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Southwest Texas State Student Life

Southwest Texas State is on a 495-acre campus in a suburban setting in San Marcos, Texas, not far from San Antonio and Austin. Southwest Texas State has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Southwest Texas State also has fraternities and sororities.

Southwest Texas State has a thriving Veterans Alliance of Texas State. In fact, more students participate in Veterans Alliance of Texas State than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Southwest Texas State include Texas State Strutters (Dance performance group), Student Foundation, Sport Clubs Alliance and Student Association for Campus Activities.

Southwest Texas State students' favorite campus events are Homecoming, Springfest and Bobcat Build.

Does Southwest Texas State offer student housing?

Southwest Texas State offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Southwest Texas State students live off campus. In 2021, 16% of undergrads at Southwest Texas State lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 83% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Southwest Texas State. There are 6,856 spots available in on-campus housing for all 33,193 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 5,945 students chose to live in campus housing. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Southwest Texas State offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Safety at Southwest Texas State

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Texas State University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Southwest Texas State campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Southwest Texas State offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, Southwest Texas State has Emergency Notification System (electronic signs) within classrooms and offices.

Plan a Visit to Southwest Texas State

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Southwest Texas State, take Interstate 35 to San Marcos, TX. If you need to fly, book your flight to Austin-Bergstrom International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Texas you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Southwest Texas State's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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