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  • 05/28/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    take advantage of the late night security escort to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a club for every imaginable interest group: activities, hobbies and career goals.

    Bang for the buck

    fantastic value

    What to do for fun

    tons of choices for eating out, nearby hiking trails, and a river that runs through campus!

    Food and Dining

    tons of restuarants nearby and a variety of retail/all-you can eat locations on campus.

    Dorm Life

    several great choices for dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    meet with your professors regularly. if they personally know you, they'll be more likely to help you out with questions/concerns.

    Tips for prospective students

    meet with your professors regularly.

    In three sentences

    great value. conveniently located between austin and san antonio. small-college feel with major university resources.

  • 04/01/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    don't freak out about living in a dorm with a community bathroom if you decide to live on campus, it really isn't that bad. you rarely run into anyone else and it's definitely cheaper. also, living on campus doesn't give you many food options if you don't like making things yourself, so learn some quick (and cheap) recipes to keep you from getting into a food rut. and study study study!

    In three sentences

    texas state university in san marcos is a beautiful campus located right next to the town square, and has cute squirrels in abundance. the professors are all extremely nice and helpful, as well as many of the students. the campus is also really easy to get around once you get your barrings, and there is always something entertaining going on, if you know where to look.

  • 02/26/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    LOVE IT! Everyone is so friendly and supper close. No matter what letters you are, you are all family.

    In three sentences

    Professors are great, along with the people. The campus is beautiful; so much to do. A lot of opportunities to find what you are really interested in.

  • 02/08/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students can benefit from attending Tx. State.

    Bang for the buck

    So many fields of study are available to students. Housing is abundant and several dining halls are located throughout the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations. Participate in school / club sports. Movies and parks are nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Great food but for those who need to stay fit more healthier options should be available.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Begin the college selection and financial aid process as a Junior in High School. 2. Speak with an academic advisor upon acceptance to establish a degree plan. 3. Arrange housing as soon as selection is available. 4. Schedule in time to study through out the week so that you can enjoy the weekends.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is aesthetically pleasing, centrally located and offers high quality education. I find the academic rigor and the professors to be of exceptional quality. Opportunities to become involved in Social and sports activities are abundant.

  • 01/31/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 of 366

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Texas State has a beautiful campus with a very diverse student population. There's plenty to do on campus and around San Marcos. I definitely recommend coming here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bother wasting money on a parking permit, just use the free shuttle bus. Join something, there's a club/organization out there for everyone. Make sure to try to develop a relationship with your professors and other possible connections.

  • 01/09/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 366

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The school is so pretty. The environment and campus make you feel welcome. Cant wait to go here.

  • 01/08/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have their own police force and Bobcat Bobbies who can walk you home at night.

    Greek Life

    Lots of houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is too many clubs and activities too count.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy participating in community and group events. Students who love being a part of groups and having friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river itself is on campus, so after graduation everyone jumps right in. On the first day, you're supposed to measure your calf, and on the last day measure it again to see how much it's grown from walking all the hills.

    Bang for the buck

    It's good for the amount it costs as long as the amenities are being utilized, such as free tutoring, free bus rides , recreational areas, free entry into sporting events, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Sewell Park to float in the San Marcos River, it's always a decent temperature. Attending sporting events is always exciting and you could win cool stuff.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but the dining hall are far apart and there are only two of them, so sometimes it's a long walk.

    Dorm Life

    Residential Halls are conveniently located and most have enforced quiet hours. The halls requires a key, and are locked to people who don't live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging and intellectually stimulating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any prospective students should highly consider buying decent walking shoes, because the campus is built on a hill and some buildings are far apart.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is home to a beautiful landscape, and a selection of majors that is just as vast as it's campus. Students there are genuinely friendly and always happy to help others as well as their community. The administration cares about it's students and wants them to succeed.

  • 12/29/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is not to secure because there have been recent robberies and car jacking but the police and the community of San Marcos are there to protect you and make the environment safe.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is based on the person on what they want to experience in these fraternities and sororities because you meet you future best friends for life in these organizations. The reason behind this is the bond you develop when meeting them for the first time and you instantly become like a brother or sister to them.

    What to do for fun

    The things to do for fun is rock climbing, playing sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, floating the river, playing basketball, going to all the sports games for free, and joining in on many different student activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are just the same as a normal restaurant and there are many options, even though they are not healthy, that will keep you full until you want more. The meal plans consist of dining dollars and meal swipes and there is a lot of them but you will run out of them before the semester is over if you don't spread them out.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very fun and you will make a lot of friends and different relationships with people but other than that it isn't the best considering the size of the rooms. Most students often leave the dorm life and head into apartments after there first or second year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty tough depending on your major because every advisor and professor expects you to be more knowledgeable, critical, and flexible in your studies and class time. The more time you dedicate to your studies your grade will increase because of the resources you are given at Texas State to at least pass your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be more outgoing and join many different organizations but set your schedule to leave a lot of time to have to enjoy yourself. The hardest thing is time because you have so much of it between going to classes and joining student programs. Also never buy books that costs hundreds of dollars unless you need to, and if you don't use many websites like Chegg to rent/buy textbooks for cheap. Try some of the food places because there so many and sometimes you will become tired of eating the same old school food.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very beautiful place and the people are friendly and helpful. The school is an amazing place to meet new friends who have walked different paths of life because it is a diverse environment. Texas State was my first and only choice and to this day I don't regret it.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security does a great job in notifying students of any uncommon occurrences and possibilities of danger. They have campus police patrolling the university at any given time, there are Bobcat bobbies who will escort you to anywhere you need to be late at night if you feel unsafe, and also tons of emergency pokes around campus to use to call for danger if you are in trouble.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome! There is a fraternity and sorority for everyone who wants to be a part of Greek life, as well as awesome service fraternities to join that do tons of volunteer and service work for the community!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an organization for everyone to be a part of here at Texas State! There are sports clubs, music clubs, service fraternities, and tons of spirit organizations to choose from, as well as Greek life!

    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's a tradition here at Texas State to jump into the river after you graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Fuego is definitely the place to hit up if you want some bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things you can do in this small college town, from shopping at the outlet malls to floating down the river on a hot day, you can find almost anything to do here whether it's by yourself or with a group of friends. San Marcos has lots of little shops on the square, great trails for hiking, and is nestled between 2 major cities, San Antonio and Austin, Tx. There's recreational sports, nightlife, and also tons of student organization to be a part of, which are a part of many student lives at the University.

    Food and Dining

    The food is exceptionally well on campus. There are 2 dining hall, a few markets on campus, and also 2 buildings equipped with on campus fast food restaurants such as Pizza Hut and Freshens. If you don't like eating on campus there are also many little fast food places and restaurants not too far away from the University.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University is one of the best parts about this University. You meet tons of people when you first move in and the Resident Assistants do a great job in organizing events within the hall to encourage residents to get to know one another. After a month, it feels like the people you live with in your dorm are your family and everyone grows close. It's a great feeling and great experience to endure while living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are really good. They really challenge and encourage individuals to excel beyond there limits. The professors give a good work load and provide lots of resources that are avaliable to students for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Doing that will be one of the best decisions you will make in college, you won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    This university is beautiful, diverse, and friendly. Students are offered many resources that are available to them for free that will help them succeed here. Also, students are warmly welcomed by the university when they first arrive, giving students a positive feel.

  • 10/25/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    float the river

    Food and Dining

    Great places on campus like chik fil a or blimpie

    Dorm Life

    wonderful

    Academic Rigor

    not to hard

    Tips for prospective students

    join the student organizations

    In three sentences

    Fun learning environment

  • 10/08/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many things you can do for fun. One of those things is to go to the rivers near it.

  • 07/28/2015

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

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Seems to be pretty big at Texas State. They have so many different types of frats and sororities.

    What to do for fun

    San Marcos is a cute, lively little town nestled in between Austin and San Antonio. There is always something to do- from the outlet mall only a few minutes away from campus, to a 45 min drive (you can make it there in 30 min with no traffic) to Austin and an hour to San Antonio. The students seem to know how to have fun- the first time I saw the river running through campus students were floating in it and paddling and swimming towards the small waterfalls.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't eat on campus, but I noticed several eateries on my visit. The school uses a card that you load money onto to pay for meals.

    Dorm Life

    Texas State has about 30 dorms on campus! When I was on campus, they had new dorms already built and a few new ones being constructed.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State is one of the most well known public universities in Texas- probably even more known than Stephen F. Austin (SFA) or Sam Houston State (SHSU). The academics seem solid and, from my conversations with students, you should do well here if you study and stay on top of your classes. It seems that students learn a lot, and tend to use ratemyprofessors before taking classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research wisely and pray about your decision. Also, keep in mind what you want to major in. Though TSU is well known around Texas, it doesn't have as many major options as University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M. If you're looking to be an education major- this is the place to be. If you're interested in engineering programs, you might want to look elsewhere for more options in that field.

    In three sentences

    My first impressions of Texas State when I visited were this: It was so incredibly welcoming. The staff was informative and obviously loved the school they work for. The students had a tangible love for their school.

  • 05/27/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining halls, with a pretty good meal plan. the campus made food is pretty decent, but if it's not your taste, there are actual restaurants as well.

    Dorm Life

    Many Dorm options are available, with loads of activities and community.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range widely from easy to very challenging. I recommend using the rate my professor website to help match yourself with the correct teachers for your studying style. Also consider the Honors College. The classes really shine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring comfortable shoes. The campus is beautiful, but Texas Hill Country is no joke! There are bunches of stairs and hills, and plenty of room between buildings. Its often said here that the freshman fifteen is what you lose from the hills! Also, be sure to really utilize the staff. Texas State has every type of assistance a student could ask for, and they are all full of southern hospitality and a love for the job.

    In three sentences

    This a massively underrated school with a beautiful campus and very helpful staff. The student life is bustling and buoyant, with a marvelous river to float and many popular hangouts close to campus. A further benefit is the tobacco-free campus, which is only part of the many ways Texas State shows how invested it is in the students who attend.

  • 05/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Kayak the river, go to the rec for classes, skateboard, hike, cycle, go to austin/san antonio, go running, play a musical instrument, get lost in nature.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining on campus is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived on campus in the dorms, but the university did build new dorm building.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Texas State university are challenging, but good grades can be achieved through studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Respond to emails, stay organized, don't miss class/meetings, don't procrastinate on homework/exams.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great college because of great students/professors, the majors offered by the college, the prime location of the school next to the river. Texas State University offers students a great education & also an opportunity to make new friends. Come eat 'em up cats here in San Marcos,Texas.

  • 04/21/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 366

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I enjoy the campus, it is beautiful and lots of stairs. No matter where you are there is a nice view and the River is a huge plus. The dorms are nice and so far from my visits the students are friendly.

  • 04/18/2015

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

    16 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The river is very close to campus so many student go to the river when they are not busy studying for an exam or writing an important paper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not miss the scholarship deadline and make sure to apply early. Accumulate as many outside scholarships as you can along with applying to your FAFSA on time or even early.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great school to attend and the campus is very beautiful. There are plenty of things to do on and off campus but be careful and know your priorities. If it is partying just know you wont be there very long.

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is the only area I might be worried about. There is a lot of criminal activity around San Marcos but Texas State and university police do a fantastic job of keeping our students safe despite that. There are walking escorts and a bobcat bobby service to make sure students get back to their cars and homes safely. Texas State also offers self defense classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State has many many many club fairs and in your classes you will be constantly invited to join various organizations. Almost all of them are very easy to join and inexpensive. Clubs are a must at Texas State in order to be immersed in its culture. There are clubs ranging from athletic associations to Greek life and to major affiliated ones that you don't actually have to major in to be a part of. All of them are logged and can be found on the schools website, feel free to explore.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! The people at Texas State are so welcoming and helpful, anyone can find somewhere to belong to here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before midterm and final exams many students will go and shake the hand of LBJ, our former president and alumni of Texas State. There is a statue of him located in the center of campus. Students can also be seen next to the stallions statue, which is our free speech area, protesting and spreading awareness for different organizations. It is customary, upon graduation, that graduates migrate down to Sewell Park together and jump in the San Marcos river, a tradition that has continued for ages.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State's tuition costs are some of the lowest and yet they still offer amazing programs with devoted professors who really care about the subjects they're teaching. You won't find many professors here who are teaching because they are obligated to do so in order to do research, they all truly want to be teaching their perspective subjects. On top of the education, the meal plans are cost effective and there are many free services that students can take advantage of in their tuition like the recreation center and counseling.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life and organizations are a big part of what makes Texas State an exciting and fun environment to be in. Each of them offers events and unique experiences. Austin and San Antonio, both marveled for their cuisine and night life are only an hour away from San Marcos, easily accessible by bus. Texas State also has its own river that runs through campus and Sewell Park which is the epicenter for outdoor activities including sand volleyball and kayaking.

    Food and Dining

    What I love about Texas State is that there are a ton of different dining halls to choose from and each one excepts your mandatory freshman meal plan in some form or fashion. There are two buffet style dining halls, one at each end of the campus and each has better quality than you'd expect in a school cafeteria. If you are interested in eating out there are a number of restaurants just a short bus ride away, the bus rides which are free by the way, courtesy of Texas State.

    Dorm Life

    The staff is excellent, I have never met more genuine and caring people. The dorms that are traditional style with bathrooms for the hall are the best if you're wanting to meet people. Location is key, don't focus on the nicest room because it wont matter if you aren't close to any of your classes. Work orders are always handled quickly and effectively, I've never been disappointed.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be extremely difficult, but for the most part if you took any advanced classes in your high school Texas State will simply feel like an extension of that. The professors are more than willing to work with you if you take the time to ask questions and introduce yourself, if you work hard you should have no problem. There are all kinds of tutoring and other services offered free by the school to help students earn the best grades in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    The entrance essay can count for a lot if you are not sure that your GPA is high enough for automatic acceptance. Don't hesitate to visit and ask lots of questions, the people and staff at Texas State are more than willing to answer them. Don't be afraid to apply, the school is constantly working with students in order to admit them.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and clean, extremely well kept and the staff in the residential halls and student centers are nothing but helpful and kind. Texas state has a small town feel with all of the amenities of a big city, not to mention Austin and San Antonio are each only an hour away. Tuition is reasonable and the professors truly care about the education of their students.

  • 01/09/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There's an organization that is in charge of having events on campus so there's always something going on. Everyone can attend these events and are pretty fun. There's actually a lot of clubs to choose from so go for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I heard that after graduation people jump in the river.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good but it gets tiring eating on campus food after a while. I wish they had healthier options and more vegetarian options as well. Cook whenever you can.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good for the first year but later on try to find an apartment that is more convenient and cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    What I've experienced is that attendance policy is generally strict, so you better commit to attending classes regularly. So far, I've had some really great professors who care about their students and will help you as long as you put in the work effort in class. Studying is obviously really important, depending on the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to meet a lot of people. Make sure not to eat too much junk food when dining on campus. Be prepared to climb a lot stairs and hills, so wear comfortable shoes. Talk to your professors. The library is very resourceful so use it as much as you can. Join clubs and organizations.

  • 01/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the square is always fun, and during December they have a Christmas fare, the mall is also a few minutes away and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    food is awesome there, they have such great variety of foods in the dining halls. I got the cheapest meal plan and I had some dining swipes left over.

    Dorm Life

    living in the cheapest dorm on campus is ok, there is always parking and its not that far from my classes. The only thing is that it was super hot in the summer because there is no ac in the dorm, I could not get any sleep for like the first two months.

    Academic Rigor

    im currently in the graphic design program, its good so far but it is hard to schedule classes because there are so few of them .

    Tips for prospective students

    always check curriculum for your major because some requirements change. stay in touch with your counselor, map out your classes.

    In three sentences

    I rate Texas State a 6 out of 10 because some things are high price there. But the food is great, there is a lot of variety. People there are always willing to help if you et lost.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    20 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel that San Marcos isn't the safest place to live, but Texas State does a great job at keeping it's students safe. We have police on campus (right across from Beretta and Laura Hall) and emergency light posts almost everywhere. There is also a service called Bobcat Bobbies and they will escort you to your dorm if it's late and you don't feel safe walking alone.

    Greek Life

    Though I did not rush personally, Texas State is full of Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 270 organizations to become apart of it's impossible not to find something for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great if your planning on Rushing, if you love to get your fit on at the Rec, and if your a outgoing and open person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As far as traditions go, Texas State doesn't really have any that I know of. However, be sure to look out for hammocks around! I never got to find them, but my friends that did thought the spots where perfect for relaxing after stressful days as a hard working college student!

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State offers great academics and all, but housing and meal plans are way over priced for what you get. Same thing for parking. If you plan on bringing your car be ready to fork over about $500 for a permit.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of people go into Austin for fun and hit up places like Midnight Rodeo. I personally never left San Marcos except for trips back home however I found that time at the San Marcos River and the Rec where my favorite ways to spend time.

    Food and Dining

    The food options on campus aren't the greatest. Fast food rules the campus and is just about all that will be available to you. You may be thinking: well I love fast food! But trust me, one month of the same ol' same ol' and you'll be wanting some more options. Hopefully the new dining hall being built by 2016 will offer more! Until then, get ready for lots of trips to HEB to stock up on some better food.

    Dorm Life

    I really loved living in my dorm. I lived in Beretta, and yes, it was old and traditional style with community bathrooms. However, living in that hall had it's perks because it is part of Res College and you get to know everyone you live with so well! It's nice to be able to hang out in the lobby and watch TV with everyone when you start feeling a little home sick.

    Academic Rigor

    I didn't find Texas State classes to be too difficult, but I had taken previous college credit courses in high school so maybe I was already well enough prepared. Each professor is different though, so while some might be getting off easy you may not find yourself in the same spot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to take advantage of Bobcat Days to visit and take a look at what dorms the campus has to offer. I know so many of my dorm mates that had no idea what our dorm was going to be like before moving in and many still are not comfortable in it. When you do get settled in, make sure to get to know your RA's! I always went to mine when something important happened.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has so much to offer like Greek life, great student opportunities, and over 270 organizations. While there is much to do here it's easy for some to get carried away from school work. It can be hard to find your place though if you don't put in effort.

  • 12/08/2014

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

    21 of 366

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Looks beautiful online and I can't wait to visit. So far my favorite!

  • 11/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun including the football games, many partys, and floating the river that flows through campus when the weather is nice.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is good with many different meal plans and options, buffets, chickfila, panda express you name it. The food does get old after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is somewhat less desirable than expected, but you get to meet and become friends with so many different people by living on the dorms. If you go and tour the doorms and pick one of the better ones rather than the older ones your stay will be much more pleasant.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not that hard, but it depends like any school on the amount of hours you are taking as well as your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to have fun but also want to get a good education I would consider Texas State as an option!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a very good school with something to do all the time. It is known as a party school which is true but thats not all we have good academics as well. Great school with tons of school, bobcat pride.

  • 11/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can float the river, tan in the park, anything outdoorsy really. There are events and functions going on all the time, so there's always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    It's mediocre. Not horrible, but it's not all that fabulous. The hours are awkward and it's hard to ind something healthy.

    Dorm Life

    It's a struggle.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty manageable to be a full time student and graduate in 4 years. Your work load will depend a lot on your major, but it's a quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your walking shoes. Don't party too much. Bring a mattress topper. Get ready to clim some hills.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus. Parking is horrible. Teachers are awesome.

  • 11/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 366

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go work out. There's not much else to do

    Food and Dining

    People complain about dining hall food but it's honestly not bad at all. Of course, if you visit the same location every day of the semester then you'll become bored of it. Switch it up!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun! RAs coordinate many events.

    Academic Rigor

    General courses aren't bad at all but classes will increase in difficulty as your continue your educational career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours. It really helps.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a highly accredited school and should be a serious consideration for everyone. Don't listen to people who say it's only a party school. If that's hat you want, you can find it, but be aware that there's more out there.

  • 10/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 366

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone. Just look around and you'll find a club that's right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is pretty cheap, especially for Texas residents like me. Definitely worth the money.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of delicious dining options! Texas State has places like Einstein Bros, Chick Fa La, and Panda Express on campus. Dining halls are conveniently located and have long hours.

    Dorm Life

    Texas State dorms are small but in good locations. There are all very convenient and close to classes. The worst part about the dorms is they don't have wireless internet and you need an ethernet cable to get internet. Overall, dorm life is a little annoying but about what you'd expect.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are hard and time consuming, but manageable. Getting good grades is definitely possible for those who try. Most classes don't have many grades other than tests so it's imperative to study before an exam. If you go to class and study for tests, you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Go to class. Get a good night's sleep. Enjoy the river. Make friends and join clubs. Binge-watch Netflix every once and a while. Don't be afraid to try new things. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus with lots of opportunities for students. The coursework can be time consuming, but is very manageable for those willing to put in effort. There are lots of clubs and organizations for students to join, so there's something for everyone.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 300 different clubs and organizations, you're definitely bound to find something you like!!

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do, whether it's in The Marc, The Square, LBJ, or the Quad. There's parties, food, loads of fun! It's right between Austin and San Antonio, about the same distance both ways (:

    Food and Dining

    There isn't really many healthy choices, but there's a great variety. We have sushi, burgers. Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, etc. We have to buffet style dining halls. Also, there's are a lot of food places close by! Chipotle is even walking distance!

    Dorm Life

    There's some really nice dorms here, but they're waayyy too expensive! If you're willing to pay over $3,000 then go ahead. I setting for a cheaper one, traditional. It's okay, nothing too fancy. Very small living space though!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't that bad. But then again, it all depends on your major and how much you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS! A lot of professors don't post their lectures online, so you have no choice but to go to class, or find someone to take pictures of their notes. Try your best not to get Friday classes or 8 am's. Trust me, it's not the same as getting up early for high school. Here, it's all up to you to get up and go.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is the place. There's always something to do, whether it's in The Marc, The Square, LBJ, or the Quad. There's parties, food, loads of fun! It's right between Austin and San Antonio, about the same distance both ways (:

  • 08/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The bobcat bobbies will take you anywhere on campus until 2 a.m.

    Greek Life

    There are quite a few sororities and fraternities around, so if That's what you like you'll find it here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you won't know what to choose. You can even start your own club with enough people.

    Bang for the buck

    Meal swipes will be your lunch money, you already paid for it, might as Well use them.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river, and walk around the town nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good. There are two all you can eat halls and many other varieties of food.

    Dorm Life

    The RA's are pretty helpful and nice. They try to help us have a good time and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes I have taken are not hard, they just take you actually doing your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to an early orientation and make your schedule as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a very beautiful campus with a very diverse student body. Texas State is the top college in many different fields.There may be a lot of stairs but that's a small price to pay for a great education.

  • 08/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Events or always going on.

    Food and Dining

    Harris Hall has a buffet all you can eat. And we have Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    The best

    Academic Rigor

    Awesome

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and you will pick this school.

    In three sentences

    The perfect place to live and learn. A great community with great people. And everything you would need is right on campus.

  • 08/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is the river that is right on campus! The campus is also right next to the square which has a ton of fun things to do such as eat food, hookah lounge, tattoo parlor, book and clothing stores, and a small movie theater. San Marcos is also a gorgeous town and there are plenty of places to lay out in the sun and hike.

    Food and Dining

    Food is everywhere! There is also so many places you can find free food!

    Dorm Life

    People are super nice and friendly. Most of the dorms aren't gorgeous but the people there and the activities they provide make up the lack of shimmer in the tile floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging but since there are so many tools to help you can find a way a long with some determination to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work smart not hard. Use the people who are there to help you. They are there for a reason! Do not be shy and just utilize the resources around you and I promise you WILL succeed.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is the perfect place to go to school because it not only has great educational resources, but the campus is beautiful and the people are really nice. TSU wants every student to succeed so they provide us with so many resources to help us such as a writing center, an amazing library and counselors that are constantly available who help with school questions and personal problems. The professors also want you to succeed so they provide resources to help you succeed.

  • 06/17/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    This School looks super awesome. I am trying to convince my parents to take me to visit the campus. Is there a Medical Branch though?

  • 06/16/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    awesome

    What to do for fun

    read and cook

    Dorm Life

    I'm sad because I'm no going to live in the dorms for the fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont get caught up

    In three sentences

    I'm very excited to attend this school in the fall. Has a beautiful campus and an awesome community. Good location.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Touching the horses balls next to derrick before a test for good luck we also have a secret garden with hammocks to relax or study Forest area that the San Marcos river runs through and there's a tree with a rope swing and it's so much fun!

    What to do for fun

    THE RIVER!!! DUH! also the square has a lot of neat things, I work at a ceramic shop where you can paint pottery and it's such a relaxing fun thing to do

    Food and Dining

    You get so tired of dorm food... Like literally I can't eat chick-fil-a ever again

    Dorm Life

    You meet your best friends living in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check where your dorm is, even though it might be a pretty dorm, it might not have such a great location. Just keep in mind that your classes might be all the way at spec, which is such a long walk even from LBJ. Also try and get MW classes, 3 day weekend!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is in such a great area, you're in the hill country but can get to two major cities within an hour. They have such a variety of students, you feel comfortable because you aren't just a needle in a haystack. The spirit of our school is so high, even though we aren't a D1 school, the amount of spirit we have is unbelievable.

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    You definitely have to put 100% into your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a transfer student coming in from a different school make sure that your credits will transfer so that you don't have to retake unnecessary classes.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus with many programs viable for their students to participate In. The campus Is filled with Great friendly people. Although it is great school to be apart of the instructors can be a real hit or miss with some having terrible teaching skills and others being amazing instructors but that's a process of college I'm learning to deal with.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's hundreds of different clubs and activities to get involved in, as well as a tour of the river behind Saltgrass Steak House. The rec room is pretty amazing and all sorts of thigs do there besides lift weights. There's also a cool place on the river to relax on the corner of Aquarena and University.

    Food and Dining

    I bring my own food, but the dining halls that I've been in are nice.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to my past experience at UTPA, this university is much more rigorous than I had expected. The professors challenge and encourage you, so your full effort is required if you expect an A in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as possible and make connections with your peers and your professors. The university is more academically challenging than you may be expecting, so study hard. Lastly, work out those leg muscles! There's a lot of hills to climb here!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful campus, though the stairs and hills take some getting used to if you're not from the area. In my experience so far the professors are all very energized and more than willing to help you be successful. Most everyone around the campus is also very nice, especially on the road--something almost unheard of where I'm from.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to a party, go to the river, go antique shopping, go to a game, support a sport team, meet new people, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food was pretty good! After a while things got old, because I ate it so much. But they always had a lot of healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a small dorm, and the community was great. We were like a big family. The RAs were extremely helpful and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The class rigor depends on what you need to take and who you have. I use ratemyproffesor to check out how all the teachers are for the class I am about to take. Study as much as you can if you want an A, but also balance with having fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in something! There are so many diverse clubs and organizations you can be a part of. Use a planner!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is the BEST! I love EVERYTHING about the campus. I am so happy that I chose this school.

  • 05/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    All i am going to say is It is not for everyone. if that's what you want to do then go ahead but make sure this is what you want.

    Clubs and Activities

    GET INVOLVED! there is something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    there are some great places in the square you can check out! You can go to the river near Sewell park. go to the football games, basketball games, etc. watch out for plays, music shows, dance shows,and other events happening on campus like the homecoming talent show. joining clubs and organizations will help you find fun things to do as well :)

    Food and Dining

    The only good place is the den(food court). the only thing i like from Jones (food court) is panda express and you can't get that all the time. Commons and Harris (which is buffet style) has some good stuff and then they have some not so good stuff. commons breakfast is amazing though.

    Dorm Life

    if you are a social person I suggest living in a dorm that is smaller or traditional. Not a dorm like tower or like gallardia. the reason why is because if you live in a smaller dorm like Elliott, there is a sense of community. everyone knows each other! if you like privacy get go to tower or something.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically their standards are normal. The standards are the same as most typical colleges. This is college! You have to put in effort! you have to put in work to get the results you want. If you don't , you might end up on academic probation just like some freshman did.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you ask questions if needed and GET INVOLVED! BE SOCIAL! :)

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! This school is pretty diverse and the people are great! you will meet some amazing people here :) just like any other college experience you will learn a lot about yourself :)

  • 05/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition I look forward to is jumping into the San Marcos river at Swell Park after graduation. A really awesome place on campus, that many do not know about, are the secret hammocks. I'll give you a hint where they are.... Agriculture building.

    What to do for fun

    Living in San Marcos you have the advantage of doing many fun things. My friends and I would go to Swell Park and play sand volleyball or go tubing/ kayaking in the river. You can also walk around the square (downtown San Marcos).

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining on campus was great at the beginning of the school year, but when you continue to eat it everyday and have tried everything you get tired of it. There's nothing like a home cooked meal. Overall, good quality of food.

    Dorm Life

    Loved dorm life. I met many great people living on campus. Easy access to classes, dinning halls, library, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be difficult. Just be on top of your work and study. Go to any review sessions, ask classmates or go to professor's office hours if you are confused with something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask for help! It's good to not be a know it all. Everyone is friendly and there to help when you need it.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great campus overall. There are many services that are given to students who need help academically, mentally, and even physically. The campus is very beautiful and peers are helpful/friendly.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not enough healthy options.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. The course offerings are great. It is very hot 8 months of the year and you have to walk a lot!

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tx State is affordable.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy Rune scape, olympic weight lifting, staying in shape, I also enjoy Bible study and amazingly, i led a study and had great experience.

    Food and Dining

    I generally cook for myself. The school snack bars a rather expensive for the food. The restaurants that i have been to are good. I am just trying to save money. I like Bill Miller's but there is not one in S.M.

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know. There were no dorms available for transfer students. What i understand is that one must be comfortable with themselves and then be friendly. I do prefer time by myself, so i didn't want all the social events anyway. For me, I am happier not hearing people run up and down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    All classes, all teachers are different. There are some academically challenging classes here. Some are easy. Some should be easy, but the teacher is too picky! It is the same in all areas of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seek financial aid scholarships EARLY! Don't transfer in the middle of the year if you can help it. Research scholarships and fafsa deadlines!! Enjoy learning. One class may not be the best, but dig in to the material and get the good out of it for yourself. Don't depend on the teacher to feed you what you need.

    In three sentences

    I transferred here to Tx State because this school offered engineering and computer degrees that were not available at my other school. I have been generally happy with the teachers and courses. I am frustrated by some teachers who get too picky about details which are not as important to the subject and to my overall learning.

  • 04/06/2014

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Social. Greek-life interested. Dedicated.

    Bang for the buck

    My parents really love Texas State because they see it as very reasonably priced (considering the quality of campus, the amount of individualized attention students receive, and the comparison rates to other schools).

    What to do for fun

    Less than 30 minutes from Austin and approx. 30 minutes to San Antonio.

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, and campus cafeterias that offer a variety of burgers, tacos, and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a huge fan of old architecture, and there is no limit of beauty at TSU. I plan to live in College Inn or Tower for a suite-style dorm. I toured some traditional style dorms, but the idea of sharing a bathroom with twenty other people is daunting, especially when there are only two showers and two toilets per floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I plan to major in mass communications and advertising, and after going to an informational session led by the journalism professor I feel that I am making a very smart investment in my education. The school boasts some very impressive alumni, and two recent graduates are working at the NY Times their first year out of school, which is a true testament to the quality and rigor of the education at Texas State. TSU also has very strong pre-med and applied arts programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply. I had no plans on attending Texas State (in fact, I pretty much hated the idea of it), but now I am sure this is where I am going to spend my college years. Visit campus. Until I visited the campus, I was completely against going here, but after touring the campus, meeting some professors, hearing about all of the opportunities, I know this is where I want to be. If you are eligible for the honors college, APPLY. Honors college will be help you to get the most out of your college years. My cousins attend TSU and say that not applying for honors college is robbing yourself of valuable experiences that cannot be obtained from regular classes.

  • 04/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sewell Park is a park on campus strictly for students, the San Marcos river flows right through there. You can tube, tan on bikini hill, study, listen to the music, play sand volleyball, enjoy the free stuff that many companies pass out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing the first couple of weeks, the buffets feel like the greatest invention on earth. But after awhile the food does get tiring and you will want home cooked food, it is all part of the college life.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must for freshman, you meet so many people. Its easier to make friends. The rules of the dorm aren't that exciting but every place has rules.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are rigorous, professors are there to help though. If you truly apply yourself you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You're going to need going some good walking shoes! the hill country hills are no joke, but your calves will look great

    In three sentences

    The academics are rigorous, the professors are great and love to engage conversation with their students. The atmosphere is amazing, everyone very friendly. San Marcos is in between two major cities and outdoor activities are vast.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are an almost ridiculous amount of organizations here on campus. Everything from the hide and seek club to honors fraternities. And don't forget the beautiful San Marcos river and Sewell park are right on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options here on campus. From two all you can eat dining rooms to several fast food court like establishments. If you're on a meal plan, you won't have to worry about where your meals come from, and the swipe and meal trade business is not complicated at all. The one thing to look out for is the dining hall pizza...

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman living in a dorm, all I can say is that I am looking forward to my apartment next semester. The traditional dorms are a little raggedy, but they have great RAs that plan fun activities throughout the year. I am sure that the more fancy dorms like Blanco and San Marcos would be much better.

    Academic Rigor

    You will breeze through your classes if you do all of the assigned reading, attend class, and study hard for the tests. However, if you fail to do any one of these things, you will most likely run into some rough patches.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come to Texas State, it's important that you research all of the scholarship opportunities that the school offers. I made this mistake an missed the deadlines for several scholarships I would have qualified for. Also, it's extremely important that you attend class regularly. This is not an institution where you can never go to class and still get an A. And you should aim for As!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a university for students with a drive to do the best in their classes. Though not the most well known university, Texas State takes pride in the academic achievement of their students, their growing recognition as a research institution, and the many opportunities they provide in many different fields of study. All in all, if you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of one of the best institutions in Texas, Texas State is the school for you.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    Former graduate student of Dr. Michelle Lane in the Nutrition Program at Texas State University. I know her from her days as a faculty member at UT. She did not make tenure there. Worked in her lab, like all other students in the lab I was also unable to repeat any experiments published . Was verbally and psychologically abused on several occasions for bringing up research inconsistencies. She threatened to fire me several times (another graduate student was fired). I Spoke to my colleagues at ICMB at UT. Confirmed my suspicions all along, that she cooks up data and was fired because of that and for blaming the chair and other faculty of the department. A friend at UT, confirmed seeing an internal memo from ORI investigating her and a letter of inquiry from NIH in his mentors office. Posts all kind of random and insulting details about students on her facebook page. She insulted a student publicly online on facebook for making an honest simple mistake. I quit working with her ASAP to save my career, considering the impending fallout from State and Federal investigation.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go tubing in the river or shopping in the outlet mall or layout on bikini hill or play Sand Volleyball or get involved with a group or play intramural sports or go visit Austin and do some fun stuff there!

    Food and Dining

    It gets old after a while but they do have good food for sure!

    Dorm Life

    Really cool to get to know new people and it only lasts a year, not your whole life.

    Academic Rigor

    Very hard but you definitely learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study and I mean really study like every night 1 hour a night. A lot of this stuff you will actually use in the future so study to learn something not to just take the test and pass.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is such a beautiful place. The school is not an easy one but it is good if you want to learn. Everyone is so nice.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Currently due to construction campus safety has been lacking. However, there is a 24 emergency hotline for campus PD, roaming campus PD, an on campus Police Station. As well as Bobcat Bobbies for night time safety and travel ( they tote you around in a go cart from one end of campus to another, in case you don't want to walk alone, or do not feel safe traveling alone).

    Greek Life

    There is a slew of fraternities on campus, those ranging from social like DZ and ADPi, as well as SigNu and PiKap, to those catering to service like PhiMu and PhiIotaAlpha, to those catering to specific job markets like PhiMuAlpha, SigAlphIota, and MuPhiEpsilon, and even those that cater to social and religious interests like Lambda and BYX. You can see them on display in the quad and greek row runs along the borders of campus and up into the hill country of San Marcos.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club/fraternity/prof. org on campus for everything and I mean EVERYTHING, and if that wasn't enough there is also inter-mural sports! Be ready, ORG fest happens every semester, it's almost overwhelming!

    Great for these types of students

    Musicians - The school of music is looking for new talent all the time, you might just be a rising star yourself. And with internationally acclaimed classical and jazz musicians we've got it going on! Free Thinkers - Our philosophy department is always growing and having phil-chair and fish bowl discussions in open forum, its like ancient Greece over here! The Over- Achiever- Our Honors program offers a very diverse and interesting array of classes that sub for those pesky core all students must take! And they are very challenging and interesting! Graduate with honors! The Sport-o - Our school offers many Personal Wellness and Fitness classes and has Sports science degrees with esteemed faculty from Olympians to international fencers. The Actor - Come study here with some of the renowned names in the acting field from Television and Broadway, I'm serious, if you ever saw the Nanny, Miss Babcock works at our school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stallions, it is always a show. Honestly sometimes this place should be avoided at all cost, but if you ever want to see the over zealous attempt to incite riot, visit the statue of ever fighting horsemen, that is the cite of our free speech zone! Also, they say if you rub its undercarriage you'll have good luck on your midterms and finals!

    Bang for the buck

    This school can be pricey, but it is no where near the price of say near UT or UTSA! And it is so worth it! Tuition has risen everywhere in Texas in the past two years, but our school is doing a pretty good job of giving back that rise in tuition with perks. Like a beautiful in PAC, free windows 8 and microsoft 365 for all full-time students, and of course free printing and copying services in the library and Derrick hall! Plus, the sheer natural beauty and warm inviting feeling of campus and its beloved students can't be beat!

    What to do for fun

    River, River River! I can't say it enough, in my short three years here I have had the most fun in Spring at the river! There is also the beautiful Purgatory Park, that has trails for miles, it's great for a workout in Spring and Summer and early fall, and fun for adventure in winter and early Spring when the weather is chill! The Square is also a hoot for the 21+ crowd. There is also always the Rec for the sporto in you! Which is open to all full time students and is a great place to really get in shape with many offered classes and instructionals!

    Food and Dining

    The food at TxState has gotten only better! My freshmen year I would have never dared eaten on campus if i could stand it. But, since the renovation of Commons, and the settling in of Harris, the food system has really become amazing. Also if you don't like cafeteria style there are three food courts available The Lair, Jones, and The Den. Some with commercial food like Einstein's Bros Bagels, Blimpies, and Chik-fil-a that accept swipes or MealTrades, as well as small convenience stores on campus called Paws-an-Go that take dining dollars or Bobcat bucks as well as real cash!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is FUN! Of course some dorms are better than others, but the community can't be beat. Yes everyone's experience is different, but honestly you get to meet awesome people and learn a lot about yourself and your own backyard from living on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    This school expects excellence, that isn't to say teachers won't aid you as much as possible. However, we have some of the leading professionals in the fields of History, Music, Education, and the Organic Sciences. You will be expected to participate and show your intelligence.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and financial aid as early as possible. Utilize your Academic Advisor. Ask a lot of questions when in your major specific classes. Join a club/fraternity/organization you know you will have interest in. Enjoy your life on campus as a resident, it doesn't last long. Always read your syllabus!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is probably one of the finest institutions you could ever afford to go to in Texas! Aside from the true natural beauty of campus, it also has a very diverse faculty and staff all willing to assist you in achieving your highest grade and ultimately your diploma and dream career. It is not called the rising star for nothing!

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Texas State campus is extremely safe. With the help of the University Police Department, parking services, and the Resident Assistents in the dorms Texas State students have no reason to worry about being in an unsafe environment.

    Greek Life

    There are many social and service fraternities/sororities to join at TXST that can offer scholarship and friendship opportunities. While I highly recommend looking into the different processes and purposes of each, it is up to the student to decide what organization they think will be best for them. For myself, a music service fraternity offered the best chance for me to get involved in the community with something that I love andthat would benefit me in many ways.

    Clubs and Activities

    The great thing about this school is that there is, without a doubt, a club or activity for everyone, and if there is something you want to make a club, the process of creating one is very simple. Joining a club or organization is a great way to get connected with the community and the school, and a fantastic way to make lifelong friends

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! I haven't met anyone who has felt left out or unincluded in the university. There is something for everyone to do and get involved in, and it caters to all sorts of personality types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GO TO CATCAMP! It is the pride and traditions camp prior to freshman year and I learned so much about the university that hsa given me so much pride for my school. I highly recommend attending.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, college is expensive, but Texas State is a lot less expensive than many other big name universities and the quality of education is impeccable. It is also affordable, especially if you take advantage of great scholarship opportunities such as those offered by Cappex.

    What to do for fun

    Sewell Park is the most relaxing place on campus. During the warmer months my friends and I will spend hours floating the river and laying out on Bikini Hill just enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of the campus. There are also many hiking and biking trails that are pet friendly. When it is cooler out, hanging out in the dorm or the apartment watching movies is always a great way to spend time, unless you would rather go to Sunset Lanes and play a few rounds of bowling.

    Food and Dining

    When I first came to visit Texas State, I was amazed at the variety of food on campus and how easily accessible it is. Every once in a while you will want to get off campus and eat somewhere nice, but there is rarely a need to do that.

    Dorm Life

    Teaxs State requires its first year freshmen to live in the dorms, and it is a good thing they do. I absolutely love the dorm life; so much so, in fact, that I will beliving in the dorms next year as well. I have made the best friends I could ask for and I love the diversity of people that live here; it really gives you a great idea of where other people have come from.

    Academic Rigor

    College is hard. It just is. The level of difficulty greatly rivals that of traditional high school courses; with fewer graded assignments and less time to complete them, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the academic demands required of a university. However, if you maintain a healthy respect of why you are in college, and you make time to finish your assignments and study for exams, the benefits you will reap can be extremely rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to not take for granted the gift of education we have been given. Knowledge is such a powerful tool that we can use throughout our lives and I believe that a lot of times we don't respect the importance of it.So go to class, take advantage of tutors and graduate assistants, and ask questions about the material if you don't understand it; your teachers are there to teach you, so let them, and you will be successful as long as you take school seriously.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University has taught me more about myself than I could ever have dreamed. It has shown me the level of commitment I originally had for school and has taught me the importance of staying motivated in my academics, as well as creating a good network of supportive friends and allowing myself to ask for help when I need it. College life, though it is sometimes hard not to get caught up in the social aspect of it, has been a very healthy experience for me in allowing myself to grow as a student, friend, and daughter.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus University Police do a fantastic job patrolling, and letting the students know when there is something going on, on campus that we should be aware of. The reason I can't give it the full 5 stars is because I feel like we should have more lights on campus at night. There are some places that are not lit very well which can be slightly unsettling.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the fighting stallions that were given to the university as a gift. It is our Free Speech place. Walking through the Quad you will see people there stating their beliefs all the time. It is very fun to see and watch what others have to say.

    What to do for fun

    I love to go to the square and hang out. There are so many little places with things to look at. There are also quite a bit of restaurants that are reasonably priced.

    Food and Dining

    After being there a year I am getting quite tired of the food. I love eating at commons it is the BEST dinning hall on campus. The Den is also very good because there is a variety of things there.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Gaillardia this past semester, and while I do not have to live on campus again I am choosing too. I am switching to different dorms, but I love living on campus. It is very convenient I don't ever have to drive anywhere; everything is really close and easy to get too.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I am really being put to the test in my major. I am working hard, but learning SO much from it. The faculty does a really good job at making sure that the students are being pushed to be better and I love that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for the hills. Texas State is the definition of Hill Country. Be ready to come in a do work, but also with an open mind, you will meet so many different kinds of people and make so many new friend. Have fun! the whole first semester I was inside. I never hung out with people or got involved with any kind of extracurricular but now that I have I am not sure why I ever waited.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a BEAUTIFUL campus, with lots to see and do. It offers plenty of opportunists to network and make friends, but has a faculty and staff that still pushes you to do well. It is a GREAT day to be a Bobcat!

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from!

    Bang for the buck

    Great price, great location, great school

    What to do for fun

    The river obviously is the popular thing to do here. There are also a lot of mini bars near campus.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of varieties!

    Dorm Life

    I personally have not experienced living in them but the friends I have that live in them have no complains.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken so far have been enjoyable and I love my professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of deadlines! Scholarships and such

    In three sentences

    Texas State so far has been a breeze. The application process was quick because of the helpful academic and financial aid advisors. There are so much activities and organizations always going on in campus so there is definitely a lot of life going on if this is what you are looking for.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Check your email everyday the university is very prompt on circulating any threats or safely issues through online notifications!

    Greek Life

    Never joined I hear good things

    Clubs and Activities

    My club was he woman's ultimate frisbee club! It was fantasic I traveled, made new friends, I stayed in shape and made many friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    River fest! giant rave for all bobcats to come together and release stress from those all nighters. During midterms txstate offers all late night free breakfast for those study sessions! Bobcat build- fun community services to help out the community and serve a valuable service for university.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has the Austin UT vibe with out the high Ut cost of tuition:) everything is at your fingertips the mall in town is a good 10 min down the hwy there's a river running through campus too cool you off in those dreadful hot Texas school days. Fun easy going professors. One tip for history classes- the professors here take their curriculum very seriously,my advise take it(history I&II courses) else where and transfer the credits over to txstate.

    What to do for fun

    River! Ultimate frisbee! Sand volleyball! Free art exhibits on campus! Free music shows on campus! Rec!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining can get a bit on the boring side but you will come to appreciate it more when you start living off campus. Meal trades are the best no money it's all included in your tuition. Get it! Best place is Harris! IMO

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life: well I lived in an all girl dorm my first yr.. Which now I think has been torn down due to new construction it was fine for the most part if it a private person I advise paying the extra money for a single dorm (no privacy otherwise) the second yr could have had an apt but I decided to stay on campus in the dorms which was a good/bad decision I was in a triple room which was designed for 2 persons. The benefits were 5 min waking distance from central campus and 1min from campus rec I was in the best shape of my college career.

    Academic Rigor

    First 2 yrs are a breeze but when you start your career bases class's really start locking in the info your prof teaches you! Bc the work load will pile on, also every exam at this point will need to be given at least 1 week preferably 2 weeks to study for each exam

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, even your 8am's attend any free study sessions and take notes it's easier if you bring your laptop to your class notes. Number 2 join an org. Sports clubs wee my choice but anything will due- this will take care of your social needs and fun times - txstate offers a grand variety of org.'s there's literally something for everyone and anyone! Number 3 don't buy your books until you go to the 1st day of class- some classes don't require the books listed or the profs might give you free print outs to help ya out:) #4 alway buy your books online they always have the better deal!:) # 5 while in the process of pocking professors for class the website ratemyprofessor.com is your best friend.

    In three sentences

    Great university filled with easy going students and professors too. For me this school was just big enough, to meet new and interesting friends and acquaintances, and just small enough to have supportive and meaningful relationships with all of my professors. This school offers students the opportunity to challenge your academics, and also provides a student with new challenges socially and politically when taking all basic required courses.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are everywhere when you need them. We also have bobcat bobbies which are guys employed by the university that drive a golf cart and take you to whatever location at night if you feel unsafe to walk.They run until one and are so much better on the darker sides of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is so cheap for the quality of education and morals learned here! It is worth much more of the price, but it is amazing to find a deal on a university.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State is the only campus in Texas with our own river! We toob and float the river! Also, you can walk to the square and hang out. We are also 25 minutes from Austin and 45 minutes from San Antonio if you are looking for other fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options here on campus. There are two dining halls but a lot of food court style places. There is food until at least midnight!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! Our RAs are so much fun, we don't have illegal problems, and I feel safe. I love my dorm so much that I became president! I love where I live and planning events for all of our residents. Here at Texas State each hall has a president, you just have to run and win! This is a great leadership opportunity. I love where I live because community is so important.

    Academic Rigor

    College will work you. Texas State offers a great challenge to your academics. The freshman level classes really show you that you can't get by on no homework and you get the grade you work for. The classes are not that easy to fail either. You have to apply yourself and you will learn that in your first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, start working out those legs now! The stairs here are crazy, but I promise you get used to them. Don't be scared of coming here, everyone is so friendly. We hold a pride in our school that is incomparable, Bobcat pride. Even thought this was my second choice school, it was probably the best choice for me. I have changed my major to something only selective schools offer in the United States, Texas State having one of the biggest programs. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, because diversity is absorbed here.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is huge on diversity. The ability to become a leader on this campus if great and growing. Though a huge campus, you still get the small campus feel.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options (especially compared to my previous school) that offer both healthy and some fast food. As far as prices, may be cheaper to go to the actual restaurant off campus or somewhere else, but won't break the bank if you have to buy something on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are big and some are small, but either way if you pay attention and keep up with your assignments, you should be good. If you need help don't be afraid to ask your classmates and go see your professor in his or her office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class Get involved Stay on top of assignments and due dates Be you Don't go home every weekend

    In three sentences

    A very fun, exciting, and challenging environment. Offers plenty of opportunities for all-around growth. Texas State has a very welcoming atmosphere.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like every school there is going to be safety issues no matter what! But Texas state takes pride on the safety that it offers it's students. The school stays in contact with students to make sure that they are safe and avoid any situation that we don't belong in.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at Texas State there's a lot of participating students. Everyone wants to make a difference in the community and better each of their chapters.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not to mention TXST has so many clubs and organizations that super unique and I know you'll find one that's perfect for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas State is great for students who like diversity, people who don't mind being around all kinds of unique people. It's great for people who are laid back and go with the flow. People who enjoy having a good time and meeting new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When the weather gets hot in Texas, students know exactly what to do. Just make sure you wear your bikini or trunks and jump straight into the river as class is released.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas state can be very expensive but just learn that you can get your books used or online for cheaper prices than the bookstore. You don't have to get the most expensive dorm room because you honestly won't be in it that much. Just remember to only get necessities.

    What to do for fun

    I love to explore San Marcos, this is a beautiful city full of potential adventures. You can go float the river or go wake boarding at Texas Ski Ranch. But the best way to get out is just to get in your car with your friends and explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great, you have so much to pick from from sushi to buffet and the pricing isn't outrageous like other schools.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are required for first year students who will not be commuting. Dorms aren't anyone's favorite. But at TXST you WILL meet all your best friends during your first year in the dorms. TXST has so many dorms to choose from, make sure you pic the right one.

    Academic Rigor

    Any class has the ability to get an 'A'. It's all about how you apply yourself. If you don't put forth the amount of time that each class deserves you will suffer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work! Pace yourself and try your best to not get over stressed. Always fill out a schedule for what you have to get done that week and set goals for yourself to meet. But don't forget to have a little fun, college isn't always about classes and grades! Get out and explore San Marcos, meet new people, and enjoy this time in your life.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a beautiful school where students will be able to discover themselves. This school is full of diversity and the people in the area are very accepting to all different types of people. You'll spend a day on campus and instantly fall in love with the architecture, students, and gorgeous scenery.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In a short amount of time here, I would receive many warnings and alerts to stay in the dorm. There were many robberies, assaults, and even bomb threats.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a star that lights up on campus when a sports game is won.

    What to do for fun

    There is a river where you go and float down!

    Food and Dining

    I recommend cooking in the dorm. I have gotten food poisoning multiple times.

    Dorm Life

    There are three nice dorms: San Jacinto, San Marcos, & Chataqua/Gallardia.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the equivalent to AP courses in high school for most courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not all of the programs are top notch. Make sure you research into the programs before deciding to commit.

    In three sentences

    The campus and San Marcos are absolutely beautiful. It is a small college feel even though it is a very large university. There are many student activities to get involved in.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of campus security on staff, I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    There is plenty of fraternities and sortie's to join here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to be a part of in the School. I am a part of the PHI SIGMA TAU DELTA honors society and we do events bowling, dinners, pot locks, and we do news paper readings for the freshman and talk about it philosophically. It is very interesting and amazing how much is available.

    Great for these types of students

    There is plenty of places to lay out your book on the grass and study with your friends; I love to do that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place to study is in the history building; it has a huge fountain and it is just peaceful.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of little stuff you can get on campus for eating and drinking that is not to expensive.

    What to do for fun

    You have the river right next to campus, so when it is hot out everyone goes there plays games, volley ball and they love to go rafting.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of food options here, subs, panada express, pizza, tacos, greek food,pizza hut, and much more to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but many people have told me that they love it.

    Academic Rigor

    academically it can be hard at times, but work and progression though the years you will gain the efficiency to understand what to get done and why you have to do things to stay on top of your game. All teachers teach differently, but if you apply yourself completely you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking of coming to this school, come here because you want an education. Not because your parents are providing you with this option to go, You should want to be educated, want to work towards a higher education, want to better your self. All the tools are here to get you any where you want to go in life, take it seriously, and be thankful for whatever funding you get to help you get through,

    In three sentences

    Texas State has opened many doors for me to enhance my knowledge worldly, intellectually and has a created a sense of value that has instilled virtues in myself that otherwise I do not think I would have acquired. Texas State has helped me see what it is I really want to do with my life with working towards my career of choice. The faculty is very helpful and has been there for me to grow and help shape my learning capabilities.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here.

    Greek Life

    From what my friend says, it's awesome and she loves it! You just have to find the one right for you. (If you do want to rush. If not, it's perfectly fine. I didn't and I still love it here and had no problem meeting people!)

    Clubs and Activities

    The inkspot creative writing club is a great program set by the Writing Center! If you love to write, join!

    Great for these types of students

    I am really impressed with the English program so far! So if you are thinking about studying anything from literature to creative writing, don't forget to look here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone on campus has been pretty nice and open! I've met people in food lines (by dancing to the Cha Cha Slide) and have seen interesting groups on the quad.

    What to do for fun

    The river is maybe a five minute walk from my dorm! Literally!

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to choose from and great food (most of the time;p). What you would expect for cafeteria food mostly. But there is a HEB close by if you absolutely hate it.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm! It has let me meet wonderful people and feel right at home at a place that I wouldn't otherwise have. It seems strange, but awesome, to know that some of the people who live two doors down will be my friends probably for the rest of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    My high school prepared me a lot towards the academic workload. It is enough to keep you busy and thinking, but I haven't felt too overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you study and work hard, you will get the grades you want.

    In three sentences

    A great school with an engaged staff and a diverse student body.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the River. Join an organization. Get involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend this University to those students who want to get the college life experience, there are so many organizations that students can join. The river is also awesome to hang out with some friends in the free time.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an amazing campus! I love the Campus Life. I have only been here for a semester and now on my second and I absolutely love it.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas state has 24 hour security service and immediate alerts on weather, emergencies, and potential crime. They have Bobcat Bobbies who are essentially security who drive people to their designated areas if they don't feel like walking alone. University police is very responsive to any situation and are will to serve and protect the right way

    Greek Life

    Enormous Greek life with amazing opportunities

    Clubs and Activities

    Hockey intramural, unicycle football

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, music, art, and anyone serious about obtaining a good education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sewell park

    Bang for the buck

    There is no doubt that college in General is expensive, however, you will not he disappointed in the campus life and people you meet.

    What to do for fun

    Sewell park is home to the all year round 72 degree weather. The temperature never changes. Texas state has many clubs, outside activities, and a pretty decent 22 hole frisbee golf course that must be tried at least once.

    Food and Dining

    The food is so good that is almost a temptation not to go grab a bite with friends. And the best part, since there is many hills and stairs, it's almost like you are knocking out everything you just ate.

    Dorm Life

    It is impossible not to potentially find your one and only best friend. You will walk out with many friends and build connections that will help in the near future.

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences are very rigorous, but not impossible as many tutors and understanding professors are ready to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academics are for your money's worth. Instead of investing into bigger university, I encourage many to take a tour to see the more one on one time and sport and academic based opportunities. Texas state is increasing in its student population, and more achievements upon the schools behalf is only to your benefit

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an underestimated school. It provides an opportunity to explore their strong diverse and multicultural students and faculty. Academics is priority and Texas State always wants you to strive for the best while realizing the many hardships of college and life.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Float/swim in the river, go to Austin for concerts/good food/explore/local bars, go to small surrounding towns (Wimberley, New Braunfels, Gruene) for sightseeing, local coffee shops (Wake the Dead, Tantra), go to San Antonio.... the options are endless.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is pretty blah. Einsteins bagels are good, and a couple of the buffet halls have a good selection.

    Dorm Life

    I was in the dorms for 2 years. I don't have anything remarkable to say, especially since I'm an introvert and didn't make friends with my dorm-mates. I just hung out with people in my student organization (2.42 church) all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    In my major, Nutrition and Foods, I experience high demands for quality of work and I receive current, accurate scientific information in my lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready to ask questions and to use the countless resources provided by the educators that work for this university. It is so possible to graduate with at least a 3.8 GPA here without breaking your back.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is an emerging research university located 30 miles south of Austin, TX. I've really enjoyed my three years attending Texas State and living in San Marcos; the professors are great, the community of students is diverse, and the area is just really enjoyable all around.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    a very diverse campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    jump in the river after graduation

    What to do for fun

    everything is fun in san marcos

    Tips for prospective students

    organization

    In three sentences

    texas state has a unique college environment that assists you in obtaining the necessary education you want to achieve. The professors are nice. The students are friendly.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Students are very involved here on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the river or go to downtown San Marcos, and hit up the gym!

    Food and Dining

    I mean who doesn't love Chick Fil A! We have one on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Great experience and an awesome way to make new friends!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and don't be afraid to sit in the front and ask questions as you have them.

    In three sentences

    As a freshman here at Texas State I have really enjoyed my first two semesters. Everything is not easy but expect to have a great time while being here. Professors are very helpful and most classes have extra help from students who have already taken the course which makes passing and understanding the course a bit easier!

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Exercise! Go to the Recreation Center, go eat, or even go into town and shop. There is also an enormous plaza minutes away from campus (Shuttles for transportation).

    Food and Dining

    Food is nearly always available somewhere on campus. The dining halls try to be as convenient as possible but vary based on setting. It's not a 5 star restaurant, but it's certainly better than not eating at all. A food plan is purchased prior to the beginning of a semester, therefore, no need to worry about immediate money all the time, but the food plans vary with cost.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not what most people love about college. It is a new experience for everyone and also very different for each individual. It is not the best but also not the worst. If the dorm is paid for, stay as long as possible and save money for when you have to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    Study! Study! Study! The work is going to start light and suddenly jump to vigorous. There's nothing you can't do, but studying, organization, dedication, and discipline are essential to staying on top.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as possible, get scholarships and grants, and study well. With those three you are bound to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is an amazing college. Sunny days and a social atmosphere, constantly surrounded by a diverse community that is friendly and helpful. Let's not forget the professors and aid that is available at all times; a campus full of people for your convenience.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texas State does a great job at keeping their students updated on safety issues and uses its resources wisely. Emergency phone stations are around campus and bobcat bobbies makes sure students make it to their destination safely.

    Greek Life

    THEY ALL DRESS TALK, WALK, ACT THE SAME.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many organizations and clubs available to you. From religious clubs, to intermedial sports to club sports. Anything is available to your liking.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is people friendly and loves to make friends. Everyone is so welcoming. If you are or want to become a people person, I recommend Texas State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition of jumping into the river the day of graduation which claims to give you luck in all your future endeavors.

    What to do for fun

    Go out on the river and enjoy a nice day out in San Marvelous. Night life is also so much fun at the square or on the actual river where many students gather for some fun.

    Food and Dining

    Hit up Manske's. Such a great place to eat at!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a good size and if you make them feel homy, you can sure feel at home. You make a lot of friends in community style dorms and there is always something going on around the Dorm and on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes that you take. Take academics real serious since it is what you are going to school for. It is easy to get sidetracked. I believe if you go to class and do all the assignments you should be good.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH PARTIES. IT WILL RUIN YOU. Work hard and get involved.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is the place to be. Meet new people, get involved and inspire others. Eat em' up Bobcats!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it's very safe. there's bobcat bobbies you can call up to take you to your dorms or car at night. emergency buttons everywhere, security is good. you have nothing to worry about while you're enjoying college life.

    Greek Life

    i can't really say much about this, i'm not in any fraternities. but they're active, it's funny seeing them around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    i'm not in any clubs right now, but there is plenty of them. i've heard they're really great. plenty of fraternity and sororitie to join. they all help out during bobcat build. it's a great time from what i've heard.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for all types of students. there's really no specification, you love to learn? come here. you like to party? there's plenty here. you love meeting new people? come here! it's really for everyone no doubt about it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there's the san marcos river here at texas state. i've heard of one tradition where after you graduate, you jump in this river. it sounds fun and i will be doing that one day. during winter, there's polar bear swims, jumping in the river when it's cold! but don't worry, this river stays at a constant temperature.

    Bang for the buck

    totally think it's worth the money to attend here! there's plenty to do, plenty of people to meet, and beautiful things to learn. this college is just filled with beautiful people. go big or go home, this is my dream school, it's worth the money to attend your dream school. do not regret going to a place you didn't really want to go to, do whatever it takes to attend your dream school, texas state is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    well, san marcos is a small town but growing. things i've done consist of playing basketball at the rec center, going for walks around the beautiful campus, joining clubs, cycling around the city, visiting the outlets, and just exploring the city and campus and what it has to offer. it may seem like there's nothing to do, but trust me, there's always something to do, i can't find a day where i had a boring day. sights and sounds during winter is a thing you need to go to. it's fun, beautiful and just a good time to share with someone you love or friends, oh, can't forget the river! san marcos has a river running through it, it is the best thing ever! go there after class or whenever your free. it's totally worth it and the best thing ever.

    Food and Dining

    there is great food here, many different dinning halls, my favorite, commons. commons is a buffet type dinning hall and it's so good. off-campus dinning is great too, you like pizza? there is a good pizza place, Gumby's! it's really good and worth it. other restaurants such as taco bell, jack in the box, and subway are really close by. Pluckers is a place you need to go to when you're here.

    Dorm Life

    it's a beautiful experience i must say. you meet great people of different cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles. currently living in san jac(san jacinto hall) it's beautiful and luxurious, but be smart when it comes to dorms. san jac is the most expensive but you get your own room. i love it! oh, and on game days, the buses come pick you up to go to the stadium!

    Academic Rigor

    the classes towards your major are intensive but it is worth it. It is tough, but it's worth the knowledge. The professors i had were great and insightful. interesting courses offered. if you're having trouble, they have programs to help you with your classes, take advantage of that. In all, it's a great education experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    First year of college, try to find a place close to campus and classes. do not get a dorm, such as Blanco, it's the furthest from campus. Be smart when you are using Bobcat bucks. don't spend your refund check and apply, apply, apply to many scholarships.

    In three sentences

    It is a small loving community. it is surrounded by a beautiful city. this college is active in every way which makes it great.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very important at Texas State. We have a number you call that the school gave us, and a student will come pick you up, that way you can get to your dorm or class safely.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to get into. You can name any club, we got it. We have maybe over 200 clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Texas state is great for any type of student. Mostly its great for people are very social, that like to get to know people.

    What to do for fun

    There is many things to do for fun. We have a place called George's where we can play pool and ping pong and just hang out/eat with our friends. You can walk the square and go into many stores. Also we have the river so we can go swimming on a hot sunny day.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There is about 6-7 dining halls to choose from. 1 of them is buffet which is always great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is absolutely fun. All the roommates are fun to hang out with. Also the RA's are not strict but they do expect for the rules to be followed. The dorm's give you enough room to be comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very helpful. If you study hard and correctly, the class is a breeze. Texas State classes have good size classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for students looking forward to coming to Texas State is do not get distracted by activities that does not involve school work. It's okay to have fun once in a while but do not get distracted. Make sure to always study and get your work in on time.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great college to go for the next level. Out of 10, I would rate Texas State a 9.2. This school is fun and the campus is very beautiful. I would most definitely recommend coming to Texas State.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    What

    What to do for fun

    Go tubing in the river. Walk down the quad during club week and find a group to join. The square is a block away from campus. It's a plaza surrounded by bars. Intramural sports. The rec is always popping. I'm still learning a lot about the city

    Food and Dining

    I've yet to find anything worth mentioning, but there are plenty grease joints and cheap alcohol

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    School is what you make it. Many teachers will challange you and the school has many resources to help you. If you don't like what a teacher does, let him/her know. Help them improve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions. Don't be afraid of conflict. Get involved, find your passions. Be a sponge

    In three sentences

    If you need help, just ask...anyone. School spirit is seen everywhere. Wear your swim trunks in the spring time

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police do everything they can, but nonetheless, accidents occur, as they do anywhere. Security is decent at Texas State. Help buttons are installed every few hundred yards just to make sure students get back safely.

    Greek Life

    I don't concern myself with Greek Life, but I hear it is quite fun at Texas State.

    Clubs and Activities

    Texas State holds many, MANY events for students to attend, along with the usual club life that students participate in. STEM clubs need to grow!

    Great for these types of students

    Education Majors would love it here, as well as would Pre-Med/Biology Majors (among other Pre- things), Football players (we just made it into Sun Belt Conference) and heavy party people (just don't go dropping the school standard)!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Derrick Hall could be considered an unusual place, from what I've seen. The building plan contains four floors, 1, M, 2, and 3. There are two entrances on the same level; the only problem is they go to different floors. I never understood why the contractors wanted to mess with new students' heads so badly.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you paid for, and more! The washing machines are free, hall maintenance is paid for, and The Rec is paid for. There's not a dime you have to spend to take part in campus life. It's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and make friends! Go shopping at the thrift stores, go to the skatepark if you're into extreme sports, or stay on campus and play World of Warcraft! It doesn't matter what you do as long as you stay active. The Rec is probably the #1 spot for activities.

    Food and Dining

    The hall food is not perfect anywhere on campus, as any other college dining hall would not be. They are still decent places to grab a meal or a simple snack. Nothing I have had yet beats Mr. B's Chicken Salad Sub, though.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are quite old and/or run-down, honestly. Regardless, they are great places to live and allow for a nice college life with overall friendly Resident Assistants and hallmates.

    Academic Rigor

    Several of the Engineering programs are ABET Accredited. In addition to that, I have heard people mention how much more challenging Texas State is than certain other schools, such as A&M. From my personal experience, classes are not as much of nightmares as I originally thought they would be. Honors courses are fair enough to get an A in, and many professors are lenient if you are a good listener and class participator.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a visit to the school. Also, make absolutely sure you know where all of your classes are before the semester begins; it will make your walks a lot easier.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great school with much to offer. From the small city feel downtown to the academic energy in Alkek Library, T-State definitely has what I was looking for. Any other school just wouldn't be the same for me.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcat bobbies are always there to save the day.

    Greek Life

    Im not part of greek life, but everyone loves it.

    Clubs and Activities

    From wakeboarding to quidditch and Latinos clubs. You will find a club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    All students welcome, unless you dont like meeting new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hammocks in the hidden garden is a great place to hang.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is worth every penny you put into it. Great education, fantastic people, and a wonderful view.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is a great place to make new friends, especially if you want to rock climb. But there are always events going on in the quad and every club you can imagine to join.

    Food and Dining

    If you love Panda Express and chicfila, you're in the right place. Make sure you stop by freshens and definitely hit the commons for a meal or two. And dont forget starbucks is right next to the library.

    Dorm Life

    I love every one of my residents assistants, roommates and floormates. I have definitely made some life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors may not seem like they are being to hard on you, but dont be surprised if your midterms grades are low, just learn from your mistakes and study harder. Alkek is the best library for hitting the books before finals. Some people even pitch tents in there during finals week.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to texas state, prepare for a lot of chicfila, working out at the amazing rec, and nice tennis shoes for walking to class. There are a lot of stairs.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has been phenomenal. Ive enjoyed every minute of my first semester. The teachers are great, along with the scenery.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As aforementioned, there are plenty of fun things to do at TxState. One of the main activities is going to Sewell Park, where the San Marcos river runs through. The river remains at a comfortable 72 degrees year round, and it perfect for lazy tubing on a hot, sunny day. U-camp provides camp grounds for students when they need to get away for a weekend. There is shopping all around San Marcos, and right down from campus is the square, filled with bars, restaurants, and shops, perfect to walk around in and get business done at the same time. School spirit is raging, so you can't miss a TState football game and tailgate. Parties at TxState are ragers too, but you can also enjoy a quite night at the dollar theatre or the regular theatre as well. The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    There are five glorious dining halls on campus: Harris and Commons are the two all-you-can-eat buffet style dining halls, each located on both ends of campus. For a simple swipe, you can enjoy in food ranging from salad bar to custom omlettes, various meat, desserts, and even a FroYo soft serve. That leaves Jones, a dining hall where one can get anything from Panda Express to a custom Grinder Sandwich and chips with a drink. The lair contains places such as Chick-fil-A, Au Bon Pan, and Starbucks (there are two Starbucks on campus). The Den has Pizza Hut, Hamburgers, a Greek place where you can get the best gyros you will ever taste, and Salad. Outside of the den, you can swipe for some of the best smoothies you will ever have. If you're not hungry enough to swipe, you can always stop by either of the two markets on campus: Paws-n-Go or the Market where you can purchase any snack with either cash or dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus can be one of the best things at TxState. It is highly recommended to live on campus your freshman year in order to adjust and get to know the campus and what it's like -not to mention the fact that you get a little bit of extra sleep time before class. There's a residential hall for everyone and their interests. You get plenty of time to talk online to your roommate beforehand if you don't know eachother, and if you know who you'd like to room with, then you have the option to live with them. The bathrooms are cleaned every two weeks, and living on campus really helps you to see TState in all of it's glory. Texas State is a dry and tobacco free campus, settled right in hill country, so the air is pure and crisp for all to enjoy.

    Academic Rigor

    With enough energy and focus, it can be done. It may be relatively simple to actually be accepted into TxState, but there is a lot to be done! Go to class and do the work; it will pay off. Some of these classes are extremely difficult and require dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't expect to dress up every day. The campus is beautiful but it's a workout in itself just to get to class. 2. Get some bobcat spirit! Although our teams may not be part of any major league football circuit, the spirit is still there; enough to blow any other team out of the water. 3. Speaking of water, bring your bathing suit and buy yourself a tube. San Marcos river flows through Sewell Park, a park of TxState campus, and it is a nice place to go on a hot August day after class to unwind and cool off. 4. Don't be afraid to talk to people! Texas State has one of the friendliest and most diverse university populations in Texas. If you're lost or need any help at all, any fellow bobcat will be happy to help! 5. Have fun, but not too much fun. With all of the fun provided to TxState students, it can be easy to forget that we're all here to learn and earn, so make sure you give yourself enough time to hit the books!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is the perfect university for those who wish to feel as if they are part of a family. Not only is the campus itself beautiful, but all of the students attending Texas State are interesting and friendly; we are here to learn and want nothing but success for our fellow bobcats. It is amazing to me exactly how much every one in the school, working there or not, cares about our mental, physical, and scholarly success, as well as the means Texas State University provides to us to achieve it.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Float the river! Explore the square! Visit the Outlet Malls! There are also a lot of little shops and local diners that are very pretty and exciting to visit.

    Food and Dining

    Jones is always open. The better dining halls close kind of early, but the food on campus isn't too bad.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a great way to meet new people and get more involved! There are always events but on either by the RAs or the RHA council.

    Academic Rigor

    It's important to study, and study hard. You won't get an A just by attending.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get away with not buying textbooks because you don't always need them. Study hard! Don't be afraid to network and ask for help!

    In three sentences

    Texas State is diverse. There is always something to do. The people are wonderful and actually care about your future.

  • 12/17/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Go tubing in the river. Go shopping. Have a nice lunch outside.

    Food and Dining

    Great food. Also it is cheap for the whole semester.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is chill and easy to adapt too.

    Academic Rigor

    Great majors and students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a great college. Good positive vibes, high level learning too. Pretty campus.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have what we call 'bobcat bobys a survice 24/7 to take you from one place to another at night if your scare to walk by your sefl.

    Clubs and Activities

    with more than 365 clubs in campus, cluns for all majors and belives. you name it we have it.

    Great for these types of students

    hard workers, outgoing, adventurous, and all kinds there is something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one tradition that we have at texas state is after graduation you jump in to the san marcos river with your cap and gaund. dip your graduation ring in to the san marcos river. hold up your left hand with your tum finger pointing up and the following two pointing to the Texas Sate sign in the statdium.

    Bang for the buck

    small town which means good deails.

    What to do for fun

    For fun my friends and i go swimming in the san marcos river which is in walking distance from campus, the dollar movies, the rec center, hicking trail, attend the football games and event on campus.

    Food and Dining

    you have many options to choose from, we have two buffet style dinning halls eat all you want with just a swip. we also have a three food courts around campus with chick ful A and two starbucks in campus.

    Dorm Life

    every dorm is know for something for example i live in sterry hall which is known for been scary. every week there are event that are out together in order to meet new people and have fun ex; ice cream social, dances, yoga, kareoky night,bord games. Teilgating is my favorite thing to do before the games.

    Academic Rigor

    the instructors at texas state university are very flexable with helping students to be successful in their classes. classes can be challenging but noting that cant be done with studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    come ready to learn, make lots of friends, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    the most beutiful campus with great view. hills, river, and great people.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In general no one should be alone at night time because it is not safe. We have Bobcat Bobbies that can drive you to where need to go and we have emergency areas if you feel like you are being followed.

    Clubs and Activities

    For my first year I'm working getting more involved into clubs. Right now I'm a Hall Representative for my dorm and I participated in intramural volleyball.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State University is located in San Marcos Texas and it is the only school who had a president graduated from here. Lyndon B. Johnson graduated from Texas State in 1930. We have 50 departments at Texas State and 34,000 students who attend here. Texas State use to be called Southwest Texas State until the mid 1900s. The campus is on a hilly land that is 457 acres. School colors are maroon and gold and mascot is the Bobcat. I like Texas State because It requires a great field for my study.

    What to do for fun

    In San Marcos you can go to Sewell park to swim, go to the outlet malls, hang out in the San Marcos Square, or go out to eat with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok but I get tired of eating the same thing over and over again. If you stay on the campus on the weekend most cafeterias are closed.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm room might not be perfect but I like it because I've met some good friends and I have connected with more people that live there. We held awesome events in the hall and the events are really fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will be difficult but their are other options of passing classes. Ask people for help or ask friends for help also. Campus resources are available so use them wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming 2014 college freshmen , my advice would be to make smart choices. Do more studying and less partying unless you have a little free time. always ask for help when needed and try to keep your grades up. Just because times get hard doesn't mean you give up. Effort produces achievement.

    In three sentences

    My rating for Texas State is a 7 because it has a positive atmosphere and I've met new friends. Teachers, tutors, and academic coaches help you when you are in need. Students can connect with others by getting involved in activities and participated in Texas State events.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Probably about average. Not exceptional, but not unsafe by any means.

    Greek Life

    JOIN!!! Its wonderful!

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything I have joined has been great!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are wanting to get involved. Not super academic centered, but not a party school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most of campus is in some way haunted.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends. There is a lot to do around town, and San Antonio and Austin are not far.

    Food and Dining

    So many options!!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience was not a good one at all. However, some people have benefited from their own experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    there are challenging courses, but this university is not known for its high academic standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep an open mind and don't be afraid to try new things

    In three sentences

    It is a very nice school that provides the student with many opportunities. The majority of the students are well rounded and involved. Although sports are not a big deal, we still have a lot of school pride and spirit, Eat 'em up cats!!

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think our campus is fairly safe. We have something called Bobcat Bobby, which is a FREE service you can call if you need to walk back to your dorm along at night and you feel unsafe. Someone who is a Bobcat Bobby will come and pick you up in a golf cart and take you where you need to go.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life is big but not nearly as big as at other universities. You can join one or not join one and still make friends and have a great college experience depending on what you want to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Our univeristy has so many clubs! There's pretty much everything you might want to join and if there's not you can make one! I don't know all of them, but at the txst website you can search for it and there's a list of every organization.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY TYPE OF STUDENT. and I'm not exaggerating :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's organizations in the quad every weekday. Sometimes there's a farmers market in the quad and one goes on in the square every week. Sewell park is where everyone is when it's warm. The river runs through it and you can lay out, play volleyball, or anything really. There's a statue of stallions and it's the free speech area. You can also rub it's balls for good luck before an exam or shake a statue of LBJ's hand.

    Bang for the buck

    With the outlets, I feel like there are always some good deals going on. There are also some thrift stores on the square and little shops with inexpensive things. On the other hand, there are some places that are about the same price range as everywhere else and some expensive places. I do love the dollar theatre though. It's just a walk from campus and on Tuesday it's only 75 cents.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things you can do for fun in San Marcos!!! You can float the river, hang out at the park and play volleyball, go wander around the shops in the square (if you're 21 go to the bars), go to tailgate, go to Sights&Sounds (during Christmas time), go to the dollar theater, or go to the outlets! It's also pretty close to New Braunfels, Gruene, San Antonio, and Austin. So if you have a car, you can go do things in those cities also.

    Food and Dining

    I hate college food, but that could be because I'm really health conscious. Some people did not mind the food at all, but I thought the options were very limited. If I had lived closer to the buffet style dining halls (we have 2) I probably would have been happier.

    Dorm Life

    I thought there was a great sense of community in dorm life. You'd see these people all the time and maybe say a hi in passing. I had really great roommates, but I know if you can't live with yours there are ways to change it.

    Academic Rigor

    I put the academic rigor at 3 because it's definitely not an ivy league school (that would be a 5), and it also it not as tough as some other public universities out there. The classes can be hard though, and you have to actually try in class to succeed. Just because I don't have to spend all of my spare time studying though doesn't mean I'm not receiving as great of an education. I think it's because our teachers know there is more to college life than schoolwork 24/7.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone says this but GET INVOLVED. It really does make a big difference. Go to informational meetings for clubs and organizations to see what you like. You only have to make as big of a commitment if you want to and it's a good way to meet a lot of people. When you go to college all the other freshman are trying to make new friends also, but you have to put yourself out there. If no one knows you, no one's going to notice when you're hanging out in your dorm room all the time. Make friends, be social, and keep being social. Don't forget about school work though. I always over-study for the first round of exams so I know just how hard my class is going to be without failing the first test.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is a really diverse campus full of people of different cultures, backgrounds, ages, countries, and a lot more. It's constantly growing and the university is making a real effort to improve all of our programs. It's also a really fun place to be and it is a beautiful campus.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though there has been bad happenings this year, its a pretty safe campus overall with bobcat bobbies that patrol the streets and give you a lift if you're walking

    Great for these types of students

    Nature-loving, super friendly, looking for a peaceful campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everytime there is a win for the school, a star on top of one of the dorms is lit.

    Bang for the buck

    Included in the fees is the use of the campus rec, which has a rock wall, counseling center, health center, full use of the library, among other great things.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river that is conveniently located only ten minutes from central campus

    In three sentences

    Texas State has such a beautiful campus surrounded by nature. Everyone around here is super friendly that it's hard not to meet a smile on your way to class.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Float the river! Or run around campus. San Marcos is also fun to explore and the Outlet Malls are fun to shop at.

    Food and Dining

    Food can sometimes be gross. Just depends on where you get the food from

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is hard at first but it gets a lot better!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are harder but fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a roommate that you know beforehand. And also don't room with your best friend. This will make your college life so much more enjoyable

    In three sentences

    I love Texas State and I would recommend this school to anyone. It is a big school with a smaller feel so it isn't so over whelming. The classes are great and the professors are really cool!

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Capus safty is good theres always San Marcos police around witch is good.

    What to do for fun

    Theres a lot of clubs you can join,usually you meet at the REC and have fun!

    Food and Dining

    Loved going to LBJ, i usually just go up to the seconf floor and pick up a personal pizza box form Pizza Hut but you do get bored of the food, over all is good cuality food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in blonco my freshmen year, loved it there but it was sooooooo for away from the actual campus. Some dorms are right on campus so wish luck for the freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Proffesors always come to your aid but you have to go to their office in order to get that one on one help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to walk up hills and a lot od steps, always wear shoes.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a huge campus, its like a little community. love Texas state color Burgendy Help is always there when you need them.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Good food all within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Business major. Some professors read off of powerpoint slides and do nothing more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to walk a lot. Look up your prof before sign up for the class because of a great time.

    In three sentences

    Texas state is a great school with the san marcos river going through it. People say its a party school but what school isn't. Its a small town in the middle of Austin and San Antonio.

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of organizations and groups to join.

    Food and Dining

    Food is accessable and tasty, but the meal plans start much too late in some places.

    Dorm Life

    I love staying in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard, but they are passable if you try hard enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early.

    In three sentences

    I overall enjoy attending Texas State. The education is commendable and the staff is competent. The food's good as well.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UPD is always roaming around and they always answer the phone. However, the bobcat bobbies (after-dark transport service) are terrible. I have a friend that was at a friend's dorm until 3 am and when she wanted a ride back to her dorm, the bobbies never came. Come to find out -months- later, they only run until 11 pm. Not only that, but they still almost never come to actually pick you up. Make sure you always have a friend with you and if you really need to, call UPD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a few haunted places on campus if you're in to that. There's a dorm we call Scary Sterry for a ghost in a white dress. The garage underneath the library is full of bats said to be attracted by the ghost of a girl who fell (maybe pushed) down a hole.

    What to do for fun

    Float the River!!!! The river is about a ten minute walk from the Quad and it only costs five dollars for a tube! Not to mention it's 72 degrees year round! Also, on campus, there's a place called George's that has pool, ping-pong, shuffle board, darts, and a big screen TV that's always playing something interesting :) The Square is right next to campus; it's full of mom-and-pop shops and a $1.50 movie theater. There is also a bowling place that has student deals on Monday nights and the outlet malls do not disappoint! Make sure to join a club or organization and you'll be booked with fun on your agenda all semester long. :D

    Food and Dining

    Jones is honestly the absolute worst place to eat on campus. Everything is deep fried or dry. Unless you want a sandwich. Mr. B's Grinders is the best sandwich place on campus. The Den is my personal favorite. Amazing burgers and tacos, plus Einstein Bros Bagels! The best buffet is Commons but it can have its off days. LBJ has Chick-fil-A and Blimpies, you can't really go wrong with either of those.

    Dorm Life

    It honestly depends on your personality and where you live. If you want the college social life, Jackson, Tower, and Blanco are the dorms you want to go to. If you want to be left alone and be in a big room (feels like a hotel) Gallardia and Chataqua are a good place. If you like a family oriented place (has group dinners and hosts study sessions for everyone) Laurel, Retama, or Barretta are the best. There is an all girl dorm called Lantana. Good location dorms (close to the Square) are Laurel, Retama, Barretta, Tower, Lantana, and Brogdon.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to class you really get what you're paying for. It's not easy, but there's plenty of amenities on campus to help improve your grade. For instance, SLAC is like a group study session open from 8 am to 8pm. In some classes you might get an SI (Supplemental Instructor) Who will host a study group three times a week. This school has amazing academic integrity.

    Tips for prospective students

    It looks like a huge campus and can be overwhelming, but its actually kind of small. Try to pick a dorm nearby the square. It makes it easier to do things off campus. If your major has a learning community dorm, go for it. You'll make so many friends that way and studying becomes ten times easier. Always ALWAYS study!!

    In three sentences

    This university is very family oriented. Everyone here really made me feel like I belonged. No matter who you are or what you're in to, there's a place for you.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watch movies, listen to music, hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    They have multiple options and the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't going to be that great wherever you go.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough but you can make a good grade as long as you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared for college. Learn to study before you get here

    In three sentences

    It is a fun and good college. The professors mean well and are interested in their students. They may not have your degree here though.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Any time something dangerous happens on campus, the campus police makes sure to alert all of the faculty, staff, and students through our email. Our email is hooked up through our phones. Also if there are campus lockdowns, there are alerts in majority of the classrooms.

    What to do for fun

    You can join clubs on campus or go to the square or go to the outlet malls. The square is what we call downtown. Since Texas State is located downtown, the square is literally in walking distance if you want to go shopping and etecera. The outlet malls are a few exits down. It is home to over one hundred shopping malls; it is pretty awesome!

    Food and Dining

    There many options for food on campus. You can be extremely healthy or you can get burgers. There are so many options here. There are even two buffet style dining halls on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are awesome. The resident assistants (RAs) and the resident directors (RDs) are there to make sure your transition to college is smooth and if you have any problems at all they are there for you. The dorm rooms are spacious enough for all of your things. There is a lot of room for people to live on campus and they are still building more halls to accomodate more people.

    Academic Rigor

    Most people might think Texas State is easy, but it is hard. You are challenged here and you have to work for your grades. But there's always someone here to help you along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to all of your classes. Study vigorously. Get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is one of the best colleges to go to. The staff and faculty care about your learning and your success. It is also one of the most affordable four year colleges in Texas while still being focused on academics.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is so safe, for the dorms here we have scanners in which only allow the students that live in that specific dorm to swipe it, there are police emergency buttons to get help if needed from police all over campus, we have the bobcat bobbies in which are available at night to escort you to your dorm to be safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations and activities to do here, if you live in a dorm there are usually events held for your dorm, there are many organizations such as H.E.A.T which is a community service group, there is dancing for latinos, there's the rec in which you can exercise, racquetball, and so much more to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is so delicious, we have two buffet dinning halls as well as 3 food courts with restaurants such as chick-fil-a, panda express, pizza hut, salad bars, sub stations, bagel place, and more. There is so much to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very fun and affective. Living in a dorm means living on campus and if you live on campus you have all of the sources that you need to succeed. You are able to always make to class on time, you have the library near, you do not need to use a car or spend money on gas because there are buses that take you where you need to go. You can also interact with many people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is competitive but accomplishable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you bring winter clothes, a lot of summer clothing and for rainy days. Interact with people, learn from others and always ask questions. Have one on one with your professors if you are struggling, and always remember, you are not the only one.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is one of the best schools, it provides you with so many opportunities to help you with your struggles in your classes and there are individuals in whom you can speak to about your career. Texas state is mixed with so many different people, it is so diverse, the environment is calm and friendly. I feel safe on campus and the dorms are near everything, Texas State University is an amazing school.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police is always around making sure campus is a safe place to be. There is safety escorts provided in case one is walking home late from class or studying, all it takes is calling the number the school provides it's students with.

    What to do for fun

    There is usually things to do on campus! Students receive daily emails letting us know whether there is any activities going on that day. The organizations on campus usually have things going on. Sports events are usually fun for those who enjoy this type of social event, if not we have a river! The great San Marcos River which is just amazing!!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is nice but it does not compare to home made food. I enjoy eating in the dining halls because it is better than fast food or instant microwave meals. Plus, the staff members are extremely nice!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is full of surprises. You make friends or you find those you do not want to befriend. Living on campus is a great thing for any student because if you wake up late you can run to class and make it on time. The only downside of living in a small space is having no privacy from your roommates or dealing with their untidiness.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State University focuses on pushing students to accomplish great things and to do the best of their abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to be amazed. College is no joke. This school is a growing school and it needs all of it's students effort to make it an even better place to receive education.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with amazing, passionate, and dedicated professors. Everyone on campus is willing to help out. Plus, you graduate with killer calves because of all the inclines and stairs.

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency poles located all over campus to where if you simply press a button the UPD will arrive to help in less than 2 minutes. They send out emails whenever there is a reported crime on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are multiple fraternities and sororities on campus that have very good beliefs and believe in unity. You will have a wide variety to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to count on campus and when you join them you will meet so many people and possibly make some lifelong friends. The organizations are filled with friendly and very supportive people.

    Great for these types of students

    Study groups are great for students who like to stay on top of their grades so join and participate in them whenever you get the chance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is where a lot of activity happens.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you do is already paid for in your tuition so take advantage of your resources. You already paid for them.

    What to do for fun

    There are the San Marcos Outlets and there are also little shops around and there are lots of activities to do on campus. The rec has rock climbing, swimming, yoga, zumba, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls here are AMAZING. Commons and the Den are the best but there are so many choices you will never get bored with your food.

    Dorm Life

    Clean rooms and bathrooms. Nice amount of space and good air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not too hard, just stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always do your homework. Only miss class when it is totally necessary. Use your teachers' office hours to your advantage. Ask for help whenever you need it. If you cannot get along with your roommate, tell your RA. Use the website www.ratemyprofessor,com - it helps.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and it is so easy to navigate around. Some of the classes are difficult but if you do the work and are a diligent worker than you will pass. The only problem would be the wifi, it doesn't reach certain dorms.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus. There are police officer here just in case something happens. At night there are police officers to escort you to your car if you have night school!

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs at Texas State is a great way to get to know everyone! There are plenty of clubs here so find the right one for you! Or join them all and meet a great diversity of people!

    Great for these types of students

    I think you will fit in here no matter what kind of student you are! There is something for everyone here at Texas State! From social to not so social people, or for the people who like to keep up there grades.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get a lot for your money here! Restaurants are cheap and tuition is not as expensive as some schools in Texas!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do here in San Marcos. You can float the river with friends! It runs right through campus so feel free to hum in! Also there are theater shows on campus to see. If your over 21 then hit up the square! A lot of people go there to drink and have a good time. You can also just hang out with friend's around San Marcos there is plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning in the city is amazing and on campus to. They have a lot of places you can eat here and they are pretty cheap. That way you don't spend all of your money on food.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms here since I was a transfer. But San Marcos has very nice apartments that you can live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here challenge you to do your best. It's not the hardest but I recommend you stay on top of your work. The tutoring labs are always here and you can take advantage of them for free! The tutors are friendly and will help you pass the assignment.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to attend Texas State I say go for it. I transferred from a community college and it was really easy. All of my credits were accepted and I had no problem getting in. Just make sure you have a good GPA and everything will fall into place.

    In three sentences

    I really like Texas State University San Marcos. The school is great and the people that attend are friendly! The teachers are always willing to help you with your assignments if you run into a problem. The campus is a beautiful campus with free wifi so you can get your online work done.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Good food, nice staff

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit the campus first. Register for classes as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a beautiful campus. The instructors help you with whatever they can. Once you get used to the campus it is easy to navigate where you are going.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bobcat Bobbies are a joke. They are suppose to pick you up at night in a golf cart and take you anywhere on campus. I've called 10 times and they always have a long wait and many times only send people to walk with you. Have only ever used once. There's been a few robberies, sexual assault, and murder close by. Don't feel extremely safe at night alone.

    Greek Life

    Like I said, many sororities and fraternities. You may find your niche but they are very time consuming for a full time student.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs. Anything and everything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Lots of frats, good for people only going to college for the party scene. Fraternity brothers are generally not nice and disrespectful. In hind sight they are the inferior ones...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must try Gils on the square. The Manskee rolls are the best! Get ice cream on top or you won't get the full experience.

    Bang for the buck

    I went here because it was one of the cheapest 4 year universities far away enough from home (Dallas area).

    What to do for fun

    I drive to Austin when I want to have fun. Hence, I'm transferring to UT Austin next year. Have never floated the river - too bombarded with dumb drunks. Must be in a fraternity to get into the parties. After asking around it does not seem worth it. Good grades or brotherhood.. Whatever floats your boat.

    Food and Dining

    Very generic food, never changes. You get sick of eating on campus within the first month. GET THE MINIMUM DINING PLAN! You will eat out more than you think. Pizza and chicken strips are only good for so long.

    Dorm Life

    I chose Butler Hall. It was average price, but I don't feel like I'm getting what I paid for. Something is always broken, everything is outdated, and the RA's are not very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my classes are very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    I do NOT recommend this school to anyone looking to get a superior education. If you are also an A student, look at more reputable universities that don't have the party school reputation.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has a beautiful campus and offers many amenities. The people are very nice, however the classes are very community college like. I was an A student in high school and feel like I am wasting my potential at this University.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have UPD on campus. You can set up text alerts to your cell phone to alert you on on-campus dangers. Blue safety emergency areas all around campus...if you don't feel safe go there and push the blue button. UPD will come and help you! We have Bobcat Bobbies...they drive around on golf carts and pick you up from anywhere on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not greek...but everyone I know who is loves it. A majority of our orgs on campus are greek-affiliated.

    Clubs and Activities

    300 organizations on campus and counting! Need I say anymore?! We have a club or organization for EVERYONE! Find what works for you!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a quirky type of student we have a quidditch club and a hide-n-go-seek organization!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a statue in the quad called the Stallions. It is a free speech are so you can say whatever you want there and whenever. Legend has it if you rub the stallions before a test you will have good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    You get your money's worth at Texas State! I feel like I will be ready for the real-world when I graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Float the river! The dollar movie theater in the square. Going to the square! (tons of little shops and restaurants) Community Service! Bobcats love to give back! Go to events that are thrown year-round by orgs on campus. Join a sorority or fraternity. Tailgating and going to the football games! Play intramural sports or watch them with friends! Travel to San Antonio or Austin (San Marcos is in-between the two) Much much more!

    Food and Dining

    The food on-campus gets old after awhile! Not gonna lie. Now that I live off-campus I wish I still had the perks to eat on campus, but that's different! We have Chic-Fil-A and Blimpie's on campus. We also have 2 pizza huts and a couple smoothie places. We have a large variety and we have 2 all you can eat buffet style dining halls. They are both newly renovated and a lot of freshman like them!

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year I loved dorm life! You meet so many people it's ridiculous! My RA's were awesome and they always put on fun events. Texas State has 22 residence halls on-campus ranging from traditional style to suite style. I prefer both types, but as a incoming freshman I recommend traditional (sharing bathrooms and rooms). You are guaranteed to meet a ton of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Your general education classes are moderately challenging. Once you get into your major courses, be ready to STUDY! College only gets harder as you progress throughout the years. You have to do more studying and have awesome study skills. Texas State has a rep for being a party school, but that's not true. We take academics very serious on our campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour! If you are coming to Texas State, be prepared, we have tons and tons of hills! Make sure you get involved on-campus! Being involved helps you to make tons of friends and makes your college experience so much better! Texas State has over 300 organizations for students to join.

    In three sentences

    I think Texas State is full of diversity and Bobcat Pride! We have tons of resources on-campus that guarantees success. Everyone at Texas State is extremely friendly and welcoming.

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always campus activities on campus. You can always make a short walk to Sewell Park and go tubing for the afternoon with friends! Campus is close to downtown, near The Square, where there is always something going on! There are plenty of retail shops, hookah lounges, and a small movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    There's variety (pizza, burgers, Mexican food) of food to choose from. There are cafeteria style eating areas as well as food court style (Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, Einsteins, Starbucks, Blimpy's, Panda Express). There is always plenty of seating for all students even on a busy day.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on Texas State campus but there is a large variety of dorms/apartments to choose from (non-air conditioned to super suites). I have heard from friends that there is a lot of events going on in each dorm through your RA's or Residential Housing Association.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State's academics are held to a high standard, most courses are pretty challenging and encourage students to critically think. This is what college is supposed to do; it isn't going to be easy and this is a university where you will get a good education for a reasonable price.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering going to Texas State University I would highly suggest looking more into scholarships available at the university, local scholarships, and all the services available to you as a student. If your family makes an income of less than $25,000 you could be eligible for the Bobcat Promise, which means FREE TUITION!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is a great university if you like a large campus with small campus feel. There are a lot of opportunities to excel in your education. Students here are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and they will always show you it is a great day to be a Bobcat!

  • 10/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the best features Texas State has is that you'll always feel safe no matter where you are. The police love the students and love to take care of them, and there's on campus police programs to help with ride or if you have an emergency. You wont have to worry about safety, they take care of your well-being at Texas State

    Greek Life

    Top notch! It's great and friendly and pretty epic down here at Texas State. So much diversity in our Greek Life, it's just great and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great. So many. And they love getting people to join. Definitely get involved on campus. You'll make great friends and just have a blast doing it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students. Just be outgoing, fun and nice and you'll fit in great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The square has many crazy things that go on. The square is the place to go for great nights out, its like San Marcos's little 6th street.

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State is one of the top schools i the nation with many attractive people. Everyone's fit, cause it is in the hill country and everyone is hyped up on bobcat pride. If you want to have a good time as you build your future, Texas State is the school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Texas State has a river that runs through campus, a RIVER! The river is always a hot spot on campus, it stays 72 degrees year round and trust me you'll find adventures all around San Marcos an nearby towns and cities.Austin is only 30 minutes away, and that's always a good time. There's so much to do at Texas State from joining Greek Life to just getting involved in random fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    Panda Express and Chick Fil a are just a few on campus dining meals you can get with your student meal plan. Food always hits the spot and fills you up. The dining halls are all over campus so not alot of walking to satisy your hunger.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in college Inn. The dorms are average but there are new ones pooping up that seem quite nice. So expect the dorm life to only get better. I'm having a great time in my dorm,

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are so manageable all the teachers and professors actually care about you and want you to excel. There's tons of programs on campus that will aid you with grades. You just got to stay up on your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study alot, there's always tons of fun things to do in San Marcos, but keep your grades as priority number 1. You'll love the professors and students. Being a Bobcat will be the best decision of your life.

    In three sentences

    Texas State is the school to go to in Texas. It is the rising university in all of Texas. It can hold up with the other big Texas Universities in all aspects

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to go out and party, and make friends easily. Extroverts. People who can balance fun and a little bit of school now and then. Life at Texas State is hard for introverts, or those who need more attention from their professors since many classes are huge.

    Food and Dining

    I chose the cheapest dining hall card option and it was WAY more than I needed. Friends of mine who bought the more expensive cards with more meal swipes ended the year with 50+ remaining. They carry over from fall to spring semester but not over the summer, so just don't waste your money. The best options are Einstein Bros Bagels, Chick-Fil-A (but you get sick of it), and The Den.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are really nice (San Jacinto, San Marcos) but pricey. I stayed in a really old dorm because I picked from what was left and it was pretty bad, but with a good location. Pay attention and be ready to choose your dorms when it's first available so that you won't end up somewhere awful. As for meeting people, my dorm pretty much kept to themselves (other than the weird kids- who always seem to find each other) so I wouldn't say it was the best place to make friends, other than your room mate.

    Academic Rigor

    Students who are considered studious at Texas State would be considered average at a more prestigious university. No one says 'no' to going out in order to stay home and study. People at parties would frequently mention how they had a test or class in the morning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that this is a large university- you might think that suits you, but it doesn't suit everyone. Classes can be huge, and the attention you receive is minimal. There are students everywhere, mingling, and if you're an introvert it can be hard to fit in.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The parking garage that I am parked in currently is roughly a mile and a half away and there are some nights that I come in late and it would be dangerous for me to walk back. Therefore, Texas State offers a system called Bobcat Bobbies and they will come pick you up and take you to your dorm or wherever need be. It is very useful and used by many. The University Police Department are also patrolling at all times of the day. I always feel very safe here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is currently growing very rapidly. We have several houses going up right this second and are scheduled to be completed in fall of 2014. I am a current new member of a sorority and absolutely love it. It allows for so many opportunities and tons of people to meet and have by your side for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 300 hundred clubs and organizations that keep you having fun and meeting new people everyday!

    Great for these types of students

    There is a place for everyone here at State and anyone can find a place to fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the main points of the river that runs through campus is located at Sewell Park with a large 'Bikini Hill' were hundreds of people can relax and lay out.

    Bang for the buck

    For being such a fantastic campus in such a beautiful area with tons of activities and organizations, tuition and fees are fairly cheap and which take away the financial burden of stress and giving you plenty bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Living in the heart of Texas comes with many activities. We are surrounded by a beautiful river that runs straight through campus which provided incredible scenery and a relaxing place to hang out or study. Austin and San Antonio are forty-five minutes away with endless of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the buffet style dining halls are a hit or miss, but the majority of the time the many choices of food are quite tasteful and keep you coming back for more.

    Dorm Life

    Among the dorms available, there will always be a handful of dorms that are below your expectations, but for me it provides the ultimate college experience for your first year. Living in the dorms allows such an easy access to the school and all of its offerings.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter where you go there will always be challenges and obstacles to overcome, but you can always fight to over come these challenges. There is help in every direction you turn here at Texas State willing to help with anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    For anyone going into college, never stop applying for scholarships; so many things come up that are very costly and it makes it so much worse if you are stressed out about money. Always think ahead and have a financial plan ready.

    In three sentences

    Texas State has been a perfect place for me to begin my college career. This city is the perfect size for a college of this size and is located in the heart of Texas. Memories made here are unforgettable.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Texas State University puts on so many free events for the students that if you are one of those broke college kids you can still go and have fun for free! Along with the free events on campus the San Marcos Square is less than a mile away with shopping centers, movies and theaters, bars and plenty of places to eat.

    Food and Dining

    BEST FOOD EVER! There are plenty of choices of where and what to eat all around campus that you will never get tired of eating on campus. Along with the great food, each facility has recycling bins so that that food you don't does not go to waste.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a challenge but its going to be that way no matter where you go because you are living with a perfect stranger. Though it can test your patience at moments you learn to deal with all kinds of people and meet the most interesting fellow Bobcats.

    Academic Rigor

    Texas State classes and professors teach you how to expand your mind and look at situations with a more educated mind. The class room experience is a great one being able to interact with other students through projects, debates and attending school functions for the class with other classmates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a great pair of walking shoes! This beautiful campus is a little bit of a physical challenge during the hottest part of the day while hiking up the hills on your way to class. Go Bobcats!

    In three sentences

    Attending Texas State University was the BEST choice I have made so far! This beautiful campus is full of great opportunities with great people to share the experience with. Go Bobcats!

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and spots to join on campus! We even have a Quiditch team...Texas State is a great school for anyone who is social and likes to get out there! There is literally something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a really weird Indian/horse statue in the Quad...

    Bang for the buck

    College is too expensive no matter how you look at it

    What to do for fun

    The river is the best part about San Marcos!! The whole town is beautiful and the weather is almost always beautiful. It is perfectly located to Austin so there's lots of fun things to go do in the city as well as nature. The square is a great option for those who are 21+ and Sixth Street is only about 30 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Texas State is really good. They range anywhere from chick-fil-a and Starbucks, to all you can eat food halls and a vegetarian salad bar. I've never had a bad experience at any of the dining halls or restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Texas State has such a variety of dorms that you can choose from. It varies from the newer, hotel style dorms, to the concrete box with windows. It depends on your financial situation and what year you're in college. I stayed in Lantana my first semester and it was a classic white walled, cold dorm room. Its just what you make it out to be, make it a positive experience and it doesn't matter where you stay!

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Texas State has a decent academic standing as far as college goes. 90% of the teachers I've had have been helpful and knowledgable on their subject. The classes can be challenging depending on what course you're taking but that goes with any college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out there and make new friends, whether its to study with or go to the river and hang out! Wear good shoes and be ready to get some cardio on campus, there's lots of stairs and hills everywhere!

    In three sentences

    Texas State University is the best priced school in Texas to get a decent education. It is in the beautiful location and is an absolutely beautiful campus. The teachers are understanding and good at their job and the students are all friendly and easy going.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Personally I never walk around campus alone.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! You have so many choices. We have several choices of buffet style dining plus a couple of fast food choices like: Chik-fil-a, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, plus more!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. I live in a community style hall, but it doesn't even feel like it. There are so many restrooms on the hall that I hardly ever catch someone in the restroom while I'm in there as well. The custodians do their job well too. My room is really roomy too! My roommate and I share a walk in closet. It's just an amazing place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but your in college now. Make sure you prioritize your tasks from most urgent and important to least. Do not procrastinate, that will always have you regretting not starting your homework last week when it was assigned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to speak to new people. Everybody at Texas State is friendly. Also always check where your classes are located before registering for them. The campus is really big, and you don't want to end up with only ten minutes to make your way across campus. Don't be afraid to try new things, or to join clubs that interest you. Make sure to attend all the activity fairs so that you can see all the choices Texas State has to offer. I'm sure you'll find something that fits you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. It is full of amazing opportunities and chances to receive an amazing education. Not only is it focused on getting it's students a great education, it is also an amazing environment to live and be in.

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    FLOAT!

    Tips for prospective students

    Start early. Meet with your advisor, plan your classes and register up early. Get involved in what ever interests you- lots to do on campus!

    In three sentences

    Texas State has become a home from home; a larger state school with a small feel. I know all of my professors and they still recognize me on campus. Wonderful school in a great setting.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They really care about your safety here and have a few ways of showing it! Bobcat Bobbies are students who drive golf carts around campus after dark that take students to their desired destination. It's free and just a phone call away! There are also emergency podiums set up all around campus where if you're ever feeling like you're being followed or stalked, you just press the button of each podium you walk by and they will light up a pretty blue color that alerts the university police and sends them to where ever the last podium you lit up. Student safety is taken serious here no doubt. For most dorms you need your id card to enter after certain hours depending on the dorms so not just anyone is allowed in the resident halls.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 300 clubs and organizations, you are guaranteed to find a few that match your interests and aspirations. There's student government to pre-physical training associations to sororities and frats to even a Hip Hop Congress! There's also a huge fair at the beginning of school where all the clubs set up tables and offer socials that have free food! It's really cool to watch all the diversity come together!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who love the outdoors and athletics. However, there's something for everyone here! Whatever type of student you are, you'll have very nice and toned calf muscles and a cute butt by the end of the year!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A huge tradition for mid-terms and finals is to rub the hand of the Lyndon B. Johnson statue which is said to give good luck! Also, a Large Freshman Tailgate with free food and music is provided every year for the first Home football game! Old Main and a few of the dorms are said to be haunted as well! OooOOoOOOOoooh ;)

    Bang for the buck

    Texas State, I believe is one of the most cheapest universities in the state, but has the most to offer! There's all types of places to eat, shop, study, and play! You get your money's worth in education and recreation.

    What to do for fun

    The biggest activity on campus is river rafting, or anything to do with the river in general! Texas State is located near the ever so clear Brazos River where many students and local residents go to sun tan, swim, float in tubes, or have a picnic! At Sewell park there's 2 beach volleyball courts and an outdoors basketball court. Also, if you prefer the fine artsier things in life, consider going to the seventh floor of the Alkek Library where art exhibits are presented or go to the theater to catch a play. There are guest speakers on campus every week who challenge your knowledge and are completely free to see! You can also go to seminars for your career, major, or academic skills like note taking and reading comprehension. There's always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Commons and Harris are amazing buffets! WITH FROZEN YOGURT! The food is fresh and the staff is very warm and helpful! I wish they would stay open a little later but they have really good food. (and cherry coca cola :-]) Jones is your late night meal if you don't feel like walking to one of the many restaurants down town. Select food options in Jones stay open until midnight! It has burgers, pastas, sushi, pizza, subs, Panda Express, and wings! All very delicious in my opinion. The other dining halls are really good too. These are the main ones that are open 7 days a week. The other halls have limited hours, except for Chic Fil A that stays open to midnight Mondays through Wednesdays, but all have really good food and service.

    Dorm Life

    My suitemates are AMAZING! we all were blessed with the opportunity of getting to know each other before moving in. We also have movie nights in the lobby with the other dorm residents and we all help each other with homework. We have a close-knit community and it has really helped me become accommodated with the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    All my friends and I all have different majors and no major is different from the other. We all have professors that push us. They really enforce the Honor Code as well, which I believe is important for any institution. The work isn't overwhelming and the professors give you a reasonable amount of time to turn it in. If you stick to good study habits and time management, you'll be just fine. Also, freshman get academic advising which is where you meet with a counselor who helps you pick your classes and leads you into the direction of graduating with a major you're satisfied in.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T SPEND ALL YOUR DINING BUCKS ON STARBUCKS! It will drain your account. Trust me, I've done it. If you really love coffee than go to Einstein Bros. and use your meal trade to get a tasty bagel with your choice of shmear in different flavors and a medium cup of delicious coffee from the espresso bar. Sooo worth the meal trade!. Also, do not take the library for granted! Go there and study for a change in scenery and use your free 2500 prints! ITS INK YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR!

    In three sentences

    Texas State has probably the most fit and athletic students in the state due to the fact that the campus is located on the side of a huge hill. The food is actually really good and there is a lot of variety! Texas State has the friendliest and most helpful people you'll ever meet and the faculty really does care about your education.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 08/19/2013

    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!

  • 08/19/2013

    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.

  • 08/14/2013

    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.

  • 08/07/2013

    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.

  • 08/05/2013

    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.

  • 08/01/2013

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/30/2013

    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.

  • 07/27/2013

    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.

  • 07/25/2013

    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.

  • 07/25/2013

    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.

  • 07/24/2013

    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.

  • 07/23/2013

    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.

  • 07/19/2013

    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!

  • 07/19/2013

    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.

  • 07/18/2013

    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.

  • 07/11/2013

    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.

  • 07/08/2013

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 06/20/2013

    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!

  • 06/04/2013

    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!

  • 06/04/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 05/26/2013

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

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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.

  • 05/22/2013

    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.

  • 05/16/2013

    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!

  • 05/15/2013

    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.

  • 05/14/2013

    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.

  • 05/12/2013

    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.

  • 05/02/2013

    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.

  • 05/01/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    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!!!

  • 04/08/2013

    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.

  • 04/06/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 03/21/2013

    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.

  • 03/19/2013

    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.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 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!

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 146 of 366

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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 02/16/2013

    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.

  • 02/08/2013

    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.

  • 02/06/2013

    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.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/23/2013

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

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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

  • 01/21/2013

    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.

  • 01/15/2013

    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!

  • 01/15/2013

    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.

  • 01/10/2013

    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.

  • 01/09/2013

    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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/06/2013

    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.

  • 01/05/2013

    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.

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/17/2012

    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.

  • 12/12/2012

    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.

  • 12/10/2012

    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!

  • 12/06/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/29/2012

    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.

  • 11/28/2012

    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.

  • 11/28/2012

    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.

  • 11/27/2012

    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.

  • 11/20/2012

    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!

  • 11/19/2012

    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.

  • 11/11/2012

    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.

  • 11/09/2012

    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!

  • 11/08/2012

    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.

  • 11/06/2012

    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.

  • 11/04/2012

    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.

  • 11/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 10/21/2012

    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.

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 10/15/2012

    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.

  • 10/13/2012

    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

  • 10/10/2012

    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.

  • 10/10/2012

    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.

  • 10/09/2012

    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.

  • 10/08/2012

    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.

  • 10/04/2012

    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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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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.

  • 09/25/2012

    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.

  • 09/20/2012

    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! :)

  • 09/18/2012

    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.

  • 09/17/2012

    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.

  • 09/14/2012

    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.

  • 09/07/2012

    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.

  • 09/01/2012

    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.

  • 09/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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 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.

  • 08/20/2012

    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.

  • 08/17/2012

    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.

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/06/2012

    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.

  • 08/04/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

  • 07/20/2012

    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.

  • 07/18/2012

    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!!

  • 07/17/2012

    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!

  • 07/16/2012

    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!

  • 07/15/2012

    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!

  • 07/11/2012

    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.

  • 07/11/2012

    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!

  • 07/10/2012

    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.

  • 07/05/2012

    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!

  • 07/04/2012

    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!

  • 07/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 06/22/2012

    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.

  • 06/20/2012

    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.

  • 06/20/2012

    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.

  • 06/19/2012

    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.

  • 06/16/2012

    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.

  • 06/16/2012

    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.

  • 06/14/2012

    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.

  • 06/13/2012

    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

  • 06/13/2012

    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.

  • 06/12/2012

    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.

  • 06/06/2012

    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!

  • 06/06/2012

    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, a