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| The success I currently enjoy is related primarily to the graduate program I attended. TX State did not prepare me for grad school or for work in my field. One problem was that some of the faculty did not require long essays even in upper division writing-intensive courses. Also, most of the faculty did not provide enough feedback on work. They'd give you a grade and a comment or two, but they did not provide concrete advise on how to improve. When I got to grad school (I had a very high GRE score thanks to Kaplan) I was very behind. Through hard work I ended up doing well. I hear that TX State now has some strong programs (e.g. creative writing and geography), but I've been back to the school recently, and the deep-seated mediocrity is apparent. If you are talented and ambitious, find another school. |
|Mar 14 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| To give y'all some prospective, I have attended three separate schools all over the country (two 4-year, one 2-year for summer classes) and this is by far the worst school I have attended. I was very excited to transfer to Texas State University after spending three years at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. I had grown tired of living in Lubbock and being isolated from the rest of the world so I decided to transfer to Texas State for the fall semester in 2012. My initial excitement for being a Bobcat wore off within a couple of weeks once I quickly realized that I had made the worst mistake of my life in transferring to Texas State. The semester I spent at Texas State was an awful experience and I promptly transferred back to Texas Tech for the spring 2013 semester. It's hard to even figure out where to begin on the list of things wrong with this place. Basically, Texas State is a third rate public university located in a dingy and overcrowded town. There is absolutely no school spirit here; you will see more people wearing UT and A&M gear on campus than Texas State gear. Any traditions you see here are lifted from other Texas schools which is pretty sad and pathetic. They even have something called "Cat Camp" for incoming students which is a direct knockoff of A&M's Fish Camp. This lack of school spirit arises from the fact that Texas State is a glorified commuter school. However, Texas State doesn't even do that well. There is a severe lack of parking on campus, and the shuttle bus system is inadequate at best. San Marcos itself is gross, overcrowded, and run down and the locals are extremely sketchy. The town is rough enough that the Wal-Mart in San Marcos has to lock up practically everything in the store in glass cases so you need to get an associate to unlock the case before you can get your items. The only positive about living San Marcos is that you can easily leave and go to Austin, San Antonio, or New Braunfels relatively quickly. The school will try and sell how beautiful the campus is and how there's a river running through campus but the river is filled with weeds and smells like garbage and the campus itself is only beautiful if you can appreciate the beauty of concrete. For the most part, the students here are the absolute bottom of the barrel academically. They will leave in large amounts right in the middle of lectures despite the draconian attendance policies instituted by most of the professors and you will want to bash your head against your desk out of frustration during most classroom discussions. Despite popular belief, Texas State is not a party school unless your idea of partying is smoking copious amounts of weed and then doing nothing afterward. Most of the students go home during the weekends anyway, so don't expect much fun in that department. The Greek system here is a joke compared to bigger Texas schools and beautiful girls are few and far between. To adapt to the lack of intelligence and motivation of the student body, most of your class work will be nothing but mindless busy work. The faculty seems indifferent in general, but who can blame them when you have to deal with the students that go here on a regular basis. Unless you are either a hippie or a burnout you will not enjoy your time here. If you were accepted into any other schools, you should do yourself a favor and avoid this place at all costs. |
|Feb 19 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| First, let me start out how excited I was to come to Texas State. Now that feeling has quickly passed, as I have realized what a big mistake I made. Texas state university, you should know, is not nationally recognized...its BARELY recognized within Texas. Social life here consists of joining a frat or sorority, and while these organizations are not always bad, the people here take them way to seriously. If you come here, be prepared to rush. And those in the frats and sororities are usually rude and pretentious. The general student population has a poor work ethic, I know many people who hardly ever go to class, despite the fact that many of the classes do actually have attendance policies. People here barely know how to read, and many of the students are very immature and condescending, and do not take school seriously. There is also no school pride, which is disheartening. |
As for this place being a party school, that's a fairly accurate statement, as most students here would rather party, or at least blow off class, rather than study or try to do well academically. Also, whether the party stereotype is true or not, it IS the reputation of the school, and that reputation will follow you when you try to get a job later on with your degree.
Many professors here are actually decent, but of course there are several who don't encourage you to grow intellectually at all, and that's disappointing. I feel like I learned more in my high school classes than in some of the classes I am taking here. But I guess you can't really blame the faculty for being jaded, because if the students don't care about class or put any effort in, then the professors aren't going to care either.
Also the administration in general is terrible. It takes hours to get simple things straightened out via phone, and most of the employees are rude and are not knowledgeable about their jobs, which frequently leads to matters being mishandled, you getting screwed, etc. I can't tell you the number of times I've called a department and have been treated badly. They also have given me lots of false information simply because they don't know what they're doing. They are very unorganized and don't seem to care that they are basically lying to you.All in all, I would say if you want to expand your intellect, and if you genuinely care about your education and success, go elsewhere. If you like partying, fraternities/sororities, blowing off class, not really achieving anything academically, and being around other people who sharer this same mind set, this is the place for you
|Oct 03 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |