Students Say

Texas State University—San Marcos, or simply "Texas State," "is a great school with an excellent business program," a "highly looked upon physical therapy program for graduate students," and "one of the best Education colleges in Texas," among other "well established departments." "We may not be at the same level as UT and A&M," one student tells us, "but we are the rising star of Texas," and Texas State "is slightly more affordable" than some of the state's larger, more recognized institutions.

Overview

Applicants
18,413
Acceptance Rate
73%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 560
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Texas State University—San Marcos, or simply "Texas State," "is a great school with an excellent business program," a "highly looked upon physical therapy program for graduate students," and "one of the best Education colleges in Texas," among other "well established departments." "We may not be at the same level as UT and A&M," one student tells us, "but we are the rising star of Texas," and Texas State "is slightly more affordable" than some of the state's larger, more recognized institutions. Students enjoy the fact that Texas State offers "a lot of choices," such as "great internships and special programs for each major," "flexible scheduling, good counselors, [and] great student support centers," "but [it has] a small school feel." Most students agree that while "the education is great," the university could "increase the difficulty of their programs [and] department majors," and it "could be more competitive when it comes to accepting students." As far as the faculty is concerned, the general consensus among students is that most "professors [are] very interesting, dedicated to teaching, and they try to get you to understand the material."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
1,780
with Terminal Degree
1,139

908
Women
872
Men
375
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the USA

George Strait
Country Music Perfomer

Ponce Heloise Cruse Evans
Columnist

Powers Boothe
Emmy winning Actor

Beth Moore
Religious author/teacher

Thomas Carter
5 time Emmy winning director

Tomas Rivera
Educator

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
69
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,930

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,977

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,206

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,031

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,295

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,160
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,020
Required Fees
$2,356
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$810

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$4,010

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

According to one student, "the students at Texas State vary in study habits, religion, and personalities, but across the board we are friendly and highly social." Everyone has his or her own niche" at Texas State; "it's all about finding where you fit in." One student informs us that there "are students who love to talk about religion all day, and there are students who party hard all week," while another says that a "typical student at Texas State is open-minded…we take pride in the fact that our campus is extremely diverse and our students appreciate and acknowledge that." "All you have to do is get involved." A good percentage of students also commute to campus. One older student informs us that he is "returning to school after some years in the workplace. I also work while I attend school. There are many students like me."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,177
Out of State
2%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

2.12%
Asian
8.31%
African-American
33.24%
Hispanic
51.28%
Caucasian
1.27%
Unknown

56% female
44% male
2% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Texas State "has something to offer everyone" "whether it's a party, movies, or just hanging out." "San Marcos is a great small community," and as one student describes it, "a booming college town where most of the people are in the same age group…and I can find plenty of people with the same interests as myself." A popular destination spot, where one can "always find every type of student" is "the river," in reference to the spring-fed San Marcos River, the town's "recreational center," which "everyone loves." Downtown San Marcos has "a great live music scene" and "is walking distance [from campus]. There are a lot of really cool thrift shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and a really cool vintage music shop called Sundance." To boot, unlike many towns that are home to large universities, "Texas State and the City of San Marcos have a great relationship that involves and welcomes college students." Some students have expressed to us that "the dining halls could serve better food" and that "there is always construction going on around campus so people constantly have to take detours to get around." But for the most part, Texas State students agree that "you can receive a great education while you are here, or you can spend your time at the bar or river on campus. If you're really smart, you'll find the right balance of the two."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
21%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tina Schultz

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
refer to http://www.ods.txstate.edu/student-resources/disability-documentation.htm

Documentation Requred for ADHD
refer to http://www.ods.txstate.edu/student-resources/disability-documentation.htm

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
357
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
35

5% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ally

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Texas State University is home to one of the largest geography departments in the United States. Its students and faculty advance theory, practice and policy in water resource management, natural hazard management, human health and recreation, and land use and land cover change, applying geographic information technologies and principles in innovative ways and in diverse environmental settings. The university is committed to protecting water, one of the earth’s most valuable resources, and established The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Students and faculty, through various projects and programs, work to bring awareness about river ecosystems, influence public policy, and educate the community about the important role water plays in all our lives. On campus, the university appointed a fulltime coordinator of recycling and waste management to run a campus-wide recycling program. The city of San Marcos also developed the Go Green initiative to educate the community, including the Texas State University campus, about the importance of reducing your carbon footprint and implanting sustainable practices for the future. In the classroom, Texas State offers a graduate interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in sustainability studies, through which students can pursue either a master of arts or a master of science. The university encourages all students to take simple steps to conserve energy, from taking shorter showers and powering down devices like laptop computers when they’re not in use to walking or biking to class and using natural light instead of artificial light whenever possible. Around campus, several rainwater collection cisterns irrigate the landscape, which is flush with drought-resistant and low-water vegetation.

Green Rating
86
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
56

Average Number of PC's per Lab
32

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
87%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh, Packard Bell, Compaq

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joslyn Johnson
Coordinator of the Welcome Center

Address
Texas State Welcome Center
LBJ Student Center
San Marcos, Tx 78666-4616

Phone
512-245-8871

Email
welcomecenter@txstate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
LBJ Student Center
Alkek Library
Student Recreation Center
The Quad
Sewell Park
The Quad is a walk way that runs the length of the campus which most academic buildings open on to. Student gather here to visit between classes. Sewell Park is a general recreational park where students gather to swim, sun bathe, throw frisbees, and play ball. The San Marcos river runs through the park.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Aquarena Springs - San Marcos River source.
Austin's 6th Street - live music district 20 min.
The San Marcos Outlet Malls - 10 min.
Schliterbaun, Guadalupe River, tubing - 20 min
San Antonio - the Alamo, Market Square - 45 min
Texas State provides the comfort and security of a university hamlet, isolated from the hectic pace of a large city, while providing the convenience of two major metropolitan centers(Austin and San Antonio)less than an hour drive from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am - 5pm
512-245-8871

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 9 am, 11 am and 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
http://interact.cstv.com/prospects/index.cfm?school_code=txst&sport=m-baskbl

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle buses run to local apartments during the academic sessions. There is a train station approximately one mile from campus. Major airports include Bergstrom in Austin - 25 minutes from campus, and San Antonio International 45 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from Austin take I-35 south for 20 minutes. Take the Aquarena Springs exit to the right. After passing the Texas State Stadium move to the right lane and enter a parking station with a marquee campus map and directions to different locations on campus.

Local Accommodations
http://www.sanmarcostexas.com/lodging/default.asp