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  • 06/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 out of 63 people found this review useful. 3 people found it offensive. 1 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing and ready to learn will be a perfect fit here. The school has a reputation for being a party school, but it really isn't different from any other campus. If that's all you're looking to do, I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully you're okay with staying back home after the first semester. :/

    Tips for prospective students

    Always read your book and go to study sessions.

  • 11/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 out of 49 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are seeking a career in education, or Geography, Business students (McCoy College of Business is a great school here at Texas State), and others. We have a budding nursing program, as well as pre-law, and are expanding our masters and doctorate programs as well!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate! Incoming freshmen are required to live on campus their first year, and housing is limited. Apply as soon as possible so you can get a room!

    Bang for the buck

    Back on topic of the education business, if you are looking for a great education, but don't want to spend alot doing it, Texas State is definately where you want to go. Tuition here at Texas State is almost as cheap as attending a community college, but the education you get is definately above par. Your tuition includes free usage of the Student Rec center (which, by all accounts is nice enough to justify having a monthly fee), and the campus buses. A great place to be!

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only is it a great place to learn, but it is a beautiful place to live. Central campus is right next to the famous San Marcos river where students can relax and go tubing to wash away their study stresses. There is a great student government that is always trying to make the best out of the campus for the students, and if you live on campus. you're just a short walk from The Square, where there are great local restaurants and clubs to enjoy the nightlife of San Marcos.

    Am learning a lot

    Texas State University is no longer just a party school for frat guys/ sorority girls to come and waste four years of their parents' money. The professors and students are all very serious about their education here. In fact, our Geography department is the best on the country. If you want to get a quality education, TSU is a great place to be.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 20 people found this review useful. 3 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I am majoring in Communication Design and love it. The art building is brand new and is state-of-the-art. Texas State has won numerous graphic design competitions and has beaten UNT several years running. Texas State has great business, history, music, and education programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Professors actually do care about their students. They may not seem as friendly as your high school teachers, but professors have bigger classrooms and you are all adults now. They will not come up to you and personally ask you if you understand everything, so it is up to you to ask them for help. Take the opportunity to get to personally know them and their grading techniques and you will excel. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! You will want to party, go swim in the river, and just sleep - But most of my classes had 3-5 grades in them. Some professors hold review sessions before the major exams, but don't slack off. There is a time for fun and a time for work, but don't forget you are at college to get an education. Take advantage of the writing/math labs, the library, and the rec. You are paying for them in your tuition.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is one of the cheapest state schools in Texas. All of my classes have been worthwhile and I don't regret taking any of them. The textbooks are expensive, but buy the used books instead. I have spent a lot of money on food from the grocery store and eating out at restaurants on the weekends. Just keep a tab of your spending and you should be okay.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Texas State so much! The professors are all there to help you if you just ask them. The students are ALL friendly - I haven't met any person that would not tell me where a building was and everyone wants to be there. The river is a 5 minute walk from campus, downtown is just down the hill, the outlet malls are just down I-35, and Austin/San Antonio are just 30 minutes away. :D The athletic games are all free, so take the opportunity to go to them. The football team is really good and the marching band is amazing.

    Am learning a lot

    I received 42 credit hours from IB and AP classes in high school and my first semester courses were just basically review classes for me. However, since I have all of my core classes out of the way, I can take Upperclassmen and Honors courses for my major as a first year student.

  • 06/09/2009

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

    18 out of 21 people found this review useful. 4 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever believe you can't get into a university. Make contact early in the year with the counselors on campus and let your high school counselors know how important this school is to you. Visit and talk to the counselors and email them throughout your senior year.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost is average for Texas Universities.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people at Texas State have been very helpful and seem to want to help students on the cusp of getting started on the right track. This is done by offering the Emerging Stars program to students who are needing a second chance at getting into college.

    Will learn a lot

    I am looking forward to experiencing this school in July and getting a head start before the Fall session begins.

  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 5 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid back students, who still know how to get work done. Even if you are not very resourceful, there are lots of things on campus that are designed to help you pass your classes and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, it is good to know that Texas State is in the Hill country of Texas, so it is really pretty and very clean, but there are hills. It is also a smaller campus but it is really well organized and your never more then 15-20 minutes from food or your hall.

  • 08/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 6 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy seeing the beauty the city has to offer; looking for a good education; some personal instruction by the professor (depending on the course); and basically learning and having a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are expecting to come here only for the parties you will be surprised, yes, there are many parties but you have to be able to balance the fun with your assignments. Even though many professors try to work with you in order to raise your grade, it is your sole responsibility to stay on top of the work.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take advantage of what is offered to you as a student you really do get bang for your buck because the school does what it can to keep some costs low.

    Am enjoying being here

    Texas State itself is beautiful, the campus is absolutely lovely and there are so many natural amenities that contribute to that beauty. I enjoy the college life here, there are always school organized events that tend to bring students together. Of course, there are the traditional parties like at any other school.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at Texas State strive very hard to get their students on the right track. The school offers many educational tools like instructional assistants, tutors, SLAC, math learning center, writing center, library assistance, and many more resources are available to those who are willing to spend some time studying.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy the Hill Country, diverse environments and an overall great experience! Texas State has something to offer for every kind of person, whether you love sports, are into church, or if you're really into the Greek Life. Everyone can find a place to fit in on this college campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your high school GPA up, and be sure to take the SAT and the ACT, some think the ACT may be a little easier. Be involved in your community and join clubs in high school, showing that you can multi-task is something that looks great on applications! OH! And always go to class! You'll regret skipping! And study sessions work wonders!

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the education I am getting for the money I am paying is great. I enjoy all my classes and the resources are amazing. The library is open 24 hours during finals week, and it is perfect for a quiet place to study. There are also many computer labs and tutoring centers around the campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and the town is amazing. It has a city feel, but not as big as Austin or other big cities, so it is less stuffy. The river is awesome, too and gives everyone something to do during the spring and the summer. The location is awesome, also, because it is right in the middle of San Antonio and Austin. Just a quick drive to anywhere you need to go!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are excellent, and the most of the professors are very passionate about what they are teaching. I actually have a hard time choosing what classes to take every semester because there are so many great choices!

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 8 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students of all kinds are here. If you made A's and B's in high school, then you have to work hard to maintain a B. If you don't study be ready to feel the wrath of hard grading professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure when you look for your future home (dorms), make sure you know how far it will be from your classes. Keep in mind that the whole campus is built on a hill so your willingness to walk across campus might change. I would definitely think about rushing if you want to make alot of friends fast even though the greek community only makes up around 13% of the campus. Get involved your first year and meet people in your classes. Don't be afraid to go the library, SLAC, or the writing workshops. It is there to help YOU. When choosing your meal plan for the semester keep in mind the amount of food you normally consume. If you know you will be snacking in your room alot then get the smallest meal plan. If you usually eat full meals twice a day then get the middle meal plan. If you plan on eating all 3 meals a day then get the large meal plan. Also go to your professors office hours, it will show that you want to succeed and they will notice and help your grades.

    Bang for the buck

    They are generous with financial aid, so it makes it more enjoyable when I know that they are helping me obtain my education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The whole campus has a great vibe. There is always something to do on campus and off campus. All sporting events are amazing with the spirited crowds that come out and support. Even the dorms are fun, especially when you know your neighbors.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors all have a passion for their craft, so no matter what class your in you will learn immense amounts of information with ease. I usually do not like political science, but my professor is so into it that it is difficult not to get fired up about the topics in her lectures.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 9 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All kinds

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't believe the rumors of a party school. They have changed the image to be a legitimate contender in the top universities in the state of Texas.

    Bang for the buck

    When you first show up to campus you expect to see nothing but parties going on but those rumors are wrong and i am glad. Your tuition covers a lot of extra activities to help you succeed in the college life.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm only a freshman so i don't know all the little college hang out spots yet but the ones i have been to have made being away from home a lot easier.

    Am learning a lot

    The first couple of classes i assumed that it was just going to be like some high school classes would be..show up to class,barely learn anything and get somebusy work to do but after we got in the whole transition period my eyes where opened and i realized college is fifty times better than high school.

  • 12/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 10 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are outgoing, friendly, love the outdoors (scenery is amazing here!!!), and want to have a memorable college life! Students wanting to major in Business, Health, Communications, and Geology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear shoes that support your feet. You will be walking up and down hills all day. Don't forget your bathing suit!--the San Marcos River runs straight through campus. Sewell Park is a really nice place to hang out! Academics-wise: GO TO CLASS! You are here to learn--not nap and party your life away. You will have PLENTY of opportunities to do these things in time. A lot of teachers give extra credit to those who attend class regularly. Also, Study! Study! Study! Many teachers give 4 exams during the semester, and those are your ONLY grades.

    Bang for the buck

    WAY cheaper than University of Texas and Texas A&M!

    Am enjoying being here

    If you do not join fraternities, sororities, clubs, or organizations, it is hard to make friends--don't think you HAVE to join anything to make friends, though. Living on campus helps get you settled in to your new life.

    Am learning a lot

    You go much more in depth into the material than you do in high school courses. You are also allowed to talk about more topics that are discouraged in high school.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 11 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who will apply themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come because you want to come, not because a friend is going there too. You will enjoy it tons more!

    Bang for the buck

    Money is tight for me, but it is well worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    If you ask for help to a random stranger, they will be glad to help. I got lost plenty of times in the beginning of my freshman year but people are willing to help. Student life is great, just get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    It gives you a different perspective on things you have learned before.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social. Outgoing. Athletic. really anyone can find their place here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to meet people hang out in the dorm lobbies so many people walk through there on a daily basis your bound to make some new friends. its also the center of all activities in the dorm when people are not in there rooms they usually check out the lobby to hang out with other students. go to class! I've seen many students have to drop out and ones that have been put on academic probation because they are failing because they don't go to class. All my classes have taken attendance and its part of your grade its not that hard to do just show up! Also if you have trouble with your classes the academic counselors are great and teachers are helpful as well just stop by office hours and most professors are happy to help .

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools its not a bad price but all college tuitions are a little hefty.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its a big university and has a diverse student body. There are many different clubs to choose from and its almost impossible not to find one that interests you. Living in the dorms is awesome as cheesy as it may seem the people in your dorm can become like a second family.

    Am learning a lot

    Theres a large amount of classes offered and teachers really seem to care about their students and in my experience have been readily available to help the students.

  • 01/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are willing to be out there and meet people, it is a large campus with many opportunities to do so. Also good for people who love the outdoors because Texas State has a beautiful campus. It is great for just about anybody because Texas State is a large school full of diversity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend classes and take the notes given. Also read what the professor tells you to from the book because the majority will wind up on the test. Go into all of your classes with an open mind and you shouldn't be let down. Yes, Texas State is known as a party school, but as long as you make sure to put your school work ahead of the partying you will be sure to do well in school, while also leaving time for fun as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is not very expensive for all the amenities it provides somebody. It is worth every penny and you will definitely want to return after your first semester.

    Am enjoying being here

    I would not have chosen anywhere else to be. People are extremely welcoming and it is easy to make friends. There are numerous amount of extracurricular activities to choose from as well. Texas State makes sure everybody has a spot where they fit in.

    Am learning a lot

    Majority of professor's are well rounded and are good at what they teach. Most enjoy being there or love what they teach, making it easier for the student to learn and understand.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is a great college for the most diverse group of people ever, I feel like I've seen it all here. Don't come here thinking it's just the Party School, because your world will be completely turned upside down. Without any effort at all, you will fail and there's no need for you to be wasting your time and money at Texas State. The McCoy School of a Business is a wonderful and honored program to be a part of and if you're interested in business I highly recommend it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for you: Use Ratemyprofessor.com to look up professors when building your class schedule. Attend some of your teachers office hours if you need help, and if not that then go to SI sessions or SLAC. Just don't do nothing about getting the help you need, it's only going to benefit you in the end I promise. Make as many friends as possible, be social, and get yourself involved in something!

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably priced for the education you're receiving. It's the college experience and lifestyle you're getting, along with obtaining a diploma. We have a really nice REC center which you should take full advantage of. The SLAC program is a free source which can be extremely helpful to you, and I highly recommend it. The English department has people willing to help you revise and edit your papers. We have a nice football stadium which is just happens to be expanding, just like our school is.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Marcos has a prime location right in between the major cities of Austin and San Antonio which makes for easy trips and finding something to do. Yes, San Marcos is a small town but it's easy to become familiar with what you're around and hardly ever getting lost. Not only that but we've got the San Marcos River which runs right by campus. Go to class in your bathing suit and head to the river right after! Not to mention Don's fish camp is one of the BEST places to go float which is here in San Marcos owned by Don himself. And going to River Pub and Grins is a must!

    Am learning a lot

    The learning aspect of college is sometimes the part everyone forgets, why else would you spend thousands of dollars on your education? You might as well benefit from it. Sure everyone refers to Texas State as the party school but it doesn't mean we don't have knowledge either. Texas State has expanded over the years, and will continue to do so. The best advice I can give you, is get help personally from your teacher. Not only are you going directly to your source of knowledge but it also allows your professor to get to know you and see you take initiative and interest in their class. Not only that, but take advantage of SLAC tutors! I can't stress it enough.

  • 05/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, First Generations, Liberal Arts Majors, Graphic Design Majors, Transfer Students

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring some walking shoes! This beautiful campus is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and the stairs leading up the to the majestic Alkek library will be a daily reminder that you get a moderate workout simply walking to class! Also, you'll want to explore the campus and town on foot for a breathtaking tour of this gorgeous landscape.

    Bang for the buck

    While the fifth largest university in Texas, Texas State continually offers some of the lowest tuition and fees in the area. Not nearly as expensive as nearby UT, this college truly is the rising star of Texas, as it judiciously distributes student fees to accommodate it's rising number of students. There were many services that I didn't know about and many of them are either low-cost or free, such as the buses that shuttle students to and from San Antonio and Austin.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life is hopping! From Sewell Park on the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River, to the newly renovated Rec Center, to the quaint local flavors of the shoppes on the Square, there is something for everyone at this campus! My personal favorite is 50 cent Tuesdays at the local dollar theater, just a five minute walk from campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The quality of instruction here is outstanding! There are many notable faculty, and even local celebrities! Tim O'Brien, renowned author of The Things They Carried, is on staff here along with distinguished members of the Scientific community who have been awarded national grants for biomechanical research. What I love most about the professors, however, is there accessibilty. I've met with several professors about issues I've had, and they have always had an open door and a listening ear. The curriculum isn't a gimme, but it's not a nightmare either. Texas State offers a challenging, but rewarding, program for hundreds of undergraduate degrees

  • 09/21/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 16 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who wants to pursue their dreams in dream career

    Tips for prospective students

    Students will make sure while in high school or Jr college, that they will apply for scholarships ahead of time, Complete Financial Aid, and discuss the school's administrator about the degree plan.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of the school is alright. Not to large, not to little, just right.

    Will enjoy being here

    I would enjoy being there because of the living environment. Not much colleges offers furnishing per dorm rooms but this one does! I will feel like I am in the college Heaven.

    Will learn a lot

    I think that this school fits me after i graduated from San Jacinto College. I heard that they offer good art program. This school will enhance my art skills even better!

  • 10/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who love to socialize, and those who love the downtown area. It's also great for people who need a flexible schedule and interesting professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a first generation college student, I had no idea what to expect. But after being here for a few months, it's safe to say that in time, you will learn everything and have the best years of your life here.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high, but what can you expect. I think the price is great for the amount of things I've learned.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never seen a friendlier campus that this. At my orientation, the greeters were honestly enthused to be welcoming us. Every professor wants to work with you to boost your grade and the people you meet here are incredible. The food is great (and I'm a vegan!), the area is perfect, and I'm getting the full college experience right here.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on the professor you have, the course you take and the seat you choose, you can learn a lot or a little at Texas State. It's all up to you! I'm learning great amounts and am putting my knowledge to good use. There is the occasional course that doesn't interest me that I tune out, but other wise I'm learning as much as I can.

  • 07/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Texas State University is great for students who are social and love to be involved in their school. Anyone who has immense pride in their school will be greatly welcomed here and there is no lack of extra curricular activities here. Also, it is great for the active student who enjoys being outside and getting some exercise. The campus is close enough to most housing to walk or ride your bike and there is a terrific Recreational Center where you can work out or play sports with your friends. And if you enjoy floating down the river, decent food selections on campus, and frequent free concerts and activities, this is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those considering Texas State University, I just want to say that while it is still considered a party school, don't attend for that reason. Your social life won't be disappointed, but your academic life might be. In your first year with your new found freedom you could get caught up in all the parties, but don't get consumed in your social life. If you cannot distinguish the difference between the time to play and the time to work, then this may not be the university for you. I have seen a lot of friends and peers spend their entire first year partying and then wondering why they're on academic probation at the end. I'm not suggesting that you never go out and unwind, but don't forget why your going to college; to get an education and become successful in your future endeavors.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus and social life of Texas State is great, but one of the main reasons I enrolled here was because it had a lower price than other 4-year universities. I was accepted to Baylor, U of H, and a few others, but even with the grants and scholarships I received from them I could not afford the extra cost of tuition. Texas State has great academics (the best Geography program in the country, actually!) and a fun social life with plenty of people to make friends with and learn from. Also, the meal plans are fairly inexpensive and a good idea for college students whose money situation is a little tight; you won't go hungry with all the meal trades freshmen are required to get.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the school work was challenging, I still really enjoyed campus life and San Marcos in general. There are plenty of fun things to do around town such as; great restaurants, the Tanger Outlet mall, and of course the River runs right through campus. Just about everyone I met was extremely friendly and willing to help with anything you need. Not only that, but there are plenty of social and academic clubs to get involved with and are all very inviting. I myself was in a social club for the Rugby team called the Renegade Roses and am planning on joining the Pre-Vet club in the fall as that is my major.

    Am learning a lot

    All through high school I heard from older peers that Texas State University was just a party school and the academics weren't up to par. However, having completed my first year I am happy and proud to say that their reviews were wrong. The courses here are just as challenging as I had expected college courses to be and the professors care a lot. They do what they can to help you, but you have to be willing to put in the man hours if you want to succeed and not just waste your parents and the school's money.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As far as my major(Biology) goes, don't expect to be able to slack off. Get motivated and be persistent. It's much easier to keep a ball rolling than to get it going once it's stopped.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to work hard and to have lots of fun. There are so many fun things to do here that it's easy to get distracted, so focus, but you'll definitely enjoy San-Marvelous.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that Texas State is a great school because of its high value. I am paying relatively little for a very high quality education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE this campus. The environment is very welcoming and I had no problem transitioning into college life. My dorm room is teeny tiny, but its good location and atmosphere have made it more than bearable.

    Am learning a lot

    I definitely feel that I have chosen the right school. I am challenged and interested by what I am learning.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety will definitely get a 5 star! we have what is called bobcat bobbies & that is a student driving a golf cart and giving safety rides to people all over campus. they work from like dusk to 1 am, and they can take you from a friends dorm to your dorm, or from a your dorm to a dinning hall etc. we also have the upd (university police department) is located on campus and they are always driving around. they also have escorts to walk you around. & the campus is well lighted. when there is an emergency or a sexual assault or something crime related, you will receive an e-mail about it & also text messages if you subscribe to them.

    Greek Life

    there is of course the panhellic sorority and fraternities but there are also the multicultural ones, like the latino ones and african americans.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more than 300 clubs at texas state, from hide and seek club, to humans vs zombies, spanish club, extreme sports clubs, and many more. there is definitely more than one club that will be appealing for everyone. there's also intramurals for soccer, football and more sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a cool tradition that we have is called the moonlight breakfast & is a free breakfast the week of final, but at night. the people serving the breakfast is nothing but faculty & staff from texas state & as you go to each section (because is buffet style) they all tell you good luck in finals & encourage you to study & do your best.

    Bang for the buck

    i will definitely say texas state is a bang for the buck school!! texas state is a cheaper school compared to utsa, a&m and other private schools. the parking pass for a year is only about $200 bucks, cheaper than many schools. you also get free counseling, tutoring, legal advice, unlimited printing, and very cheap medical attention.

    What to do for fun

    anything you can think of, you can do it here at texas state. rock climbing? we have it! a recreational center equipped with all the necessary machines to work out, it also has a track, and free classes of zumba, yoga, pilates, water aerobics, etc but it varies every semester. we also have two indoor pools. & indoor basketball, volleyball, soccer, ping-pong, racquetball. we have also the san marcos premium outlet malls, and i believe is the biggest in texas, it has nike, abercrombie & fitch, juicy couture, coach, guess, armani & many more stores. also there are many activities to do in the river like tanning, tubing, swimming, canoeing, etc.

    Food and Dining

    we have about 5 dinning halls, one fully renovated and another one on renovation right now (will be ready for fall 2012) & the other ones are pretty much very contemporary. there are all types of food, from mexican, to american, asian, subs, wraps, we have pizza hut, panda express, chick fil a & starbucks. so there something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is excellent, there's all types of dorms to meet everyone needs, there is the apt looking dorm, also the traditional were you share your room with one more person and with community bathrooms. each dormitory will have a pool table, a fuss-ball table, or a piano, or even all three of them. also the lobby area usually has a t.v so it will be easy to meet people from your dorm and socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    most the classes will have critical thinking to do, readings and a lot of them will get you involved with school activities like plays, ballet, festivals etc. so your not only learning, and educating yourself. but you are also enjoying it and having fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    i will recommend you to attend this school, if you are interested on doing things outdoor, like tubing the river, or playing frisbee, hiking etc. san marcos is a small city but is only 25 minutes away from austin and 30 from san antonio, so you will always find something to do. & a car is not required, when you pay your tuition you are also paying for a tram bus that goes to san antonio, austin & all around san marcos.

    In three sentences

    texas state is a picturesque school full of life, diverse, with a river that runs through it, and also full of people that are willing to help you on anything from personal problems, to math homework.

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    TSU is a very diverse university so mostly all will enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont slack the first few weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    it's not cheap but its a great school. Texas States a university, not a community college, so its going to be a little expensive

    Am enjoying being here

    most definitely. I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas so culturally it's very different here. It's a beautiful campus with very friendly people.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are definitely keeping me busy and expanding my knowledge. Yes, we've all heard the classic Texas State is a party school. Like all colleges, Texas State does have parties but there is most definitely a ton of time that goes into your success academically. I am very impressed with Texas States classes and professors.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's diverse so really it's great for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Texas State is a very friendly college and there are friendly faces every where you turn. they have great dining halls to so I'm sure you will enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    i like the classes I'm taking and i believe I'm getting my moneys worth versus going out of state to some where else

    Am enjoying being here

    i really enjoy being here. being that I'm African American i thought i wouldn't like going to a white university. but i like it because it's so diverse and everyone is super friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    yes i think I'm learning a lot , i take my time to understand things better. the professors here are a great help especially when it comes to their office hours being opened to the students.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very safe. There are multiple blue light poles on campus and if you are ever in a situation that you feel unsafe, you press the button on the pole and it automatically calls 911 and they show up within minutes. Also, if you do not feel safe walking anywhere around campus in the dark, we have bobcat bobbies with you call and they will come pick you up in a golf cart and will bring you to your desired location.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at Texas State. The people are nice and are not stuck up like the stereotypical name they all have. They are a community together and all treat each other equally.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is very important to get involved around campus. There are so many things that you can get involved in. Whether it's greek life or joining all the other clubs on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are nice and offer a wide variety of foods. From regular dinign to buffet and from italian food to sushi.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are great! They offer a great community to get to know people and are very safe. You never feel in danger with the security that the school offers.

    Academic Rigor

    your academic studies are very important. Texas State offers great help on campus called SLAC, which are older students who can help you on any subject you can possibly imagine. Texas State also has it to where your classes are not very big at all so you can really get that one on one with your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on classes before your orientation. Find schedule planning websites so you can figure out before hand what classes and what time you want to take those classes. Oh, and I highly recommend you trying your hardest to not have to have Friday classes.

    In three sentences

    I would give Texas State a 10. Everyone is so nice and social and the campus is absolutely gorgeous!

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here on campus but if it is dark and I am leaving the gym late (it's a far walk to my dorm) I call a bobcat bobbie. Bobcat bobbies are golf carts you call in and they drive you around campus and we all get the number during orientation.

    Greek Life

    There are so many Greek organizations not just Panhellenic either. There are multicultural Greek orgs, honor college Greek orgs. etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    There must be at least 300 clubs, anything you are interested you can join, even hide n seek!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type! Everyone has a place is this home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At games after every touchdown they always play All I do is Win by DJ Khaled and when he says everybody's hands go up- we all yell Texas State!!!

    What to do for fun

    Float the river for sure! Join organizations and go to the square as often as possible.

    Food and Dining

    Chick-fil-a and Panda Express are always open and everyone likes those! My favorite is commons there is a Mongolian grill and they are always making something different.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is super friendly and just as eager to make friends as you are. The RA's are always on top of organizing activities and actually care about their residents. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is because the older dorms usually have one shower out of order or a washing machine broken. Overall, the pricier dorms are tended to.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy, but luckily professors here are more like mentors and make you want to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy athletic shoes! The hills are no joke and shoes with heels do not cut it. Also, join organizations they are the key to making friends and having a happy stay here at Texas State. Good luck, everyone has a place here on campus all you have to do it look!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, more so than you could ever imagine. The people are friends you will always have just like and everyone says! Lastly you will learn more than you ever thought you could; about your major, yourself, and the real world.

  • 11/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is a great school for just about anybody! There tons of different groups and organizations and every oppertunity to meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Texas State is an amazing college, not to mention beautiful! Even rainy days aren't too bad. The people are friendly and helpful and we all love our bobcat country and I'm sure you will too!

    Am enjoying being here

    Every one is really nice to every one; people hold the door for others and make small talk with fellow students who they may not even know.

  • 12/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I love Texas state and its a great school for any person to go to!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan or are thinking about coming to Texas state it is a good decision that you do because it is awesome here. People say that it is a party school but what college isn't? If you know how to discipline yourself and know when to study and then have fun you will be fine.

    Bang for the buck

    Being at Texas State is not that expensive. It is a lot less cheaper than other universities and it is even as cheap as going to a community college no matter what major you pursue. With scholarships and student loans you will not have a problem with school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying it here because the campus is nice and i like it. Even though it has a few hills and a lot of stairs it is a good work out and on a pretty day it is nice to be outside. I have made a lot of new friends here especially being out by the river on sunny days and getting my tan on. Many people are friendly here and they make you feel welcome which is one thing I really love about being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning alot because I am a freshman and I feel that I have to attend all of my classes in order to get used to being on my own and doing things for myself. By going to my classes and actually paying attention I learned a lot of new interesting things even in my basics that I never paid attention to in high school. All of it is very helpful and useful to me as well.

  • 01/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're a motivated student who enjoys having a flourishing social life and being outdoors then this is probably the place for you. Also,

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to be living on-campus I suggest leaving your car at home and investing in a good road bike. Parking is a nightmare and it's easier to get around the city with two wheels. Also, take advantage of all of the recreational activities the the Outdoors Center offers as well as the student organizations. And lastly, take advantage of the tutoring lab as well as the writing center and math lab. If there is a subject you need help with there is always someone to help.

    Bang for the buck

    College is always expensive but if you're looking for a good deal then Texas State is your place. Your tuition pays for innumerable amenities including counseling, expansive rec center and student lawyers. This college really has it all.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Marcos is a beautiful area with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the river and being outdoors. It is a bike-loving community and the hills will keep away the Freshman 15. You don't have to look far to enjoy yourself here.

    Am learning a lot

    My teachers are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and have real world experience in the field. They will go the extra mile for the student that really wants to know more.

  • 02/27/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that is outgoing

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all of your requested items in before February

  • 04/18/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in studying Business, Psychology and Education should consider Texas State University because they have amazing schools in those career fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would look into residential college dorm rooms which is when they put students who have the same classes in the same dorm rooms together because it is an incredible help for studying and getting to know hats going on around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I have a credit card with Wells Fargo and i am able to use my debit card as my student I.D. and I can also link it with my school funds. For people who are applying for scholarships I would suggest this because a lot of times they will pay money directly to your school account and if you link your school card with your debit card you can use your scholarship money at any place you want. Also the stores all over San Marcos accept Bobcat Bucks witch is fake money from Texas State. My sister went to Texas State all the time and she said that a lot of restaurants and stores would let her pay her bills with Bobcat Bucks instead of money when she was a student in San Marcos. Also with the Texas State meal plans you get your meals by using swipes. You get a certain amount of swipes per semester from whatever meal plan you get and one swipe will completely pay for your meal. I know that they have plenty of fast food restaurants on campus including chic-fil-a in their cafeteria which will take a swipe to pay for your meal.

    Will enjoy being here

    Texas State University is in San Marcos and it is an incredible town. They have the a lake that runs right through the Texas State campus and San Marcos is right next to Austin which is amazing city as well. Also the campus is known for the Aqua arena springs which is a purified lake that is constantly being filtered. The water is so clear that you can see through it to the bottom of the lake. I was able to go on a tour boat their and the boat has glass floors so that you can see all of the fish and plant life in the lake as well.

    Will learn a lot

    I am a student who is planning to get my degree with Texas State in their Texas State McCoy college of business school. My residence is in the south Austin area and U.T. is usually peoples first choice but U.T. has class sizes that are huge compared to Texas State University. Texas State University has classes that hold up to 35 students. They have some classes that are for a group of students from about 200 to 300 people but Those classes are all basic courses and I believe their are only about 5-7 classes in Texas State University that holds that amount of students. Texas State University has a very prestigious business school and they also have a very recognized education department. I also believe that Texas States Psychology programs are also well recognized as well.

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want an amazing college experience along with your degree Tstate is the school for you. TSU has a very chilled relaxed atmosphere with tons of friendly people. The beautiful San Marcos river runs right through campus which is a perfect place to go take your mind off school. if you want to have a unforgettable college experience while having fun and still getting your work dobe, come to texas state

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS! just by simply going to class, which i never found that hard b/c you choose your own schedule, you will be so much more prepared than if you did not go. stay away from early classes if possible b/c although college is not about partying.. it happens, and when it does you will find it extra difficult to make it your early classes. And be involved. join an organization, whether you go greek or join a club, the more your involved the more you'll learn and enjoy Texas State.

    Bang for the buck

    the college experience you'll receive both academically and socially is something you'll never forget. truly the best time of your life.

    Am enjoying being here

    I always knew i'd have fun in college but wow i never thought it'd be so awesome. From the river, to the campus itself and to alllll the pretty girls, texas state is truly beautiful. The students here all have the same outgoing friendly outlook on life and enjoy being here which makes it all the better. The social scene is awesome but its also feels good to be around people who want to be successful and laern like you do.

    Am learning a lot

    Now that i'm getting into my major classes i'm learning everything i need to know for my future and i'm enjoying it. My basic classes were a little repetitive from my high school AP classes which got me questioning Tstate a bit. But now that i'm learning what i'll need to know for whatever career path i choose to go down with my degree i'm excited and more interested in school than ever.

  • 05/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the area through your education. The San Marcos river runs right through the campus and scuba diving classes are available. Also wakeboarding at a nearby lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering how high the graduation rate is compared to other universities in Texas it goes goes to show how much you really get out of Texas State. The education you receive here surpasses other universities because many in Texas have an subject-emphasis while Texas State is diverse in degrees.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus alone is one of the most unique and beautiful I've seen. The town of San Marcos is welcoming with a small town feel but you never feel secluded being so close to larger cities like San Antonio and Austin.

    Am learning a lot

    The professor's are very knowledgeable in what they teach. Many of them have had years of professional experience in their fields and it helps give you a real world perspective while learning.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that like to have lots of friends and yet have a lot of close ones. Students that can do well in auditorium sized classrooms. With all honesty, its great for just about anybody. the only problem I do see is if you like to have that one on one time with professors during class, you cannot be expecting so much of that here due to the large sized classes we have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do a campus visit to get a feel for the school. Texas State was known to be a Party School when it was Southwestern, but has actually changed, the party vibe is still here, its just more casual, and less extreme. Don't judge a book by its cover and attend a sporting event to get a feel for that Bobcat Pride

    Bang for the buck

    Going to school here isn't too expensive compared schools like UT and or TLU. Private schools are too pricy and big city schools have smaller spaces to live in that are also more pricy. Texas State is affordable because it is not in a big city, nor is it a big school.

    Am enjoying being here

    My first semester I did not enjoy it so much, but my second semester did change my opinion on the school because I started making a lot more friends, people are actually pretty friendly if you allow yourself to be social. The campus gives off a big school with a small town vibe to it. Creating a better atmosphere to meeting new people because a lot of us Bobcats are extremely friendly, you just have to be friendly and you'll get the same in return.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses are a bit challenging, keeping up with daily classwork and notes will help you receive a good grade in the class. If you have any questions feel free to email or visit the professors during their visitation hours because they really do make an effort to respond to emails quickly and also to answer any questions you have when going to their office.

  • 05/28/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 338

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for those who: Want to live in a not-too-big town (that has a LOT of shopping.) Don't mind being one person in a VERY large crowd of other people Are active and want to be involved with many things Can deal with limited parking (I suggest bringing a bicycle!) Can tolerate hot summers, bitter winters without snow, and aging dorm rooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has a reputation of being a party school, but apart from the influx of students around the river on a sunny day, I've seen nothing that would confirm this. Definetly take a tour and look around inside the various buildings that may apply to you. (ie., study areas, cafeterias, the rec. center...) Have a chat with a student that doesn't look too busy and get their opinion on the school plus any advice they can give you. Visit during a weekday in the spring or fall semesters and try to get a feel for what campus life is like.

    Bang for the buck

    Money is less of an issue for me than it is for others; for all of the services and opportunities that the campus has to offer, not to mention all of the classes and student help that is available, my parents and I feel comfortable with the tuition fees. As far as the dorm rooms go, I can tolerate using a fan or frightening bathrooms. I only ask that I have a place to sleep!

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is BREATHTAKING! An amazing recreational center, trees and hills and a very youthful and happy environment. There's a lovely river and all the locations are convieniently close together. Now, let's just hope I can snag decent living quarters if I get accepted!

    Will learn a lot

    There seems to be only a few classes that are packed, and they're mostly just basic core classes. I'm very excited to see a large school that has decent sized classes. Texas State has a HUGE library, has tutoring and study groups, and counselors to help you with many of your concerns and problems. I believe that I'll be able to gather and retain all the knowledge attained through this college!

  • 05/30/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any student that is ready for college.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply as early as possible it will give you the chance to feel comfortable and you'll know sooner.

  • 06/01/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and apply to honors college!

    Bang for the buck

    For tuition, room and board, and books its about 16,000 a year which is pretty good. I have about 9,000 a year to pay including my financial aid package which they were very generous with as well as my scholarship. All in all its a pretty good deal.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is amazingly beautiful! And the location is great as well. I'm in love with it.

    Will learn a lot

    The honors college provides great opportunities so definitely apply. They also really care about you. They helped me to get a scholarship even though they don't even know me!

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Texas State University is great for any student who loves a beautiful relaxing place to study, and someone who wants to have a great experience for higher education. Anyone who is looking into majoring in anything to do with Business, they have a wonderful Business school McCoy Hall of Business. Teachers are great they help a lot they are really nice, and always in there office during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have a schedule on what you need to have done by the end of your day. Ask for help your professors will help you, 4th floor of the library helps a lot. Balance out fun with studying by schedules, they really do help I promise. Always ask for what you can do for extra credit, always do the extra credit. Attendance can always help you, even if it is not mandatory attend class so if you even need a little boost in your grades then it might help.

    Am enjoying being here

    Love the school it is beautiful!! Teachers in the McCoy college of business are really nice to each student. People are really nice and living in the dorms isn't that bad you meet a lot of new wonderful friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much and school is hard but once you learn the balance that you are okay with, then school is really fun and actually pretty relaxing.

  • 07/06/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think this school is meant for hard-working students, despite its party school reputation. I'm not sure where that comes from, because from what I can tell, academia is placed very highly here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the area and see if this is school is at the right pace for you. If you want a small-town feel and seeming humble atmosphere, this is for you. Of course you should also check if they offer your major!

    Bang for the buck

    The in-state tuition is slightly more than at my previous institution, but I do believe it is on par with the average tuition rate nationally. I am paying extra to go here for the opportunities that are now open to me, so there is value in that.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful; there seems to be an overall positive energy going on. I do however take slight issue with the elevation and largeness of the place. I'm a transfer student from the flat lands, and I'm used to walking on level ground. But overall I'm very excited about going here.

    Will learn a lot

    I believe I will learn a lot at this school. But that's because I have always wanted to learn. This question depends upon the reviewer's own definition of learning. To be honest, you will get back what you put in. If you put in the effort, you can invariably learn anywhere.

  • 07/15/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for your housing early, because it is first-come-first-serve so I received a indecent room. But hey! its just for the first year.

    Bang for the buck

    I did not receive much financial aid and still barely making it. But I am pretty sure it will be worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm more than sure you will find your crowd here and there is always fun activities going on here at Texas State. From the river to the parties, you will enjoy it.

    Will learn a lot

    It all depends on the professor you take and your willingness to take the time out to study.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Best for people who want to go out and have fun, meet new people, swim at the river, and want to get blood pumping on your way to class. Texas State seems to be huge, but its actually rather small and warm.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's a lot of stairs, so be prepared to work your legs. Going from one place to another, you are bound to encounter at least one set of stairs, Though most people are willing to over-look that because after a while, not only do you get used to it, you also end up with nice calves! Also, if you plan on attending, make sure you apply for housing and classes early!!

    Bang for the buck

    It as as expensive as many other colleges, but the bang comes when your financial aid and grants come in. Texas State gave me more money than any other school. They are not stingy with scholarships and grants, they are actually generous. It is worth the big amount you pay at the beginning.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment-friendly atmosphere, and views from the top of the hill make everyday a beautiful one. Having the river and the downtown area so close make it easy to go have fun at any time of the day or on weekends. Also, there is a lot of diversity on campus, so one can feel comfortable walking around school. Finally, the unforgettable, cafeteria food is actually really great! There is a wide variety of foods offered on campus. Its healthy, home-made, and delicious!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes can be either really big or very small. In either case, you learn a lot from both teachers and students. being in a big class allows you to have more study buddies and more people to ask for help or for notes. Smaller classes allow for more individual help and personal group activities and such. Also, in case you are having trouble learning in class or doing homework, there's a tutoring center at the library open to everyone.

  • 11/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for an average place then Texas State University- San Marcos is for you. There is nothing great here but nothing terrible either.

    Tips for prospective students

    1st- Go to class. No substitute believe me. 2nd- Go to your teachers office hours. The majority of them really want to help and are a vastly under used resource. 3rd- Get involved. it is really easy to fall into a habbit of staying in your dorm room doing nothing. Besides getting involved looks good on a resume.

    Bang for the buck

    TxState is your average university for a slightly raised price. Its not too bad but its also not that good either. tuition is allways raising for every school so this place isnt on the terrible side yet.

    Am enjoying being here

    I dont regret going here but this isnt any source of pride for me. this school is fine. Yes its grown alot and construction is a hassle but its not bad. Just like your studys this place boils down to what you want to do and how much work you are willing to put into it. I have had some great times here and met some really interesting people. The classes are about average for a typical 4-year university. While this place doesn't stand out, it isnt a bad place.

    Am learning a lot

    The trick to any college is putting the time and energy into your work and studies. TxState is no diffrent. While the majority of professors are knwoledgable and want you to learn and enjoy their subjects, there are quite a few 30-35% who are here for the paycheck and do not care about your students. It all boils down to you, You are the deciding factor in what you learn or not.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are on top of their game.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE at Texas State.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many many many clubs and activities to participate in! Lots to choose from so get involved!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth what the tuition is set at.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities to do for fun in San Marcos. The river, the square (if you are over 21) and Austin is very close. Also intramural's are a good time and you have the chance to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Food and drinks on campus are great, for school food!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms so I can not rate them.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone hears about how Texas State is a party school, and yes it may be, but the academics are not easy. You have to stay on top of your school work and put the time in to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, and keep your GPA from dropping. The entertainment and night life can overcome your studies which is most important and should remain so during your time at the University.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great school. The academics are very well known. The atmosphere of the college is wonderful as well, with a lot of diversity.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 338

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    What to do for fun

    I go to the park and river that are located on campus as well as just spend time hanging out with my friends in my dorm.

    Food and Dining

    There is a very wide variety of food and dining halls found around campus and I have never had a bad experience at any of them.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in my dorm. Everyone is friendly and for the most part we get along great. It is like I have a whole new family at school and it is amazing being a part of it

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers and other staff members are very willing to help you with your studies as well as like to encourage you to do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the people who live in your dorm from the beginning. It makes moving to a new place a lot more enjoyable. Also, learn how to balance your social time as well as your study time because that will come in handy during finals time.

    In three sentences

    I personally love attending Texas State University-San Marcos. It has such a beautiful campus as well as teachers and staff who are willing to help you if you need it. So far it has been a very positive experience for me.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there has been a couple of incidents, but nothing huge. there is a lot of building and re-construction going on that could be dangerous.

    Greek Life

    huge!!. interfraternity council: alpha tau omega delta tau delta kappa alpha order kappa sigma omega delta phi pi kappa alpha pi kappa phi sigma alpha epsilon sigma chi panhellenic council: alpha delta pi alpha xi delta chi omega delta gamma delta zeta zeta tau alpha

    Clubs and Activities

    university is very student centered and it has multiple club and organizations for every student. they even have a

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing and ready to learn! students that can manage the partying distractions and still do well in school will do great in this university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    greek life is huge at this university. sewell park has the san marcos river which has several endangered species. the quad is located on campus, many organizations set up there to recruit students, it has a free speech place where many cast their opinion. if you rub the stallions testes (statue) you will get an a on your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    not very expensive compared to other universities but it is not the cheapest either. if you are focused and dedicated in academics you will do great here. if you get easily distracted it could be a problem.

    What to do for fun

    sewell park is located on the texas state campus, which has an amazing river you can float in! aquarena center has glass bottom boats, aquarium and exhibits. the famous san marcos outlets, which include tanger outlets and prime outlets.

    Food and Dining

    off campus, there are many locally owned shops to shop and eat at. the food on campus is not great but they are fairly close.

    Dorm Life

    the campus is beautiful and is a lot of walking. the hills can give you some great legs! dorms have social events and also advertise organizations, events and projects.

    Academic Rigor

    it is not very high, i found challenging my self in several occasions. professors are student centered which is a very good thing , they do want you to understand, but at times it can put other students behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    for most undergraduate courses you don't have to buy your books on campus, there are several off campus sites that have the same book at a discounted price. living in the dorms as a freshman is very very convenient! campus is beautiful but be prepared to walk over these hills! do not get distracted with greek life, it is huge in this university.

    In three sentences

    texas state university is the 3rd largest university in texas and has one of the most beautiful landscapes. it is composed of 10 colleges, the liberal arts, sciences, and education programs are state of the art and well known nationally. it is the only university in the state to have a former president of the united states as an alumnus.

  • 01/23/2013

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go-cart downhill races!

    What to do for fun

    Go out to eat to the different restaurants and food services available. Go to the Square and shop at the local stores.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great number of dining halls on campus, therefore, a great variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus makes the college experience more enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    At a competent level university the academic rigor is on a well level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your running shoes!

    In three sentences

    I like their campus. I enjoy being surrounded by a diverse student population. Multiple available on campus clubs/organizations

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The San Marcos River runs through campus. I've often seen people swimming or tanning by the river, and this is in January. If you're a nerd like me, then you'll probably enjoy the large, beautiful library.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not sure about the food in the dining halls, but I hear it isn't too bad. As far as what you can get on campus, there is a Starbucks and a Chick Fil A. What more could you want?

    Dorm Life

    I would not know, I did not live in the dorms here. Other students seem to like them. I found dorm life miserable though.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course there are always going to be more difficult private schools. As far as a public education goes, this is a very good school. Students actually learn from their teachers.

    In three sentences

    The school itself is fairly fantastic. Teachers here are understanding and cooperative; they really care about their students. The campus is beautiful and it's nice to spend time at the school.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is waaaaay cheaper than UT austin or A&M, and in my opinion, it is a great school for what you're paying. Way worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river or join a club!

    Food and Dining

    Chic-fil-a, blimpe, and panda express are the main big food chains. Lots of options as far as food goes, but it does get pretty repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Burleson Hall, which was great. I would suggest the community-style dorms to first years.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty difficult here; more so than I expected. This school is really growing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not expect Texas State to be an easy school to graduate from. It depends on your program, but it is not easy to do well here.

    In three sentences

    Small town feel, with a lot of people. Lots of clubs, lots of programs, and the teachers are really awesome. Programs are rigorous, but really interesting.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights all around campus, campus police station right on campus,0 bobcat bobby all keeping us safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different varieties of clubs good for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    fun loving, smart, and ready to have a great time

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every graduation people jump in the river in the gowns!

    What to do for fun

    THE RIVER!!! TSR down the street, in between Austin and San Antonio! Partys!

    Food and Dining

    LOVE LOVE LOVE harris, the den, LBJ, always something yummy!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay.. im just not a box kind of girl

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study hard, have fun, and get your work done!

    In three sentences

    Texas state university is amazing! There are so many amazing clubs to join and things to get involved with! Most importantly the river is right down the hill!

  • 06/21/2011

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for students who want to be able to get around without a car and like walking to places but at the same time want that small town feel.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State has great options for graduate school.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love the campus! It's very pretty and diverse.

    Will learn a lot

    Texas State, from my experience so far, seems to have many options for what the students are interested in.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for someone who wants a quality education for less money (jobs don't really care what college you went to anyway)

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the reading assigned because not everything is covered in class.

  • 07/06/2011

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply for early decision that way you can apply for housing first so you're more likely to get the housing you want!

    Will enjoy being here

    San Marcos is an absolutely beautiful city and the campus is absolutely beautiful!

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are definitely willing to make friends or else the campus experience will be wasted on them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms, especially Res College, you'll get to know almost 300 people for a cheaper price and have classes with them. It's great location, we have a river, and we're in between Austin and San Antonio so you have options for a good weekend!

    Bang for the buck

    Great teachers for a price that is better than you'll find anywhere. Top 10 colleges have good teachers but they're rarely in their classes and the TA does all the work. Here the classes reach a max of 350 but you still are able to talk to your teachers. Not to mention that Top 10 colleges have rated our campus higher than theirs because our teachers do such a great job!

    Am enjoying being here

    I hated high school, I couldn't wait to get out. Being on campus, on my own and a part of the bobcat family truly have been the best years of my life so far! People on campus are really up for fun and are friendly!

    Am learning a lot

    The first year isn't difficult, it's a lot like High School, but once you get into your major you start to learn a ton!

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    texas state is great for almost any kind of student. for the outgoing and sociable there are rivers,bars, bowling alleys, movie theatres, and many other types of entertainment. for the more private people there are libraries and quiet-only study cafes which are very charming! i have met many different kinds of people and san marcos is an extremely diverse city. i have thoroughly enjoyed my college experience here and can't wait to continue my journey.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should enter college with an open mind want to learn and soak up everything they can. Do not enter college thinking you know the world but rather be willing to add on to the things you do know and learn and become familiar with the things that you don't know much about because this is your only time to do so! College is a blast if you allow it to be and being able to turn an interest into your own career is the best experience anyone can ask for. I recommend getting to know your professors so you aren't just a face in the crowd and never hesitate to go to your professors office hours; they count on you coming!

    Bang for the buck

    san marcos is a relatively small town and therefore you don't end up spending a lot of money on gas because everything you need is within a 10 mile radius. this includes the outlet malls as well which has many stores with low prices which is great for college students who can't exactly afford to spend an infinite amount of money on frivolous items. there are also many local restaurants around town and a square with bars and shops to keep you busy for hours. texas state classes themselves and the apartments/houses around the area are quite affordable as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    San Marcos is a very friendly and welcoming city to move into. When I first moved here I remember being scared at first, not knowing what to expect or even how to get to the local HEB! My fears quickly vanished as I began makning friends and learning about all of the treasures San Marcos has to offer. I enjoy the outdoors and personally take part in the countless kayaking, floating and hiking spots there are all around the area. The people are friendly, the natural spring water feels amazingly cool on a hot Texas day and it's small enough to cruise around without completely getting lost. What's not to love?

    Academic Rigor

    I am a psychology major at Texas State and I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes here! Majority of professors here are ready and eager to teach you. As any college will have, Texas State has classes that are better in certain subjects and there are multiple teachers for the same class. i suggest using a site like pickaprof so you know exactly what kind of class you are getting into before you commit. i have had nothing but positive experiences with the advisers and the tutors are always willing to go the extra mile. between study sessions, dedicated professors and excellent tutors Texas State has endless possibilities for learning.

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved

  • 07/18/2011

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a party school like everyone says, every school is a party school when you really look at it. Texas State is a great place to be!!

    Bang for the buck

    Good tuttion and affordable.

    Will enjoy being here

    It is the perfect campus size, big but not too big.

    Will learn a lot

    Im going here next fall, im majoring in music and this school is really great for music education and performance and stuff!!

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is very diverse! It's really not one way or the other. There are many types of people here, including a long list of local characters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use www.ratemyprofessor.com to decide who to take class from. The reviews will give you a good idea about the professor and at least give you a warning as to if the class will be difficult or not.

    Bang for the buck

    I came from a community college and my first tuition bill was pretty hard to look at since my tuition at the community college was around $500 a semester. However, the tuition is very reasonable for a public university.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. If being in a nice area is important to you then this school is for you. It is right between Austin and San Antonio so you have many opportunities for city life activities as well as the small town feel San Marcos has.

    Am learning a lot

    All the professors I've had here really know their subject and also truly care about their students. This is one of my favorite aspects of Texas State. I've never had a professor that wasn't willing to help me once I asked. Not only have I learned a lot in school but Texas State gives you lots of opportunities to learn outside skills in clubs and organizations.

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Tips for prospective students

    Rent your textbooks online! Many teachers post their syllabus before the semester starts on TRACS (their online teaching system) so it's easy to get textbooks before class begins!

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is significantly more expensive than ACC but so is every other college in Texas so I really can't complain.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a junior transfer student, I would rather not be around a ton of frat/sor students but I think that's just college life!

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from ACC for two years, Texas State is a big big change! The classes are more challenging and the teachers actually care about you and are available to help you if you're struggling in class.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ones who thrive in a big school and are social and easily adaptable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot and keep your grades up in order to meet the college's expectations.

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love being outdoors San Marcos has an amazing spring fed river system that offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities mainly tubing but I own a kayak so I take advantage of being 1 mile from the river. There is also a solid disc golf course on campus, although not as well-designed as the courses in Austin but its still good. If you're looking for a school that's more laid-back than UT this is a great choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all your classes and do all your homework. I messed up my first year in college because i didnt complete assignments and have barely passed some classes when I shouldnt have had a problem and made B's when I was getting high A's on my exams.

    Bang for the buck

    Fairly good deal, with all the financial aid I received, although not as affordable as ACC, the structure it provides is worth the added expense.

    Am enjoying being here

    Aside from the frat dudes that plague some of the hot spots around town its a great college environment. It's a rare thing living in Texas and not driving all the time. I love being close to campus and a tavern. San marcos is San Antonio trying to keep it weird.

    Am learning a lot

    Leaps and bounds better than a community college, but the fact that 3/4 of my classes are in lecture halls in not a good thing. This isnt a private school but lecture halls are not the best learning environment.

  • 10/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone. However If you don't like to be active in things at the very least you can go float in the river!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved you can find out so much just be being apart of something.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth it trust me!

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm having a Great time.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get a great education and have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste all your time and money at the outlets, study and get good grades!!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition isn't so bad since I'm an in-state applier and there are plenty of scholarships that can help me.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's far enough away from home that I can get the full college experience, but also close enough so I can get home quickly if I need to.

    Will learn a lot

    The accounting program seems a little intense, but I also feel that I can learn a lot from the students and professors.

  • 11/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State University has one of the most diverse student bodies of any college in Texas. It offers exposure to all types of people and walks of life. I recommend it to students who are either not very worldly, or have always felt like an outcast from their high school's student body. Also, if a student wishes to graduate from college with Honors, then I woul highly recommend the Honors Program at TSU. Unlike most colleges, TSU's Honors Program is not major or department specific. The program offers classes that satisfy required courses and also courses that are major specific. The Honors Program will expose students to various majors and has classes capped off at seventeen students. The small class size was a major selling point for me because I learn better in a more intimate environment with my professor and fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many seniors at my old high school that are contemplating attending Texas State. I would advise that if someone wants to go here then attend a Bobcat Day and campus tour. I came on a campus tour the summer before my senior year of high school and was immediately hooked. I could not stop picturing myself walking through the Quad and admiring the gorgeous campus. My friends and I going swimming in the river after a hard day of exams. People just need to come get an official tour of what Texas State University has to offer, and I am sure they will be as hooked as I was.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to other universities that I considered attending, Texas State had the most reasonable cost of tuition. They have many scholarships and financial aid oppurtunities available for students who need it. I am one of those students with such needs. My mother is disabled and father is struggling through the falling construction industry. I have to pay for my entire college career by myself, and Texas State has allowed me to affordably work towards my future.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body here is full of some of the most respectful individuals that I have ever encountered. I have met some lifelong friends through my residence hall's activities and short conversations in elevators. I have managed to have some of the best times of my lief here without getting caught up in the infamous party scene that Texas State is notorious for. I absolutely love my university and would not dream of transferring anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    I thoroughly enjoy all of my classes at Texas State. My professors are all very willingly to help me when I need it and promptly respond to my emails. All of my professors have PhDs in their fields of expertise which makes me feel confident that what they are teaching me is correct. This was not always the case in my high school career, unfortunately. Texas State University it so much more than just a party school; I feel like I am earning a genuine education that I would not want to get anywhere else.

  • 11/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to just be crazy and express how you feel, your in college now. These are going to be the best times of your life, so make the best of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely, I don't know any other top ranked university in Texas that has such an amazing higher learning facility an affordable tuition. It's true, you do get a lot of bang for your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    My classes are great, my instructors are phenomenal, and the atmosphere is a feeling of home. That's why I love Texas State, because they are so welcome and they encourage you to stay and just make new friends and have fun.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much since starting my first semester. My major is Biology and I can honestly say, my professors make coming to class well worth it. They are so excited to work with their students, and they make learning so fun.

  • 11/30/2011

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    Bang for the buck

    As for money i'm sure it will be worth the money. I have already applied and I am waiting for a response. This is my number one school and they offer plenty of scholarships as long as your willing to work for them.

    Will enjoy being here

    I loved the campus! The environment was so friendly and everything was so nice and big.

    Will learn a lot

    This school seemed pretty serious about your education. They are committed to helping you achieve everything your working for.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is a great fit for every type of individual! It is know as a party school but believe me it can have the chill mood environment as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy some tennis shoes! Texas State is home of the hills therefore I recommend you try to dress as comfortable as possible and just enjoy your undergrad years; they are the best years of your life!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has gone up but needless to say Texas State University has given back to the students. Recently, new dorm halls are being built as a new undergrad building and they both look like they are going to be amazing!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the feeling of a small town that is why I personally chose San Marcos! The town is beautiful as is the campus. You have the river to go relax whenever you want and you have Austin and San Antonio at the tip of your fingers for a great night!

    Am learning a lot

    I am absolutely learning a lot! The educators are amazing and forth coming to helping the students in whatever they need. I have yet to encounter a professor that is not passionate about what they teach.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who can manage their time wisely and who are responsible and can put there priorities straight. There is always something thats going on in San Marcos and you need to be responsible and disciplined enough to keep everything together. Also its great for outgoing people and people who like to have fun because other than its a great school, the people there and the activities there are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for your dorms as early as you can so you are able to get the one you want. I had a lot of friends that waited and ended up either getting one on the bottom of their list of preferences, or not one at all. Also get involved. Very important. Getting involved in as much things as you can and still be able to manage your time wisely which is a must. You HAVE to be able to manage your time well if you want to be successful, and not just here but any school at that. But getting involved will help you meet other people and make your time at college just that much better.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is fairly cheap compared to other major universities such as the University of Texas and Texas A&M, but it has its one unique qualities that make it just as great of a place to be. Its locations is one of them. It is between Austin and San Antonio making the trip to either city very easy which opens up a lot of things go out and do. The major aspect is that it has a river on campus, not many other schools could say that. Other than personal attributes, it have great benefits for education as well. The free help they provide for there students is very beneficial especially for students who pay there own way threw school and done have to extra cash to pay for tutors. Texas State provides there own!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being at Texas State. The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, and theirs organizations out there to fulfill anyone's interests. There are a few traditions here, not as many as I would like. One of the biggest and personally I think the most fun is the tailgating before the game. Also with our football team going D1 entering the WAC, I think next fall semester will be even more eventful.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a freshman here and I already feel like this University provides a great learning environment. I enjoyed all professors, they were very well educated in their fields and were able to teach the topics excellently. Other reviews from my peers were generally similar to my opinions. I only heard from a few friends of just a couple of there professors that they did not like and said that they made it hard to comprehend the subject. Overall I think this university is a great place to go to get any type of degree.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Find where you belong and stick to it! Find out what you want to do and don't loose track of that. Don't get caught up in the party scene of college, just be yourself and don't worry about impressing others.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME TO TEXAS STATE! Get involved in something!

    Bang for the buck

    I'd definitely say you get your money worth. Texas State is not as expensive as other colleges but still provides great education and wonderful teachers. It's been such a wonderful experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here! The campus is beautiful and the people are friendly. It is such a wonderful campus!

    Am learning a lot

    The mathematics department has great teacher who teach quality material. I am learning a lot about what it means to be a math teacher.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you are partier don't miss to much class. They really do look at attendance and some teachers give you extra credit for going to class everyday. Some teachers will drop letter grades depending on how many classes you have missed.

    Am enjoying being here

    Texas State is a beautiful campus. It is bigger than what it looks but not too big. Everything is pretty close to each other and there are so many things you can get involved in.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are great here. You can get all the help you need! They have many different places you can go to get help with your school work. Do not be scared to go to your teachers office hours to talk to them to get help. The teachers really pay attention to that and can improve your grade.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus!!!

    What to do for fun

    the night life is great. lots of places to shop, many outdoor activities are very close. live entertainment is a short drive, north or south!

    Food and Dining

    lots of great places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    didn't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    the teacher challenge you to bring out your inner best!

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want an active and very scenic college experience texas state is second to none.

    In three sentences

    texas state is one of the most beautiful campuses in texas. the teaching environment is great and teachers are very qualified at their job. this university makes learning fun and exciting!

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they send tons of alerts when anything happens we need to know about, even off campus.

    What to do for fun

    join a club, join a sorority or frat, paint ball, swimming, tube the river, etc.

    Food and Dining

    i'm not into eating at texas state, they offer kfc and sandwiches and even starbucks, but it's not the healthiest food.

    Dorm Life

    i don't know, i don't live at the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    it is difficult but it could be a lot harder. so far i have made straight a's in all my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, do the work, and look up your professors before you take a class to make sure you get the best education you can and the best professor you can.

    In three sentences

    texas state has a lot of great professors. it has a beautiful campus. it has a lot of great major options but i wish it had more.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do there they have night clubs and bars near by, an outlet center not to far from campus with great deals. great people to have fun with great restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    texas state has great food at good prices and if you carry your id you can also eat cheap outside of campus.

    Dorm Life

    they have great prices on apartments, very convenient amenities, a shuttle bus to take you to campus with flexible schedules.

    Academic Rigor

    they have great instructors as well tutors that can help you at any convenient time. they also have a great and helpful library.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students definitely need to looks into their programs and their useful website for any additional help on practice exams for acceptance in programs.

    In three sentences

    texas state is very helpful with their programs, the counselors are great they have talked to me and are helping me reach my goals. they have great professors that are very helpful and are always willing to help you. last they have great programs and a variety to choose from.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    san marcos is such a small town, that feels safe anywhere you go. i love to walk the campus at 3am and it feels like as if it's only 10pm.

    Clubs and Activities

    i belong to a hip hop dance team called harambee, it is so much fun!! whatever your interest is, you can be sure txst has it.

    Great for these types of students

    this university is great for any type of students, either if you have a country style, or a hip hop style. unless you don't like stairs, then that is a pain in the butt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    txst has so many traditions, you will always find something new, but my favorite is the love for football, and the traditions they have for the game.

    Bang for the buck

    it is not as expensive as other universities, but it is a great idea to look for as many scholarships as you can.

    What to do for fun

    san marcos is beautiful, and the location between austin and san antonio is perfect, there are buses that take you to either cities if you don't own a car or don't want to spend on gas. if you like to relax the river is perfect to go float. but the diamond of san marcos are the outlet malls with more that 300 stores.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good, they have dining halls (buffet style) and other places which are much like what you would see in a mall's food court. it's easy to get bored of the food if you eat the same thing everyday, but if you constantly change it, you won't get bored too fast.

    Dorm Life

    i live on the very south side of campus, so apart from where the rest of the university is, so my experience with the dorms is not so great, however not all dorms are bad, i can name some that are awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    most professors are fun, and make the learning experience less painful, all the professors i've had had been very open to help all the students pass their class.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't procrastinate because due dates come closer than they appear, and join organizations, that's where everyone's at.

    In three sentences

    i love txst!! everybody is friendly, you can go to anyone and you can be sure they will make a conversation. and the campus is beautiful!!

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is pretty good, they always notify all students in email form if anything weird has taken place. i feel safe when i am there.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a poker club, if you like to play poker that is fun.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for students who want to prove to themselves that they are the top 10%. high school was not easy for everyone and this school gives you the chance to change your education around.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is sometimes rallies out in the quad that talk about religion and jesus saving the people.

    Bang for the buck

    this school has helped me to see the world in a different way.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of places to get involved in on campus. there are local poetry slams off campus.

    Food and Dining

    they have some good places to eat on campus, like panda express.

    Dorm Life

    i dont live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    i currently have a 3.0 but i am working on building my way back up and people are helping me do this at school.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you focus on school first before anything else. be a student who works, not a worker who goes to school.

    In three sentences

    i feel that this school is great. i have a learned a lot about different cultures and different philosophies that helped shaped me already. the teachers are very helpful and resourceful. there are many tutoring resources all over campus.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the square, that is all i need to say

    Food and Dining

    all the big chain resteraunts you want are located in san marcos

    Dorm Life

    never lived in the dorms but i assume they are like any other dorms, small but fun

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are tough but if you do what you are supposed to you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    be yourself and you will be fine

    In three sentences

    texas state has an awesome campus, the teachers are excellent, the school offers tons of majors, and the girls are some of the best looking in tx.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    texas state is a very safe campus to say the least. there are many emergency phones throughout campus if you ever feel that you are not safe. they also provide a service called bobcat bobbies, which is a taxi service that helps girls to get around campus safely during the night.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a great amount of clubs and activities on campus. with over 300 clubs and organizations, there is something here for everybody.

    Bang for the buck

    as a student, you get in free to all of the sports events. also, there are 50,000+ students here on campus, which means there is someone for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    there is a ubiquitous amount of things to do for fun. there is a river that runs through campus and is a nice 70 degrees year round. sewell park is also available and has volleyball courts, basketball courts, and nice grassy areas for whatever you want. we are also very close to the downtown strip which has many boutiques, shops, cafes, coffee shops, a music theater, and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    there is a variety of food/dining halls on campus, as well as many surrounding cafes and restaurants. however, it is tough to find healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is great. i would recommend it to anyone thinking about living on campus. it is a great, new experience as it is most likely your first taste of freedom. the custodians do a great job at maintaining the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    it is not tough to get an a here. as long as you study for tests in advance and take thorough notes, you are guaranteed to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    after completing one semester here, there are quite a few things that i have learned. one being apply/register early for classes. open slots for classes fill up fast, so register as soon as you can and don't get stuck with a saturday class. another is to use the resources that are provided. when you pay your tuition, you also pay for usage for the library, slac labs, computer labs, busses, recreation center, and many more. do not let those resources go to waste.

    In three sentences

    texas state university is a great school to attend if you are planning to further yourself in life. there is something for everyone on campus including clubs, sports, organizations, and even a river. also, there are many resources that are here to help you get through your experience here at texas state.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    texas state is well worth what you pay for. depending how involved you become in your community, it can be a really rewarding experience. as well as texas state prides itself on the fact that it is a less expensive school compared to others in texas but provides just as much as others or even more!

    What to do for fun

    there is never a dull moment at texas state! there is constantly something going on on-campus and off. ranging from free orchestra concerts at evans liberal arts building to april fest in the spring, which consists of a festival and a headlining singer.

    Food and Dining

    i had a meal plan at texas state for the past three years and still eat their food even though i live off campus! so that must tell you something. cartwells prides itself on the fact that they provide an array of options on on-campus dinning no matter where you go!

    Dorm Life

    no matter where you chose to live on campus you are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience, so long as your open to meeting new people and willing to participate in residence life events/activities.

    Academic Rigor

    texas state's curriculum is just the right amount of 'hard' that allows students to learn something new or reinforce things you might have not fully grasped in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    texas state is a great school to attend because it lies between san antonio and austin, so there is never a dull moment and always plenty of opportunities for entertainment as well as future perceptive careers.

    In three sentences

    a fun, and friendly environment that is willing to allow students to excel in their studies no matter what they chose to do. an up and rising university on its own that is constantly growing! whether it be physical growth on campus or expanding their degrees.

  • 02/20/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    there are emergency buttons all over campus, and the police will show up immediately!

    Greek Life

    definitely something i want to do!

    What to do for fun

    tubing!!!!

    Food and Dining

    there are ten dining halls on campus, so many different kinds of food :)

    Dorm Life

    every dorm has it's own atmosphere, but they are all fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    being a bobcat definitely won't do you wrong! :)

    In three sentences

    i am so excited about attending texas state university. san marcos is a lovely college town for a freshman like me, and everyone is very friendly at texas state! i'm also thinking about going greek! :)

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are on campus police and people willing to help constantly. there is a system that you may be signed up for so you can get a text or email of any business going on on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many activites and clubs to be a part of

    What to do for fun

    you can walk around campus and enjoy the nice scenery. play pool and ping pong. go to the games with friends.

    Food and Dining

    there are many dining halls and places to eat around campus. its fun going different places so you can have a variety of things.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is alright. i ended up living at home and commuted to school. texas state offers plenty of living arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is hard and gets harder every year. nothing is too hard though if you listen and take notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    when you start college get right into it. do not be lazy or slack off. its real easy to do that but i promise it will be so much easier and fun on you if you just do the work.

    In three sentences

    texas state is growing better and better each semester. it offers help when you need it. teachers here only want the best for you.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    txstate is a safe campus. they have an instant alert system. if something is suspicious or something has been reported, it goes out via email, text and is posted on the screen in every classroom. there are campus police and they monitor the campus but are not intrusive.

    Greek Life

    there are a lot of sororities and fraternities. they can be seen on the quad recruiting and selling hot dogs or other items to raise money for their charity. they are very active and an important part of the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs and activities for everyone, no matter the age or level in academic career. if there isn't an club, a student can start one. there are so many to list, from sports, music, non traditional, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    this is great school for any type of student. it is not to small or too big, so new students get acclimated very quickly. it is great school for those who like not getting lost in the crowd

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is an open forum on campus by the horse statue in the quad. anyone can speak there mind about any subject they wish. it is also said that if you touch the testicles of the horses before an exam, you will pass. i have never done it, and i am doing fine. the quad is a unique place where student organizations can raise money, or get students information on upcoming events, or try to recruit them. our mascot is a bobcat and there are growls students must master.

    Bang for the buck

    txstate does not cost as much as the larger schools and you get a very good education just like the larger schools. because it is smaller, but growing, the resources of the school are more accessible. there are computer labs all over the campus, there is no need for a car, because they have a bus system that gets wherever you need to go.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many school activities and organization to join. sports is a big deal and you get notices via email of all the events. there a park within the school where the san marcos river runs through it. many sun bathers and tubers at this location. they have volleyball nets set up at the park as well. they are really into biking and have an outdoor adventure club. the town square is within walking distance and there is shopping, and entertainment. the school has movie nights and dances.

    Food and Dining

    they have dinning halls that serve buffet style with many options. they also have specific restaurants on site, from pizza, chick fil a, mexican, asian, italian, and many more. there is also a starbucks on campus. these are spread throughout the campus and are easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    there are several dorms on campus and off. they range from very nice to not so nice. i don't live in the dorms, but know people who do. there is a resident who lives in every dorm to help students with their needs and try to keep them out of trouble.

    Academic Rigor

    tx state offers a wide range of academic courses. they can be very difficult, but there are many avenues to get help such as tutoring or writing center. teachers make themselves available for students to discuss tests or class material. staying on top of the subject is important, don't let it get behind. the academics are challenging, but it is up to the student on how challenging it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    this school is not as intimidating as larger schools. most of the activities are concentrated in one main area. it is a diverse school and offers a lot of support for incoming students. there are opportunities to take tours of the school and they require incoming students to take a course on the aspects of texas state. there are a lot of hills so you get a work out everyday, but the scenery is beautiful.

    In three sentences

    i really enjoy texas state. it offers a range of academic learning. there is so much support at the school.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police are right around the corner and always doing their job!

    Greek Life

    many people love the greek life, but it's something you have to experience for yourself to see if you are right for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    we have normal clubs such as greek life, but there are also christian clubs, the hide and seek clubs, and for harry potter fanatics, we have a quidditch club!

    Great for these types of students

    anyone! our campus is so diverse that you are going to find a great group of friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    texas state university is unusual and different in itself. no one can compare to us!

    Bang for the buck

    i absolutely love texas state. i feel like it is probably one of the best decisions i have made. they help you so much with financial aid, the people are very friendly and welcoming, and you will definitely have the time of your life!

    What to do for fun

    in san marcos we have the most beautiful river! we float and sit on bikini hill, which is a nice place to tan! don't forget about the college parties though, not all are bad!

    Food and Dining

    for cafeteria food, it's not that bad! jones hall is my favorite with delicious hamburgers, panda express, and other options!

    Dorm Life

    make friends! that's what dorm life it all about. i thought by staying in a traditional dorm i would hate it, but i absolutely love it!

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on your major. my major is in nursing, however, it is demanding. other majors such as biology and engineering are very challenging and demanding!

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved, make friends, and work hard! never ever give up!

    In three sentences

    beautiful campus with amazing professors. i absolutely love the enviroment and everyone is so friendly. the education is definitely worth it, no doubt! i have learned so much!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sewell park is within walking distance of campus and features the san marcos river, sand volleyball, frisbee, montezuma cypress trees, and plenty of good looking swimmers. san marcos' aquarena center, intramural sports, and campus events are always entertaining options as well.

    Food and Dining

    texas state features restaurants such as pizza hut, chic-fil-a, blimpie, einstein bagel bros., and many other choices.

    Dorm Life

    new dorms are being built as i type this!

    Tips for prospective students

    organization, such as keeping a to-do list and a planner is critical. also, get ready to walk up some hills!

    In three sentences

    texas state university has a beautiful campus, with region-appropriate landscaping and incredible architecture. the campus is even designated as a tree campus america site. the classes are informational, challenging, and stimulating.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is very big at texas state. they ensure that students are as safe as possible. when night falls in san marcos, the campus provides transportation for those students that are afraid to walk alone in the dark. they try their best to keep the campus well lit and if at anytime feels in danger they have theses call boxes placed around campus for emergency help.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty of activities to do for fun. they have many organizations that students can become involved in. there is also scavenger hunts put on by the school that students can participate in. texas state has a huge recreational center that provides activities like, rock climbing, swimming and many intramural activities. there is a movie theatre and many shopping plazas in walking distance from the campus. san marcos is also known for having one of the best outlet malls in texas.

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of food choices at texas state. they have food choices for appetite. there is even a good choice of food for vegans. we have big known names such as chick-fil-a, blimpies, starbucks, pizza hut, einstein brothers, and much more. if students were to get tired of the fast-food everyday, they could go to one of the all-you-can buffets provided on campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life here at texas state is a great way to meet students. living in dorms allows you to attend special events that are only offered to students living in residential halls. dorm life should be experienced for at least one year and is a great way to socialize with others in your class. dorm life is also fun, exciting and convenient for students.

    Academic Rigor

    the acadmemic rigor at texas state varies upon one's major. for incoming freshmen they try to make the work load a little easier, and they provide a lot of student help services for students that may struggle with keeping up. there are many organizations geared around helping students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    upon attending texas state, a student must know and get acquainted with their academic advisor. also, they should get involved in order to meet new people that you can relate to. try to stay on top of your studying and keep partying at a minimum.

    In three sentences

    texas state has a class that makes it easy for highschool students to have an easier transition. texas state has many people that want to see the students succeed, and its obvious they will do anything in their power to help a student achieve their goals. texas state has a big student body and there are a lot of activities for a student to get involved in.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    riverfest in the spring. frisby dan, dancing tod, zeus aka river man. those are iconic people around town.

    Bang for the buck

    very worth what is being paid... not extremely pricy as well. but of course it is college so it is a high price

    What to do for fun

    theres always the river and sewell park on the southwest side of the campus. great intramural leagues for all sports... and of course it does live up to its reputation as well.. weekends only though.

    Food and Dining

    chick fil a, blimpies, panda express, pizza hut, three other dinning halls, and include the two more buffet style dinning halls. but as for san marcos, most places stay open 24 hours, and there is plenty of iconic, delicious restaurants to eat.

    Dorm Life

    quite a very apartment style dorms, but the majority of them are traditional style. never the ideal place to stay. live able though

    Academic Rigor

    the school has a reputation of being a party school', but me being a current student, i know that school is very difficult and time consuming if your taking at least 12 hours. great professors and staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    if your looking to learn a lot, experience a lot, and meet new people, txst is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    by far the place i need to be at this time in my live. beautiful woman, plenty good people, plenty to do. the campus itself is one of a kind and within a semester your calves will be cut.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    shopping at the amazing outlet malls, the river, going out with friends, movies, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    there's so much variety! chick-fil-a, starbucks, pizza hut, & tons more!

    Dorm Life

    really comforting and welcoming enviroment!

    In three sentences

    texas state is a great school! the campus is beautiful, and the courses are challenging! overall, it was a really great school to start off my freshman year!

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    What to do for fun

    many activities, frats, groups, ect.

    Food and Dining

    they have any thing you feel like eating.

    Dorm Life

    fun, fun.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers, professors are really there to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    you cant go wrong, any question you may have they have the answer, and no question is a stupid question.

    In three sentences

    it is amazing, the whole experience in general. best campus!

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have the best emergency alert system, you always know what's going on.

    Bang for the buck

    we have the best rates.

    What to do for fun

    san marcos is between two great cities and is growing like a virus, so there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    never been.

    Dorm Life

    heard it was good.

    Academic Rigor

    classes can be difficult or hard, like with anything else it's about what you put in to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    start exercising because the hills are hurtful. talk to everyone and anyone, there are so many encouraging professors, administrators, etc.

    In three sentences

    great school that is becoming extremely competitive with excellent teacher and knowledge that will help with your future.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's many things to do , like study by the river, go shopping to the outlet malls and experience many different things.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a very good school to attend !

    In three sentences

    I love this school !

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the river! Lots of great outdoor activities, float the river, kayak! Go to the town square at night for great music and drinks

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have good food and there are several chain food places on campus

    Dorm Life

    Not much room, really only enough for freshmen plus they are closed over every holiday, good luck getting a job if you want one.

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors challenge you in your major, and are extremely helpful. Several of my professors offer to go over your portfolio so that you can get a real job someday.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest doing as much of your core classes at a community college, you will save money and the classes are exactly the same. Save your money for the Major classes

    In three sentences

    I love the University! The Art and Design program is excellent, definitely the best program in state. The professors are all accomplished artists and designers, they know their stuff.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy and outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The George Strait Bar is a beer bar on campus that is pretty cool.

    Bang for the buck

    very good prices

    What to do for fun

    Swim, tube, hike, study.

    Food and Dining

    There is not good food on campus, but good places to eat in town.

    Dorm Life

    never lived in one

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and make friends, it is a really big school.

    In three sentences

    A very friendly environment. Professors have been good. A really beautiful campus with natural setting

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    for fun you can go to the river, visit San Marcos' restaurant and definitely go to Austin which is just 30 minutes from here!

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty of place to choose from to have lunch and the food is good

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life here is pretty nice. my dorm is fairly quiet and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Instructors are fair, I would say there's not too much or too little to study. Just the right amount depending on your study schedule. sometimes you might have to spend you're whole day studying, but that's what we're here for.

    Tips for prospective students

    when you'll get here you'll love, but there is a lot of walking to do so come prepared!

    In three sentences

    The classes are absolutely wonderful. The instructors are always very nice and helpful. The campus is lovely.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sewell Park, the river, extra-curriculars

    Food and Dining

    We have plenty of different types of food and many healthy foods as well.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an apartment owned by the campus and I absolutely love it.

    Academic Rigor

    It is somewhat difficult however there are multiple helpful resources at each student's disposal.

    Tips for prospective students

    join a club, get plugged in, make friends, go to class

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an amazing college to attend because it is more than just a college, it is also an experience. It is such a diverse campus that you will be sure to make friends. We also have some of the best professors around.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Float the river on a warm day. The Colloquim bookstore has coupon books that offer things on discount or for free.

    Food and Dining

    I have a kitchen in my apartment (Bobcat Village). I have only eaten on the campus a handful amount of times.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred here, so I don't know how dorm life is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buying a parking permit is not necessary. Use the free bus system!

    In three sentences

    This school is just big enough. There is a diverse group of people here. San Marcos is cooler than Austin!

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcat bobbies!:D

    Clubs and Activities

    Uhh we have qudditch need i say more?;D

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hammocks,narnia ohh so many sights even old main is lit at night!

    Bang for the buck

    its worth it trust me!

    What to do for fun

    Besides the fact that the San Marcos River runs right thru it also has the best music at TMT. Also the square([downtown) is right of campus!

    Food and Dining

    We have a panda express,chik fil a and pizza hut,but the best is in lbj lairs burgers! Man that suace with those fries are AH MAZING!

    Dorm Life

    always choose to live in the dorm,you will meet the best people and always find a friend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus is just breath taking! You will fit right in and love it. I highly suggest this school for art majors as well as medical majors.

    In three sentences

    Full of friendly people and such a great school . Exceeds all expectations! Will not be dissapointed in acedemics and social events.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I believe we are charged more fees then we take advantage of. However, many useful facilities are offered free of charge so it eventually evens out. Students can visit the rec center, the river and print for free at any time.

    What to do for fun

    With the river running through campus, there is always something to do. Floating the river, canoeing, laying out by the river, or taking a midnight jump into the spring-fed river are always fun. The outlet malls are also located close to campus and shuttles are available to transport students to and from the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food on campus will satisfy all. Many chain restaurants can be located on campus, such as, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, and Panda Express. It is very easy to over indulge with all the options available, so new students must be careful of their food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, or residence life, here at Texas State is great. There are so many options for those choosing to and required to life on campus. Each hall offers free washing and drying as well as microwaves, stoves, and ovens. Living on campus is safe and convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Texas State are not a joke. This university has a top rated geography and history department and the classes show that. The university puts education above all else.

    Tips for prospective students

    I believe all incoming freshman should begin college with an open mind as well as a strong sense of self and one's own morals and beliefs. By knowing your morals, I believe there is less chance of a regrettable event occurring. By keeping an open mind, one is much more likely to make new friends because everyone in college is different.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful school filled with diverse and interesting people. The university is highly rated in many fields and includes one of the only Respiratory Care Bachelors programs in Texas. Texas State is a friendly and inviting place for everyone.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It's not just for frat guys and sorority girls as it has earned the bad reputation of being. Anyone who likes to have fun and get a quality education should come here. I personally am not in a frat and I love it here.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do here. You can float the river, hang out at Sewell Park, go to sporting events and there are many towns near by with fun things as well such as New Braunfels and Austin.

    Food and Dining

    I live next to a buffet dining hall that is delicious! Overall the dining halls have decent food with enough options.

    Dorm Life

    I have a two bedroom apartment style dorm, which is the nicest ones, but other dorms are not as comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough work, but I do feel there is universities out there that are tougher on you academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all schools you're interested in and ask lots of questions.

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State. It is a beautiful school with professors that are willing to help you achieve your goals. It isn't just a party school it is a place where you can achieve a quality education.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe! Have bobcat bobbys for nighttime so you do not have to walk far alone in the dark and have emergency poles everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is good! Frats greatly outnumber Sororities here, but they are getting more sororities here soon.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has many organizations from hide and go seek club to the honors programs! And if there is not a club you want, you can always make one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are good with big classes and lecture based classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river runs through campus and is a great place to hang out, study, and swim!

    What to do for fun

    The river is the best thing about Texas State! You can go swimming, lay out, or even study by the river. There is also movie theaters and an outlet mall right by the campus, there is plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    Texas State has many options for food. There are five different places to eat and all have many options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I am enrolled in residential college, where you live with people you are in some classes with, and it is amazing! The dorm life can be hectic, but for the most part it is fun, like a big family!

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State can be academically challenging but as long as you are studying you can get high enough grades!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that if you are a new student that you join an organization you are interested in. It is a great way to meet people and to get involved in your community and your campus!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus with an extremely diverse community. It has so many different organizations, that everyone can easily find where they belong. And this college offers many degree plans, and has wonderful staff that help you along your journey!

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Many different food options located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I've not had to live in a dorm but I've heard they're nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are demanding but nothing out of the ordinary for students.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is located in an interesting area of Texas. The campus is beautiful and easy to navigate. Majors include something even the most confused student can find interest in.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcat Bobbies will be your best friends for those late night classes, study sessions, and food runs. This service will pick you up and drop you off where you need to be, anytime from sundown to sunup 7 days a week. No worries about walking alone at night, also there is plenty of Campus Police.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the ring ceremony, you run your ring under some river water, then go jump in, clothes and all. Same goes for graduation. Everyone jumps in, in their caps and gowns!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition includes everything. You dont have to pay extra for football games, or other campus activities. There is free printing on campus, so you don't have to buy your own paper, ink, and printer. There is a computer repair center that is low cost. There is always something going on on campus for students.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river! The greatest way to unwind after a long day of class is to head to Sewell Park and float the river with your pals.

    Food and Dining

    We have great dining options on campus. Dining halls are everywhere so you don't have to go super far out of your way to eat, and there are plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year, dorm life is great. You are right on campus, its convenient, and a great way to make friends on campus. San Jacinto and San Marcos Halls are the way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tougher than others, but professors, TA's, and other supplemental instruction opportunities are there for those who want to use it. Do what your professor asks of you and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too caught up in partying. Going out is great fun, but you need to maintain your grades. Also, get involved! Sounds generic, but you will meet amazing people this way.

    In three sentences

    A great campus! The students and staff are friendly. You will absolutely love the San Marcos River that runs through the middle of campus.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the river right by campus in between classes.

    Food and Dining

    Jone's is the best place to eat at!

    Dorm Life

    I can't really say, I never lived in a dorm here.

    Academic Rigor

    Stimulating classes, moderate to hard tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be social!!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a fun school to go to. I have really enjoyed all of my professors. The student body is very diverse.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is Great.

    Greek Life

    We have very active Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have many many clubs and activities from intramural sports to debate, but we have something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun energetic students wanting to have a good time and learn at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When we receive our school ring we dump it in river water.

    Bang for the buck

    I do believe the bang for the buck is worth it cause you will receive a degree from a good school and be able to get a job later on.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river, go to the square, go to Sewell Park.

    Food and Dining

    They could be better by allowing more health options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is Great.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what course they are pretty difficult but if your in your desired major classes they are easy to learn in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do good in high school so you can get in. Study hard and don't change your major.

    In three sentences

    I rate Texas State a 9 out of 10 due to it being a great place to be and the classes are very enjoyable.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD does a great job of monitoring the campus. There is a service to give rides to people after dark. There is very low crime on campus property, mostly small time theft at some of the college apartments.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of Greek life. I don't really feel qualified to answer this one because I am not in a Greek org.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you want it, you can have it. If the club you want to join isn't on the list, make it. There are lots of club choices and activities to participate in: intramural sports, academic clubs, club sports, residence life groups, etc. There are also activities like Bobcat Build and River Raft Races.

    Great for these types of students

    TX State is great for everyone. There is a very diverse population of students that attend TX State. There is a place for everyone, and the lines aren't drawn by race.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We jump in the river after graduation to promote good luck (in your full gown).

    Bang for the buck

    TX State isn't going to be as inexpensive as your community college, but as far as 4-year universities go, this is a pretty thrifty choice.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river, of course! There are plenty of other activities, but floating the river and lounging on the banks of Sewell Park are by far the most popular. Go to Don's Fish Camp for the best college experience in tubing. It is closer to campus than New Braunfels and it is private property, so fewer cops.

    Food and Dining

    Jones and LBJ are the places to eat for sure. The dining halls with the buffet style eating are especially great at breakfast and decent at lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I had the most amazing time when I lived in the dorms my freshman semester (6 yrs ago). I still have some really close friends that I met there. I did the potluck roommate thing and it was great. Hang out at the smoker's table (every dorm has one) for chill times and great conversation (even if you don't smoke).

    Academic Rigor

    This is a tough category to rate as it really depends on your major and your own academic prowess. I've had some easier courses and some really difficult courses - don't let anyone tell you TX State is going to be easier than UT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to make sure you get your first choices for housing and roommate selections. Go check out the campus before you make your college decision (Note: if you visit TX State, you will be sold).

    In three sentences

    TX State has a beautiful campus that will get you in shape in no time as we boast about our legs across the state. The professors are mostly awesome and while the college is growing, your major coursework will have about 30 students for a better learning environment. Best way to succeed at any college: (1) GO TO CLASS, (2) READ YOUR BOOKS, (3) DO YOUR WORK ON TIME.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Laying out by the river or going to the rec are just some things I do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are certain places to eat on campus that I wouldn't suggest.. Overall the food isn't bad, but it could be better.

    Dorm Life

    I had a tradtional dorm my first semester of college and it wasn't what I expected, I didn't really enjoy my dorm experience in the fall semester. In the spring semester, I got reassigned to a single suite style dorm, with my own personal bedroom. It's much more comfortable and big improvment from my previous dorm. There is a much more friendly atomosphere and lots of dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State has plenty of resources to make sure you succeed academically but it is up to you to take advantage of those resources. Just about every professor has office hours where you can go and meet with them if you have questions or to get one on one help. There is also the SLAC which helps you if you have trouble in certain classes. The Writing Center helps with your college writing courses, they review your paper and give you constructive feedback on how to improve and most of the time you even get a letter grade higher than you would've if you didn't go to the Writing Center

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest you just break out of your shell and get involved. Meeting new people and making new friends is a big part of the college experience. Prioritizing is also key. If you have a paper due on Monday, it isn't wise to party the whole entire weekend and procrastinate on the paper. Also, develop good studying habits before you come to college, it's a big part in doing well in class. Unlike high school, you actuall HAVE to study.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a great school with the focus on academic success, meeting new people, and enjoying your true college experiece. Texas State has the tools and resources for you to achieve your full academic potiential while have a relaxed fun-loving atmosphere all throughout campus.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are on-campus police with an on-campus police station. There are emergency buttons around campus that you can press for help. They can also escort you across campus at night so that you feel more comfortable. San Marcos is also a pretty safe town itself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million and they are all involved with a lot to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. The population here is so diverse, there is a place for anyone and everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a star on top of the highest residence hall that lights up whenever we win a game. We dip our class rings in river water before they are given to us.

    Bang for the buck

    This public school is really cheap for what you get. Tuition (without room and board) is usually around $3500 a semester. The school is HUGE with over 30,000 students and the student organizations are endless!

    What to do for fun

    There is the river of course. Everyone always goes out to the river. There is downtown that is full of neat shops and places to eat. There is also the square for the nightlife. (mostly 21 and up) There are concerts every week that are sometimes free and usually cheap at Cheatham warehouse and Texas Music Theatre. We are also located in between two big cities; Austin and San Antonio.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining halls with a variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    There are a ton of residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say it is pretty fair. It always depends on the class and the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and take advantage of everything the school has to offer!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great community. There are a lot of resources and opportunities to better yourself and your education. There are also a lot of opportunities to get involved and network with the local community.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State has a terrific reputation for producing successful graduates in the Theatre and Education departments. If you plan on being a teacher or being in theatre, then Texas State is the place for you.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat that often on campus but when I do I am always impressed. The food is great and their is a great variety, even for vegetarians like myself.

    Dorm Life

    I never actually lived in the dorms, but friends have told me that they are a pretty good living environment. Just make sure that you are always nice to your R.A., because they really try their hardest.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers that I have had really demand a lot from their students, but they never ask too much from us. The classes are hard and studying will be required for most of them, but I know that all my work will pay off and help me to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a great environment that is really conducive to achieving an incredible education. The professors ask a lot of their students, but they know how to push us just enough to get us to succeed. I know that I made a right choice in choosing Texas State University.

  • 05/04/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    Such a beautiful campus and I can't wait to come to school here! I like how they are willing to go the extra mile to help you find your major and I like the idea of learning communities to help with the transition from highschool to college.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD cares about you with escorts for students walking alone at night and enforcing the new tobacco free campus law

    Greek Life

    Rush Fall for a bigger pledge class

    Clubs and Activities

    H.E.A.T. community service organization is not only great for the entire community but for meeting new people as well

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the stallions in the quad always brings good luck before exams!

    Bang for the buck

    Buying the communter meal trade dining plan for transfer or communter students!

    What to do for fun

    Studying at the river is a great way to get a tan and stay on top of your school work!

    Food and Dining

    With restaurants like Chick-fila and Starbucks on campus you can't complain!

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are excellent with private bathrooms but the old dorms are more than satisfactory when it comes to dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors may seem difficult but getting used to teaching habits and attending all classes, students can pass with satisfactory performance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to new student orientation in the summer before attending your freshman year. Getting to know the campus and traditions helps you feel more at ease.

    In three sentences

    A well rounded 9 out of 10 rating for a college. Very intellegent professors passionate about teaching and eager to help students get hands on help in and out of the classroom.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't want to walk back to your dorm alone? Call a bobcat cabby to pick you up. Central campus also has a police station with officers on duty 24/7.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to choose from ranging from languages, cultures, business and major oriented clubs to outdoor activities and community service plus sports clubs. There is even a Quittage club for Harry Potter fans.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is for individuals who always need something to do, there are thousands of activities on campus and the down town San Marcos is right next to campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    School tradition! There is a Fighting Stallions Statue in the center of campus, rub the stallions' balls for good luck on your tests and finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Dorms and other housing is expensive in San Marcos but tuition for each semester is reasonable 6,000 average with no Fafsa or scholarchips (for a 15 hour credit semester)

    What to do for fun

    Go play at the river on campus or the volley ball courts, meet friends at the REC for a game of squash, ping pong, basketball, etcetera. Campus organizations also plan events for the whole student body periodically. Movie nights, Concerts, even community service events like Bobcat Build.

    Food and Dining

    Not to many healthy options within the dining halls. Central dining is mostly fast food, newer buffet style dining halls ( Harris, and newly renovated Commons) are much nicer and have a better atmosphere but are on the edge of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Newly built and furnished dorms are double the price of a regular dorms but are comfortable and nice. ( College Inn, San Jacinto, San Marcos, North Complex ) Most dorms on campus look old and rundown, and need maintenance from time to time.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers in general, are motivated and entertaining, some truly enjoy their career and make classes interesting. The school also has the highest amount of professors with state award recognition within Texas. All my professors have been excellent so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Have fun!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is THE college experience.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is safe, but if you are a girl and you do not feel like walking to your dorm or anywhere at night, you can call campus PD and they will give you a ride.

    Greek Life

    They are all the same with sex, alcohol and parties except one, BYX that care about academics, tradition and networking with people of faith.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some many club sport, even the one that base on a movie. Intramural Sports to make friends and have fun. We have great bible studies. There are many other clubs and activities, but i cannot tell you about it because i am not a part of it.

    Great for these types of students

    If your a person that love to work out the campus is build for that. If you like friendly people this is the place for you. If you love hill country, but small cities then this is the place for you. If you like to be challenged academically this is the place for you. If your are guy looking to meet beautiful women, or a girl that like good country boy, then welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only tradition i know is the river fest before finales. The school hire use to be famous artist to perform.

    Bang for the buck

    The recreation is the only place on campus where things are cheap; beside everything is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Playing Intramural sports, going to games, going to the river, parties, festival, skateboarding down the hill, playing pool and everyone favorite going to the square every Thursday night.

    Food and Dining

    The Food have no trans-fat so it OK. There are plenty of dining hall to eat at. If you are a person that like eating healthy the you will love the buffet.

    Dorm Life

    The room are big, but the rest room are too small, 24/7 visitation. No pets or smoking, but people find ways to smoke. Do not trust your roommate because they lie on their roommate comparison application. Depende on the dorm, but there is no cooking in the dorms. The best part of the dorms are they are very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers are very dedicated to their subject. there are no easy classes you have to study to earn the grade you want. The teachers a willing to work with you during office hours. The SLAC lab at the library will help you with any subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective student the book store at texas state is very expensive than normal so by your supplies from local stores. For a study break the river is a great place to swim and relax. If you want to make friends really quick join the intramural sport team or go to the rec to participate in pick up basketball and soccer.

    In three sentences

    Texas State Have the most amazing campus i have been in. The students and teachers are very friendly. They make me feel like family and have the sports that i love.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tubing

    Food and Dining

    Decent

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the resources available to you.

    In three sentences

    A large campus with a lot of student resources.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have excellent campus police as well as the general safety of Texas State Campus. We watch out for each other around here.

    Greek Life

    You're good. It's the perfect place. Huge parties, southern hospitality, great looking guys and girls alike, lots of opportunities to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost too many clubs and organizations. There is a very active Greek presence as well as tons of alternative organizations that promote a specific interest or hobby. The literature club, french club, national hispanic business student organization, history club, it goes on and on.

    Great for these types of students

    Communications Studies Teaching and Education Philosophy Art- Performance and Visual Athletics Literature Graduate School Hispanic/ Latino Environmental Activism

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Texas State is best-known for its river activities. People go to class with their swimsuits under their t-shirts and walk down to the river almost every day. There are several festivals throughout the year highlighting music.

    Bang for the buck

    You can get by around here without a million bucks. Most Texas State Students are from mid to low income families. We love to cook! Grab a beer and some wood for the fire.

    What to do for fun

    concerts, river, festivals, skatepark, free txstate sports, tons of campus activities and organizations, great coffee shops, great record stores, tons of parties.

    Food and Dining

    Fun and casual dining rule in San Marcos and there are a few nicer things. But if you want to really experience dining, Austin is not too far away and there is a plethora of options in all price ranges.

    Dorm Life

    You will make a million friends. It's too fun in San Marcos not to! There is plenty to do to get away as well. The whole town is practically free wifi and there are many quiet areas all over town to relax.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a place where the professors understand that life is unexpected, but that alone is what they expect to prepare you for and they intend on quality work and performance. You can make friends with your professor, it's not too big of a university for that connection. They want to help you and lead you in the right direction. Never be afraid to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus or in town. You can walk just about anywhere or use the bus. Austin is right down the road and is all that and a bag of chips when it comes to stuff to do, especially concerts. San Marcos is extremely relaxing and lovely and you may forget all about Austin while you're floating down the river with your friends.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a fun school, of course, but is surprisingly filled with intellectual minds and free spirits that encourage each of us to fulfill our purpose, starting with an education. The professors urge the students to take initiative to make theories and learn in new ways by interacting with society and striving to do something that impacts us all. Texas State is the place where you will begin to wonder what's next.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, my friends and I love to go down to the San Marcos River and float! On a sunny day, the river is the perfect place to be. The movies, bowling alleys, and lasertag are also pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, and even if you don't like the campus food there are plenty of nearby places that you can grub at.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, depending on where you stay. My first year was absolutely amazing. The people were so cool and the RA's were the best. I'd live there again with the same people if I could.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework at Texas State is challenging. Therefore, there are so many learning opportunities for you, that there is no way you can fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, apply, apply. Once you get into Texas State, you will not regret the decision you've made.

    In three sentences

    The perfect campus for anyone who wants a peace of mind. Texas State University can and will open up a lot of opportunities for your future. Everything about Texas State is simply beautiful from the campus to the people there.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe. We have night time escort assistance if you don't want to walk from one end of the campus to the other. The city is pretty calm and the campus is usually quiet at night. The campus police are always there to help you if you need assistance.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State offers a tremendous amount of clubs and activities its just all about going out there and finding a club your interested in. There is a club for just about every interest you can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    The bookstores offer coupons to just about every place that is good to go to in San Marcos. As well as a lot of surrounding restaurants accept bobcat bucks so you wont have to use your cash if your running low or worried about spending money.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State is one of the best universities to attend because there is always activities going on. The school usually hosts different student activities on campus for students to go to. We also have the river that flows right through our campus which is amazing on hot days. We have Sewell Park and that is where we host events like River fest. Sewell is also where people can go to play beach volleyball, basketball, lay out, swim, canoe, or float the river. We have TMT which is Texas Music Theatre where students can go dancing on weekends and it is always packed on Thursday nights. The great thing about San Marcos too is that we're literally twenty minutes away from Austin. The football games are always super fun and there is always tailgating before a game where the sorority and fraternities set up and get the crowd going. We have the rec where you can workout and we have an indoor soccer field, basketball courts, and rock climbing wall. We offer a bunch of different fitness classes that are fun so you will never do the same old workout.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't that bad surprisingly. There are a lot of options to chose from. The best dining hall by far on campus has to be Harris. It is the one that is most far away but, its buffet style so you can get as much food as your heart desires. Commons closed but they are reopening it in the Fall of 2012 so, incoming freshman will get that extra option. There are a lot of different places to pick from. There are five dining halls on campus and each you can use your meal swipes. Each dining hall has a variety of food options to pick from so you won't ever get bored of the same food.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms to be in if you are an entering student would be a traditional style one. It is a much more friendly open environment. You meet a lot of new people because your sharing a lot of stuff with the people in your dorm. In a modified dorm there isn't that much interaction because all the amenities are within your room. In a traditional dorm you interact with people because everything is on the outside. There will always constantly be people in the lobby or in the study rooms so it easy to find someone to talk to. Everyone is hospitable and the Ra's will always be there to help you if you ever need anything. A traditional dorm is more like a family because by the end of the school year you get to know mostly everybody in your dorm and you become close with them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is up there. Professors take their work seriously and they always try to challenge their students to make them think above their level. The classes are difficult if you don't attend class and don't pay attention in lecture. The professors stimulate you to think higher than your basic understanding. They try and help you become more critical thinkers. The rigor is as hard as you make it if you put time and effort you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Best advice is if you are feeling lost in a class talk to the professor in their office hours. They are extremely friendly and more than happy to help you out. Take advantage of all the resources that offer help for students struggling in their classes they will help you prosper. As well as don't be overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of students and diversity within the school. Embrace it you will meet a lot of new faces and you will come to discover everyone is pretty much the same no matter what background you come from.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University has to be one of the best schools in Texas. It not only offers the feel of a big diverse campus but gives you the intimate one on one education you would receive at a private university. The classes may be big but the campus offers an unlimited amount of resources to help you be successful.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If there is an incident on campus you get a text message to your phone letting you know immediately. The majority of classrooms also have digital signs that inform the professor of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE!

    Clubs and Activities

    All stay very active.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing or those who want to break out of their shell. Great for adventurous people and staying fit. If you love live music San Marcos is great and Austin is right down the street. If you're over 21 this place is even more fun with plenty of bars for any type (country, rap, chill).

    Bang for the buck

    I've been to 3 different colleges and this is by far the best fit! You get free transportation to school from the majority of the apartment complexes, unless you decide to drive. The new rec center is AWESOME, rock climbing wall, courts, and fitness classes. I've never had a professor that I felt like I knew more than them.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life! River! Intramurals!

    Food and Dining

    I've never ate on campus but they have a Starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    I was a transfer student so I've never had to live in the dorms. But heard it's fun!

    Academic Rigor

    It truly depends on the professor and how well they explain the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look up a professor on ratemyprofessor.com before you pick a class. Talk to other students as well, my favorite professors were advice from other students. Get involved and don't stay in your dorm all the time.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a great staff who are very helpful and educated. The students are awesome and everyone has great school spirt. And there is always something to do!

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The river! There are a ton of spots to jump in located throughout campus. San Marcos also has it's own square with a few bars to go out and have a night of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of surrounding restaurants. Availability of fast food, and sit down in dine is immense. There is even a trailer food court near by, Dining halls on campus, and restaurants in student center.

    Tips for prospective students

    DOn't let the party life take up your abilities to keep up with your studies. Attended all classes.

    In three sentences

    Great commuter school. Campus full of stairs. Surrounded by a river.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State have their own police department on campus separate from the San Marcos police department. Once the sun goes down, Bobcat Bobby escorts students who are walking around campus alone to and from their destinations if you give them a call. There are also lamp post with emergency buttons that when pushed, a police officer will be at in minutes!

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has over 300 student organizations ranging from academic and social based organizations. If you don't find an organization that interests you, you can create your own by meeting a few requirements. Texas State supports the organizations on campus by helping fund many of their events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite Texas State traditions is the Riverfest. Every year Texas State puts on a concert series at the river with performances by students and a headliner. In 2011, the Ying Yang Twins headlined Riverfest and in 2012 Yung Joc performed as the headliner. They also give away free things such as sunglasses and frisbees.

    Food and Dining

    The choices of dining at Texas State rank high among other schools! They have buffet and a la carte dining halls. They also have dining facilities with Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, Blimpie's and Starbucks!

    Dorm Life

    You will meet some of your closest friends in the residence halls. You can choose from traditional to modified traditional to suite to super suite. The Resident Assistants and Directors are wonderful mentors and are there to assist you in anyway. Plus the residence halls hold different events for the residents ranging from lots of topics but they are always fun!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at Texas State are there to help you if you ask for help! Every teacher is required to hold office hours, so if there is something you don't quite understand, you are welcomed to talk to them during that time. The classes may be challenging but the teachers want to see you succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for a prospective student would be to bring sun screen and start working out! One of the favorite places among the students is the river that runs through the campus. Don't be surprised to see students hanging out there after a long week of classes. Texas State have a number of hills and stairs so be ready to feel the burn from walking to and from class.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an amazing school with a campus full of great students and teachers! Bobcats are some of the friendliest people that you will ever meet and have a lot of pride for the school. The teachers are helpful and will help you make the best out of the course they are teaching.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of activities: right on the river for tubing and swimming, live music both on and off campus, lots of places for sporting activities, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of choices, mostly fast food on campus and off.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Business, you have to put in the work to be successful and meet your goals, both while you are in school and when you graduate and are looking for employment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make an appointment with your perspective adviser at the beginning and ending of each semester to make sure you are on track to meet your academic goals. If you are having difficulty, go to the SLAC lab in the library, they offer free tutoring. Complete reading and other assignments as they are given or ahead of time so you can identify questions or problems understanding the subject and do not be afraid to ask questions! That is why you are in college in the first place: to ask questions and get explanations.

    In three sentences

    I have been a student at Texas State University-San Marcos for almost 3 years. I have a BA in English from their Liberal Arts College and I am working on a BBA in Accounting from their McCoy College of Business. My experiences with both colleges has been wonderful. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and encouraging. You have to work hard and do the work to be successful. It is well worth it.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Poor Greek Life.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot cheaper than other universities.

    What to do for fun

    Go hang out at the Square (a mini downtown).

    Food and Dining

    Great food options like Chick Fil A, Blimpies, Pizza Hut, and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    The are some good options for housing. Some residence halls offer private bathrooms for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a lot of hills and you will get tired very easily.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an amazing campus. The classes are a bit hard. It is known to be a party school.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many different places to go around San Marcos. There are bars and dozens of coffee shops. There are also a half a dozen places to dance and let loose. On top of all that there are lots of local food places to eat of every kind and the river is always a fun and social place to get to know people.

    Food and Dining

    Like every school there are the good places to eat and bad places. Fortunately Texas State has a really big variety all over campus. There are quite a few chain food places around campus like Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Panda Express, and Einstein Brothers Bagels. If you live on campus you have to have a meal plan but you can pick how big a meal plan you have and there are tons of local places to eat just off campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The type of dorm you live in will completely dominate the typr of experience you will get. If you want to be left alone try living by yourself. But if you want to be social and hang out with other dorm residents try a more social dorm. It really depends on what you are looking for.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes I've taken so far are not to be taken lightly. You have to go to class, take notes and study. Some classes are easier than others depending on the teachers but in general if you care about doing well you can get a good grade. The school does have a few classes that are meant to weed out students who are only there to have a good time These can be a really big challenge but you can get through if you put the effort in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Texas state is not one of those schools that you don't have to go to class and can get A's in all your classes. You have to want to be there and get a good education. All you have to do is care about your future and you will do well.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy going to Texas State. It is the type of school that you can get more out of it than you put in. I always come out of class having learned something. My teachers are helpful and want me to do well.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The San marcos police is always concerned with our safety. Especially on days when there is non stop partying. Even though you may be underage , they are concerned for your safety and will take you home if assistance is needed.

    Greek Life

    Though I was not involved in the greek life, I have heard it was a very good way to bond with people. Greek life is not about partying, but it is about giving back to the less fortunate and people in need. I recommend if you want to meet new people and to form a life long brotherhood or sister bond to join a sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State multi-cultural group. KTSW Radio group. Student Ambassadors FashioNation.

    Great for these types of students

    Joining clubs and meeting new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I was a freshman we had this event called Paws Preview it was an event to welcome the freshmen and let them know what to expect for their first year. It was pretty fun because you met new people and the events and clubs the school has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the fun things about college is sometimes grad students send random emails to participate in their master thesis to earn some free money. I was invited to a girl event for a master thesis just for an hour and I was paid twenty bucks just for participating! If money is offered by Texas State why not take a chance?

    What to do for fun

    Always check for campus activities or events held by school organizations. The outlet is also fun and cheap for shopping along with tubing in the river.

    Food and Dining

    One of my favorite dining halls is Harris because even though it is a buffet the food is always fresh and a variety to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professor you can always take advantage of office hours and also build relationships with them to help you advance in your degree plan. Also ask questions if you need help and also meet people in your class to understand the material along with study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend your classes and also have fun and meet new people. No need for all nighters, it is always best to study in advance. If you need help take advantage of your professor's office hours because that is definitely best to ask questions about assignments or material in the class.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a wonderful school with a fun college experience. Friendly people and a helpful academic source is what Texas State provides. Texas State is also a beautiful school.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally never experienced anything bad but we were always getting emails saying that something happened to a girl. So I suggest the girls to buy pepper spray for protection.

    Greek Life

    While at college I started reading comic books and found some others that loved them and introduced me to pretty much everything there is to know about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about anything you name it Texas State has it. And if they don't then just get enough people and start the group.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for kids who like to party, have a nice time, and everyone pretty much. No one judges so it makes it great for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres a statue of horses which has been said that if you rub their testicles it brings good luck to you. I personally don't know since I didn't try it myself.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say the school is great and affordable if applying for financial aid. But like any school it can get pretty pricey.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I would either watch some movies with my girlfriend and friends or I would go to the recreation center and workout.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that good which kept me going out to the restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was great. At least for me, I stayed at Retama which is a nice cozy place. Everyone was really friendly and there was never any problems with people. I recommend that everyone live in the dorms at least once.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are or can be quite difficult depending on the type of student you are. Study and you will pass, don't and you will fail. The usual but it isn't too hard to pass just don't give up. The teachers are always there to lend a helping hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can't decide on what college to go to then Texas State is the way to go because of their diverse select of majors and the atmosphere there is just great. Work your butt off and in the end it will all pay off.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great place to start your college career. The dorms are nice and the people are as well. And the campus isn't too big which gives you enough time to get from class to class on time.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many clubs and functions on campus, and University is located near the square a downtown area with many shops and places of interest.

    Academic Rigor

    eh...

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fret and just show up and do work and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    It is a decent college. Though I find my classes to be a bit slow and easy and some teachers there don't behave as they should. It has plenty of people and organizations though so socializing is easy and available.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like any other College or University, Texas State has had a few cases of criminal activity. Many of these take place at student apartments or dorms located near off campus areas. The overall safety of the campus is very high. Many cases of criminal activity happen to students who are out late at night doing irresponsible things. If students do what they are supposed to do, they should not run into a problem.

    Greek Life

    This University is known for having a vast diversity of various Greek-lettered clubs and organizations. The majority of these groups are primarily social. Others are religious, service based or music based. Many of these groups have lots of friendly people and leadership opportunities that come with them. Being in Tau Beta Sigma was a rewarding experience and I recommend joining a Greek organization to students that want to make friends and learn new ways to become better leaders.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has a variety of organizations to choose from. The most popular choices are Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Others include intramural sports such as the Quidditch team, Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Basketball, etc. There are also other non physical social organizations that students can choose from as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that enjoy a quite space to eat and do homework should go to the study room in Jones dining hall. This room is located right by the entrance restrooms and it is great for studying in a quiet place while enjoying food offered in the hall. Students that want a place to study while enjoying nature and/or getting a tan should go to the sloping hill at the campus river.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Right by the stairs to the Alkek Library, there's whats known as the Whispering Wall. This curved wall has an identical wall adjacent to it and when one whispers on one end, they'll come to realize that they can hear their voice on the other end. In the middle of the circle that's created by the twin walls, there's a vent-like structure in the ground. While standing on this, students can hear an amplified version of their voices.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the University has many different degree and living options, it is quite pricey for whats being offered. Students will be paying a minimum of alittle bit over 4 grand to be full time. On top of this amount, students pay another 2 grand for housing. For these amount, more hours should be given to students as well as better living options.

    What to do for fun

    San Marcos is home to one of the most unique rivers in the world. Students often go swimming, tubing and other water-related activities in this river. About 30-60 minutes away from central campus is Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. Here students also go to enjoy various aquatic festivities. In many of the dorms there are game rooms that have ping pong tables, pool, etc and there are large tv rooms in some dorms as well. A short way off of central Texas is whats known as The Square. Here you'll find various bars and movie theaters as well as dance halls that students will occupy in large numbers on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Theres a plethora of food options to choose from around campus. Jones dining hall has a Panda Express, Chillin' Grillin and ice cream serving station among other places. Although this food is pricey, it tastes well and a lot is given for the amount of money paid. There's a Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A that offers meal choices at smaller prices than locations off of campus. This food also tastes well.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms at Texas State are pleasant to live in. There are some that are nicer than others. Many dorms in the southern part of campus are cleaner and have very friendly environments. Examples of these are San Marcos Hall, Blanco Hall and San Jacinto Halls. These are ones that I would recommend before the others.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes that I have taken at this school have been easier than I would have liked them to be. Although Texas State is an emerging research university and growing academically, students will come to find that many basic classes are not very challenging. There remains to be some courses that students can take that are academically demanding. Finding these courses is just a matter of research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Due to the fact that the campus elevates consistently, it is easy to get tired while walking to class. For this reason, it is best to wear light clothing and hydrate yourself before you go class. Beware of construction on campus. Many walkways and passages that you may see on a map may be altered due to certain areas being closed down. If you have a general question about the school, the LBJ Student Center has information for all student and parents.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a growing research university. The beautiful nature surrounding the campus enhances the already stunning architecture that fills every crevice of central campus and its surroundings. This is a school that's great for those wanting an education at a cheap cost.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State is a very safe campus. If at anytime you are feeling unsafe, there are poles around the campus that you can push, and a police man will be there shortly to make sure that you are safe. There are also the Bobcat Bobbies which escort students who are scared to walk in the dark alone. This way you will be able to feel much safer.

    Greek Life

    At Texas State, Greek life is a huge deal. There are all types of Greek organizations ranging from those that have been there since the school started to sororities that have just formed over the past year. Pretty much any type of person would be able to get involved in at least one of these types of organizations. Joining one of these clubs, would be extremely beneficial to a person needing to work on their social skills.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all types of clubs that students can get involved in. They include ways to get involved socially, academically, as well as professionally. Through getting involved in the organizations at Texas State it improves you as a person, as well as get you more known in your field before going out and getting a job.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for anyone who likes to get involved with things around your school, experience new things, and meet all types of people. It's basically meant for any type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For good luck on test day, many students rub the horse statue.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, going to this school would definitely be worth your money. The classes that are offered here for each major, are very good, and prepare you for what comes in each area of job opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    At Texas State there is never a dull moment. There is the river, which includes a basketball and volleyball courts. There is also the recreational center, where you can play lots of sports, and even get involved in Intermural sports as well. There are also lots of social gatherings all around the school, that you can go to.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining that is offered at school is for the most part very good. If you are a freshman living on campus, they make it mandatory for you to purchase a meal plan. This is very beneficial, because for the majority of the time they will need to eat on campus because that is where they will be living. There are a lot of options to choose from, when eating on campus. They include: Commons, Harris, LBJ, the den, and Jones. The dining halls are spread all around the school. So no matter where you are it is most likely that you will easily be able to get to one on the dining halls on campus. 2 of these dining halls are buffet style,so you can eat however much you want. It's a pretty good deal.

    Dorm Life

    For the most part, dorm life is very beneficial to the incoming student. Living in the dorms helps the students become used to the college environment, as well as better able to begin life on their own. The dorm that I lived in, made the transition even easier, because I was able to register for the same classes as the other people who lived in my dorm. So it was easier to find people to study with in class, to increase my chances of success in college.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be difficult at Texas State, but there are lots of tutoring centers that are able to help out with difficulty. They include the Writing Center, the Math Lab, and SLAC, which is used for students that need help with any type of class. So, if the student is willing to work hard for the professor, they will most likely be able to succeed in all the classes that are offered at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should be sure to join organizations at the school. Getting involved with the campus is the main way that students will be able to get the best experience as an incoming student. There are organizations that help both socially and professionally which will help the student to get involved not only with other students, but with their lives in the future, as professionals.

    In three sentences

    I believe Texas State is a great school to get started in, with its welcoming enviroment and great classes to take for every major here. There are a lot of organizations that you can get involved in, no matter what your interests are both socially and professionally. This school is also great because it is becoming bigger and more recognizable as the years go on; starting to compete with some of the larger schools.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do in San Marcos. Tubing down the river that runs though campus, shopping at the outlets, or taking a stroll in downtown San Marcos are just a few prime examples of fun activities! Not to mention that we are right in the middle of Austin and San Antonio.

    Food and Dining

    We have pretty good restaurants on campus and some well known chains, such as: Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, and Blimpies.

    Dorm Life

    They have some great dorms and are currently building a new one. Each dorm has plenty of activities going on though-out the year to make new friends and enjoy being a Bobcat!

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty rigorous, but there are plenty of free on campus tutoring centers (i.e. SLAC, the Math Lab, etc.).

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It makes college so much more fun when you are involved! Also, go to class and get to know your professors (Sometimes if you are borderline like a 79 and you know the prof they will bump you up to an 80).

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great up-and-coming school! The faculty truly care about the students and want us all to succeed. There are over three hundred organizations and plenty of places to get involved!

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good. The bobbies take good care of you. And the police are really good about getting safety updates to you through your e-mail.

    What to do for fun

    The river is really fun. The football games are so exciting and the whole crowd gets really into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring good shoes. Go to class. Become really familiar with the Library; it will be your best friend.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really easy to navigate. The library is huge and very helpful during studying.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have Bobcat Bobbies that come pick you up anywhere on campus after a certain time. It makes me feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not is a sorority but I do know that people that are enjoy being in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    The are so many clubs you can join and everybody is really involved in everything.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stallions is a statue in the middle of the campus. This is the place where students and locals do Freedom of speech rallies.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a cheap school and one of the best schools.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the river and float. You can also go enjoy the night life in the square or in Austin or San Antonio.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great on campus. They have great prices for dining on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Everybody is a family when you live in a dorm. I enjoy living in a dorm. It pushes you to make friends and get involved.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty easy if you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sign up for classes as early as you can so you don't get all eight o'clock class. Also don't go partying the night before a big test or project.

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State. It have a great atmosphere and classes are not hard. I am a proud Bobcat.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lay by the river. Eat, drink and play!

    Food and Dining

    I've heard it is good

    Dorm Life

    I've heard is great

    Academic Rigor

    High expectations from all professors

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involve in some sort of student organization

    In three sentences

    Great educators Wonderful learning opportunities Friendly environment

  • 06/14/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    The river, the quad, the library, and outlets not far from school

    In three sentences

    The school is very nice and it makes you feel at home. The environment is very friendly and you can never get bored.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the river and just walk around the town. The river is beautiful and a great place to meet people.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food is really good, but on some days, I would rather not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in San Marcos Hall and the rooms were big. We also had a living room. I would recommend these dorms to future students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but if you work hard and ask for help, you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get walking shoes!

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy going to this school. The location is beautiful, and the professors are knowledgeable about their subjects. I can't wait to continue the next three years here.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The only thing I am involved at the moment is the Honors College which provides great preparation for continuing on to graduate school. I feel honored to have like minded students and wonderful professors to share my college experience with.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type! From honors kids to partiers, everyone has a place at Texas State!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's Sewell Park is beautiful, especially during finals in the spring semester, great way to destress. Take a walk by the Theater building, there are turtles in the water.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the full college experience without having to pay an arm and a leg for tutition.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on! Whether there are performances at the theater or sporting events, there is always fun. In San Marcos there is the Square which is nice for an evening out. For the outdoorsy type there is floating on the river or walking around the beautiful campus. Not to mention all the events held by the university, for example Mr. Fest which is a music festival hosted by the university radio station every April.

    Food and Dining

    There is everything you can imagine on this campus. Beyond the cafeterias on campus for those that live in the dorms, there is also 2 convenient stores, a Starbucks, a Chik-Fil-a, Einstien Bros. Bagels, and much more!

    Dorm Life

    I never had to live in a dorm but I have heard great things from my co-students that do.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only had one semester here and to me the classes were not that tough but I was very interested in my courseload so I may be biased by that.

    Tips for prospective students

    #1) Use your resources; whether it's study sessions with your roommate, going to see a counselor, or sitting down with a tutor. College is hard, don't try to do it alone, you have resources for a reason. #2) People watch in the Quad as much as possible, it's awesome. #3) Be prepared to make choices; the choice between missing a party and missing things on your exams is hard. #4) You can sleep on the 6th floor of the library, make time to do so #5) When you find a professor that is passionate about what they do that they will cry in front of their class, pay attention.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University has a beautiful campus with a great atmosphere. Texas State has brilliant professors and excellent tutors, unfortunately most of the student body is too intoxicated most of the time to notice. However, I believe in the years to come the diamond will emerge from the rough and everyone will see the potential that I see in this university.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's easy to get in contact with the campus police or security, and they are super helpful. Plus all around campus are emergency phones that make it easy to contact help. Not that I've ever used them. There are plenty of lights and buses around that you always feel safe. Plus the Bobcat Bobby service starts running as soon as the sun goes down and they will drive you to wherever you need on campus and pick you up from anywhere on campus, with just a simple call.

    Greek Life

    A lot of Greek life opportunities are available, it all depends on what you are interested in really. We have sororities and fraternities that have their own houses and ones that don't. We have ones that are about religion, and ones that are about social life. Most of the frats and sororities are relatively cheap to get into as well, unless it's the major ones, but they're all worth it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different types of clubs and organizations avaliable on campus, from a botanical club, to an anime club, to a Quidditch club, plus so many more. And it's easy to find a club you're interested as the school hosts and organizational fair at the beginning of each semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can work well here really. But Texas State is known for it's excellent education program. Plus the school is expanding it's exemplary programs to other divisions as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river is an unusual location, not many schools have a river running through the middle of campus. Plus we have a town square at a five minute walk's distance from campus with a wide variety of quirky small stores, some more well known stores, along with a Texas Music Theater which is a fun club.

    Bang for the buck

    Super cheap (about 21,000 a year) but with excellent academics, plus lots of free events. It's really amazing how little you have to pay for such an amazing experience.

    What to do for fun

    Well this is easy, after all there is a river running through campus. But if that's not enough, you could join an aforementioned organization, I promise they have something you are interested in. The rec is also super fun to swim or work out in (not that swimming isn't working out sometimes). Also there are plenty of campus or residence hall sponsored events free of charge.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of foods available, including an on campus Panda Express! Also, just a short five minute walk away from campus is a Gumby's (a delicious pizza joint) and a Taco Bell. But that's not all! There are also two places on campus that are an all you can eat type of place. As a bonus, the meal plans and dining dollars on campus are super easy to use and understand.

    Dorm Life

    I went to Arnold Hall for my first year, and it was so fun. I met a ton of new people, I easily got involved on campus (I was part of the Residence Hall Association and Quidditch Club) and I was located close to the center of campus. And this upcoming year I will be going into another residence hall, even though I could easily live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    My freshman year I was on the dean's list the entire year. Classes are pretty easy for me, but I am in the elementary education major. Even if you are struggling in a class, there are so many resources available to help you, including the teachers themselves (they're super friendly, promise!).

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep in contact with your advisers, they can help you with pretty much anything, or they can tell you who you need to contact with. Learn how to navigate the sites the school uses, you'll use them often. Don't worry about tuition, it's a cheap school for excellent quality!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an excellent place to get an education. Not only is the school expanding the things they are known for, but there is also a wide variety of organizations and social events so that every student can participate in something. Also, the teachers are amazing in so many different ways, and the academic advisers are super helpful.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police make you feel extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities to be in.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    I love Texas State University because they have a great College of Education program. I have really enjoyed it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a recreational sports facility to work out and do sports.

    Food and Dining

    They have excelling dining halls. There is a variety of food places to eat and choose from. They have any sort of food you could want.

    Tips for prospective students

    It has a wide variety of recreational activities to participate in. It has an outstanding College of Education program. It is a great school.

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State University. I enjoy going to Texas State University. It is a good school.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police station if you need their assistance. However, there are always reports of girls jogging in the middle of the night in their skimpies who get attacked by lurkers. I suppose that could be the case at any university, but it doesn't speak well for the area.

    Greek Life

    It exists and is hard to ignore.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it, they have a club for it... Even a quidditch club. The clubs and organizations meet regularly and are active on campus, putting together events for charity and fundraisers, such as Bobcat Build, a clean up program around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students seeking fraternity or sorority life and/or students who are interested in geography - resources and environmental studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humanity and the environment are always celebrated themes on campus. On the quad, clubs will set up tents and booths to sell food and things for charity. There are also farmers markets weekly during spring that bring a lot of great food and fresh produce to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Nothing on campus is worth the price. I can't directly compare the cost of tuition to other universities, but they charge at least a thousand extra dollars in fees (although some are valid, there are others that I could argue are frivolous)

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river! For students, you can get discounted kayaks, canoes and inner tubes for an hourly rate to float (or boat) down the river. Sewell park (where the river runs through) is nice to go have a bask in the sun or play beach volleyball, frisbee, etc. You could also go shopping in the square downtown, there are a few places to eat and boutiques to check out. Or, if you're a exercise freak, you could go to the rec center, which I hear is pretty great.

    Food and Dining

    Commons is the only place I will eat on campus. It is an all you can eat dining hall for a little over $7, and the food is great! I would not recommend eating anywhere else... Although I hear that Harris dining hall is similar to Commons, I have never personally been (it's too far from the quad).

    Dorm Life

    I commuted.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on who your professor/instructor is. You can guarantee that there will be difficult classes and easy ones. But over all, I believe the university is well balanced. Just know yourself well enough to balance your schedule according to how much work you can handle in a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Orientation will confuse you and leave you frustrated. Make sure you are not herded into the wrong group, and if you are, make sure to meet with advisors AS SOON AS CLASSES START. You may be in the wrong major, which will lead to loss of money and time. Make sure you find out FOR SURE who your advisor is and that you see them at least once every semester. If you have questions about financial aid, GOOD LUCK! May just ask a friend if you can. Do not take Economics, History, Math, English, etc. all in the same semester! Break it up with something fun, like a PFW. Do not take 16 hours or more a semester. Also, this is a GREEK school, beware of the frat boys/sorority girls, they are everywhere and extremely annoying.

    In three sentences

    TSU biggest attraction to me was the beautiful campus. The professors and instructors I have had so far are passionate about their jobs and love to help students as much as possible. The Geography department in particular is nationally accredited and made up of some extremely intelligent individuals.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State has a police department on campus and you might run into a few cops once in a while. As you walk through campus you will also see some box shaped phones that you can use if you feel like you're in danger. I don't know of anyone that has ever needed them, but it's good to know that they are there. Overall the school is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I am not in a sorority because I already have lots of things on my plate. I do have friends that are in them and they absolutely love them! It also helps meet new people and is a great part about college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm an education major, ergo, I am involved with education organizations. I think all majors have organizations that will help you improve your skills and help you learn about your future career. The organizations that i'm in are very fun and have given me many great tips for the future!

    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy meeting new people, then this is the perfect school. If you like to be outdoors, have fun, and get an amazing education then Texas State is calling your name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some traditions, but you'll learn all about them during orientation.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is amazing, all I have to say!

    What to do for fun

    We're known for our beautiful river! There are always many students there and it's a great place to meet new people!

    Food and Dining

    They have many dining halls, which is perfect. There are also many places to go out to eat around the school.

    Dorm Life

    I personally had a great time at the dorms. Our R.A.s had many events planned for us so that we could get to know other people and have lots of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very tough, but studying will pay off. I have learned so much here... way more than I did when I was in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will NOT regret coming to Texas State, it's an amazing school!

    In three sentences

    It is a great place to meet people from different places and with different cultures! There's always tons to do, whether it be with your family or friends. All the professors are very intelligent and they make learning fun.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life seems promising for those students who are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. There is a place for everyone at Texas State!

    What to do for fun

    This is a very common question my friends ask and the first thing I mention is the San Marcos River! It is fun, clean and a safe way to hang out with your friends. We also have the biggest outlet mall in Texas so for those people who like shopping there are plenty of stores to see. For those outdoor lovers there are many outdoor activities that the school provides or you can go in an adventure on your own. We are also located in between two major cities, San Antonio and Austin, that include night-life, museums, restaurants, Sea World and Six Flags.

    Food and Dining

    This one gets 3-stars only because living in a dorm limits your food options since you get a meal plan. The meal plan consists of meal trades and dining dollars. For example I had 150 meal trades for a semester that I could spend on any of the dining halls. There are two types of dinning halls: buffet style or franchise style. The dining dollars include like $150 which you can spend in anything like the paws-n-go stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very different that living at home. You have to get used to living with a complete stranger, which in some cases they might just become your best friend. I met so many people living in the dorms and was able to create a small social group. We would eat, study, hang out during the weekends and even travel together! Dorm life was an amazing experience; it takes you away from your comfort zone but you grow as an individual. I mean there are some negative things such as having different school schedules with your roommate which might conflict with your sleeping hours but it is about adjusting yourself and being open to new things.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics all depend on your professor, some classes are harder than others but in all your classes I can guarantee that you need to read and study on your own to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering going to Texas State you should start training on some stairs because the hills may beat you the first few days. The San Marcos River is the place to go; students go to the river all the time, I can promise you that you will make friends there!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is the place to go! San Marcos is a beautiful town perfect for college students, which many refer to as San Marvelous. This college town makes you feel at home since the first day you stay there!

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do. Whether it's hanging out at the river, intramural sports, soap box derbies, or rock climbing at the Rec. Whatever your interests may be there's something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. There's something for everyone here. Whether its Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Blimpies, Pizza Hut or a more home cooked feel from the dinning halls your taste buds will always be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet friends when you are new to the campus. Traditional and suite style halls are ideal for incoming freshman to get a feel of the new college life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are very strong and are still growing. There are multiple opportunities and resources to get help if needed. There's no reason that anyone should fall behind here.

    Tips for prospective students

    This campus is very eco-friendly so littering will be looked down upon. Also, wear running shoes! This campus is full of hills and stairs.

    In three sentences

    It can be described as one of the most relaxing universities in Texas. With the San Marcos River being in the center of campus, it's always available to take a load off after class. The staff at this school are involved with the students, making sure they are on track to graduation.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many different types of dining halls. They range from restaurant style to buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different types of dorms, they are nice and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but there is lots of support.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are lots of hills so make sure you bring walking shoes.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus in the middle of San Marcos, TX. It has a great vibe and wonderful people. There are hundreds of organizations so it is easy to get involved.

  • 07/04/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    There are many campus police officers that patrol throughout the day!

    Greek Life

    There are many different sororities, check them all out before you choose the one for you!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of sports clubs and intramurals! I personally can't wait until school starts this up coming fall!

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly Texas State is very diverse; there are things to do for every type of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the main part of campus there is a giant statue of a horse, and at this statue people are free to speak there mind about anything!

    Bang for the buck

    Great school... fun atmosphere! Can't go wrong with choosing Texas State University! It will be an experience to remember!

    What to do for fun

    #1 thing to do in San Marcus... FLOAT THE RIVER!!!

    Food and Dining

    Food was really good at orientation and the facilities were extremely clean and inviting!

    Dorm Life

    I am in the Residential College, it's supposed to be great for making friends, intramurals, and study groups!

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard the classes are challenging, but every class taking gets you closer to your degree!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply before the scholarship deadline!! You may be able to receive financial aide, check the financial aide website for dates.

    In three sentences

    This school has been amazing during the application process! Everything has been so smooth and inviting; I love the campus! This school is perfect for someone looking for a fun educational college experience!

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For all of wt other Universities charge, Texas State is definitely worth coming to.

    What to do for fun

    The River at Sewell, or part at Aspen Heights or Copper Beech!

    Food and Dining

    Jones is terrible, the Den is terrible, in fact it all is. Go out and get reall food!

    Dorm Life

    I've never really lived in the dorms, but They've recently built two new halls!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take all the studying too seriously! The river's there for a reason!

    In three sentences

    A school that Is welcoming to all of its students. Every day's a blast and its like going on a vacation everytime you go out!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is not the best so try not to go out at night by yourself. There are always several reports of women and men being attacked on campus and near campus. Always use the buddy system. and if you need to go across campus by yourself you can always call bobcat bobbies(the school nightly escort services).

    Greek Life

    Just stay away from Frats and Sororities. Even though the school has banned hazing, it still happens and being a part of these groups takes up most of your time and money. Sure they do some community service but you can do that on your own. If you are planning on joining one I suggest you aim at joining national honor ones.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of activities you just have to find the one that intrests you the most.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In front of Evans Liberal Arts Building there is a statue called the Stallions where people can stand on and express them selves, also it is tradition to rub the horses for luck before finals.

    Bang for the buck

    It just depends where you go and what you want. If you get tired of campus food there are plenty of places you can walk to right outside campus. If you want to go shopping there are buses that can take you to the outlet malls, target, walmart, or HEB.

    What to do for fun

    For fun if you don't have a car or a ride you can go to salsa night on campus, music and dance recitals on campus, or walk to the river.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning are ok not like home though. There are plenty of options so try to vary your menu and exercise. If you eat the same thing for a week you WILL get sick of it and you WON'T be able to eat it ever again :) Oh and try not to eat at Commons dining hall because I know many students who often got sick when ever they ate there.

    Dorm Life

    It honestly depends on what dorms you live in and what standards you are comfortable with. But new dorms are being built so I expect the quality of dorm life to improve. So far the cheapest and best quality dorms are found in Jackson Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is tough but if you are willing to do the work and study you should be fine. Also try to take your basics at a Jr College especially history if it's not your major. Take advantage of the writing center, TA study sessions, and the SLAC program at the library. Use your resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide what you want to major in and research the classes offered and professors. If you can, avoid buying books from the campus bookstore. Look for your books online and before classes start because some professors begin to use the books on the 1st day of class. E-mail your professors and go to their office hours.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for Education, Music, and Psychology majors! It is now an emerging research university. It has plenty of activities and groups to become involved in.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university police are consistent with the work that they do at Texas State. Reports on suspicious activity or violent acts are hardly reported to campus administration, however tickets from illegal parkings are somewhat often.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are nearly 300 clubs and organizations at Texas State. In other words, there is bound to be at least one organization that is good for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student will do extremely well at Texas State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Texas State is the only college in Texas to have graduated a commander-in-chief from a Texas university, Lyndon B. Johnson.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is clearly cheap in every category, especially tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Well, every person is different, so I will say that anything you do will be fun. For a few examples, there is a lot of places to go shopping such as the Outlet malls in San Marcos. There are a lot of athletic events that happen throughout the week, and the athletic program is joining the Western Athletic Conference, so go watch the big football games against large schools like Texas Tech on September 8th. What is also nice about Texas State is the nice crystal clear river that runs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is much to offer in food, and a very good variety so you are not eating mexican food every day. You can eat at Chick-fil-a, Blimpie (Subway), and you can even go to Starbucks. Beyond this, there are MANY dining halls to go to across campus.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't quite experienced every dorm around campus, but some in particular are fairly acceptable. At the same time, Texas State replaces worn-out dorms with modern housing. Most of the dorms on campus have air conditioning and elevators, with the exception of probably two dorms. A lot of students would prefer not to live in a traditional-style dorm, and Texas State has a few, but there are many more options in dorm styles.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State has much to offer in ensuring that the student will succeed in their academic acheivement. The drop-out rate and acceptance rate expain it all. Texas State maintains a low drop-out rate and accepts a large amount of students every year. Not only that, the faculty work with the students, especially when the classes host a low student to faculty ratio of nearly 30-1 or less.

    Tips for prospective students

    As for any other college, study hard, and this university has extended that support in education. With its very, VERY LARGE library, Texas State not only has books and computers, they offer tutoring nearly, if not completely, 24/7. Do not worry about finishing your essay because you don't know what to say, because other students and faculty are around to help you succeed in your academics. Additionally, become fairly active in organizations and volunteer work, for you will gain relationships, personality, and you aren't wasting time playing games or watching TV. On that same note, Texas State has a wonderful Recreational Center and athletic program; go watch games or even workout yourself.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very beautiful campus with much to do, and certainly the college has a vast amount of opportunities for advancement in your future. Even though this university is the fifth largest in the state of Texas population wise, the classes still maintain a very good ratio between students and faculty, and Texas State is always extending its acceptance to many students and, thankfully, the studies for the occupations they would like to join. Another good fact about this university is that the cost of attendance is CHEAP!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Automatically alert you via email (which is programmed into my phone) of any criminal act that has taken place, at what time and gives a decryption of the individual in question. Very through and VERY quick to send out warnings to all students. There aren't a lot of occasions like these but when they happen the Campus Police is sure to warn everyone accordingly.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put in. Don't be shy, work hard, meet people, be YOURSELF. If I had to describe the bang for the buck it would be like firing a cannon for one dollar.

    What to do for fun

    GO to Sewell Park, there is a small river that runs through each side, it is beautiful. There are always people there snorkeling, sun bathing, swimming, playing a variety of sports, throwing frisbee and more. The square is a fun place to go to on campus, a lot of people with booths for various causes e.g.. (cancer awareness, gay/lesbian rights, christian fellowship groups, military sign-ups, frat/sorority initiation sign ups). Hancock St is the premier spot for fun. There are night clubs, bars, TMT is Texas Music Theater which features the top underground up-and-coming bands from central Texas and elsewhere.

    Food and Dining

    There are places all over campus and around campus. Blimpies is a good sandwich shop inside LBJ student center, very tasty and cheap. Hancock St right off campus has all the bars and restaurants. Some are quirky, others rustic, but ALL provide a great experience.

    Dorm Life

    It's a completely different experience from one person to the next. Being thrown into a mix of a bunch of other 18 year old kids who've just been unleashed from their parents house to the real world can be daunting or fun. It just depends on YOU. You'll meet all types of people from all over Texas AND the U.S. However; dorm life gets old, and there's a reason why only freshman stay there. Enjoy that year, it'll only get better and better as time passes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fun and engaging. Most pre-req classes have upwards of 300 people in them, but the professors LOVE it when you speak up and show no fear. The further you go in your Major (depending on which major) the smaller the classes and the closer you can get to the professors, which makes it feel like they are colleagues instead of teachers. Study hard, engage yourself and for gosh sakes speak with your professors after class!! They LOVE THAT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for a great experience, make sure to come as you are, be outspoken and enjoy yourself with the people around you. Study hard and play hard. Join groups, be apart of the activities and explore every inch of the greater San Marcos area, very hip, very cool.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very energetic, welcoming to all types of people and very warm. Beautiful scenery and landscapes with parks, lakes and a very small town feel for a big time school. Everything is close but not TOO close.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus there are Bobcat Bobbies that cart you around at night if you rather not walk, also we have this poles with buttons if you ever have a problem through out the days and police immediately show up to that location.

    Greek Life

    Greek life, there is many times of organizations to get into on campus especially sororities and fraternities to get involved with different interests

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many cluba and activities to do on campus, literally from A-Z you can think of. Religion to games, also if there is not something you are intrested on campus you can form your own club or activity you are intrested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the locations on campus is the quad where everyone walks through to get to there classes. Entering the quad from the library is the stallions which is a free speech area.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State University is a beautiful campus; many hills and amazing buildings to step foot in.

    What to do for fun

    In San Marcos, the river is where it is at. We also have the square that has a few clubs, boutiques and bars. Also many frat/Sorority parties to attend. Sports is also something cheap and fun to show your school spirit!

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is something that is very exciting at first; the way the meal plans work, how many you have, and how many choices you have. The excitment gets old after so many months of the choices getting old and missing home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience, something I think everyone should do just for the experience. Yes, by the end of your freshman semester it gets old but for the most part it is something everyone needs to experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a college student you have to be on top of everything, once you get behind it seems to be forever before you get caught back up. Work hard, study harder everuything pays off!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I heard about the whole rubbing the horse's balls for good luck but I never tried it out and I'm a 3.79 GPA lol

    Bang for the buck

    It wasn't my first choice but I really love it!

    What to do for fun

    Well, seeing how we are right between Austin and San Antonio, most of us like to go there on the weekends. There are also many parties that occurs!

    Food and Dining

    No five star restaurants but it sure beats the heck out of high school cafeteria food!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you stay dorm life can be enjoyed. Staying on campus the first year is always a good idea. The friendships that you are able to make while in the dorms than be amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Although it is known very well as a party school the academic sector does well. We are actually also well known for our research!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you visit the campus because I know you will fall in love with it. Also, look into the program you think you want to be in because chances are that you might find it under another name.

    In three sentences

    Very well instructed classes. Great environment for incoming freshmen and returning students. Beautiful campus!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    THE REC CENTER! Tons and tons of work out equipment. Tread-mills galore. T.V. 50 Foot rock wall. They even have trips you can sign up (and pay for of course) across the country! Basketball courts, swimming pool, racquet ball courts. Theres even yoga! And of course free-weights. In door track above the basketball court if I can remember correctly. Tons of stuff!

    Food and Dining

    They have all you can eat buffet's. Chik-Fil-A! Chipotle! Wendys. McDonalds. Anything you can think of is within the city and surrounding area.

    Dorm Life

    Again...not sure yet but picking your dorm is first come first serve. So when TSU sends you e-mails, you better start doing everything they ask or you will get the short straw at some point.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Study. And don't lose sight on what you came here for.

    In three sentences

    Its amazing so far! NSO was really fun and you meet a lot of people! If you're ready for that next step in life, this is the place!

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The text alert system is pretty neat. Campus lock downs happen when serious danger is around. UPD, I have read in the University Star newspaper, is stretched thin. But Bobcat Bobbies can give you a ride home at night if you don't feel safe!! I've never felt that I was in danger at all on my one year living on campus and one year commuting.

    Greek Life

    I didn't like the Greeks, but that's because they aren't the kind of people I like.

    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't do any of these, too busy chillin' with my roommate. 3* for average.

    Great for these types of students

    I see a lot of Greeks, so.. if you're into that go for it. Otherwise, avoid the Quad during Greek week, or at all-- people always try to hand you fliers. Only go through it if you want breakfast tacos or sausage wraps! Also, tons of small town folk.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I spent a lot of my time in the basement or first floor of Alkek. Those love seats are amazing to nap on!!! Beware, dead zone! If you sit under the stairs you have a quiet area, though no seats.

    Bang for the buck

    My professors were amazing. They all had different stories from their respective fields of study and some were very passionate about their work.

    What to do for fun

    Friends and I would go down to the Square, SM's downtown, and try new foods and visit the boutique shops. We're not the partying crowd, so we didn't go to those. (TXST being the party school is a myth; all colleges are party schools.)

    Food and Dining

    Chick-fil-a!!! The buffets were so-so, but my favorite things to get would be the wraps from the Den for lunch and Einstein Bros bagels in the morning.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Elliott Hall. It's super old. The water would sometimes be scalding hot, ice cold, or not even working. I hated it and it was never fixed. It doesn't help that the girls on my floor were obnoxious idiots, either. That being said, the location is wonderful! Alkek Library is super close, and so are multiple eating options.

    Academic Rigor

    Read. Read. Read! I'm the type of student between Honors and not-Honors. I haven't tried the Honors courses, so the regular courses were not a particular challenge for me. But when you shoot for those A's, they're somewhat hard to reach. If you want to settle for B's and C's, it's a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't pay attention to just the majors, prestige, and buildings, when you visit, also look at the students. They're going to be your classmates. We are social animals, and unless you plan on trucking through college alone, you won't like if if you can't find your niche. If you are commuting, the best time to get there would be early morning, maybe 8 - 830 for parking in Speck Garage 2/3 floors.

    In three sentences

    The campus has an awesome atmosphere. It's located between Austin and New Braunfels so you can pretty much get whatever you want/need within a half hour drive, AND the Bobcat Trams can take you to those places and San Antonio! Campus is growing, they are constructing new buildings (performing arts center, dorms), and the updated stadium looks great!!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a priority on campus. The university gave all of us an email just for TSU and they update us incase of road closures or suspicious people to look out for on campus...

    Clubs and Activities

    I only know of clubs with in my major but I know TSU has many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student can come. I chose TSU because I like hands on and not a lot of book work. My first college choice was University of Texas.That school is more math, science and research. My major is more art so TSU is the school for me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river is the best location on campus. Everyone knows that if something is going, it is at the river.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State is the place to be for fun. I enjoy floating down the San Marcos river and shopping around campus.

    Food and Dining

    It would be nice if Texas state had a cafeteria that just did one meal and not an all you can eat buffet. The campus does have lots of fast food places around.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter and I think that driving to campus is cheaper than living on campus. Although if you already pay living expenses than it would be better to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what your major is. Such as mine, I am an interior design major and those classes have lots of time consuming projects. Don't let that scare you away, when it is work in your major you will have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking at any college is difficult so make sure when you schedule your classes to give yourself an hour before class to find a parking spot.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a beautiful campus. There is always something going on and if not just float down the river. I enjoy going to Texas State. I guess I would rate on a scale from 1-5, TSU is a 4.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    While there are plenty of Greek clubs to get involved in, they do not run the school like I have seen at other large schools. In other words, you can still be greatly involved in the school without being a Greek.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the outdoors and water activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The San Marcos river tubing is original.

    What to do for fun

    Sewell park is a great place to go to throw the Frisbee, swim in the river, lay out in the sun, or go tubing! There's also the Square that many people love to go to on Thursday nights, and Austin is only about 20 minutes away!

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on the class. I have had classes I studied hours upon hours for, and others I rarely needed to open the text book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on how you want to lay out your degree plan. With so many options of classes, it's easy to get lost in the planning.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a great outdoor lifestyle with being so close to the San Marcos River. There are plenty of clubs to get involved in and many intramurals to play. While it is a very large school, I find that the departments are small enough to create a good community of other students in your major.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with lots of hills. It's all either up or downhill.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tubing on the river is a popular activity for many bobcats.

    Food and Dining

    You can choose to eat at one of the restaurants on campus or the dining hall and cafeteria which are made up of several fast food restaurants. If you were in a hurry you can stop in at one of the Paws' N' Go which is similar to a convenience store but has a wide range of different and somewhat exotic food options.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dormitories on campus are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on my own experience as well as the experiences of my friends, the academic setting can be challenging but the professors at Texas State are always willing to help their students and wish only the best for their futures.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an excellent public university that is enriched with school pride, abundant career opportunities for both past and current students and everyone here, whether they are students, professor, custodial workers or security guards, treats you with the utmost respect and generosity.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! There's the river, go to Austin or San Antonio, the outlet mall.... the list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    Your meal plan is worth it! There are so many awesome dining halls to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Depends on how much money you want to spend on a dorm... my traditional dorm was small and cramped, but the more pricey ones are SUPER nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class really, some professors will make your life hell others are really understanding if the course is hard for some students and will give you outlets for extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, go to class, go to class. It's easy to skip and go to the river for the day but you'll be kicking yourself when its finals time and you need a certain GPA to keep your scholarships, loans, etc.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful university where you will never be bored! The professors are awesome, understanding, and easy to relate to. However, if you're looking for a school that's huge into a great sports team you're better off looking at some SEC school.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always officers pacing around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is amazing. Join a Fraternity or a Sorority and you will not regret it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club. Whether it is an intramural team or a fraternity, you are sure to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sewell Park

    Bang for the buck

    The Mexican food hole in the wall places are amazing, los vega and garcias are great.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in San Marcos. The river along with the pool parties are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food will get old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life will be a time you will never forget.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go to class and do the homework, you should be fine. Be sure to study though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all available resources.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have Bobcat Bobbies that do a good job of keeping us safe, but there is still the occasional incident from time to time.

    Greek Life

    The Greek system is amazing, most sororities and frats are genuine people who are just looking for a campus family. The parties are AWESOME!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs on campus, GET INVOLVED!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone is loved accepted and nurtured here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump into the river in cap and gown upon graduation!

    Bang for the buck

    For teachers this is a top rated college in the country. For music majors, this is George Strait's alma mater as well as the recording site for the Red Hot Chile Peppers. For everyne else, you are not going to find anywhere else where the professors are soooo commited to teaching their subject--where their primary goal is not to get paid, but to help pass on their knowledge!

    What to do for fun

    The river--need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    There are several WONDERFUL dinning halls on campus, and the truth is that with all of the classes local you can eat whatever you want and till lose weight!!!

    Dorm Life

    You will make your own family here!!!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and professors are GREAT, but be prepared to work for your grades!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Try something completely out of your norm. Do one thing every day that scares you.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is filled with the untamed natural beauty of Central Texas, which directly reflects the untamed beauty of the raw youth and potential of the students. The programs offered at Texas State include finding employment for their grads, inadditon to a wonderful education. Texas State offers a small school feel with the oppertunites of a big school.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is the most important thing on Texas State with the university having university policemen and security there for help or for any assistance you may need.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is the another best way to meet new people around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    A variety of clubs and actvities to choose from or you can simply make your on club.

    Bang for the buck

    There is just so much to do while attending Texas State. There's the football games and a whole lot of sport and activities that go on, on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a river that runs through the university and all the students and your peers hang out there with friends and family and have a blast tubing on the lazy river and having picincs.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food and dining places surrounding the university, on and off campus and are really good food too.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms and on campus gives you the best experience on Texas State, because there are many activities going on that gets you to get involved and and be a part of the university.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is by far the greatest. So much of a variety of degree plans you can choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for one of the best college experience whether your a entering freshman or a transfer. You receive the best knowledge and education from top professors.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is one of the top college's that I'm attending and is one of the universities that has the best professors that assist you with any help that is needed.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State has an alert system that gets sent out through emails and many buttons around campus to call for help. There is also a group called the Bobcat Bobbies that will escort you to your car if you have an evening class and don't feel safe walking to it alone.

    Greek Life

    Can't say much personally but I know a lot of fraternities do a lot of charity work and throw pretty cool, but clean, parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even list them all there are so many. Almost everything you could possibly want is available.

    Great for these types of students

    There are niches for every type of student; academics, scholars, athletes and party animals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bobcat Build is a good way to volunteer and help those in need. The Gold Book picture hunt is a pretty cool thing to do too, you get a gold book and take pictures with all the listed statues/buildings and you can win prizes.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall I enjoy Texas State because I am never bored, never feel left out and have so many opportunities it will take me a while to even be able to take advantage of them all. It's a great campus.

    What to do for fun

    Almost everyday there is something going down in the quad and a lot of extra curricular sports invite people to join without any obligation. There is never a chance to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are a few dining halls that serve pretty decent food but eventually it gets stale. There are pretty good restaurant very close to campus though, so that makes up for it.

    Dorm Life

    While I personally don't live in a dorm I have spent the night with a friend in hers. The dorms, so long as you have a good dorm-mate, are pretty cool. There are always activities going on inside the dorm and you can make some of the best of friends there.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers expect a lot from you but are very willing to help. There is also the SLAC (Student Learning Assistance Center) to help our anyone who needs that additional push.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest getting in shape. While the campus is easy to navigate is is also filled with stairs and hills. Another tip is to memorize where all the parking spaces available to you are.

    In three sentences

    Texas State in San Marcos is awesome. The campus is beautiful, lively and tobacco free as well as easy to navigate. There as so many opportunities for all types of students be they athletes, academics or a mix of both.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For sti

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do! River, the San Marcos Outlets, Meet new people, go to the Square right by the school, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    Every dining place is good except for jones!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice but i can not wait to live in my own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically i think anyone can do it as long as they set their minds to it and want to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on priorities, texas state is a lot of fun and sometimes too much fun if you let it get to you.

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State University, everything about it. The teachers and people are great, and the surroundings make it such a beautiful campus to live on.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With an emergency email alert system, every student will know in an instant if there is a danger around campus. They also have a campus police station, as well as the city's police force.

    Greek Life

    Texas State has a flourishing Greek life as well. Greek life at Texas State stays very involved in the university as well as social events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way too many to name! If there's already not a club for it, Texas State makes it easy to start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is a university that has something for everyone! -People who love the river, or swimming in general -People who love sports and exercise. The Student Rec center is always packed with students. -Students who enjoy to stay in tight-knit groups or go it alone are common as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Texas State has a pretty unusual location. The whole campus is built on hills, adding to the esthetic beauty of the campus. Texas State is also pretty well known for their Bobcat Build which accepts student volunteers to help build houses in low-income areas.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is definitely one of the more affordable Universities around. The education you'll receive, combined with the fun you'll have is more than cost-efficient.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has many things to do for fun: - The San Marcos river is right next to campus. The river is always packed with students swimming and floating. -The Square (a large area of bars and other night-life activities) -Movie Theaters -Expansive hiking trails -Student Rec Center -Various clubs and interest groups -Fishing -Golf and Tennis courts -Outlet malls -And many more! All of these things are within 5 miles of campus too!

    Food and Dining

    On-campus dining is great at Texas State. They offer a variety of dining options including places like Panda Express, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. They also have their own dining halls, some of which are all you can eat. Students living in the dorm are required to have a meal plan, but most commuters opt to get a smaller mean plan for the ease and convenience of eating on campus. Off-campus dining is also fantastic. There are of course plenty of fast food restaurants around, just like any college town. However, San Marcos also has great local restaurants. The world famous Gil's Broiler is just down the street from campus, where you can enjoy a delicious Manski Roll during a break. Or try Zen's pizza, for an old fashioned delicious pizza.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorms to choose from, of three different basic layouts. Traditional dorms have community bathrooms on the floor, and have 2 people per room. Suite style dorms have 2-4 people per room, and have a bathroom connected to their rooms. Super Suite style dorms have 2-4 people per room and at least 2 bathrooms per room. All dorms come with a desk, night stand/drawers, and a bed. Some of the super suites even have living room furniture. The dorms are also conveniently located on campus, close to the food courts, and are all co-ed.

    Academic Rigor

    While not having the hardest of classes, Texas State is currently growing at a rapid rate, making academic prestige sky rocket. Texas State's Geology, Teaching, and Nursing programs are amongst the best in the state!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get acquainted with campus and learn about all of the assistance and tutoring programs Texas State offers.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an amazing institution to further your education. The campus is lovely, the staff is good, and the college is great! I highly recommend attending this growing university!

  • 08/21/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Read, Relax, Socialize, Study abroad, but enjoy the life of a college student as it will benefit you in the long haul. Nothing is more fulfilling that having your name announced for your hard work and commitment as a graduate.

    Food and Dining

    Be frugal as you will have to become your own manager with your daily intake and consumption of food and dinning.

    Dorm Life

    I am an independent student and part-time employee.

    Academic Rigor

    My life was never easy in the Navy and I knew that if i wanted to succeed I needed to preform. Officers, just as Professors, evaluate how much commitment an individual has to succeed. I have completed, with honorable status, one chapter in my life and strive to achieve an even higher degree of commitment that will reflect academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students and transferred students. Insure you have your priorities in order and take the University experience serious. I was not able to enroll after H. S., therefore, I made it a point not to end my life and education being just a high school graduate. No everyone is made for the military lifestyle but it has changed my life as I continue into my third year of academia.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely honored to be accepted into TX. State University and based from the campus orientation I feel this is a new way of life having been a previous military veteran. I hope to represent myself and the Institution on all aspect of life.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe and if you don't feel safe at night walking home you could always call bobcat bobbies and they will pick you up and take you to your dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally everything and if you cant find a club just start your own.

    What to do for fun

    There's always the river where you could go tubing at. since San Marcos is close to Austin you could always go there and of course there's parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great there are many different dining halls with all varieties of food. Harris ding hall has an all you can eat buffet for those who like to eat a lot.

    Dorm Life

    I would recommend picking a dorm in the center of campus preferably residential college dorms such as Beretta and laurel.

    Academic Rigor

    professors here are willing to work with you in all subjects and majors. he bets thing to do is to get on your professors side and introduce yourself the first day.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are all different types of majors here which makes this school a good choice from anybody. For anybody that lives in the Dallas or Houston area this would be a great choice school because its far away but not too far away. Since the the campus is a bit big i would consider getting a bike if i was the type of person that doesn't like to walk.

    In three sentences

    Texas state university has a beautiful and very inviting campus. So far i have not had any problems and even though the campus is big its still pretty easy to get around.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The San Marcos River is quite amazing with its yearly temperature of 73 degrees and current flow for laid back heat summer or recreational days. Golf, basketball, workout zumba fitness sessions are available for fitness fun.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are exceptional, though the two buffet locations around campus are where to be and get the most out of your meal plans!!!

    Dorm Life

    For living in a specific location of Texas, a dorm with a/c should be needed against the heat. Life in a low cost, slight spacial room is fairly to highly good if you come from a family of sharing rooms or having a mild space for your own. In all, even the highly rooms built are just as or mostly equal to the standard of living here at school.

    Academic Rigor

    The staff are exceptionally renounced all over for their specific significance in the literature/book world and other areas of award-winning and musically popular all over places etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Recommend finding out what major courses other than your major's requirements that you need and discover about financial conflicts that may arise sooner than a naive student newly entering may find out and corrupt oneself.

    In three sentences

    Is very comfortable, highly notable, beautifully scenic and recommend to everyone younger and friends everywhere about it's diversity and amazing education level provided.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The river is the best thing. Just lay by the bank or float down the river its so relaxing.

    Food and Dining

    Food both on campus and off campus are great both healthy yet great food.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    They are very strick about attendence polcys.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start talking with the financial aid office early. Don't be afraid to ask students or teachers for assistance.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University has helped me in many ways to include financial aid, readjustment, and many other areas. Students here are extremely helpful and willing to help. I love this campus and will continue to attend because it is so beautiful.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school is up to date on its technology and safety features. You can always find a campus police cruising around pretty much anywhere on and around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for outgoing students who are willing to get an education. You honestly will be in shape of you attend this school, because it is practically built on the side of a mountain.

    Bang for the buck

    The school quality of education is excellent and the price for education is fair. You will surely graduate the school feeling like you have learned a lot.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of student organization and clubs that will keep you occupied in between classes. The gym have an outstanding gym which you can get a great workout at and get to know some students.

    Food and Dining

    The food choice are not that healthy and they are quite expensive at that. Overall, the school have decent amount of food choices that will keep you full and energized.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot truly rate the dorm life, but a lot of friends are well adjusted and love living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The university offers a lot of challenging courses and academia, but they are very well taught that it is quite difficult to fail if you try your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to use all available resources that the university offers (i.e. tutoring programs, internships, job placements, etc.). They are there to help you succeed in your college career and as well as your job search.

    In three sentences

    The professors at the university are outstanding and extremely helpful. Student life is very out going and people are often very friendly. There are a lot of student assistant programs offered at the university aimed to help every student succeed.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university tries there best to ensure safety by having free self defense courses and providing evening escorts on golf carts that take you anywhere on campus and run till 1 am.

    Greek Life

    I don't do Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everything, and if there isn't, just make one.

    Great for these types of students

    People that like the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in the river after graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    They had out a lot of coupons at school for local services. There are also groups on social networks that you can get textbooks and other things for a cheaper prices.

    What to do for fun

    The River. If you don't get bitten by a poisonous snake.

    Food and Dining

    Food of great.

    Dorm Life

    If I were a social person, dorm life would be a lot more fun. There are a lot of activities that are organized by the RAs and student organizations.

    Academic Rigor

    Right now, my classes don't seem very hard. Sometimes I feel like I am in a bigger high school class. But then again, I take freshmen classes and I was an AP student in high school, so I've learned most of the material in class already.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself for the hills and steps. Basically, prepare to sweat. A LOT.

    In three sentences

    Academically, Texas State is great. The teachers are nice and they try their best to make sure you understand the topics. The only thing I have to complain about is the construction; there is so much construction going on that it takes longer to get to where you need to go, and that's already hard enough with all the steps and hills.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have bobcat bobbies that come and give you rides if you are scared or can't walk a certain distance. Police is very strict. We are a none smoking community.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life here is really involved in the community. There are so many possibilities here as well for every type of person.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have clubs for everything, from religious preferences to career interests. There is no way for you to be here and not find some organization to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who like close communities, nature, and rural culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Tower Hall windows get smaller as it approaches the 9th floor because the designer of the building lost a daughter who jumped from a window.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships, I cannot stress it enough. You have to budget your money correctly because books and other things you may need are very expensive down here.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different organizations and they're always organizing events throughout the week. Get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls here are really good, you have a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    When you communicate with the other students in your hall/apartments the experience is great. You have to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while a so that you can meet new people and learn new things.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you take great notes and attend SI sessions and other helpful resources they provide here you will not fail a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized, it's really easy to get distracted when you have some much more freedom and responsibility.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere for people who enjoy rural areas. Class sizes vary. And the people here are really concerned on helping you succeed in your career choice.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have felt safe at all times.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump in the river after graduation and dip your ring in the river.

    What to do for fun

    Play in the river.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food and the wait is not so bad.

    Dorm Life

    First time in a dorm, it has been good so far.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes so far have been very competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, there are alot of stairs.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is so helpful. I have loved being here and it has been so exciting. This place is awesome.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very prominent but not my thing

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of different club almost one for every major

    Great for these types of students

    Greek

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A rive runs through campus

    Bang for the buck

    I think the school is decently priced and cost of living is average

    What to do for fun

    Tubing and the Square

    Food and Dining

    I dont have a meal plan

    Tips for prospective students

    Have everything ready before school starts

    In three sentences

    Awesome college town love the people and the environment.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobbies will become your best friend! You can call them at night if you don't feel safe walking back to your dorm or anywhere on campus, and they will pick you up in a golf cart. They probably need more golf carts though because the lines get busy fast and they take like 5-10 min to get there.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different options to choose from! Always check out the booths in the quad in the beginning of the semester to get more info.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for students that are interested in meeting all kinds of people. This campus has great diversity!

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do on campus. SACA always has free and fun events throughout the month. The river is obviously the main attraction. And the square has really cool places to enjoy as well. And of course there are parties all the time, I mean, it's texas state... ;)

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is overall good. Harris and Commons is far better than the other dining options! They have more quality food than the food courts obviously. As far as health concerns go, there are a few healthier options but it probably needs some work. I enjoy having a chick-fil-a, blimpies, starbucks, and panda on campus! :)

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like every other universities, there are crimes. However, I feel safe walking around campus. If it is late, I call the bobcat bobbie. Which is a transportation that takes you anywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternity and sororities but I am not a member of greek life so I don't know much about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations and clubs. I am currently in three of them. It is a good way to meet people who shares the same passions as you do.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is just a great school. It is great for people who is outgoing, friendly, and likes chill atmosphere. The party scene is real great, however, the education you get at this school is great too.

    Food and Dining

    My favorite place to eat at is called the commons dining hall. It is all you can eat. There's another all you can eat place called the harris dining hall. There's also 3 other food courts on campus that include, chickfila, starbucks, blimpies, and etc.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in an all girl traditional dorm. I like it because it is clean, and everybody is nice. I cannot speak of other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Although it is known as a party school, it is a guarantee that you will receive a satisfactory education in Texas State. The professors are very helpful and nice.

  • 09/26/2012

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    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for students that are open to try just about anything. There are clubs and organizations on campus that will satisfy just about anyone or anything. It is also a great place to be if you like to catch great bands perform live often times at venues that you can get into with too much cash.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun at and near Texas State. The campus is just a short distance from Austin and San Antonio if you like the big city nightlife but do not miss out on the plethora of chances to see great live music right in San Marcos or to go and tube on the San Marcos river. You can also just hang out with friends and relax on the river banks in on of the many parks that line the river.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices in place to eat both on and off campus and everything is within walking distance of campus so if you don't want to eat in the dinning hall you can simply walk to the square and have a great meal in one of the local restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live in the dorms on campus but I have not heard anything bad about living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor at Texas State is perfect to allow you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering going to school at Texas State get ready for living in the hill country. The campus is built on and around hills. Some of the building are actually built into the hill so the entrances on one side are on different floors than the entrances on the other side.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great place to get an education. The professors really do care about your success. There are plenty of ways to get hands on experience in whatever you choose to study.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    too many things to count. most popular is the river.

    Food and Dining

    actually very good.

    Dorm Life

    not the most amazing thing, but its a great college experience.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    So many ways to make money on campus! Donate blood platelets, taking surverys..etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities on campus! You can go float the river, tubing, join the hide & seek club which plays on campus during night hours, highly recommended if you're bored. Go to the local boutiques and stores surrounding the campus or grab a bit at the authentic Mexican Restaurants, which are surprisingly cheap.

    Food and Dining

    Talk about food! This year we renovated The Commons which is a dining hall where chefs cook and serve your food, it can't get any better than that. The ambient at that dining hall is very chill and casual, best place on campus to study while also eating. The Den, is great! They have wraps, burritos, healthy shakes..etc. Harris is far but its a buffet and its completely worth the long walk. LBJ consists of fast food places if that's what you like, they have hamburgers, Chick Fil A, salads, Starbucks..etc. Great dining!!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live you'll have a dorm life. They say traditional dorms are easier to transition into college but now that I'm here it seems as if I'd like a newer, and nicer place. They're very old but they get the job done. I could complain a lot, but I won't. BUT I do recommend Arnold for the soul purpose that it is in the middle of campus and it is very accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    Bobcats are dedicated to learning and understanding the concepts that are being taught. There is no excuse to fail a class because there are many resources to go to if you don't understand a subject. You can get free tutoring at the library at SLAC, or even by an actual student who got an A on the course previously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save a good amount of cash for books! I know its always said that college is expensive but seriously, books are so essential you can't get around NOT buying them. Also, check different places to obtain your books, the bookstore on campus isn't always the best prices in town. I got most of mine on Amazon, Half.com, and Valore.com but I did compare prices with the bookstores in town as well as the one in school.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a campus that is ready to accelerate and take you to another level of learning. The Campus is fairly large and hilly, which is great exercise! Learning done is class is a great environment and classes are small enough where teachers know and make and effort to know your name as well as your being.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State has an Emergency Alert system that goes straight to your phone whenever an emergency occurs. They have a group called Bob-Cat bobbies that are on call, if you don't feel safe walking from Point A to Point B.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has more than over 400 different organizations to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State would be great for students who love greenery, an Eco-friendly environment, diversity, and a welcoming community.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone on campus is beyond friendly.

    What to do for fun

    At Texas State there's more than enough to keep you entertained. From the parties to the nightclubs on 6th street in Austin, to the clubs and on campus activities that the school offers.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at Texas State is unbelievable! There are numerous amount of choices to pick from such as: buffet style, Mexican, Chinese, Mediterranean, Chick-Fil-A, and much more.

    Dorm Life

    Texas State has a wide variety of dorms to choose from to cater to your liking. It's also a great way to meet new people. Each dorm has their own set of activities that take place throughout the month.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State really is not that strict on academics, however they so many resources to help you that your grades shouldn't even become a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come to Texas State, make sure you learn about all of the resources they have to offer because majority of them are paid for with your tuition. Remember to get involved! It's a great way to meet new friends and upperclassmen that can guide you to success. Learn how to manage your time; don't get too caught up in your social life, that you forget to focus on your grades.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University in San Marcos is a very beautiful school. It has numerous amount of resources available to the students and they are willing to help in any way, shape, or form. It is an all around very welcoming school.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus, there are hundreds of emergency buttons for immediate help. Also bobcat bobbies drive around in golf carts at all hours! So if you ever feel like it isn't safe to walk through campus at night you can call a bobcat bobby to come and pick you up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river is the perfect place to spend your time! If I were to just walk over to the river right now there would be people playing soccer, beach volleyball, swimming, tanning, tightrope walking, and huge organized water balloon fights. A trip to San Marcos is not complete without seeing the wacky locals Frisbee Dan, who is the best Frisbee player anyone has ever seen and is known for his short-shorts, and River Man, who dances to sun gods all day and is known to show up at a few college parties!

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is very affordable for a four year college!

    What to do for fun

    Intermural sports are the most fun thing to do at Texas State. Every dorm has a few intermurals that you can join. So just get out, exercise and meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is perfect at State! You can have either a buffet style diner or a fast food meal. Harris and Commons are the all-you-can-eat places and they are amazing! I got sick of the fast food style food pretty quick though.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Arnold Hall at Texas State and am in love with the dorm life. In my hall, people are constantly outside hanging out, grilling outside, playing pool in the lobby, and just having a good time. Make sure to live in a dorm your first year, because the friends you make in your own hall are like a second family!

    Academic Rigor

    My classes are difficult, but it all depends on the teacher. I went to a community college before Texas State and I have found that class rigor is relatively the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that ratemyteacher.com is the greatest website ever created. Also, to not worry about leaving their lives behind at home because you can be whoever you want at Texas State!

    In three sentences

    Texas state is an amazing institution! I work, live, and go to school here and I love the people in general. I have had nothing but great teachers, bosses, and friends.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always parties and lots of new people to meet and spend time with. The outlet malls are close, the river flows pretty much right through campus, and if you want to go to a big city, Austin and San Antonio are very close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, stay on top of your work, and get involved and you'll have an amazing time.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great school for people looking for an easy-going and basic college experience. It is a big school, the classes are not very small (unless you're in the honors program or in the later years of your college life). I believe every college is what you make it, I love Texas State, but it is not the school for me.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, join the greek life, go dancing at the square, go to Austin or San Antonio, there are several delicious restaurants around town, bowling alley, movie theater, shopping center, parties, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options of delicious and healthy food, as well as sweets for those occasional cravings.

    Dorm Life

    At first I was very against traditional style dorms, but as a freshman it's gives each student the full college experience and allows everyone to quickly make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too tough and thanks to S.L.A.C it is very easy to get help needed

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go to class and study how ever works for you, and you will do fine. This school is not intimidating at all and they provide each student with several forms of help if you happen to find yourself in a little trouble either academic wise or personal.

    In three sentences

    This campus is located in a beautiful town with both San Antonio and Austin conveniently in close proximity. The environment is very welcoming and the variety of people are incredibly friendly. The staff is helpful, professors know what they're doing, and the campus over all provides each student with the perfect experience.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Starbucks is fantastic and the juice bar is a life saver!

    Dorm Life

    No idea, didn't live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The Education classes are pretty serious once you reach the ELE block. Rest up now because sleep is for the weak.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get some good walking shoes and work out. The campus is hilly to say the least and you'll be hoofing it between classes.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic Professors on a beautiful campus! The LBJ building is a great place to hang out between classes. This place is so friendly.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Go greek!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river! Or take the wakeboarding PFW if you get the chance. And if you are of age, there is always the square, if ya know what I mean.

    Food and Dining

    I am a fan of school cafeteria food, but in all honesty, food is food and girl gotta eat.

    Dorm Life

    Mainly, it depends which hall you live at because it ranges. But I lived at Elliott Hall, people hated it, I loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    That's only if you study the stars would be less. Like I said, professors give you everything you need to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Chances are, the answers are right there in your study guide.

    In three sentences

    Great scenery, amazing people. Coming from a bigger city, I love it here.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe majority of the time

    Greek Life

    A lot of people I have met here are in sororities or fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    I am only in one club right now but I really like it.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to be independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming is a pretty big event here. It occupies the whole week before the actual game day.

    Bang for the buck

    It is getting there. It is especially better if you are a people person.

    What to do for fun

    Go to events on campus, and share in the school spirit with other students.

    Food and Dining

    It is okay it could use a little work.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I do not enjoy living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not impossible if you just apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that the campus is built on a hill. Be prepared to work and come with an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a wonderful campus. The students are filled with enthusiasm. The campus is beautiful

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    From what I understand, there are a TON of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just research this and any other college as thoroughly as possible. You want to be sure about what you're getting yourself into.

    In three sentences

    I'm really liking what I see from past students and current studies. The campus is very diverse, and there are many majors to choose from.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe in this campus. They are always notifying you if there is anything you need to watch out for. There is a police station located on campus and if you are ever wondering out at night and feel scared you can just call them and they will go get you and take you to your dorm room. They also offer Krav Maga classes every semester which are self defense classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are interested in something there's definitely a club around here that you can join. There are nearly 300 registered organizations on campus and if you can't find one that suits you, you can always start your own, just recruit people and take it to the campus activities and student organizations office and you've got yourself a club.

    Great for these types of students

    I think Texas State is a great school for any student who wants to further his/her education. If your major is available at this school it is definitely worth considering. If you like the outdoors, the natural beauty around here is just a bonus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad is an area in the center of campus and there's always something going on there. Recruiters are always handing out pamphlets or having some kind of sale going on. There is also a stallion statue there and many students believe that if you rub its testes you will get a passing grade on your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    You will definitely get your money's worth. Take advantage of the things you are paying for like the SI sessions and library resources. They definitely come in handy and if you are paying for them you might as well use them.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has so many places right on campus or within walking distance where you can go and have fun. There's the river, Sewell Park (volleyball, Frisbee, sunbathing), glass floor boat rides, Aquarena Aquarium, not to mention all the events going on, on campus like football games and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    The Den has a place called, Main Street Grill and they serve great breakfast meal trades. Commons and Harris are buffet style and their food also tastes great. I live on campus by a Baptist Student Ministry place that is always giving out free lunch and there's also a catholic student place across the street that gives out free coffee in the mornings. All in all I think the food here is good, it sure beats high school cafeteria lunch.

    Dorm Life

    You will have Residential Assistants (RA) in your residence hall. Get to know them, they can give you tips and advice. The RA's are always organizing events in the halls like game nights, movie nights, etc., attending these events will allow you to meet new people who you can create study groups with.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not high school! There is no time to slack off, you need to complete assignments when they are assigned and you NEED to study. Forming study groups with classmates will not only help you become a successful student, but it creates the opportunity to make life long friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Do not procrastinate! Procrastination only creates unneeded stress. 2.) Show up to class. If you are paying for it, you might as well show up. 3.) Have fun! I mean the good kind of fun. Reward yourself when you accomplish something. Go to the river or on a shopping spree at the outlets.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great school for students who are education majors. It is recognized for that, in fact Texas State used to be a teachers college when it first opened 1899. It provides great opportunities to meet new students and the professors here are great, they will do anything they can to help you succeed.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a bikini hill located next to the river that is pretty popular once it starts warming up outside. A big tradition is to jump into said river after graduation, gown and all.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to MANY other universities, Texas State University is much less expensive. Students receive a stellar education for a decent price.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I begin? There are many school related events to attend as well as fun, local activities. San Marcos is located in the best place in Texas, with Austin to the north, San Antonio to the south, and many gorgeous hill country small towns that have much to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Texas State does not exactly have gourmet food, but I never got tired of eating it. There is plenty to choose from and most of it is pretty tasty.

    Dorm Life

    I had a blast living in the dorms! Sometimes I miss it. I learned that having food already prepared and waiting for you is one of the best things about dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes offered are insightful and beneficial. The professors demonstrate great knowledge. Texas State does challenge the students to think deeply and to make something of themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit all of the local hot spots. Get to know your teachers and fellow classmates to the best of your abilities. Work hard during the week and have responsible fun on the weekends.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an incredible school. The atmosphere is both fun and conducive to learning. Most of the staff really cares about the students and want to help them achieve their goals.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is taken very seriously. After six pm Bobcat Bobbies escort students who call by cart or walking escort depending n the weather. It is for both guys and girls so take advantage of it. Oh and by the way they do not go to places off campus

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State University has a number of resources that are provided to keep everyone safe. One system they have is you can sign up through email and text message to get instant campus alerts about outages, weather, crimes, and more. At night they have a service so that you can call for a ride so that a student does not have to walk far or alone to his/her residence or vehicle.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life has so many fraternities and sororities to choose from that if you want to join the Greeks, you can definitely find a group that fits you. It is because of Texas State, I decided to join a sorority because the atmosphere of the school is so inviting and you can find others who have your best interest. Greek life should be to enhance your life and college experience, not to minimize it. I am apart of an academic, community-service based organization. We are required to study because we came here to learn and we are required to have community service hours to give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs that you can join. Texas State is a very active campus and there are always clubs and activities to choose from. There are clubs that pertain to sports, degree outlook, different cultures, community service, and so much more.

    What to do for fun

    If you like to eat and are low on money, there are always organizations selling food and fundraising money at very low cost. A number of students go to the Square which is like downtown San Marcos where there is music and dancing. The Outlet Mall is in San Marcos for sight seeing and shopping. Going to the FREE Home Athletic games are a plus for those who enjoy sports. It really is unlimited. This town is not too big and not too small.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of Dining places on campus and open late for the students are up studying late. The cafeteria has good food. And there are a number of places to go out to eat around campus. The HEB is also nearby for those who prefer to buy groceries and cook for themselves.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is as great as you make it. Yes, for the most part, you will have to share your room space with others but for me I have had great experiences. The Dorm life allows you to get to know others and find out what is going on around campus. Not every dorm is for everyone but there are a lot to choose from. Most Sophomores and higher classifications also choose campus apartments or apartments surrounding the school. This allows great access to get on the shuttles and move your way around campus. You can live on campus and survive without a car.

    Academic Rigor

    I give Texas State University 5 stars on Academics. If you want to come to this campus to learn, this is the right place. If you want to excel you will have to STUDY. Your degree plan and communicating with your advisors will get you wherever you want to go, which could be a job, internship, graduate school or wherever. It is a well-known and recognized school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I love the campus and the college life of Texas State University. If you are an outgoing person, there are so many ways to get to know others. It is a friendly environment. If you are a person who tends to stay to yourself, then that is okay too. If you are undecided on what degree plan to take, that's okay because at Texas State and with the resources, you will be in the right place to discover your path. Even thought it is a big campus

    In three sentences

    Texas State University of San Marcos, TX is a great, high-spirited, and fun learning university. It is a type of campus that anyone can find something to be apart of and call a home away from home. Texas State is well known for its high academics and academic opportunities.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police are always around campus and are always there to help the students no matter the situation. The campus also provides a free transportation service if you don't want to walk around camous alone...Although it is perfectly safe if you do.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great environment that truly helps the community of the university and the city,

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO MANY clubs that I don't have enough room to type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is always a popular location to spend time with friends between classes.

    What to do for fun

    The river runs through campus so laying out and playing by the river is fun. The night life is also pretty hoping. There is a huge outlet mall in the town so that is also an option.

    Food and Dining

    They have recently renevated all of the dining. The options are fantastic!

    Dorm Life

    Great for meeting students and making friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Great! Great for assisting with academic needs anc also challenges the student to do their best.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one tip I would advise is to get involved.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a diverse university with many great extra curricular activities to participate in. The university provides many majors and great advisors to help with your decision.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If there's a problem, you're immediately sent an email (which most people get on their phones), there are drivers in golf carts that you can call at night to drive you around campus, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    Bobcat Build - one of the biggest student volunteer organizations in Texas. One day in the spring semester, students go around the city to help locals with painting, gardening, woodworking, etc. We love to help those in our community who support having almost 40,000 students driving around all over the place!

    Great for these types of students

    In all honesty, if you like to party, you will not be lonely. It's not hard to find them, and it's not hard to make friends. If you're into the hippie style, this is also a great place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go rub the stallions in the Quad for good luck before a test!

    Bang for the buck

    For such a great university, the price is excellent. This is the cheapest public university in Texas, and you are still getting a fantastic education!

    What to do for fun

    The giant outlet mall is 4 miles down the highway, and there is a gorgeous river running through campus. Tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming are favorites for anyone who attends. Most people here are very outdoorsy. San Marcos is also located right between Austin and San Antonio, which makes for great night life if you're willing to drive 30 minutes!

    Food and Dining

    There are 5 dining locations on campus, spread out about evenly. They provide every kind of food you can imagine, and if you can't find it on campus, it's right down the street! Plenty of healthy options, if you're willing to pay the price. Nonetheless, the food is delicious in most places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice to live in, and many of them are learning communities. This means that people are often taking the same classes as you, so it is easier to form study groups. Dorm RA's also put on a lot of fun activities throughout the week to give you something to do or a study break! They're very creative!

    Academic Rigor

    It's not a Harvard, but you definitely have to work hard and learn time management skills. Attending class is extremely important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't choose to come here just because it's in an awesome location and there is a river that runs through it. Choose this university for its academics. It's one of the top schools in the U.S. for many different majors. Once you're here, GET INVOLVED! You hear it all the time, but it really does make all the difference.

    In three sentences

    This is an absolutely incredible university to attend if you are planning on entering the teaching field. I have loved the many opportunities that have been provided for me here, and I have developed many leadership skills. Very few negative remarks towards this school.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD and Bobcat Bobbies are here to help! The UPD is minutes away with a phone call or a push of a button -literally! Bobcat Bobbies will drive you to your dorm or wherever you need to go if you ever feel unsafe walking.

    Greek Life

    Teaches you tradition, brotherhood/sisterhood, and you have fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's definitely a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type!

    What to do for fun

    There's the river right by us. You can go tubing or kayaking. Join student organizations and you'll have tons of fun with them.

    Food and Dining

    Their food is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    So much fun. You'll meet the greatest people and all the RA's are always there to help.

    Academic Rigor

    Study, study, study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Utilize all the tools Texas State gives you for free! Don't be afraid to talk to your professors; they want to help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is on of the best colleges. Everyone you meet from staff to students is helpful. It would be hard to not achieve your goals here.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    over 300 org and 30 greek organizations are offered here. among that campus is very diverse. there is somebody for everyone here.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining has been a great experience. A lot of choices are offered, and plenty of dining halls spread among campus.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life here is not the greatest, but i would not say thats a bad thing. i have met my best friend living in a one room residence hall and also living somewhere that is not to your best preference keeps you out and about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you find a school you feel comfortable in and see your self at. look at the Majors they offer and what the top graduated ones are. Make sure you enjoy the area the school is located. location, location, location.

    In three sentences

    Texas state university has given me a great first experience of college. i feel like i'm apart of the family here, and feel like i belong on this campus next four years. It offers tons of organizations that interest me and helps prepare me for my career so much within the last 3 months.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus security drive golf carts at night and act as taxis, taking students from one part of the campus to the other.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is everywhere and you know who is who. They tend to promote their causes on campus too like Breast Cancer Awareness.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join if you just look for the right ones, I'm quite sure anyone can find what interests them. There are religious clubs, political clubs as well as book clubs and the like.

    Great for these types of students

    I think TXST is great for anyone! People willing to learn and also have a good time.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things going on, you just have to get involved! Outside of school there is a dollar movie theater down the street from campus as well as little restaurants and vintage shops to check out. If you have a car, there is an outlet mall to check out, along with a bigger movie theater and Schlitterbahn is 30minutes away. Floating the river is also a popular activity since the river goes right in front of campus.

    Food and Dining

    This isn't your high school cafeteria food! There are many fast food joints that you're use to seeing, like Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Blimpies but there are also little convenient stores through out campus to pick up a quick fix of veggies or snacks of the like.

    Dorm Life

    When I lived in the off campus dorm apartments, I was able to have the freedom I needed but also I didn't have to worry about paying bills like electric or water. I was paired with a girl with interests similar to mine, and the neighbors are all students, so opportunities to hang out and study were awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    I think each department has that professor willing to give you extra time and help on stuff you don't quite understand. For example, my critical theories class is really tough, just the textbook material is something that is hard to understand on its own but speaking to my professor and using her office hours and asking questions has helped me understand the material better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the office hours the professors give you! I promise they are there to help you and are willing to put the effort in if you are!!!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful historic campus surrounded by 2 great major cities: Austin & San Antonio! This campus is growing for the larger number of students it is getting and these buildings are beautiful and big. Great college town allowing many opportunities for you to make friends!

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police are great and there are emergency towers if you are in trouble. There have been a lot of crimes though. Always carry pepper spray.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is over 400 different clubs and organizations. If that doesn't suit your fancy, then you can create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some weird traditions are some of the sayings. Locations that are weird are the sculptures and statues around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There could be a lot more. Everything on campus is really expensive too.

    What to do for fun

    The rec center has a lot of options. Swimming at the river. The boat tour. The dollar theater. A lot of people go to the outlets too.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat, but it seems to get old after a while. There are a lot of places though close to campus. Actually within walking distances so no worries.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the new dorm complex. Chautauqua/Gallardia. I live in Chautauqua in a single dorm, and it is like living in my personal hotel for a year. It is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Grading can be hard at times, but the overall experience is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Don't party too hard. Make time to study and time to chill with friends. Having relationships while you are away from home makes everything less lonely.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is amazing in beauty, location, and diversity. I love the feeling of home I get every day I am here. You never have to leave for anything.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have Bobcat Bobbies at night for people who feel unsafe at night to get to their destination at night and what you do is you call them and they will pick you up and take you where you want to be.

    Greek Life

    I'm in a sorority and it's great way to make friends and interact with people.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a really diverse school. There are no types of students. Everyone is welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When a student graduates, its tradition to jump in the river.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, except that it's hard to eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Just choose the right ones for you and you will enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you do you part and study, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely read all your books for class and be on time for class or don't skip class.

    In three sentences

    I think Texas State is a really great school. There are great teachers that actually care and many people to meet. Nice organizations to join as well.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt sketchy walking around on campus day or night. Most of it is well lit at night, and there are emergency towers all around the main areas in case anything does happen.

    Greek Life

    Lots of parties and socializing going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    The volunteer org. that I'm a part of is amazing. We've done kayaking river cleanups, volunteered at pet shelters and the Austin Zoo, and just keep our campus and city clean. There are over 300 other clubs to choose from too if that doesn't sound like your thing!

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent, Partying, Social, Nerdy, Volunteer-Oriented, Hard-working, Fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have both a river and a natural aquifer on campus. (Both are readily available the student body)

    Bang for the buck

    I can't complain about Texas State. This instantly became my home, and all my new friends became like family. It's definitely worth the extra money to not stay home and go to a community college, I truly have been getting the college experience.

    What to do for fun

    There's the San Marcos river running through the campus! You can literally walk out of class (when it's done of course) and lay out on bikini hill and go for a swim. There are also tons of organizations on campus, and a lot of parties for every type of student.

    Food and Dining

    2 buffet dining halls? Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, and Starbucks at your convenience? Not to mention all of the other restaurants included as meal trades. Who wouldn't love all that?

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm! Both of my brothers lived in Jackson hall before me, and that's where I'm at now. I've been to 5 of the different halls here, and I can't think of any major concerns I have with any of them.

    Academic Rigor

    None of my classes are too difficult considering this is a university. None of my courses have had attendance policies which is nice, but showing up to class really does improve grades!

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely consider Texas State, and stay in one of the older halls if possible! (They have that classic home-y feel)

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing. The scenery, campus, river, and overall environment have a very college-like feel. Everyone is so friendly!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although the campus is for the most part safe, there are tons of incidences that happen every now and then such as stabbings, car break-ins, and fights. I feel that Texas State needs to do a more effective job at minimizing these as well as alerting the rest of campus when a threat is on the loose.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved with Greek Life, so I feel I would not be the best to review this.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of things that go on around Texas State. There are clubs for film, waterskiing, martial arts, cooking, diversity, community service, and many more. There are tons of events that go around all over campus that really show just how diverse Texas State really is, such as Diwali and luaus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who maybe can't afford other schools. This school is also really good for those who are very involved in the arts, as the theatre, dance, and music programs here are very good and some of the best in the state.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't really any I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers a good education and will help you get adjusted to college life and the real world. The food may not always be the best, but the people at Texas State are very friendly and accepting. There's just about a club for everything here, you are guaranteed to find a place where you fit in!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of organizations you can join that will offer you plenty of social opportunities around campus. The square is located right next to the campus, which has plenty of interesting stores and restaurants to go to. The outlet malls also offer a wide variety of places to go have fun at. The Showplace Theatre usually shows movies that have been out for a while for only about $1.00. If you are willing to wait a few months after a movie comes out you can see it cheap! Other than that, there is Sewell Park, which is a great place to go for a swim or play some games of volleyball!

    Food and Dining

    While there are plenty of options for food here at Texas State, some options get old very quickly. As well, most options are not extremely nutritious, it is recommended that you buy some healthy, balanced meals to cook every once in a while to keep your health up.

    Dorm Life

    Make absolutely sure you are aware of all the possible dorm choices at Texas State. Some dorms will have communal bathrooms, some won't. Some dorms are set up suite style, with four people to a bathroom, some don't. Some you can get your own room, and others you will get very little room. Overall the dorms here are very good, they offer all the essentials a college student could need, and have a very personable staff of Resident Assistants who plan all sorts of fun events that help build a community feeling.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are high valued at Texas State. The university core covers mathematics, sciences, social studies, english, and some courses unique to Texas State such as Philosophy. The classes do not have to be difficult, just make sure that you study plenty and read your chapters. It is also a good idea to keep all the syllabuses for your classes, as they are very helpful reminders for important due dates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk around in the heat, Texas State has a lot of hills. Save up as much money as you can, life can get very expensive here.

    In three sentences

    Texas State offers a wide variety of degrees and gives a good education at a very affordable price. The school also offer many different social organizations where students can make good connections. Texas State doesn't have the best football team, but there are a wide variety of arts which are some of the best in the state, such as theatre, dance (especially the Strutters), music, and choir.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcats will come pick you up if you ever feel unsafe to walk through campus. Cops are always around at all hours of the day.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE here. I joined a sorority and it really helped with the transition from being lonely.

    What to do for fun

    Lay out by the river, or meet people around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pace yourself and mange your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    It was the best decision I could have ever made. I love this school.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There emergency posts all over campus along with police. They also have people with golf carts at night to take you to the parking garages and dorms.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of Fraternities and Sororities. Plenty of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 different organizations and if you don't like any of them, you can create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type. As long as you can handle being diverse and having fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to say...you should come and find out yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition isn't all that bad here especially the free services they offer.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Rec Center, swim at the river or tube, Sewell Park, anything your heart desires.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat. It tends to get boring on campus but there are a lot of place within walking distance off of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome. I live in the new housing complex Chautauqua/Gallardia. It's like living in a hotel and everyone on my floor are friends.

    Academic Rigor

    They have an easy grading policy but still rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't call Financial Aid go to them otherwise you will never get a hold of them. Make sure to park in the right spot. It is also good to get books ahead of time, so you don't have to wait 2 hours in the bookstore getting books.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is very diverse. Amazing and Beautiful. Texas State is the place to be at, enough said.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State is a very safe place to be. Campus police patrol 24/7 and there are bobcat bobbies that can come and pick you up from a location and take you where you need to, if you feel unsafe at night. Texas State sends emails about hazards on campus, so you know before entering campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is one of the best! Very active and always looking to help the community! Always host events and those never disappoint!

    Clubs and Activities

    All clubs have their own way of doing things, but make no mistake, they are very fun. I'm a member of several clubs and recreation teams and I enjoy them more and more each year.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students! You will find some group of people on campus that has the same interests as you. The people are always friendly!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All traditions on campus are best learned in your own experience! A lot more fun to find out on your own. Trust me!

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center is one of the best things at Texas State. You can join different types of sports, clubs, or just go work out. Tailgating is one of the best at Texas State. Football games are never boring!

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing and Jones hall is right on campus. San Marcos has about every eatery you can think of. And there are always breakfast tacos being sold in the quad.

    Dorm Life

    Always something to do in the dorms. Come and look at certain dorms to see which one fits you best. First come, Best pick!

    Academic Rigor

    All my professors have been very helpful. They will challenge you academically and make you view things in an entirely different way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to have fun and meet some amazing people.

    In three sentences

    A place you grow both as a person and academically. People are beyond friendly and the scenery is beautiful. So many things to do on campus, truly a place for everyone of all interests.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State offers a service known as Bobcat Bobby, it is a service you call if you do not feel safe walking across campus at night or during the day. Bobcat bobby's pick you up on a golf cart, and take you to where you need to be, and it is absolutely free! Take advantage of them! Also is any crime or danger that has happened on campus s emailed to every student so that they are aware of what is going on.

    Greek Life

    Though Texas State is not all about the Greek Life, the Greek Life on Campus is amazing! The Sororities and Fraternities are like a huge family and always have activities going on, and welcome everyone to attend them.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities on campus are great! There is always something going on, and they are easy to join! This is a quick and easy way to meet new people, and have fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for all types of students, there is a diverse group of people that attend this university. Texas State celebrates every heritage month, and is a huge supporter of diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad is a great place to meet new people, there always seems to be something going on there, and everyone hangs out there in-between classes. There are several organizations that have booths in the quad so you are able to find out information on them, and there is always food for sale! There is also a horse statue located in the Quad that was donated to Texas State, and as a tradition, students rub the horse before for exams for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many options you have at Texas State. The recreational center is amazing! It has a lot of nice equipment and even a rock-wall! The library offers great services, one such as SLAC, which is a program designed to help students with homework! The library also has a great selection of books and several computers, plus printing is free! Take advantage of all you can!

    What to do for fun

    Texas State University might be known to you as a party school, but in all truthfulness it is not. Yes there are parties but no that is not what it is all about. There are several groups on campus that offer a variety of different experiences, like intramural sports, reading groups, music groups and so much more! The dorm halls usually have a special event going on during the week for everyone to get together and have fun with each other, and going to the rec. is great! Take advantage of it, after all you are paying for it!

    Food and Dining

    There are five dining halls located on campus, and all have a variety of food! There are two all you can eat dining halls, Commons and Harris, which have several different options of food and desserts. Jones, the Liar, and the Den all have great options of sandwiches, pasta, and other foods. It is a great way to put on weight if you do not work out!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life, though it may be hard to get use to, is fun! It is a great way to meet new people, and make life-long friends! Everyone in the dorm is new to the college just like you, and is feeling the same exact way you are, so be open and optimistic about the dorm and you will find out that it is an extraordinary experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Transforming from high school life, to college life is tough. You are own your own in college and have to make time to study and do homework as opposed to high school. College truly is not hard it is only the way you look at it. Study and be prepared for exams and quizzes and the classes will come easy to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advice for prospective students would be to make sure you are able to walk up hills, and stairs. The campus is very hilly and consists of several stairs. The stairs from the Quad to the the Library is known as Mt. Alkek, because it truly is a journey. Another piece of advice is to always wear a smile, people here a very friendly, and if you are looking to make friends, a smile is easier to approach than a frown.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University- San Marcos is a beautiful, hilly campus. The students, as well as the teachers, are fun easy going people, and always have a smile on their face. It is a great experience to attend this college, and become apart of the Bobcat family.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have a thing here called Bobcat Bobbies. It's students who drive around in a golf cart and pick students up and take them to their destination. Their most popular hours are at night for safety.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river, or the square. The square has bars and shops.

    Food and Dining

    There's enough options to not get completely sick of the food here, but it will get pretty tiring after a while. The taste is good, but a lot of it isn't exactly healthy.

    Dorm Life

    The only problem I have with my dorm is that it has a community bathroom and a lot of people don't know how to clean up after themselves. Also, people who stay up later than you will get annoying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip 1: Wear comfortable shoes, like Tennis Shoes. There are a lot of hills and a lot of construction going on right now. Tip 2: It's a good idea to have your own laptop. They have some you can rent in the library and they have limited time computers there, also. You don't need a printer because the library let's you print for free. Tip 3: Don't bring your car if you don't have to. There are shuttle buses that pick up and drop off students all around campus. There are also buses that go to and from Austin to San Antonio. Parking on campus is slim.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a very diverse school. There are many clubs and organizations you can join to stay involved. There are also many things in the area to do on weekends, like local restaurants and bars.

  • 12/06/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Enjoy your time in college!

    Food and Dining

    Places to eat are everywhere and yummy!

    Academic Rigor

    Top Quality!

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an advisor. They are so helpful!

    In three sentences

    The process of applying, registering and attending is so smooth. Everything about Texas State is exciting. I am proud to say I will attend Texas State.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    TXST is a really safe campus. If you get out from class late or studying at the Alkek library you can call bobcat bobbies. They pick you up in golf carts anywhere on campus and take you to your dorm :)

    Greek Life

    Its great, I'm a Delta Gamma! I love the Greek life here at TXST! We only have 7 Sororities, but they are some of the sweetest girls ever. Definitely a lot fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    A large variety of clubs to choose from! I like Gear Heads. its a car club, they meet every Wednesday in the stadium parking lot. There's also a fashion club, greek life, etc. All you can imagine and more.

    Great for these types of students

    For people who like to have a great time, get a good education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All the graduating seniors jump in the San Marcos River on their last day! It's beautiful!

    Bang for the buck

    The people here on campus are so chill, and open minded. I have not met one rude person. Ive met some of the greatest people here at TXST. Plus Austin TX is only a 20 minute drive! 6th street, the night life!

    What to do for fun

    The quad, the square, and of course the San Marcos river! float all your worries away :)

    Food and Dining

    I recommend you get the smallest meal trade choice, trust me you wont finish all your swipes. I got the 200 block plan, and I still have 80 swipes and there's only a few days until the semester is over. Commons and Harris are the best dining halls. I go to the Lair because they have chick fil a and pizza hut.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the brand new dorms! Chautauqua is awesome! definitely better than the rest! I hear Blanco, San Jacinto, and College Inn are great choices too.

    Academic Rigor

    I was so scared of how hard the curriculum was going to be. Thankfully the professors really work with you. I'm currently passing all my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind. Choose a college that you can see yourself in. Pay attention to the people walking by, they might just be in your class in the near future. Be nice when visiting a TXST for a college tour, its our second home! :)

    In three sentences

    Honestly Texas State University is where your back up school turns out to be the best decision in your life. I'm impressed by the campus life here. I'm incredibly happy being a TXST bobcat!

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will always feel super safe on campus. It is very well lit at night and there are emergency buttons that you could push all over campus and the cops will be there in seconds. There are also bobcat bobbies that will drive you around campus at night in a golf cart free of charge if you feel unsafe walking.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty big on campus, they are always setting up booths in the quad and getting involved. They are also always throwing parties on the weekends. I highly recommend getting involved with Greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    You are definitely getting what you pay for at this college. The classes are challenging but not to challenging and the campus is beautiful. You could not pick a better university to attend.

    What to do for fun

    The San Marcos River flows right through campus and there are always students floating the river or just hanging out by it. There is also the square which is a little downtown right off of campus. You can always find something going on.

    Food and Dining

    There are two dining halls on campus and they have such a big variety of food. There is something for everyone and i have not got tired of eating at them yet. There are also a lot of other food options, I just wish that those stayed open a little later.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms. I have a roommate and two other suite mates. It was the best experience of college. You meet so many people on your floor and are always running into familiar faces. I highly recommend living in a dorm your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be a bit challenging but you are here to learn. Why would you pay to take easy classes and not learn anything new. The professors do care about their students and are always willing to help, you just have to go up to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for future students is to live in a dorm freshmen year. It makes it a lot easier to meet new people and you will have a ton of fun. I would also advise you to go to the library on a daily basis and do some work and studying. Do not save it all until the last minute.

    In three sentences

    I think Texas State is a great school to go to. The professors are wonderful and really care about the students. The campus is beautiful and is full of resources that are extremely helpful to all students.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Most people walk around the square, swim at the river, shop at the outlet mall, visit Austin or San Antonio since they are about 30 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is convenient, however it gets old after awhile. There are many selections though and the dining halls often change what they serve.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is extremely convenient and can be fun. Make sure when applying for housing that you are choosing a location and living arrangement that is beneficial for you to be able to get to class on time and for you to be able to focus when you need to study or do homework in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you are enrolled in, depends on the academic rigor. It's not hard to make an A, as long as you are self motivated and prepare for your tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    When signing up for classes, to go to http://blog.ratemyprofessors.com/ and make sure the ratings on your professor are suitable to your standards. Attend any study session that is provided, especially one before a test, they help a great amount. Also, if your professor offers any extra credit, do it! It will improve your grade and help you out in the long run. Not many professors offer extra credit, so take advantage.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with lots of opportunities to become involved in clubs and organizations. Texas State University is located in a small town, but has a big feel to it. There are plenty of things to do around campus.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At this university there are so many things to do for fun. Students get to choose from hundreds of clubs to join. If your into sports, they have a club team for almost all of them. Texas State is surrounded by a river and right next to a mall, it is almost impossible to not find something to do that entertains you.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to choose to eat at. No matter where you live there is a food place within walking distance and the food is more than worth walking too.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshmen I lived in a dorm and loved every moment of it. The people that are around you start to become part of your little family. The down side is, some neighbors can be quite noisy.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are not to be taken lightly. Some students may find certain professors that are considered easier then others, but all of the classes here are to prepare students for their future.

    Tips for prospective students

    As for any college, one thing to always keep in mind is to have good time management.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very Eco-friendly campus and an extremely nice place to live. The students are friendly and welcoming, and the activities that go on there are even better. This university is a great choice for any student looking to further their education.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe walking around campus at night. We have a Bobcat Bobby service that students can call and get a golf cart ride around campus or back to their dorms if they don't want to walk alone at night. The University Police Department is also conveniently located in the middle of campus.

    Greek Life

    As a member of the greek community, I would encourage all Freshman to partake in Formal Fall Recruitment. As intimidating as the process is, being greek will not only help the community by each chapters philanthropy but it will shape each member into well rounded and prepared for life.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State campus is located in the middle of San Marcos. Depending on the weather, floating the river and tanning on sewell park hill are some of the favorites among students. Also San Marcos is located between Austin and San Antonio.

    Food and Dining

    Texas State has many dining locations all over campus. The favorites on campus include Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut and Starbucks located in LBJ Student Center.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms of course vary by age and type. But I would recommend trying to get into San Marcos Hall, San Jacinto Hall as they are more apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State continues to challenges their students every year. I would highly recommend the SLAC lab located in Alkek Library and writing center in Flowers Hall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus routes as they can become confusing. Always leave atleast 30 minutes early for class if you plan to use the Tram. Have an open mind in your intro classes as those courses can help decipher your degree plans.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is the most diverse and unique campus located in San Marcos, Texas. Mccoy College of Business Administration, School of Mass Communications and our School of Theatre and Dance are just some of the recognized degree plans Texas State offers. If your looking for a diverse, fun experience in college look no further than Texas State.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a freesom of speech statue where if you go stand over there, you can say anything you want or do anything you want.

    What to do for fun

    Go to different events put on by the different organizations.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets old but there are many dining places to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best because you are close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be a little difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect classes of atleast 200 students. Get involved in the many organizations as well.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse school. It provides many opurtunities and majors. It is a very friendly campus.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel we are one of the safest campuses around. We have Bobcat Bobbies that will take you to your destinations when it gets dark outside.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life around campus is refreshing. The people in greek are like a family and they are always together.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are amazing! There is a club for any and everything. If you check the CASO desk you can find all the clubs your heart desires.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for all students. There is a group or organization for everyone on our campus, and if there isnt, you can make one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition around the campus is rubbing the Fighting Stallions before a big test.

    Bang for the buck

    If you take a stroll through the Quad you'll find some many deals its crazy. Free shirts left and right, taco trucks on every corner, there is something for everyone when you walk through the Quad.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a Bobcat sporting event going on, and everyone is encouraged to come out and support our Cats! Different Student Orgs hold events that you can attend. But when in doubt, FLOAT IT OUT at the river in swell park!

    Food and Dining

    We have the best food around. All of our dining halls have something everyone would want. I myself prefer chick fil a, but no matter where you are, there is something you'll enjoy eating.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the perfect place to make friends! You live together and can build bonds over classes, tv or just random small talk.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging, but because of the class sizes it is easier to become engaged in the class and makes you more willing to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you bring your walking shoes. Texas State is in the middle of hill country. Everywhere you go is either uphill or downhill, but we have the best calfs around.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus and they people here are very friendly and welcoming. The majority of the classes are small and personal, which makes the learning environment easy. The Professors really care about their students and if the students are really learning in the class.

  • 01/01/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    Seems like alot of the money goes toward athletics and the amazing gym and less on educational tools.

    What to do for fun

    River, trails, bars, rock climbing, tubing, rasta.

    Food and Dining

    Anything but the $8 all-you-can-eat is not worth it.

    Dorm Life

    I've never experience dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like the Texas hill country, this is your place. Also it's not too far from the busier Austin scene.

    In three sentences

    Great department heads. Starting to be more progressive as far as environmental issues. For a school whose motto is eat em up cats, they have super awful dining options.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always professors and campus police walking around campus. If it's late, you can call an officer to escort you to your dorm, car, etc. at any time. If anything dangerous or suspicious is happening anywhere on campus, you're immediately notified with an email of what's going on and where, then later notified when it's been taken care of.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Quad is ALWAYS full of booths and tables with things to do. In the Student Center and all around campus are little mini bulletin boards with the weeks activities posted on it. From karaoke to dance offs from Hip Hop Congress, there's everything you could think of. There is literally a club for EVERYTHING, and if you do happen to find that there isn't one that interests you, you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking. Outgoing. Goal oriented. Undecided. etc. It really is great for any student looking for a place to pursue an education, especially in the teaching and coaching department.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most campuses don't have a river flowing through it. We also have our very own natural aquifer to add to our beautiful, hilly campus. Bobcats also have tailgating before every home football game which has come to be a huge event.

    Bang for the buck

    It's reasonably priced keeping in mind that you are a college student. There's various things that are included in your fees in addition to your good education and college experience. Free buses around campus and a new Student Rec Center students can use free!

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has a river running right the campus and the water's always a steady 70 degrees so its always a great place to hang out. There are also the Outlet Malls in San Marcos that has over 100 different stores to shop and choose from. Restaurants, bowling alley, parks, and its close location to both Austin and San Antonio provides multiple opportunities to find activities for fun!

    Food and Dining

    I love the dining halls. Its real cheap even if you don't have meal swipes (meal plan) to have all you can eat of various types of food like: Chinese, Italian, Mexican, American, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I have gone into the dorms before and a majority of them are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken seriously and the professors are pretty good at explaining things as well as open to questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be prepared to work. College is different than high school, professors will help you if you seek help, but they won't always come to you. You have to want to succeed to get good grades. Studying is extremely important. Time management is a key tool you need to learn, along with introducing yourself to your professors. If they see that you're serious, they'll be a lot more willing to work with you and help you out as much as they can.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the atmosphere and all the students around. The professors have so far been very helpful and involved. I think it's a great place to pursue an education.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety is phenomenal. You always have an emergency tower located at least 500 feet from wherever you are on campus and we have this thing call Bobcat Bobbies. They drive or escort you from anywhere on campus to somewhere else on campus. They begin at dusk and go on until 1am. It is completely free and is always available.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life is one of the biggest organizations at Texas State. It is the best way to meet a lot of people in a small amount of time. Our school is still growing so we do not have a large amount of chapters at our school, but we are growing each year.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything from Greek life to the hide and go seek club. We even have a quidditch club.

    Great for these types of students

    The students that would love Texas State would be people who enjoy the outdoors and love to go out and meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition that Texas State has is that after graduation you jump into the river with your cap and gown on. It's such a nice jump into the river, almost refreshing.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Texas State is a state school which makes it slightly cheaper than going to a private school such as UT or A&M, but we are still getting the same education. We are the rising star of Texas and are beginning to beat people from those bigger schools in many competitions.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has the San Marcos natural spring running right through campus. It's a great place to layout, float, snorkel, play volleyball, and kayak. There are also many trails located around San Marcos. I promise you cannot get bored there if it's sunny outside.

    Food and Dining

    We have multiple dining halls on campus. Two of them are an all you can eat off of one swipe. Those are the freshest places you can eat. We also have an Einstein Bros., Pizza hut, and Chick-Fil-A among many others. One of our dining halls in conveniently open from noon to midnight. It has been a life saver to many.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life on Texas States campus is phenomenal. For me to be able to roll out of bed at 8:30 for a 9am class is amazing. You meet so many new people and never have to worry about driving to class. Yes having to share a room or a suite with someone can get kind of aggravating I promise it's an experience of a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    We have nationally recognized professors. Just like every other school the rigor is what you make it. If you don't study then it will be hard. If you do study then you will succeed. It's a matter of wanting it or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend using rate my professor when deciding on which professor you would like to take. Dorm life isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. You meet tons of new people and never have to drive to class. Parking on campus is terrible so try and keep the amazing spot you finally get because everyone is a spot hunter and really go explore the campus. There's no telling what you may find.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a beautiful campus along with many nationally recognized professors. It is located in beautiful San Marcos, Texas. You will never be bored in San Marcos or on Texas States campus.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe to walk through at all hours of the day and night. There are bobcat bobbies who will transport you if you feel unsafe. There is an overwhelming amount of police officers at the school, but they are only trying to help. They mean well. The whole campus will begin to feel like your home, and it will always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is heavy at Texas State. I don't recommend it. The frat kids do do their part by studying and doing the good things required in their pledge. Those kids do maintain high gpas, but at the expense of dressing exactly the same as the other frat boys and being ridiculed by every other student. It is the same for girls but on a more minor scale.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs for students. I'm not sure what these clubs do since I haven't joined one myself. But I know there is one for every interest from Harry Potter, to all sides of politics, to art.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is perfect for students who strive to work hard but know they don't have to be the best. It's best for kids who are social. If you are not social you might find your calling at Texas State. It's generally a great school for everybody. Everybody treats everyone else like equals and the differences between everybody is really great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of some horses at the beginning of the quad. During exam week it is good luck to rub the testicles of the horses. Also many boutiques are set up in the quad that are fun to shop at. Many people share their unique art and you can have some really great finds.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are worth the price. But the required dorm fees for all freshman is where things get bad. Any apartment would be at least 5 times nice than the dorms, and about a third of the cost. The meal plan works out well but only if you get the biggest one which is about $1400. It's good that many things are covered in student fees. All washing machines and printers are free to use.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join. The hub of the school is called the quad. If you join a club you will most likely volunteer there and have fun talking to strangers on their way to class. Dining with friends is fun. The recreational center at Texas State is amazing. I have never seen a gym as nice as the one at Texas State. If working out is not your thing it can easily become fun and a daily habit.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. If you can figure out how to balance the excessive amounts of Panda Express, Chik-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Einstein Bros. you will be satisfied. The cafeterias have good hours. There are 2 buffets. I recommend going there as opposed to the fast food. Meal Trades work out pretty well. Some places have small portions and others too big. The system works out pretty great. Dining is a fun thing to do with friends and groups who also live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. The dorms are all generally small. Blanco hall is the best in my opinion. Those rooms are like giant hotel rooms and have a bathroom with a shower inside, College Inn is also similarly built. The dorms are nice, but they can feel restricting. On cold days the air condition is weird because it will automatically be heated. It can become bothersome. Avoid peer pressure and drugs from fellow hall mates. Resident Assistants are always on the look out so don't be doing anything in your dorm you know you shouldn't be doing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor does not seem to be too hard here. It's all about how much work you put into the classes. Most professors will give you word for word study guides, or instruct that pages that need to be read out of the book(s) shortly before each test. The workload in the classes is not individually overwhelming, but if you procrastinate everything can pile up and become a huge burden. The criteria is very fun though. Most professors teach interesting material and will make the learning fun. Preparation is key. It's best to go to each class prepared and to check your syllabuses daily. If you are someone who does not use a planner, it would be appropriate to start not or as soon as you arrive at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will want to come here because the professors and staff are all people who genuinely care about you and their jobs. Any assistance needed can be found right there at the school. You might get tired of the fast food diet that will come from your meal plan, but the rec is a great place to burn off the extra calories. The school itself has many resources for studying and academic help like the UAC building, and the Alkek Library's numerous study rooms.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very convenient place to be, it's the hub for two of the best cities in the state. The college has a great campus that will get your legs in shape, although it may seem big it's very easy to adjust to the size. There is a lot of togetherness at the school that makes you feel as if it's the place you've needed to be your whole life.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe at Texas State. As a 20 year old woman, walking alone at night in Houston is very disheartening. At TSU in San Marcos there are multiple things to keep you safe. A service called Bobcat Bobbies are a service of golf carts run by students in a circuit who run from dusk till 1 AM from anywhere on campus. There are also vans that run from campus to the apartments in the area for those who need a ride. There is never a moment in or out the dorms where you need to fear your safety. I have had moments where I was walking campus after the Bobbies stopped running and even still i felt completely safe and not worried one bit about someone bothering me.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who have a strong drive and willingness to learn. Students need to have a drive to go to class no matter how far class is, which is a problem sometimes. Walking up and down the hills is quite an issue in the summer months and rainy season of temperamental Texas. Social students do well here, as well as studious students. There is always a place to study whether its inside or outside, by the river, in the library, under an oak tree or in your dorm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is one tradition I am aware of on campus. There is a statue of two massive horses in the quad (main center of campus) where students go to touch for good luck. Some might see where they touch the horses as inappropriate but it is rumored to work!

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying for a lot when you pay for your tuition. It covers the bus system which is phenomenal on a campus such as TSU. The hill country poses as quite a workout, but when the weather isnt favorable you want to RUN. The buses run every five to ten minutes to all the major areas and apartments in San Marcos. The rec center is covered by tuition so abuse all the opportunities available to you!

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center or (Rec Center) is in relative vicinity to the dorms on campus. You have tons of options to meet new people and get involved in intermural sports and activities. There are tons of clubs to get involved in. I love to go to nearby coffee shops in the area and work on my studies. There is always something going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am not a fan of the food and dining at Texas State. The meal plan is never finished by the end of the year. The desirable food is paid for by things called Dining Dollars/ Bobcat Bucks and you barely get much with your plan. I would invest in those more so than the meals themselves. The food is mostly greasy and fried. There are SOME healthy options but they are the same every day, same salad bar. The soup options are the same everyday just about and most of your options are cut by the hours of the dining halls themselves.

    Dorm Life

    Personally for my health and strict diet issues, dorm life was not the best for me. I currently reside on campus and have met a few friends. Living in a dorm is good for meeting new people and getting involved. Dont be afraid to get involved, you dont look weird, everyone else is just as nervous as you. The dorms at Texas State are small but are livable.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum for some freshman and sophomore classes is quite rigorous. The political science program proved to be quite a brick wall and a number of students failed the first semester. You need to attend any study group possible. This is for any class. In order to do just average in your classes, you need to attend absolutely every class and miss only in emergency situations. The classes provide office hours and the difficult material can be easily summed up if you alert your professor ahead of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your ducks in a row and make sure you are always prepared. You absolutely need to put yourself out there and get to know your classmates so you have people to go to when necessary. Know your teachers and professors, the more they know you the more they can help you. As long as you do the work assigned it is impossible to fail.

    In three sentences

    Great school for undecided majors and has a good set curriculum. Needs more well rounded grad students teaching labs for undergraduates. Good location and everything is centered in a general area.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Email alerts are sent out to ensure student safety if there is a threat. Still, I would recommend the general cautious, don't go out at night alone, keep with a buddy or a group of friends, and if you don't feel safe, you can always call campus police and they can escort you.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't a part of it, but I do know there are many to choose from for those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to choose from for many different interests! They usually met at least weekly to do various activities together. As for activities, I liked going to the foreign language movie events. For example, the French movie club would show French movies in French with English subtitles, and it was also a good way to earn extra credit in your French class just by showing up!

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students! There is a very diverse crowd there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of two horses in the Quad that it is tradition for students to rub for good luck, especially for finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I loved it here. I made wonderful friends and my professors were wonderful!

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities offered here! I personally liked going up to the observatory and looking at stars and planets through the telescope every Wednesday. I also enjoyed going to the Recreation Center for group workouts like Yoga. Lots of various things took place in the Quad. There are also a variety of fraternities and sororities if you're into that.

    Food and Dining

    There are both fast food type places and cafeteria places. I personally preferred the cafeterias, and would eat there every day. The food was great and the personnel was very friendly!

    Dorm Life

    I have had good roommates and terrible roommates. But it is great to be right on campus and a nice place to study and have some down time as long as your roommates and suite mates are nice and compatible with you as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some very easy classes and some extremely hard classes. But I am also a perfectionist who has to make A's in every class. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA at Texas State, so I achieved my goal. My tip for achieving this is: 1) study a little every day; 2) get to know your professors and understand their teaching style; 3) it's perfectly ok to go out with friends and enjoy a social life, but pace yourself and stay balanced 4) don't skip classes and do always turn in your homework on time. It's very simple if you stay self-disciplined and stay on top of everything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it! There are many tutors in computer labs, and both professors and tutors are eager to help. (I was a French tutor myself)

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! There are many hills and stairs, which I personally like because you really get a good workout just by walking to class! I really enjoyed my classes here and the teachers I had were all very nice.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of things to do for run around here. The main attraction is the San Marcos river that runs right through campus. There's also a bowling alley, movie theaters, shops, and Wonder World park. There's many other things to do, but you'll have to come to the campus to find out!

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food is good, but some of it will give you an upset stomach, especially if you eat too much of it. Also, if you don't have meal trades, it's really expensive to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I've never personally lived on campus, but I have stayed with friends in their dorms and they absolutely loved the dorm life. They enjoyed the activities that the dorms would arrange and they liked the environment.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't too difficult, but they do provide opportunities to learn. Also, if you treat the class like a blow-off class your grade will reflect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack on your school work! Although the professors try their best to help you, it is you that ultimately decides your grade in the class. Get involved on campus! Look into groups, fraternities/sororities, and don't be shy!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is, in my opinion, the most beautiful campus I have ever been to. The people here are friendly and the professors really care about their students. This school provides me with many opportunities to learn and I'm glad I got accepted to such a wonderful school.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can just about find any and everything to do here. It's extremely diverse.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food choices.

    Dorm Life

    It takes a little time to get used to but once you do it's great.

    Academic Rigor

    It is awesome. I love my school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk up hills but it's all worth it. We do party a lot but we get our work done. Texas State provides you with everything you need to succeed.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome campus. The classes are great. The scenery is beautiful.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I usually feel perfectly safe walking around campus, even at night. In saying that, there have been some fishy happenings a couple times, but I didn't witness them myself. I don't think anything too detrimental has happened while I've been here, and I've never seen anything bad happening.

    Greek Life

    There are lots of sororities and fraternities here, so you can find the one that best fits you, if you're interested!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different organizations, that you are bound to find one or two you want to get involved in! If by some chance there's not one you like, I'm sure you could get another one started! Games and other campus activities can be really fun to attend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have 3 statues: a bobcat, horse, and LBJ! Go visit the quad and the horse statue for good luck! ;)

    What to do for fun

    The river and all the parks around San Marcos are awesome. The football games can be fun. There is almost always something going on around campus each week that you could go to. Just walk into the quad between classes to take a peek at what some of the campus organizations are like. The Rec Center is big and has plenty of different fun ways to exercise.

    Food and Dining

    Not all the choices are healthy or great, but there is a good variety to choose from. There are all-you-can-eat buffets, fast food like Chick-fil-A and Einsteins' Bros. Bagels, and more. There are dining halls almost all over campus, so there should be one near you!

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of different types and locations of dorms to choose from. There are fun activities on campus to get involved in, and lots of organizations to join! The people on my dorm floor aren't too outgoing or friendly, but there are some awesome people in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I have really learned from each of the classes I have taken, and the professors I've had have been great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing and register for classes as soon as you are able to! The popular ones fill up quickly!

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus security that is located on campus. If anything were to happen, they would be there right away. They also let everyone else know what is going on in the event that there is someone who is wanted for criminal activity.

    Greek Life

    There are many Greek organizations and they are all fantastic. Some more than others, but they are all wonderful in their own way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs and organizations all throughout the campus. One fun one is the Quidditch team (for all the Harry Potter fans).

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the students who want to become future teachers, and especially students who are musicians. The School of Music on campus has a common area where all musicians hang out and just talk all day in-between classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fun tradition is to touch the statue of the stallion's balls if you are worried and want an A on an upcoming test.

    What to do for fun

    Hide and Seek club which takes place in the main part of campus. They play games every week and they always have a blast doing it.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great depending on the dining hall you go to. I know because I've worked for one of the dining halls. It's great because they have a wide variety. At the same time however, it's not high quality food either.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. I personally do not like the dorm life. They do have some suite style dorms, but they are more expensive than your basic dormitory. They are active and they do have activities for all of the residents so it's not boring. It's convenient for attending classes with ease.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a good school and it's not as hard as UT, but it is a challenge. Some classes more than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for class and be ready for anything. Life is never easy and neither is this university. It may not be UT or A&M, but it is a university worth of recognition, and it will make you or break you.

    In three sentences

    It's an amazing school for future teachers. It may not be University of Texas Austin, or A&M University College Station, but I believe it is a fantastic school. I could not have picked a better school to attend, so I may become a future teacher in the public education system.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The fun is unlimited here. There is literally a river running through campus. You can always float the river, go work out at the wreck, or go grab a coffee with a friend at the Starbucks on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on the Texas State campus from chic- fil-a to huge buffets. Eating is something you will not have to worry about do to the many options you have available. There are also many places that are within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Texas State has a roommate matching questionnaire so you get matched with someone that they feel you can live with and have a good experience with your first year or even continuing years. There is a wide variety of dorm styles as well so finding something perfect for you is easy.

    Academic Rigor

    School is school no matter where you go. There is lots of places to get free tutoring here though which is always a plus. The staff of Texas State really want to see you succeed and will help you in any way possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with an open mind, you can truly become anything once you come to college. It's a place for a new beginning for those who need it and also a place to continue your life for those who are content.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is definitely one of the prettiest campuses in Texas. I love the scenery and classes. San Marcos gives you a big city feel in a small town community.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't experienced any problems with safety. The campus seems pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous Fraternities and sororities, but I'm waiting for my Sophomore year.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs, but I attended a meeting for the Hip hop club. I am trying to focus on my grades right now, but plan to get more involved next year.

    Great for these types of students

    Different kids like different things. What can I say?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping the river for Graduation! Everybody likes to hang out at the river. Texas State us such a beautiful University.

    What to do for fun

    I've never been a party person. I like to hang with my friends. Sometimes we all study together even though we are not in the same classes. We just like hanging together. We plan hide and seek and night and the other day we all jumped in the river. Nice clean fun!

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining Halls are good. Some are not so good. There are nice restaurants withing walking distance of the college, so that is good when you are tired of the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. I've met a lot of people and I am really enjoying my college life. Everyone says that high school years are your best years. So far college has exceeded high school. I love Texas State! It's a wonderful place to experience college life.

    Academic Rigor

    I took 13 hours my first semester, which was the Fall of 2012. 13 hours was just the right amount for me and I loved all my instructors. I was 17 and wanted to get acclimated to college. I am currently enrolled for 17 hours this semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let parties influence you. You must keep focused on your grades. Complete all your assignments and then the fun can come later. Take your basic classes first just in case you decide to change your major.

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful University. It is just the right fit for me. I am learning so much and have met so many friends.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a great escort service that will escort you back to your dorms so you don't have to walk back in the dark. They are very timely in getting warnings out through email and showing up for the teacher during class so that we don't miss something important.

    Greek Life

    There's a lot of frats and sororities, so you have options. There are greeks that party, greeks that focus on community service, greeks that focus on education. It's a good way to meet people if the greek life appeals to you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many club options and activities. Whatever interests you, there's probably a club for it. If there isn't, you can make one. The clubs are a great way to meet people who have the same interests as you or to try out something you've always wanted to try.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who want to be near the big city without actually having to be in the big city. It's great for social students as well as students who want to meet new people. There's a blend of cultures here, so pretty much anyone can jump right on in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river is one of the unusual locations for a campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a lot of fees on top of tuition, so if you don't utilize everything, you can feel like you're not getting the best end of the deal. They are pretty good about financial aid though. Unfortunately, the prices keep going up, up, up.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do on campus or out on the town. There are a lot of campus activities and events. There's a river where you can swim. There are outlet malls in town. There's always a party somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    It's really great at first when everything is new. There are a good number of options. There's fast food, there's cafeteria style, there's salads. The only problem is the food options can get to be repetitive. They have great options for snacks.

    Dorm Life

    There's a lot of options for students for on campus living. You can live in the traditional type of dorm with community bathrooms. You can live in all girls or boys dorms. You can live in dorms with more private bathrooms. You can live in dorms with your own room. All the dorms are close to food halls and decently close to classes. There's always people out in the lobby to socialize with since they have entertainment. I highly recommend it for your first year or two of college.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a lot of classes that are fun and challenging without worrying about if you're going to pass the class. There are some classes that can be really tough. If you study and do the work, you should do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the hills and stairs intimidate you. You'll be use to it in no time, plus you'll have killer calves. Look up your teachers on ratemyprofessor before you sign up for their classes.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a such a beautiful campus. There's a lot of pride and tradition at this school. It is a great school.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Business.

    What to do for fun

    Listen to live music at the local coffee shops. Float the river.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not primarily a party school.

    In three sentences

    This school is a diamond in the rough. It is affordable and possesses high quality. Great staff and great culture.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor loving people will love Texas State as well as the rich greek life people. Texas State is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    7th floor of Alkek library always provides an amazing study view. Apparently the campus used to be haunted but you can take your own opinion on that

    What to do for fun

    The river is my number one suggestion for fun. Whether it may be floating at Dons fish camp and Texas State Tubes or just going out to Sewell to play around. If you are 21 the square is the downtown scene which can be very fun as well. San Marcos has a great night life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you live on campus freshman year and experience dorm activities. This is how you will meet many of your friends your first year here. If you have a chance always try to set time aside to go to Sewell Park its a beautiful river and grass lawn that you can not get anywhere else. Finally, do not to many writing intensive classes all at once you will not enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an amazing diverse group of students who are very welcoming and accepting into numerous organizations on campus. Along with extracurricular activities Texas State's professors are willing to help you succeed especially if you come to office hours. Finally, the San Marcos river is a huge draw to the campus and makes going to school here even better.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is extraordinary at Texas State University. I never fail to see an officer walking around and students or faculty taking care of each other. Additionally, the bus drivers are proficient and warmhearted at their job of getting students back and forth from class safely.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have researched the degree and career you plan to pursue, then tuition is most definitely worth the knowledge you will acquire. Alumni from each degree/major are available for review in order to have a sense of careers you can enter into after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Walking or jogging around the campus is always an option, considering the scenic nature that is abundant. Also, there are trails off campus that provide other areas for hiking or running. Student organizations hold all different types of social functions as well, which gives the opportunity to make friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is offered on campus in the student center, but also sold by various student organizations at other locations. The dining in the student center has variety to choose from and plenty of seating.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred to the school, so did not stay in the student housing. I do hear from others that it is nice though.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are all knowledgeable in their field and have done extensive research. The requirements vary, but most expect students to take notes everyday and study the material completely. Exams, additional projects, and term papers require early preparation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the degree you want to obtain thoroughly. Schedule appointments regularly with academic advisers and ask questions about anything you may not understand until you do.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus. Academic knowledge available is extensive. Degree diversity is exceptional.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth every penny. It is a bit more affordable than other Universities I would say.

    What to do for fun

    The Square is a great place for the student body to hangout. Everything from venues, to restaurants, to movies.

    Food and Dining

    There is a bunch of great places to eat on campus, whether you want something nice and healthy, or something just fast, they have it all.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know about the dorm life at Texas State, as I have never stayed there.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas state isn't an easy school. They might not be so intensive in the math and science such as UT, but their curriculum is right up there with it in other studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    First tip is don't slack in the beginning or get caught up in too many school activities, you are at school for the education. Also, if you do well in any particular semester, don't expect the next to be as easy, and don't let it catch you off guard.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is great. It may not be the hardest school to get into, but that does not mean the education here is lacking. I went to UTSA, and UT before Texas State, and if I could do it all again, I would have just come here in the first place.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police department is very fast acting and the campus is very well lit at night. There are also emergency stations spread out all over campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is perfect if you are an outdoors lover, with the river and beautiful hill country you'd love it. Also it is friendly to athletics, walking, running, biking and swimming are all very popular in San Marcos.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition is touching the stallion in the quad for good luck on a test. This is also the center for free speech on campus, you can pretty much protest or speak out and say whatever you want in this area free from punishment.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is one of the less expensive universities out there. Tuition is less than most schools and the town itself caters to the broke college kids.

    What to do for fun

    The river flows directly through the University and the city itself, that is definitely the most fun part. There are also multiple live music venues and coffee shops. During the winter there is a carnival called sights and sounds. There are on campus farmers' markets and off campus as well. There is awesome country land for hiking, biking, and camping.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are many places to eat. They have healthy food options which is always a bonus. The variety of food served on campus is very diverse.

    Dorm Life

    I personally didn't have the best random roommate experience, but I know those who met their best friends in the dorm. There are many dorms with different styles according to your preference, including new ones that are very nice! You have many options when choosing a dorm because they are vastly different from each other, I feel that that is a really interesting aspect.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State is as academically rigorous as schools such as University of Texas however it is by no means an easy school. The basic courses may have you fooled, but once you get into higher level classes they become extremely challenging and you are expected to do a lot of studying and work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be fooled by the fact that it's easy to get in to Texas State, it is not an easy school. Take your time and enjoy all the new experiences San Marcos has to offer. Be in shape, Texas State's campus and San Marcos in general is full of hills and you will be walking a lot!

    In three sentences

    Texas State has many very rigorous and impressive departments. The town itself has a lot to offer for new experiences. Texas State is a school that is growing and improving every year.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It's huge.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, artsy, or athletic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For good luck on midterms, we rub the stallion statue in the middle of campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go swimming in the river, go hiking, or go to a party! There are lots of options.

    Food and Dining

    It could be better, but the food is convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! There's also something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a water bottle and wear comfy shoes because the campus is one big up-hill walk.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school! There's a niche for everyone, and the campus is beautiful. The professors are great as well!

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State is always patrolled for your safety, especially if you live here at the dorms.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to meet new people, see new things, and be focused on academics with your peers.

    Clubs and Activities

    H.E.A.T is a great way to help your environment and wildlife.

    Great for these types of students

    Library lovers, academic achievers, sports enthusiast, and activity planners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Trading in old T-shirts from your previous schools for Texas State shirts.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money for this top notch education.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, clubs & organizations, tubing on the river, and anything by the square.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delectable in the dining halls and the many restaurants Texas State provides so everyone can have a place to eat with friends and peers.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is kept very safety and people here make you feel very at home with all the hospitality Texas State can give. Food, dorm room, and nearby convenience of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    People here take great pride in their academics as it is very competitive in this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to take pride in your school, study & work hard while your here, and most of all enjoy your time here at Texas State.

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State! I would recommend it to anyone that asked me about it. So many different ideas, people, and activities that make this a great learning environment.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcat Bobbies can escort anyone at night across campus.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of a sorority and it has opened so many door to experiances never possible for me before.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type, there is so much diversity that everyone finds their spot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a lot of Mascots or famous San Marcians that are well known to Texas State such as, Frisby Dan.

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive compared to other bigger schools and get wonderful experiences from being able to know a lot of people.

    What to do for fun

    River runs right through campus and tubing in hotter months is practiced by all students. The square is located right by campus that features shopping, restaurants and bars. Very close to San Antonio and Austin and the hill country is beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    Some provide healthy options but the bad food is everywhere and hard to say no, but we have a wonderful Rec Center to burn off the food!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is in the central part of campus and convenient to walk everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    My Biology classes for my major are very interesting and there are many tools available to get good grades and meet people in my classes as study groups. All my teachers has been helpful and friendly during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a school that you are excited about, the river made me excited then everything about the school was easy to fall in love with and we have excellent programs.

    In three sentences

    I feel a belonging feeling and so I know my home is at home at Texas State University and would never dream of attending any other school. Our school truly is a hidden gem known as The Rising Star of Texas and has so much to offer it's students. My time here has been happy thanks to the wonderful staff,friendly students and beautiful scenery.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State is big on keeping its students safe. For example, when it gets dark out and you need to go somewhere across campus you can call the Bobcat Bobbies and they will come pick you up and take you where you need to go. We also have an on campus police station for the university police.

    Greek Life

    Texas State has a reasonable amount of its students involved in Greek life. Greek life is on the rise and we just added another sorority chapter this past year!

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has many different clubs and organizations you can join. These clubs range anywhere from the hide-and-seek club to club called H.E.A.T. that helps people and animals in need.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is a very diverse campus so i would say almost anyone would fit right in.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has a river running through its campus, so you can go hang out at or float the river when its warm out. The San Marcos outlets are right down the road if you would like to go shopping. Also, San Marcos is located right between Austin and San Antonio which have many fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of different dinning halls located on campus. There are many different things to choose from and you can use meal trades or dinning dollars to pay if you have a meal plan. However, there are only two dinning halls open on weekends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at Texas State can be good or bad. It can be good cause you get to make new friends that live around you. It can be bad too cause you are around the same people all the time and they can get on your nerves.

    Academic Rigor

    Many people think of Texas State as a party school. However, it is not the classes can be quite challenging and you need to stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study and attend class!

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a beautiful campus. Everyone is very accepting and kind. Also, the professors are great and willing to help you when you need them.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for people looking to get away/take a break from the city life. It's definitely different

    Bang for the buck

    You get your money's worth here

    What to do for fun

    Go to the square, join clubs, go to the river

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be involved that way you make the most out of your college experience!

    In three sentences

    The professors here are some of the best ones. It's a small college town but it has everything you need. The campus is amazing, not too big not too small, but you will get lost.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Texas State has excellent teachers that truly care about their students. They offer many great services for students to utilize, like the Writing Center.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    River, volleyball, pool, ping pong, 50 cent movie tuesdays.

    Food and Dining

    Harris and commons are great buffets. They go out of their way to make new and interesting food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are tremendous fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to class and enjoy learning but don't let just one grade get you down. Grades do not define you as a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every day you can on campus. It's the best place to be. Be open to meetin people.

    In three sentences

    The campus is spread out and fun. The hills keep your legs in a little bit of shape. The San Marcos river right off campus is a simple beauty that everyone can enjoy.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never had any problems the two years I lived on campus. You can always call for an escort if you feel uncomfortable walking across campus after dark. I did that many times.

    Greek Life

    Rush week is always fun. I was not in a Sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's always something going on. Texas State has it's own radio station, which is pretty cool. There seems to be something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious students with a fun and adventurous side. I met all kinds of students while at TSU. It really comes down to how you like the school and town. I think those who connect with the campus feel and San Marcos, in general, have a much better experience than those who are simply there strictly to attend school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The old Pike house is really creepy and supposedly used to be an insane asylum.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition prices are going up each year across the board. But, I don't think TSU is unreasonable. The campus is growing all the time, however, so I didn't like paying extra for the new stadium, etc.

    What to do for fun

    FLOAT THE RIVER!!! Play disc golf. Head over to the Outlet Mall. Catch some sun or toss a few with Frisbee Dan at Sewell Park. Go to Frat parties during rush week. Spend all day in Half Price Books. Go to George's, the on-campus bar and game room. What's there NOT to do?

    Food and Dining

    Meh. The dining halls aren't bad. Chick-fil-A and Blimpie saved my life. But, there are plenty of places just beyond campus that are super easy to get to.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was ok. Living off campus was WAY better!!! But, I am still best friends with the girl I was matched with through Residential Services, 8 years ago.

    Academic Rigor

    TSU has definitely shed it's 'party school' image of a decade ago. Professors are serious and students should be as well. There are plenty of study groups and private rooms in the library are perfect for just that!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit each campus you are interested in. You'll know when you find the right fit. I was top 10% and could have gone to any public university in Texas, but TSU just felt right to me.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely LOVED my time at Texas State, it really felt like home. Mid and Upper level classes are small, so you really get to know and connect with your professors. You get to float the river!!!

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to have a good time and excel in there studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The glade theatre is a location on campus that is a small secluded treehouse with twinkle lights and a really intimate theatre. There are also hidden hammocks on campus- those that find it, find the coolest places on campus.

    What to do for fun

    The river is of course a must do, whether it be going to Lions Club, or tubing down. It's always a good time. There is also Tantra Coffee House, which is by far the best coffee house in town, with live music and amazing coffee it is the best place to study or to just hang out with some really cool people. The tap room in the square has the best burgers in town- I highly recommend the guacamole queso burger and fries. Also San Marcos is home to some amazing artists and there are cool shows all the time. From small home art shows to major galleries, the art here is the best.

    Food and Dining

    Texas State offers several cafeteria locations, including a chik-fil-a, einsteins bagels, and a panda express. There are two buffet style cafeterias, and two individual food stand cafeterias. The food is good and there are a ton of choices that one can eat. You never run out of new things to try.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is what you would hope for in a dorm. You meet some amazing people and learn a ton about yourself in the process. The facilites are not amazing, but the experience is.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not as easy as you might have heard, but there is some merit to the stereotype surrounding the school. The academics are not as challenging as they could be. This works for some and doesn't work for others.

    Tips for prospective students

    While the river is amazing and you should definitely experience it, don't forget to explore your major and the community that is present in ones own academic School of choice.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus with a thriving student population. While it is known for the river, the academic community is not something to scoff at either. The environment is welcoming and unique, it is unlike any place I have ever been to.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a river running through campus, and it's beautiful and clean, and easy to get to.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river!

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining halls on campus, but not all of them stay open or keep reasonable hours. There are a lot of ways to find good food though. My personal favorite is Einstein's Bagels!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Texas State are as diverse as the student population. The newly built North Campus Housing Complex is beautiful, as are the oldest dorms on campus right off the quad. Texas State offers a variety of living options that will cater to your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty easy here, but every department provides its challenges. There are tons of majors to choose from and the advising staff makes it easy to choose or change majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take what you hear with a grain of salt. A lot of people write Texas State off as a party school, but that's not necessarily true. College is what YOU make of it! If you want to party, you can. If you want to study and get involved with organizations, you can.

    In three sentences

    Coming to Texas State is the best decision I've made regarding my college experience. They've been so supportive and helpful for me as I've gone through the journey of my Freshman year. It's a beautiful campus and provides a lot of opportunity for students in all aspects.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    50 miles away from San Antonio there are a lot of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    I am not sure about this.

    Dorm Life

    many places to choose from but choose early because you don't wanna live in the places w/o air conditioners.

    Academic Rigor

    really cheap tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    San Marcos is a really small city but a great place to get jobs.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a great school for someone who wants to become a teacher and do it cheap. It has a really big campus. And they have really nice looking student housing.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. They provide transportation at night if needed. There is an on campus police force, and there are emergency telephones always within sight.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has very little influence here, there is not enough money to sustain such an expensive lifestyle.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was not in too many clubs however I know that we have over 300 Student Organizations, I would be surprised if you cannot find something for yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a lot of people, yet still a personal feeling Texas State is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shaking the hand of LBJ's statue on campus is supposedly good luck on test day.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State's degree is as good as any others in the state unless you are talking about Math, Science, and Engineering. At only 7,000 each semester that makes it a very cheap, and profitable investment.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the river, bowling alley, and movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good in quality, but as you would expect eating the same things year round can become a drag.

    Dorm Life

    Being in a learning community sacrifices the amenities that you may find in other buildings, but it makes class work and meeting others much easier.

    Academic Rigor

    If you never studied in high school, that will change. Most of all expect to make your own study guides, etc. Professors will not hold your hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are concerned about your ability to focus then this may not be the university for you, many tempting distractions surround this area. Meanwhile the smaller classrooms provide great interactions with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University has a fantastic campus, with a faculty that truly cares about each individual student. If it were not for the many distractions provided in the area Texas State would be a stronger academic school. The opportunity to learn is here, you just have to embrace it.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State is a pretty safe campus, with their own police department on campus and Emergency call centers all along the campus. When first registering, you can sign up for emails and texts to alert you when there is an emergency on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a big part of campus life at Texas State and rush week is huge. However, many of the non-Greeks don't really get along with the Greeks, and if you show up to a Greek party and aren't a hot girl don't expect to get in. While they do have a lot of fundraisers on campus, my impression of Greek Life is mostly for social reasons and not much more.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is honestly something to find for everyone in the clubs and organizations at Texas State. There are clubs having to do with your specific major such as Eco Club for Geography and Environmental majors, or clubs that are just for fun to get to know people who share your interests like the Quidditch Team. Greek Life is also a big part of Texas State.

    Bang for the buck

    While I haven't graduated from Texas State, for the price the school is fairly good compared to say University of Texas Austin. In all honesty though, your experience after college depends on what you did in college with internships and participating, and Texas State has internship fairs twice a year and invited a variety of employers for certain majors.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State is right on the river which almost everyone on campus goes to for swimming, laying out, or playing football or frisbee. Also, just off of Wonder World (about ten minutes from campus) is Purgatory Creek, good for hiking or biking and is beautiful. Not to mention San Marcos is only about 30 minutes from Austin and 45 minutes from San Antonio, and four exits away from the Outlet Mall.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at Texas State are alright, and even fairly good when you first get on Campus. If you are on the Dining Plan, it's a pretty good deal since you get a drink and the meal with it. There are many good franchrises like Einstein Brothers, Starbucks, and just off campus is Chipotle. The buffet dining halls are really good too, especially for breakfast. However, be prepared to get sick of everything and my only complaint is that the latest on campus dining that is open is 10.

    Dorm Life

    To be completely honest I didn't have that great of a dorm experience. I lived in one of the worst and oldest dorms on campus, just like most of my friends whose dorm requests were ignored. Many of the old dorms had problems with air conditioning and pest problems. In my dorm, I didn't meet hardly anyone because no one went outside. However, many of the new dorms are really nice like San Marcos Hall or San Jacinto, but having your own room definitely limits how many people you will talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    If you took AP classes in high school, you'll be more than prepared for Texas State. If not, the classes honestly just depend on effort and diligence for going to classes and completing your work. The core classes are not too difficult, as most you've already taken (like history or math) and the difficulty of others just depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you can, whether through clubs or Greek life. Absolutely do not forget about your studies, and take advantage of the Career Center and your academic advisors, they can really help you with your future and career goals. Also, get to know your professors especially on a first name basis; it's never too soon to start building references. Also, if stuggling there are a lot of tutoring opportunities such as SLAC in the library or the Writing Center.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful school with a suburban living style since it is between San Antonio and Austin. It has a variety of organizations and clubs, all of which are welcoming. The school is growing very large and has nice facilities such as the library and recreational center.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The river is a great place to go hang out, as well as playing basketball, volleyball, racquetball, or ping pong at the rec center.

    Food and Dining

    There is a pretty good variety of food, and it is constantly expanding.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and vary greatly. I met three of my best friends within the first couple of weeks of moving into the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes vary greatly depending on the professor. Do not underestimate yourself or stress yourself out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear tennis shoes for the hills and stairs. Do not slack off in class, but have fun sometimes too. Do not be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a wonderful campus that is very open and active. Most people here enjoy the outdoors. There is a student organization for just about anything you could want to feel involved.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses I've ever been on, and I've been in college for a while.

    What to do for fun

    Floating the river when its hot with your friends is the best fun ever.

    Food and Dining

    The Gyro place on the 3rd floor of LBJ Student Center is the best, but caution: they close at 2pm.

    Dorm Life

    I ...actually live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    S.L.A.C - the Student Learning Assistance Center is your best friend for classes you just don't get.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you see the little pamphlets about saving for college, stop and read them; they will help in the long run.

    In three sentences

    This school is the best in taking great care of their students. They have so many programs to help fuel your education. Also the students here ROCK!

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Depending if you are 21 you can go to the few bars in downtown San Marcos. What a lot of people like to do is to go down to the San Marcos river to either tan and swim in Sewell Park or tube down the river on a hot day.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely ate on campus but most of the dining halls either prep their own food, which is neither horrible or great, or have a deal with a fast food restaurant like Chick-fil-a or Panda Express that operates on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for how dorm life is because I lived off campus my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part the basic classes are fairly straight forward and majority of the professors, at least the ones I had, are consistent with their

    Tips for prospective students

    Get use to walking up and down hills. Don't skip classes, you are paying for them might as well go.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a pretty laid back school where majority of the students and faculty are friendly. The classes are moderately sized allowing greater interaction between the professor and the class. The school is in a great location between San Antonio and Austin allowing for easy travel to either city for recreation on the weekends.

  • 05/26/2013

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    In three sentences

    When I went to see the school and how everyone works in the University, I just fell in love. Students in Texas state inspire you to become who you want to become in the future. Its a great university and I can't wait to transfer in two years.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe with light buttons every so often so that if you feel someone is following you, you can press them and the campus police will be notified and they will come by. Also there is bobcat bobbies that will drive you anywhere on campus at night if you don't feel safe walking to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Don't really know much.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of cool club, including hide and seek and quidditch. Lots of religious organizations and cool frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students! Jocks, nerds, partiers, church goers, introverts, extroverts. Anyone and everyone is at Texas State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bikini Beach is awesome. There are hammocks all around campus for you to lay out and study in the shade. Finally, Jumping into the river after graduation in your cap and gown.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of big school features with a smaller school price. You also get the small school feel with the big school recognition.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun, First and foremost there is the San Marcos river that you can go tubing on for hours. There is also the dollar theater (which has newish movies), Sewell Park, sporting events, the square, TMT, clubs and other organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Its college food meant to feed the masses at a low cost. With that said there is a great amount of variety of places to eat including two all you can eat dining halls. Texas State also has panda express, pizza hut, Starbucks, and Chick Fil A.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent! I had so much fun and met so many wonderful people, including my best friend. There is so much to do in the dorm, plus most of the RA's are pretty cool.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go to class and pay attention you're bound to get a B. If you look over you're notes before the exam and study for a little bit you're sure to get an A. It's as easy or as difficult as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved. The more involved you are the more people you meet, and the more people you meet the more fun you'll have. Also, make sure to talk with your professors, they can help you significantly when you need help.

    In three sentences

    The best university on the planet! Texas State challenges me academically as well as provides me with a variety of fun activities to do. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are very helpful and reliable so are the bobcat bobbies wich will pick u up on campus at dark and take you where you need to go

    Clubs and Activities

    TONS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus in some places is haunted and there are tons of hidden places and secrets lying in the old buildings and under them swell.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs organizations fraternities sororities and groups you can join along with tons of sponsored events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but it gets tiring eating the same things all the time. the various dinning halls have a good variety though.

    Dorm Life

    You meet great people and learning communities are a plus. they really help with the firsts in college

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard if you keep up with your work. it takes dedication

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk the campus before starting class to get a perspective of where your classes are

    In three sentences

    This school has a small town feel to it and campus feels like home. The teachers are always eager to help and the class sizes are small.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is phenonmenal. After 6 pm there are guys who drive around golf carts on campus to take you where you need to go once it gets dark. You just have to call them and tell them where you are and they will take you to where you want to go. They are called Bobcat Bobbies.

    Bang for the buck

    The safety on campus is phenonmenal. After 6 pm there are guys who drive around golf carts on campus to take you where you need to go once it gets dark. You just have to call them and tell them where you are and they will take you to where you want to go. They are called Bobcat Bobbies.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great! There are two types of dining halls, buffet and then restaurnt/fast food style. All five dining halls offer a variety of good food for your choice. The meal plans are a bit expensive, but the food is up to par. Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, and Blimpie's are some of the known places here for campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    There are many choices for dorms, it just depends on how much space you want, or how many room mates you want. Majority of the dorms are older, but still offer plenty of good amenities, and the new ones do as well. It is a great place to meet life long friends. It will become your new home.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic standard here could be a little bit higher, but there are many classes that are challenging. I wouldn't say there are any typical blow-off classes here. You constantly have to study, and do homework but it doesn't consume your life to the point where you have no free time for yourself. It is a good balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always carry a map with you since the campus is big. Spend time with your room mate and people who live on your floor to create friendships. Always attend your classes, you will get the best grades that way. Use the library's resources, they are very helpful. Chose small classes if you want one on one time with the professor.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a very accepting and beautiful school! The faculty members are helpful and other students are extremely friendly. The town is perfect for the school because there are many activities to do outside of classes!

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when I walk around campus, even at nights.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Soccer and indoor soccer are the clubs I participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Hispanics and minority. This university has great diversity!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When one graduates from Texas State we tend to go jump to the San Marcos River after graduation with out cap and gown!

    Bang for the buck

    College is not cheap.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends at the soccer fields and kick the ball around. If it is raining we tend to go to the movies close to campus for three bucks!

    Food and Dining

    I love dining at the LBJ building because there is a variety of different foods there. From subway to burritos to chicken nuggets. Everything is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. But I hear that it's an unforgettable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough! However if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything. My first semester I had a 4.0 GPA because not only did I study hard but I wanted to make it to the Dean's List!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus first and look around to see if you think you will like it. There are so many stairs in this university but it is so worth it! We got the San Marcos River which makes it a unique university.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is my second home. Walking down the quad where everyone hangs out before class brings everyone together and brings up school spirit. There is no other University like Texas State! Eat em' up Cats!

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The river, school athletic events, clubs, the square I could go on forever!

    Food and Dining

    It is great!

    Dorm Life

    It's interesting to live alone on your own. You'll learn a lot about yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be be tough at times but you can do it

    Tips for prospective students

    It's extremely diverse and accepting here. We have fun and make good grades.

    In three sentences

    It's an awesome school. I love the atmosphere and the campus.

  • 06/29/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Amazing campus! Can't wait to begin the year! Plan to enjoy all that Texas State has to offer!

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the river and swim. play sand volleyball or basketball.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and great selection.

    Dorm Life

    If you find the right dorm you'll have fun. I would prefer one with people always up for something.

    Academic Rigor

    it's great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just have fun. you have your whole life to work. make these four years the time of your life.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is beautiful. there is so much to do like swim, go out, and just be outside. everyone is super friendly.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus does sit on a river, so swimming is essential. Their are local restaurants, bars, and annual festivals you can't miss out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is A-M-AZ-I-N-G. Well, it depends on what you get. I find some items irresistible, while others I can make with a cardboard box. Just be aware of how many swipes you have left!

    Dorm Life

    Every dormitory has it's own atmosphere, but overall it has a pleasant vibe.

    Academic Rigor

    A university worth noting is that of Texas State- San Marcos. Combined with small classes, available computers, and up-to-date buildings, the learning experience is definitely enhanced and promoted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many consider the campus as a staircase, but it definitely promotes a healthier lifestyle. Remember to bring summer clothes, comfortable shoes, and know how long it takes to go from your dormitory/apartment/home to your actual class. Expect stop lights, filled parking lots, and construction zones.

    In three sentences

    The scenery is just like in the pamphlets! Walk to class and you will be met with incredible views of the San Marcos area. Also, the river on campus is a great place for recreational activities, swimming, and local events such as Bobcat Day.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Float the river!

    Food and Dining

    The food could be a little better, because most of the options are fast food like Pizza Hut and Chik-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Every anthropology professor I have come across thus far is greatly experienced and very knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is much easier to live on campus or close to campus, because commuter parking options are not ideal

    In three sentences

    The professors are intelligent, helpful, and some are lots of fun. The river and parks are beautiful and refreshing in the Texas heat. Overall, not bad for a small town in the middle of almost nowhere in Texas.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is safe, but don't walk around on campus alone at night, just to be cautious

    Greek Life

    So much fun!!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have plenty of options to get involved in clubs and activities because they try to promote people in the quad

    Great for these types of students

    great for students that like to get involved in clubs, like the river, and love people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sewel park, is a fun way to cool off when the heat gets too hot. Riverfest is an even they hold each year, with lots of games, free stuff, and famous bands. People love to workout at the Rec Center. Public speaking by the horses in the Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Love everything about the University

    What to do for fun

    Wear your swimsuit under your cloths to class, then walk down to Sewel park and enjoy the river!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of yummy options!

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of nice dorms. Get to meet a lot of people and it helps you to stay involved with events going on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging, but that's what is expected

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study! Be prepared to walk up and down a lot steps! And be prepared to enjoy and get involved with the whole college experience

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great University! The teachers are passionate! There are plenty opportunities to give back to the community by joining clubs.

  • 07/19/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Join all sorts of clubs, the have a rec center, the river, go downtown to the square. There is always something to do! :)

    Dorm Life

    I live in the area, I don't stay at the dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Texas State I would recommend getting there early, because parking and then looking for a certain building can be time consuming.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere, people are friendly, and definitely did not hesitate to help me when I was needing to find a certain building. The academic advisors tremendously are helpful. There is always someone willing to help!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It was a bit greasy for my taste, but the offerings are being expanded to include organic and vegan options. There are several dining halls, though their hours could use some work.

    Dorm Life

    Well... some of the buildings are older than others, but most of them are well kept up.

    Academic Rigor

    We have everything from the forensic research to geography and a highly regarded liberal arts department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give in to slacking. Show up to class and take advantage of on campus programs like the health center and counseling. Join a club or two.

    In three sentences

    It is a rapidly growing campus that retains a small campus feel. The location is convenient and there are several programs with a good reputation. TSU has come a long way since its days as a supposed Party School and is steadily becoming a research based university.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Marcos in general has a very low crime rate in general. So it is a safe place to be in and if you ever find yourself walking late at night there are a special team in Texas state that will escort you to make sure you have company and are safe. So feel at Texas state you will be well taken care of for sure. Hope this made it easy picking a Texas state university as a school option. :)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 300+ Clubs and soroities to choose from so there no excuse not to be one and also support our athletes in their games, it is a lot of fun. You can also catch yourself at college parties to just be safe and be responsible while doing so and have importantly have fun as soon time will fly by and memories are all that will remain about college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This link here will give you every tradition, songs, symbols and history Texas State has to offer so put it in your hyperlink and look around. FOLLOW LINK BELOW: http://www.txstate.edu/about/history-traditions.html

    Bang for the buck

    San Marcos is all around pretty affordable they have many places around town that is suitable for your price range so don't worry about being broke to quick if you budget right.

    What to do for fun

    The San Marcos river is right next to the school for water activities. San Marcos has also one of the biggest outlet malls in Texas just be wise on what you can afford. There are movies, restaurants and many school activities and games to attend. If you decided to travel further out Austin and San Antonio are only 30 mins to an hour away so fun is all around.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown San Marcos is right next to the school opening up a wide variety of food venues to go to. The food in school too pretty good believes me food is all around and it is good. Even former president Lyndon B Johnsson had food delivered from San Marco's to the white house because it was that good. Just make sure to eat in good portions and enjoy it and spend within your means !!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life personally for me was great but the key to it all was honest when they ask about your character and preferences. They are not trying to make you look bad just really trying to find a roommate that would best fit you. Try and also apply for a dorm or apartment as early as you can they will go quick and freshman's are their main priority. Once you find out about your room mate keep in contact with them find out what you have in common or find out what their pet peeves are so you can avoid doing them and also nicely list out your expectations so they have a heads up. The last thing you want to do is bump heads with your roommates or else you want to get your peace of mind. A key word to learn and act on is compromise, when sharing space it is not just about respect and work with your roommate and they will do the same for you. If all doesn't work out in the end inform the leader or the dorm hall and switch for a new room mate. That is why it is important to do thing early the sooner you identifiy the problem the quicker things and be resoveled at the end of the day enjoy your experience it will make you stronger, wiser and an all round better person for life's real lessons.

    Academic Rigor

    Like many four year colleges Texas State will push you as much as they can to see you succeed and graduate. However the will academic rigor is on you and your willingness to aim for the best you can do. Texas state has many resources and tutoring available to help students improve in their weakness and even strength. They even had a repeat option allowing you to retake a class in order to better your grade but be careful your second time grade will be your final grade so try not to get a lower grade than before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make Sure to visit the school take a guided tour and see what the city of San Marcos has to offer. Make sure to check the, majors available, the fee's, financial aid and scholarships for the school. Try to apply on the priority deadline to avoid a rush, it's always important to keep checking your application the later you apply the more time you might have to wait. Make sure every information is correct and you hand in all paperwork as soon as possible. Even if you don't have to write the essay do one as it can help sway the reader's decision for the better. Once admitted giving all final transcripts, meningitis paperwork and finance paperwork in then take part in the activities it really does help and make a difference in your whole college experience. Also be ahead in picking your classes do you have a wide choice to choose from last but not least Relax, STUDY HARD and ENJOY this way you'll reap a great four plus years of harvest. :) GOOD LUCK

    In three sentences

    A University dedicated in creating new rising stars in Texas. Former Lyndon B Johnson once attended this school. The school offers a variety of majors and activities in a diverse and lively town next close to the city of Austin and San Antonio.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I love how they offer self defense classes for those who would like to take them, and the bobcat bobbies I had concerns about staying out late due to homework or studying how safe I would be walking back to my dorm a lone. This really made me feel safe that they care about our safety on campus. There is no curfew just be smart about it and be safe not sorry!

    Greek Life

    At my new student orientation they had a greek booth set up and I was so excited to hear that they had the sorority that I was planning on pledging there, they also have a wide variety of fraternities available on campus. The two young ladies who were in charge of the booth didn't try to bribe me to pledge for their sorority for some girls who were confused about pledging they asked them about their beliefs to help them chose which sorority they would fit comfortable in.

    Clubs and Activities

    They had a good number of clubs on display they said they have over 300 clubs to get into on campus and they range from religion to those who care about saving the planet from global warming and so on so everyone has somewhere they will be comfortable in.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly I think Texas State University is good for students who are nervous about safety and are concerned about their son or daughter making friends, yes it is a big campus and it is good to use the buddy system so that no one can be alone. If you like places with a view Texas State is on a hill and it has a gorgeous view of the city from your dorm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Texas State has a lot of school pride I guess you can say its a tradition to Maroon out the football stadium and support our team!

    Bang for the buck

    At orientation they gave us a lot of advice on saving money and gave us a heads up of how much of a financial bundle we will be in. The orientation leaders were very nice and open with us they taught us from their mistakes their freshman year so that we will be smart. They also taught us about work study jobs that we could get (if we qualify) and we can have fun with them at the same time, they gave us a lot of advice about financial aid. I also learned more about the different loans because I thought they all were bad and scary.

    What to do for fun

    The quad is where a lot of the students hang out for fun, also food courts like Jones and Commons were recommended to me. However, in San Marcos the Guadalupe River is a main attraction to both college students and locals.

    Food and Dining

    There is Chic-fil-a, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Starbucks there is a wide variety of food places where you can eat which also includes buffets. If you don't like whats on campus there are fast food restaurants around campus that you may also dine at.

    Dorm Life

    San Jac is one of the best dorms its in a apartment style dorm you have you own room you share a bathroom its good for people who like their independence however, it is expensive I think as a freshman you need to be more open with your room mates get to know them and don't be so divided and anti social. The other dorms are typical dorms they have a lot of activities such as ping pong, pool, fuse ball and you can watch television. Its a good hangout after you studied and you have free time. Most dorms are coed so you can meet people from the opposite gender.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a honors college. A lot of tutoring is offered for those who want and need it. They care about your academic standing its up to you to take advantage of it. The mentors are great for keeping a steady head on your shoulders and you r priorities strait for the incoming freshman.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study for tests they help the incoming freshman in so many ways. Sign up for a mentor even if you don't think you will need it, you never know what class you may begin to have trouble in.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is fun. Texas State is the best school in Texas. Texas State is safe.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are dozens of restaurants on campus so you can always find something to fit your taste.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but rewarding

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of the Student Assisted Learning Center popularly known as SALC.

    In three sentences

    Texas state University cares about their students, the staff wants you to succeed. This is made obvious with the multitude of help/tutoring made available the second you walk in the door.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have never had a problem.

    Clubs and Activities

    Car club

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love outdoor activities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bikini Hill

    Bang for the buck

    Get a moped - hills are great!

    What to do for fun

    Swim the river, tan on bikini hill and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Love the food! Though I went through my food plan rather quickly, it was easy to add more. I liked the all you can eat option.

    Dorm Life

    I liked my dorm and met a number of people however, I was never assigned a roommate. I really enjoyed cooking my own meals as needed. Nice RA.

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned a great deal from my classes thus far. The teachers are fair and make themselves available. I have not had any trouble registering for the classes I need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus. Step out of your comfort zone and do new things while making new friends. Be prepared to study at least twice as much time as you spend in a classroom.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very friendly and inviting university. The counselors are extremely helpful and I have made a number of friends. I really like the attention faculty and staff members give to each of their students.

  • 07/30/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    The things that I think to do for fun in San Marcos would have to be the football games and the river. It seems to be two of the more popular things that students love to attend or spend their free time going to!

    Food and Dining

    When I went to visit the campus it seems to have a good amount of variety for the food on campus. It's very important to have good food on campus because every college student loves to eat! It is also good because the restaurants all have healthy choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have never and won't be living in the dorms, so I don't know.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I can tell, it seems to be very competitive in the program I will be in. So i consider it's academic rigor to be very admirable because it motivates students to work harder for what they want. It definitely shows that things don't always come easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the requirements for the program/major you want to pursue and make sure you get the best grades as possible!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great campus. It is big and very lively with all the students. It is a great campus that has a lot of choices for majors and programs to choose from.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    River, river and river!

    Food and Dining

    There is a great balance of junk food and healthy food. We have amazing dining halls like Harris, that helps us not gain those freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life was pretty good, I honestly thought it would be worse but it was kind of fun. The always had activities to make us closer together. It was always clean and the staff was really nice and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has the perfect balance of fun and academic life. The classes really do challenge my brain and thoughts I love it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Yes college is fun and the definition of freedom, but you must remember why you are there for. For your education, to make your dreams and career happen.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this university from a scale 1-10, a 10! I love this school so much and I'm so happy I chose this school over any. I wouldn't transfer for the world.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown San Marcos is always a good night time hangout. Tubing on the San Marcos River. The Outlet Mall is nearby to shop. And Austin is a mere 20 minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of options for every taste!

    Dorm Life

    I personally have not lived in the dorms on campus, so I cannot attest to how dorm life is here. It seems that there are many different kinds though.

    Academic Rigor

    There are always opportunities for challenging classes. Ask around for how each professor teaches and you are sure to find one just for your learning style.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have a good pair of shoes for walking around on campus, and carry plenty of water; most of the school year is spent walking to and from classes in the Texas heat on this hilly campus.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus, located in downtown San Marcos near the river, on a big hill (I always feel like I get plenty of exercise walking to classes). Everyone is friendly, and most of the professors are really great. This university has a ton of diversity to it, from the activities and clubs to the people.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus policeman all around so safety is always there.

    Clubs and Activities

    All sports and the rec center is so big and amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all student. Go bobcats!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have random callouts saying Texas State! around campus and have great fundraisers

    Bang for the buck

    The competition of getting a scholarships is getting harder every year because of all the high school graduating, so I really need this and I will turn this scholarship into knowledge so then one day I can use this knowledge and give back to the community

    What to do for fun

    I like going to the plays and the football and basketball games. Also the probates are real fun.

    Food and Dining

    They have every food place you could imagine in San Marcos

    Dorm Life

    Its very fun but alittle compacted because of all the incoming student coming in.

    Academic Rigor

    Must maintain a 2.0 gpa to recieve financial aid and your grades can be checked at anytime.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you attend all classes and take good notes and study atleast every day for 30 minutes.

    In three sentences

    Its a beautiful campus and very diverse. The professor at Texas State make sure every student brings out the best in themselves. Also the advisors put the students first and love helping my fellow Bobcats!

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs, clubs, and more clubs. there are countless amounts of clubs and not to mention the river goes right through our campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate you will regret it. get everything done while you can so you have everything nailed down and you have more time to have fun.

    In three sentences

    amazing support from administration. very accepting student body. support programs and clubs of all sorts.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isnt enough room here to type all the things to do. Club events, live music, sporting events, close to austin, new braunfels, AND san antonio. If you are bored in this town its just because you are trying to be.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best but you wont starve

    Academic Rigor

    This university can be as hard as you want it to be. There are challenging, high academic load degrees as well as degrees that are a walk in the park. So take your pick.

    Tips for prospective students

    Challenge yourself early and use clubs to start networking. There are tons of opportunities if you can just get out there.

    In three sentences

    The best damn school you will ever go to. If you had doubts about coming here, forget them. Now.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are available for escorting. They respond to alerts ASAP and will alert staff/students asap. Safety protocols are good!

    Greek Life

    Uncertain

    Clubs and Activities

    Atheletics gym is very nice! TSU offers lots of clubs on campus for example the step teams

    Great for these types of students

    Incoming freshman looking to transfer elsewhere! They do require all incoming freshman to live on campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Eskimo Hut next to campus is fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I wish I'd researched my options more than deciding on TSU. Pursuing entrance in UT and look forward to changing up schools.

    What to do for fun

    San Marcos-float the river everyday! Outlet mall-can offer a good place for a job as well VERY close to Austin/San Antonio (30 min. drive either way) University is next to downtown San Marcos

    Food and Dining

    Decent. LOVE the chick fil a on campus!!

    Dorm Life

    Unable to comment. I've been a commuter student my entire time at TSU. I do know the on-campus apartments are decent and cheaper than dorms and most off-campus apartments. Become a dorm advisor if poss. for free/reduced rent-less bills

    Academic Rigor

    Standard academic rigor There is a lot of resources for tutoring (free) you have to find them. Start with the Library or your college/major's computer lab.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to find an advisor that is helpful and is actually interested in helping you-their advice will help! Get involved in an academic fraternity/sorority-it looks really GOOD when you graduate

    In three sentences

    As a transfer student the admissions process was very unsatisfiying at Texas State University, considering a major part of their student body are transfers. I had to learn entirly everything on my own with no aid. Other than adminssions, the school does have a fun atmosphere and school pride. Wish they offered more options in Texas State Round Rock campus, but it is growing. Okay school, but I won't be going back for further education.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Officers are constantly patrolling.. It's pretty safe I myself use to go running at night and breathe in the clean air.

    Greek Life

    definitely outgoing.

    Clubs and Activities

    French club is pretty cool.

    Great for these types of students

    For all types of students; outgoing or not you will find friends and people of the same students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a garden planted by the honors students that have beautiful flowers, basil and edible plants that you can go to and lay on the hammocks and study(smell the flowers and all).

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is starting to get high but compared to close by universities Texas State is still more affordable.

    What to do for fun

    The river runs through campus so when you're not volunteering with your friends you can go tan, float the river on floats, play beach volleyball at the river, or play frisbee and football there as well.

    Food and Dining

    Yummy with meal trades that you buy at the beginning of the year. There are a lot of varieties.

    Dorm Life

    Relaxing; Texas State is ALWAYS renovating and building new dorms. I lived in a suite my freshman year and it was great and I met a lot of long lasting friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Vigorous as the school year continues. However, ratemyprfessor.com will honestly help you in choosing better classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend joining a sorority or groups on campus that will help aid your experiences and volunteer hours (which will be great on your future resume).

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is wonderful college to attend academically. Along with the campus being a non-smoking university; the air is fresh to breathe in making it physically comfortable to be on campus. I recommend Texas State University to other students because of their friendly staff and students as well.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    For one thing this food is soooo much better than High School food! We have a buffet style dining hall, all these food shops on campus, plus starbucks! Ha! No seriously though we have all things to choose from. Bagels, waffles, pizza, pasta, tacos, and so on! (plus breakfast in the commons dining hall seems to always be there)!

    Dorm Life

    Our RA seems really sweet and ready to care for us like a momma. In fact all the RA's seem like they really care about everyone! Friendly faces all around!

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes just yet, however what I have heard is that the classes are very good! The theater company here is one of the best in Texas!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with a ready heart. :)

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Everyone one is really friendly. Be prepared for everything!

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Parties and a lot of many organizations are available around school.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious! You have so many things to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I don't sleep in the best dorm on campus, but I am very happy where I am.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone is very dedicated to their work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study but don't forget to have a social life! Listen to you professors and do your work!

    In three sentences

    Most comfortable college you will ever go in you life. Amazing students and staff. Amazing environment!

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No problems so far

    Greek Life

    I haven't participated in this yet but I have a brother in Delta Tau Delta and says they have an awesome chapter here on campus to get involved with

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to choose from and be involved

    Great for these types of students

    Lots of outdoor opportunities here, plenty of Greek life if that's your thing, plenty of clubs for sports and academics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Still learning about this

    Bang for the buck

    San Marcos outlet mall for shopping, plenty of restaurants for mom and dads to take you to when they come to visit

    What to do for fun

    The river, football and rec center

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices to keep everyone happy and fed, if you don't find something you like, you're just being too picky!

    Dorm Life

    So far so good. I live in Jackson hall and have an awesome roommate and the room is bigger than some of the others I've visited on campus. Great location next to the student center and have a great parking garage.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't yet attended classes.....

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, buy your books in advance, attend all the orientation sessions and definitely move-in ASAP. Buy you parking pass online so you don't have to wait in line. Go green for the best parking.

    In three sentences

    I am a freshman at Texas State and think having freshman able to move in a week before classes start is great. Gives a new student a chance to really settle in before the stress of classes begin. The campus here is beautiful and there are lots of activities to be involved in!

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcats Bobbies are a campus service for students who are scared to walk at night from one place on campus to another, all you do is call the Bobcat Bobbies and they will pick you up and take you to your destination.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec is always a great way to be stress free

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, can get tiring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Blanco Hall is really nice, own restroom is nice. con: far from class.

    Academic Rigor

    So far my only problem with one of the professors is that he doesn't like to use the board or projectors so you must pay close attention to his lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized by keeping a planner.

    In three sentences

    Friendly students and staff. Beautiful campus.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The meal plan isn't a great value either, though some of the food can be a decent value.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pricey, and their accommodations are modest, at best.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are relatively strict, though it varies. You can't simply take the classes for granted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Also, buy a perimeter parking pass rather than a residential pass. It will save you $300.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a cost-effective college, with a wide array of on-campus activities. The campus life is excellent, with many surrounding stores, outlets, clubs and parties to enjoy. The academics aren't too demanding, but you still need to apply yourself.