Please do not go to this university if you ever want to succeed in any capacity. You will never find success in any field (save education or criminal justice). Do not waste your (or your parents) hard-earned dollars here.
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.
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.
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