atmosphere much like that of a big family. There are plenty of opportunities and clubs to join also.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    72 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are 411 stands around campus and there are lights that are mostly always on and the campus is not to big that you will feel overwhelmed walking around.

    Greek Life

    There are lots of sorority's and fraternity's to choose from on campus. There is one that will fit any type of student you are.

    Clubs and Activities

    I do not get to attend any of the clubs but there are a lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    There are lots of country people that attend Tarleton but all types of students fit in like everyone else.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the poo, they are a spirit group that talk like mini mouse and they play pranks. But you will never know who they are until they graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you pay for at Tarleton. Everything is worth what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    There are bars here in Stephenville that are fun or any house party around the area. There are sorority's and fraternity's to join as well as other clubs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and in the dining hall there are multiple places to choose from to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There are many on-campus dorms to choose from. They are all livable but if you want something nicer than average you will want to live in legacy or legends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are much tougher here than any other college, but the professors will work with you if you go to them and show them you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tarleton has great on-campus living. Make sure you put school before all the partying, it will catch up to you.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a midsized school. Tarleton has amazing traditions that they follow every year. Tarleton's students are very friendly

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    73 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are patrolling constantly throughout the day and the check all buildings and around the grounds every night. There are call boxes all over campus where anyone can call for a police escort from building to building or to their car.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are all over campus. They sell cookies and candies throughout the year, as well as give out free scantrons and pencils. They touch every charity organization they can get to and are super welcoming to outsiders. For those who are in a Greek organization, manage your time well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a few clubs placed sparingly throughout town, all with good reputations. There is also a bowling alley and quite a few ranches where you can catch a few riding lessons.

    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton is Great for any type of student. There are a lot of activities for the outgoing types, but a lot of more intimate events for those who prefer to avoid crowds. TSU is very accommodating.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton is the school for Traditions. Homecoming week is full of every event imaginable. There is a midnight breakfast featuring spirited, purple pancakes. My personal favorite is the campus' secrete organization, the Purple Poo. A group of 10 males and 10 females dressed from head to toe in mostly purple clothing and dawning an odd mask. Using funny voices to further disguise themselfves they are really a joy to talk to!

    Bang for the buck

    Currently the cheapest public university in the state of Texas.

    What to do for fun

    Stephenville is sort of small and boring. There are a few late night clubs or bars if that's your scene, but there is always something good happening on campus. Musicals, Concerts, Dances, Sports, ect.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of sit down, homey restaurants. Perhaps too many Mexican restaurants. Plenty of fastfood joints. Overall, a lot of good options for whatever mood you may be in. There is also a free (normal rates apply of course) text messaging service that will send you near daily coupons!

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of dorm options at really affordable prices and they are secure. The only bother is if you do not choose your own roommate and get placed with a conflicting personality. There are also great apartments in the area.

    Academic Rigor

    Tarleton classes can be rigorous depending on what major you have and what your interests are. There are a lot of opportunities to get extra work done for a class, but you are not required to put in any extra effort outside of general assignments and exams. Honor's classes require much more time than other classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your mentoring Professor and get involved with research. Never be afraid to talk to a Professor about any concerns, especially when you disagree with them.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State makes you feel like you are a part of the family. Professors are very approachable and helpful. Course content is actually useful in real life situations.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    74 of 97

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You have to have school spirit and get involved with the school to really enjoy the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are okay with living in a small town.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with a wonderful student environment. I cannot wait to be there this fall.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always call for a police escort if you so choose ad campus is small and well lit!!

    Greek Life

    Available!

    Great for these types of students

    All types!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Purple poo, you'll have I visit to find out!

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for an even better experience!!

    What to do for fun

    Great on campus activities an organizations which means there is always something going on to get involved with!! And every weekend at some organization had free lunch!! Also their is great churhes and college ministries available who provide great friendships an a place to belong!

    Food and Dining

    Great variety every meal time and the food is actually good!! Some days one line might have something you don't like but the great thing is there is always another option and once you swipe it's all you can eat!!! Gets crowded around noon but hey college kids got to eat!!

    Dorm Life

    Loved my dorm experience!! Meet some great people and was always under great leadership!! All the dorms have their flaws to some but if you go in with and excited and open mind you will have a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes always have a great teacher student ratio and the professors actually care! Your teachers want to get to know you and even remember you after they have you in class!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, that did it for me! Everyone was so welcoming! If you know someone who goes there come stay a weekend or ask them questions that tour guides might not let you know about!

    In three sentences

    Tarleton has a great home feel and doesn't leave anyone out of their family. The bleed purple spirit is outrageously exciting and will get anyone pumped about their university! Tarleton is a place to find yourself and some of your closest lifetime friends!

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 97

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    study

    Food and Dining

    whataburger

    Dorm Life

    life off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn!

    In three sentences

    This school is awesome

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 97

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I enjoy heading over to BLORA or Stillhouse for my nature fix, but there are plenty of weekend and night places to go as well.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home, so I recommend discovering that for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in dorms, they don't offer them at Tarleton's TAMU-CT location.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes, but worth every minute and every penny. These classes truly prepare you for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress! The teachers love when you advocate for your needs, and they are always willing to work with you to achieve your goals. The more contact you keep with the Social Work office, the easier it is to succeed.

    In three sentences

    The Social Work Program in Killeen is fantastic. Super hard, but that means we try harder! I wouldn't want to be at any other school for this degree plan.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Not involved

    Great for these types of students

    All students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a ton of unusual traditions, come check us out!

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, rec center, swimming pool, movie theaters, parks, there's a ton of stuff to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food gets a little repetitive and old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Centennial, and it's amazing! Best time of my life!

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors are extremely helpful, others are not. Just check with ratemyprofessors.com and DON'T TAKE JACKSON for any animal science classes

    Tips for prospective students

    The college experience is up to you, you take out of it what you put into it! Go to all the homecoming events and get as involved as you can!

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a school of traditions. It is an amazing college! I love it here!

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    79 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would say this is one of the safest campuses I've visited. The police are always willing to walk students after dark, and there are emergency call boxes throughout campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is roomy and full of delicious food with lots of options. With your Texan card you pay at the door and are able to eat as much as you want. There are also plenty of restaurants off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is full of wonderful people, and makes you feel at home like you're all one big family.

    Academic Rigor

    Each member of Tarleton is focused on every student being successful towards their degree. Many tutoring and study sessions are made available so that students help eachother.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely advise all future students to attend Texan Tour, you get the full layout of the campus as well as learn about the traditions of Tarleton. I also suggest that you attend orientation, not only are you able to register for your classes wit help, but you find out about all opportunities available such as financial aid and student activities to be involved in.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a very friendly campus. Everyone you encounter is willing to help you with anything, whether it be finding a building or carry things from your car. I love the people of Tarleton.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    80 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security at the school is top notch.

    Greek Life

    None, at least not to my knowledge.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs in the area are Starlite, Ciroc, and Wall Street.

    Great for these types of students

    The consistent job fairs are great for the attending students. They allow up close and personal conversations with employers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only unusual thing about this campus is that it is in its building stage. New building are being put up and yet the school stays open allowing students to still obtain their educations.

    What to do for fun

    Make traveling plans to go to Austin.

    Food and Dining

    The school has not yet gotten to that point yet.

    Dorm Life

    None.

    Academic Rigor

    Very interesting and educational.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early and find a place to live as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    The school I attend is Texas A&M - Central Texas and it is great. It is the sister school of Tarleton State University. It caters to the veterans and their families in the Fort Hood/Killeen area.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 of 97

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Stephenville is a fun city. Its a great place to be if you enjoy anything with horses, cows or ranch life.

    Food and Dining

    I wish they had more of a variety, but I enjoy lunch on campus most days.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms there but I've heard they are not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too difficult, but you will need to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend class and speak up if you need additional help. Everyone is more than willing to help you succeed. It is a great place for making connections.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a laid back school with many opportunities. I enjoy the small class size, caring professors and flexible schedules. Everyone is very helpful and cares about your education.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    82 of 97

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Rec Center is my place to go! Near Tarleton there is a movie place. My friends and I loved hanging out at the Student Center and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing!! I love the variety. I basically live there and the Rec Center to burn it all off!!

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter so I didn't get to experience dorm life. I have heard its fun and most roommates become best friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rating....I loved all my teachers. I thought most of my classes were like my high school classes so I didn't struggle much and class size was just right.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask many questions and whenever you don't understand something ask again. Be open and willing to try new things and meet new people. It's a lot of fun and you only get to experience college fun so get involved and have fun!

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University makes you feel welcomed, loved, and appreciated. It brings many people from different places together and makes you into a big purple educational family. I have enjoyed my first year there and can't wait for next year, everyone including teachers and staff were so helpful which helped me so much on my first year there!

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    83 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are very friendly and patrol the campus regularly. Its a small campus and the reaction time if you call the police is only a minute or two. Their are police emergency phones located around the campus. It is a very safe place both on and off campus in a low crime area.

    Greek Life

    TSU offers a variety of Fraternities and Sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone, whether its a academic club, Fraternity or Sorority or sport affiliated clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like a rural atmosphere in the heart of Cowboy country. Small class sizes and friendly people everywhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo, a secret organizations consisting of students running around in masked costumes speaking in mickey mouse voices who go around heckling people for fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton offers the lowest tuition cost in the state and for the money, you can not beat this school!

    What to do for fun

    On campus, their are a variety of activities sponsored by various organizations as well as sporting events which are always fun. There is also the many fast food places and bars to hand out at as well. Ft Worth is about an hours drive and offers a metropolitan atmosphere if one desires. There are also many lakes and state parks in the area for camping and boating.

    Food and Dining

    New dining hall that offers a variety of options with very good food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are very new and modern and offers a great atmosphere for making new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Class size range from 6 students to about 60 per class with an average of about 20. Most of the professors are very insightful and fun but do not tolerate slackers. The academics are challenging but not outrageous. The upper level classes can be very time consuming with the workload so do not take on more than you can handle or you will have no free time what so ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of participating in school sponsored activities and have some fun but do not neglect your studies or you will not be a student here for long.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a fantastic choice for any student for their higher education goals. It is located in a small town atmosphere with state of the art facilities and small class sized which is conducive to learning. It is deeply rooted in tradition and is a fun and friendly place to get your degree.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Haven't had any problems so far!

    Clubs and Activities

    Some of the clubs are unorganized, partially I think because of the small size of the school, but at the same time, that allows for easier access to leadership positions in those clubs! Many of the organizations on campus are very well run as well.

    Great for these types of students

    I think anyone could fit at Tarleton, as long as you're open-minded! There are a lot of red-neck, deer shooting, tobacco chewing, diesel driving people here, and as a hipster-oriented city girl, that was all very new to me. But I love it just the same!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not walking on the grass is one of the biggest traditions on campus- it keeps our grass beautiful, and shows respect for our founder and our school.

    Bang for the buck

    For being such a cheap school comparatively, Tarleton is DEFINITELY worth the money spent on it. It is a ton of fun, with good academics and a lot of connections to jobs, internships, and staff (and peers!) willing to help.

    What to do for fun

    Going to City Limits (the nearby dance hall) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or the weekends is always really fun! A lot of the guys here are really good two-steppers and you learn a lot of different types of spins and dancing tricks.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually very good! There are a lot of options at the dining hall, including a healthy food line which has things like fresh fruit smoothies, salads, and anything from sweet potatoes to turkey chili.

    Academic Rigor

    Tarleton is by no means a bad school; if you went to a high school where passing classes was as easy as showing up, you will probably stay challenged at Tarleton. I went to a very rigorous high school and am finding myself very well prepared for the work and academic load here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing at Tarleton early! And make sure to apply for things like the Honor's College and Living and Learning Communities.

    In three sentences

    I love Tarleton State so far! I get the feeling it is very much like A&M (the type of people here, the traditions, and the general feeling), though it is much smaller than A&M. I really like this aspect of Tarleton because it allows for more one-on-one help from professors, and more individual attention.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    85 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    5 stars

    Greek Life

    Our Greek life is wonderful I'm apart of Delta phi epsilon

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have plenty of traditions and I love them all especially around homecoming time... But a major one is not talk walk on the grass or the seal that's in front of the student center

    What to do for fun

    Workout or hang with my sorority sisters

    Food and Dining

    1 star

    Dorm Life

    5 stars

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I would give prospective students is to learn some good study habits

    In three sentences

    I would rate Tarleton state university a 10, because we are all one big family here and it feels like a second home.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There is a police station on campus that you can go to of you are ever in need of help. Police can even escort you back to your dorm late at night if you are ever worried. Everyone on campus is very friendly as well. A good campus over all.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations and clubs that you can join. Many on campus events including movie on the lawn, job fairs, and school plays that you can go too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There are many different types of food, including many foreign foods that you can try. There is something for everybody's food preference.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is very fun experience. You get to meet many people in your residence hall and make great, long lasting friends. You get to learn to live on your own while learning to live with other people.

    Academic Rigor

    Tarleton has a great group of teachers and staff to help students excel in their academic studies. Teachers push students to work their hardest to achieve their goals.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a great school full of tradition and great people. It is a good size campus; nothing is too far away. Tarleton has many great friendly people from many backgrounds and its a great place to learn.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are at every event making sure that nothing dangerous happens. There is not a time I do not see a campus police cruiser driving around the school making sure everything is safe for all residents. As far as crime, there really is not that much going on at Tarleton's campus. I feel just as safe walking the streets from the library to my dorm at 2AM as I do 2PM.

    Greek Life

    One of the greatest things about Greek Life on Tarleton's campus is that it is completely anti-hazing. There is no need to worry about crazy initiations, because they do not happen. I myself have joined a fraternity, and can say first hand that no ridiculous things happen, so please join. It is such a great way to be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways to get involved from the moment you step onto campus. As a freshman you can join FRC (freshman representative council), SWAT, Greek, and of course any religious, or non-religious organization you desire as well. Be open to try new activities, because there are tons of them here.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. There is something for everyone here. I have seen all kinds of students at a great variety, so having that diversity says a lot about the college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many, many traditions that Tarleton holds dear. Homecoming week is one of those which packs many traditions into one. Midnight breakfast is an experience like no other, you show up at the dining hall and eat purple pancakes served by your very own freshman representative council. During beat the drum, organizations from around the campus continuously beat the drum from the end of Yell Contest to the kick off of the homecoming game, 24 hours a day. Yell contest will excite you to all ends, having the fraternities and sororities compete to see who has the most spirit in the school. The purple poo, a group of colorful and creatively dressed secret students, walk around campus making sure you don't walk on the grass. Duck camp is the greatest transition to college anyone could experience. Bonfire out at the farm is quite the sight to see. Come and soak up all the traditions and fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton has the cheapest university tuition in Texas. You are not missing out when you come here, with the excellent education and friendly environment, there is no way you would want to leave. Say hello to the best 4 years of your life.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved, go Greek, make a difference. There are many opportunities to serve, as well as relax around Stephenville. The bowling alley is a close drive, and Bostocks is right across the street from campus if you want to go play pool.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is open every day, Monday-Sunday. Buffet style, to where you can grab as much food as you would like at a time. There are close fast food restaurants as well, and churches open to giving free meals daily. You will not run out on food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Tarleton are full of friendly Residential Leaders and peers. It is an amazing experience waiting to happen for those moving into them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of Tarleton is compared to those of UT and A&M. The courses are taught nearly the same, and have just as beneficial work and lessons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to learn. It may be a small school, but its programs are just as valuable and respected as those of higher prestige. Learn to balance your social life and studying early to maximize the benefits you will receive from this experience. Learn to love to learn!

    In three sentences

    Best college experience. Phenomenal professors who are always ready to help. Multitudes of ways to get assistance in class whether it be through tutoring, supplemental instruction, or just asking the professor for help.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police is great! But it is an open campus so local crazies can just walk around to, slightly uncomfortable but night.

    Greek Life

    Not really diverse but there are a lot of options to choose from if interested, they just have a lot of similarities to each other. Very popular

    Clubs and Activities

    There is usually a club or activity to fit any interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Not from the city Used to the country Don't need too much to do on the weekends or can entertain themselves

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't take the Poo signs before 12!!

    Food and Dining

    Could definitely be better but could also be worse. Dining Hall options are decent. But there are plenty of local places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Another great way to make friends and also provides places to study.

    Academic Rigor

    Have to stay focused or the semester will have come and gone before you know it and work can quickly pile up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join your class facebook page, great way to meet people before you ever get to campus. Respect the school traditions please Always Bleed Purple!

    In three sentences

    Has amazing professors. Has a lot of country people and cowboys. May not be the best for people from the city.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    89 of 97

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For your convenience and protection, Tarleton State University has professional safety officers on duty 24 hours per day. These officers provide physical security, fire protection and prevention, emergency first aid, safety programs and inspections, and investigate and enforce violations of the Code of Student Conduct and criminal offenses on TSU property.

    Greek Life

    The Greek community has become one of the largest and most active groups on campus with numerous opportunities to hold influential leadership positions. Collectively, thousands of community service hours and thousands of dollars are contributed annually to local and national philanthropy projects.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student organizations play an important role in campus life at Tarleton State University. Throughout the year, these groups sponsor a variety of extra and co-curricular activities for the campus and local community. In addition, student organizations provide a means for students to develop and refine leadership skills and to interact and network with students, faculty and staff. There are over 100 recognized student organizations at Tarleton State University.

    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton is great for anyone who would like to major in nursing. Tarleton�¢����s nursing program has a thirty-four year history of academic excellence in preparing graduates to professionally and competently care for patients. As one of 1,250+ alumni of the Tarleton Nursing Program, doors will be wide open to you. And, the time to become a nurse has never been better.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo evolved from the TTS/TTP spirit organizations. The still-secret organization gathers to make Poo Say signs each Monday night. The Poo Say signs appear on campus every Tuesday morning and occasionally comment on campus political life and student life. The Poo Say signs are nailed to the trees on campus and most are designed to promote school spirit. Purple Poo members appear in public dressed in costume to conceal their identity. Many members un-mask at the Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony each April while others choose to have their pictures appear in the Grassburr. At commencement, graduating members will pass a purple pig to the university president as they pass across the stage.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is located in Stephenville, which is a great city for students who want focus on their studies with minimal distractions.

    What to do for fun

    I always enjoy going to the football games, basketball games and volleyball games. All of the teams are great, especially the men's basketball team. They are currently undefeated. Other fun activities include bowling and the movie theater which are both relatively close to the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is always great, There's always different options of food to choose from. There's also a Chic Fil A with hot and ready items, as well as a campus store with snacks to eat on the go or store for your room.

    Dorm Life

    The residential leaders make sure you have someone to confide in and keep the dorm halls safe. Living in a dorm is personally better than off-campus living because you meet so many wonderful people that can help you out in so many ways.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, but the professors help you out beyond belief. The library has a section where students have their papers reviewed and edited to make sure their best work is submitted for the highest grade possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    College coursework initially appears harder than other sorts of educational challenges you may have faced. What I found after a semester of struggling was that the work wasn't more difficult in actuality, I simply wasn't approaching it the correct way. Much of the educational experience that colleges provide is preparing students to do things themselves. Don't panic if this sounds familiar, it becomes exceedingly less daunting as you learn to cope with seemingly insurmountable assignments and develop your learning and working style, and once you discover your optimal methods of taking on academic requirements, the entire process becomes much easier, and you will begin to experience the satisfaction of easily finishing assignments you would never have thought yourself capable of previously.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a fun college to attend. The professors make sure that you understand the lectures and ensure that you pass. The campus is full of amazing people who make you feel right at home!

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tarleton has it's very own police department. I honestly have never felt safer while in a bigger area. They honestly care about your safety and take their time handling your reports.

    Greek Life

    We have very active Greek life. Although I am not a member of Greek life I am amazed daily at the amount of activities the Greek girls and guys do on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have plenty of clubs for every person here at Tarleton. Collegiate FFA, Block and Bridal, Horticulture, Nursing, Pre-Vet, and Club sports. Greek Life and so much more. We even have a Quiddich club.

    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton promotes adversity. I've met people from Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, and Russia. But I've also met students of every kind. Country boys and girls, artists, agriculturalists, servant leaders, and just genuine people where ever I go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo is a spirit group of a few people who are completely masked. They pass out signs with encouraging words and helpful information. Nobody knows who the Poo are until they unmask themselves at graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is very moderately priced considering it is a University. on average I pay 16 thousand a year which inst bad compared to the minimum 20 thousand you would pay anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Ping pong, pool, racket ball, basketball, intramural sports, and not mention all the other activities all the organizations have on a weekly basis for everyone to participate in! So there's plenty of opportunities for fun!

    Food and Dining

    The Dining hall has a million options. We also have access to a Chick-Fil-A and service is great! They also take your opinions into consideration to make their food better if you have any complaints.

    Dorm Life

    Even if you end up in one of the smaller dorms with tight space, the quality of people you live with is amazing. We're a close knit community! One big happy family.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are amazing as well are the Professors. They challenge you but they care for you enough to help you in any way they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Go to class. 2.) Take all the extra credit opportunities. They really help. 3.) Make new friends!! It's super easy here.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is an outstanding university in the aspects of student development, involvement, and academics. Upon my arrival I have an unforgettable feeling of acceptance and I was surrounded by students and professors who genuinely care about myself and advancing my potential.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life really helps you get to know a lot of different people and can help you get involved into anything you'd like to do on Campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Purple Poo!

    What to do for fun

    I like playing on a variety of different Intermural team. I also enjoy working out in the Rec and using the rock wall.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is actually really good but is kind of repetitive if you go there for every meal. There is a chik-fila on campus though.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are rather small and stuffy except for the 3 newer ones. If you get a good RA you'll have a good time though.

    Academic Rigor

    I think my peers could compete with students from any university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go greek, this will really help you meet people and get involved in the Campus life. Don't walk on the grass!

    In three sentences

    The professors are really nice and always willing to help. It is really easy to get involved on campus and a great time. We really love our traditions here.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS!!! We don't know where Oscar the duck is buried on campus so out of respect we don't step on the grass in case it might be his grave. Show your school spirit and the Purple Poo will love you.

    Bang for the buck

    Tarleton is very affordable for your parents to send you. If you use student loans to pay for college here you will be able to pay them off in your life time.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities for fun. My favorite is the Outdoor Pursuits Center. they have camping socials and outdoor trips to go on. The Recreational Sports Center has sand volleyball, flag football, basketball, and many other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different diners and food sources in the town and dinning hall to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is crowed right now but fun. New dorms are in the process of being built.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be shore to take 12 to 15 credit hours a semester in order to graduate in 4 years any less will result in 5 to 6 year of under graduate. Also, mix your upper levels and lower level classes in a semester so all your hard classes are not saved for your last 60 hours. Two lab classes a semester will help regulate your load.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a great college with growing opportunities in fields of study. The professors there will not falsely lead you they will give it to you straight.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    AMAZING!! They respond so fast our safety is their most important priority!

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life but I wish I would have rushed in the Fall. I have heard nothing but good about our Greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone! I am apart of the CFFA, Pre-Vet Club, Block and Bridle Club, SWAT(Student Wide Activity Team), PANKUS (People Against Not Knowing University Spirit)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of traditions that students think are crazy like we are not allowed to walk on the grass. We have a secret spirit organization that are called the Purple Poo and on monday nights they put up signs with humorous, inspirational sayings. We also have a silver bugle hunt. Launching of the ducks. Candle lighting ceremony along with silver taps ceremony. During homecoming we dance throughout the campus doing the snake dance, eating purple pancakes, beating of the drum, plowboys,bon fire at the ag facilities along with many more!

    What to do for fun

    There really isnt much to do unless you go to the park and play there or go to the student center and play games there such as pool, ping pong, board games, xbox, wii, and much more

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall has expanded their options and is planning on continuing expanding and bring in a chipotle and a panda express

    Dorm Life

    I spent my freshman year in Ferguson, an all girls community facility. I am very thankful that I was able to have an experience like this. I will be honest when I first learned that I was in a community dorm, I did freak out a little bit. Honestly, this is the best way to spend your first year at college. You are forced to come out and interact with other girls in the hall. I have friends in the other halls, and the only people they know are their roommates and maybe their neighbor. They are not forced to go out and meet new people. So my advice is to live in a community dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Duck Camp you will really experience what it will feel like while attending Tarleton

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a home away from home! They really take the time and put forth the effort to make you feel like you are apart of the Texan Family. Once you visit this amazing campus you will realize all the great things it has to offer! HEYY OSCAR P! I WILL BLEED PURPLE FOREVER!

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a priority at Tarleton, and the school has officers walking and driving around campus daily. The campus police station is located on campus, and they are always prepared to take a call. There are telephones strategically placed on campus which would immediately call the police when used. The police department also offer a class each semester in self defense for female students. Attacks on campus are nonexistent.

    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton is great for the types of students who come from smaller schools. The average class size is around 30 students so learning is on a more personal level. The campus population is around 11,000 students, but you would never think that while walking across campus. Students who would prefer not being some number on a university campus would find that they are valued at TSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tarleton boasts a rich history and many traditions, and it's true! Tarleton is home to many unique traditions that help in giving a new dimension to the school. One tradition is the annual Sliver Bugle hunt in which teams of students follow clues to see who can find the sliver bugle first. This tradition is rooted back to when Tarleton had more of a focus on their ROTC program. Tarleton is also home to the Purple Poo. This organization is where student dress in wacky and crazy costumes and interact with students on campus. The twist is that you never know their identities! When they are dressed they leave no chance of their identity being revealed and they change their voices as well. Their identities are only revealed at the end of their senior semester before they graduate. New members are secretly inducted and can never reveal their involvement.

    What to do for fun

    The town Stephenville, Tx, where TSU is located, doesn't always offer a lot. There are a few bars and places to go dancing at night! Stephenville is also close to Dallas, so it's pretty easy to make a trip and visit the city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall at Tarleton is sometimes hit or miss. Timing can be important when it comes to getting the best food. Some days the food is brilliant and some days it isn't edible. The breakfast and desserts prepared by the dining hall are the best. Their desserts are amazing!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms range in size and capacity, and are situated in good places on campus. You never have to walk very far to get somewhere. The dorms are also built with study and conference rooms so students can either study in them or simply hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any university, Tarleton's academic rigor is dependent on the capacity of the professors. There are good and bad professors, but the good definitely out number the bad! Since classes are so small professor have the chance to teach on a more personal level. I have yet to meet a professor who was not willing to work with a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students is to get involved with activity and groups early. TSU sponsors events and activities practically weekly and give students the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship with the school. The administration wants their students to enjoy attending Tarleton. Also, most students tends to visit home on the weekends. My suggestion is to avoid going home too much, because it makes it difficult to develop a relationship with the school or anyone living around you.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton State University is a beautiful, dynamic campus with every category of people you can think of. It isn't just some agriculture school, but regards every area of learning highly. Its rich history and traditions makes attending school a joy.

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Tarleton is great for students that want to go to a cheap 4 year college. It is great for country people because of the town and they also have LJT somewhere in Stephenville during the spring semester.

    Bang for the buck

    I think this is the cheapest 4 year school in Texas. I've made connections here and I think I'll land a job right after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few things to do in Stephenville, TX for fun. After football games there are usually parties in the country. There is a bar called City Limits that people go to on Tuesday and Saturday for country dancing and Thursday for hip hop night. There is also another bar people go to on Saturday night called Bar C that plays both country and hip hop music. Its fun to go out during football and basketball season, but after that it is pretty much dead to me. There is a movie theater too.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is enough to survive. It might be good at orientation, but it is not like that everyday. I can count on one hand how many times I actually said the dining hall food was good that day.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms can be fun and not so fun. It really depends on if you have to share an open room or if you have a private room/space. It also depends on who your roommates are. I had 2 roommates my sophomore year that stayed up way later than I did and I did not like it. They were also my teammates and we were always laughing about something every day. It had its good times and bad times.

    Academic Rigor

    School has always come easier for me, but you will need to take time out of your day to do school work. I like to get stuff done a month before it is due that way assignments don't pile up on me. Check ratemyprofessor.com before you sign up for classes. You do not want to get stuck with hard to work with teachers. If you get one of those difficult teachers I've learned that it is just best to agree with them so they like you then they'll be slightly lenient on you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to still be a student at Tarleton the next semester stay on top of your business. Homework first, party second. I've seen so many students party themselves out of college after the first semester of college. Get help when you need it. Get a tutor if you have to. Don't be ashamed to ask questions in class. Make appointments with your professors to let them know how much you care about your grades. That could be the difference between a 69 for the class and a 70.

    In three sentences

    Tarleton is a great place for students wanting to go to an affordable 4 year college. It's an hour away from Fort Worth. The campus is big enough to feel like college, but small enough to get help when you need it. If you like country dancing and country living then this school has that. The athletic programs here are pretty successful. They should be moving up to Division 1 AA sometime within the next couple of years. The school is growing, but the town can be boring. I'm from Burleson, TX which is close to Fort Worth and Arlington so I'm used to more a city atmosphere.

  • 05/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome here, I am involved in the Fraternity life here and we have really big tailgates every home football game, free food and drinks!

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for tuition compared to lots of other schools.

    What to do for fun

    City Limits is among one of the fun dancing bars in the area.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall is at a really good location on campus, food is sub-par but they always have special events and serve really good food during this too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here are close to campus and have been in the dorms here before, the dorm life is very fun. Make great friends and good memories.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very easy to get to, easy to navigate around campus, and older students are welcoming and nice.

  • 07/26/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With a 24-hours surveillance system and police patrols driving around campus there is little to worry about. Scattered throughout campus are multiple emergency beacons that signal the police for anyone in need of help. Because the campus is small and everyone is family, students do not hesitate to help someone in need regardless of circumstance. It's one of the safest campuses I know.

    Clubs and Activities

    The biggest organizations SWAT and Student Government, getting into these two groups is easy and fun. SWAT focuses on the exciting events like laser-tag games and huge slippin slide relays, while Student Government focuses on giving students a voice in the events that happen on campus and bringing new things to campus. Last year, Student Government persuaded the school to make shirts for the hundreds of different events that happened on campus to give to students for free!

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for intimidated, shy students and for students looking to get a great education while still having fun at college. With friendly people all around and a plethora of campus organizations to join it's easy to become part of the Texan Family.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students there take great pride in their colors, purple and white and any student caught wearing another school's apparel can expect piercing and scrutinizing looks from the other students. Every Thursday is Purple Thursday where students will deck themselves out in as much purple as they can, as well as the Chick-Fil-A sells Purple vanilla milkshakes to support their students too!

    Bang for the buck

    The only movie theatre in Stephenville is awesome for new releases and for price! Tickets are priced at what most would pay for a matinee and on Wednesdays tickets drop down to $3, so take the date for a relaxing night in a comfortable theatre.

    What to do for fun

    While the little town of Stephenville is seriously lacking in the entertainment district students are very creative in having fun. For the country-born students, there are numerous back-roads to be explored. For the city slicks, there are a few places to shop and close surround towns that have beaches and department stores. Some of the best ways to cure boredom is to get involved with some of the 140+ campus organizations. There are events going on almost every day of the year, so there is no lack in socialization or fun! If you like to dance, there is also City-Limits that I highly encourage every student to go at least once in their first year! It's always packed with guys and gals itchin to dance so shine your shoes and have fun!

    Food and Dining

    The most important part of college life, food. While there is only one dining hall on the 140 acres of campus they also make up for it with the multiple food courts and close surrounding food restaurants. After the first semester the food can get old, but its 5x better than the high school cardboard meals you're used to. There are multiple food options available at every meal, international food, sub sandwich shop, breakfast bar (open all day), fast food type meals, vegetarian and gluten free food, pizzeria and pasta bar, and a mama's home cooking line. It is a pretty decent selection and it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms have been renovated, or are under construction, and in comparison to other colleges I visited they are some of the better looking rooms. Most people leave their doors open when their present making it easy to make friends with your neighbors and those around you. They are all fully furnished with a microwave and fridge so its well worth the money to live in the residential halls.

    Academic Rigor

    While this is a smaller, lesser known college don't let it fool you as being academically easy. The professors are very well read in their respective fields, and they are also very approachable and enjoy connecting with ambitious students to discuss class material. The work load is easily manageable if you want to pick up a part time job and still have a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to adjust and get connected is by attending Duck Camp. There you'll meet most of your classmates and friends as well as becoming part of the Texan family. Don't be shy the people at TSU are some of the friendliest I've ever met!

    In three sentences

    If you are worried about being a number at a larger university, then have no fear Tarleton is a great college to transition to from high school. It's population of 10,000 students means smaller class sizes, better connections with professors, and more friends. With a high respect for tradition, here you can find pride in your school!