Texas State University-San Marcos

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  • Texas State’s 34,114 stu­dents choose from 97 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doc­toral degree pro­grams offered by the fol­low­ing col­leges: Applied Arts, McCoy Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Edu­ca­tion, Fine Arts and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Health Pro­fes­sions, Lib­eral Arts, Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­sity Col­lege and the Grad­u­ate Col­lege.

    Texas State stu­dents come from around the globe, and our stu­dent body is diverse. Thirty-​seven per­cent of Texas State stu­dents are eth­nic minori­ties. His­panic Out­look ranks Texas State 14th in the nation for the num­ber of bachelor’s degrees awarded to His­panic stu­dents. See the Uni­ver­sity Fact­book for more infor­ma­tion on our stu­dent body.


    Texas State’s main cam­pus is in San Mar­cos, a grow­ing com­mu­nity of 50,000 peo­ple about halfway between Austin and San Anto­nio. Located on the edge of the Texas Hill Coun­try, Texas State enjoys a set­ting that is unique among Texas universities.

    The beauty of the crystal-​clear San Mar­cos River and the stately cypress and pecan trees on the cam­pus adds to the charm of the university’s pic­turesque set­ting. Our loca­tion on the banks of the San Mar­cos River pro­vides recre­ational activ­i­ties for stu­dents through­out the year.

    The Texas State Uni­ver­sity Round Rock Cam­pus offers upper-​level courses lead­ing to bachelor’s degrees and com­plete master’s degree and cer­tifi­cate pro­grams at con­ve­nient times in Williamson County.

    Through part­ner­ships with nearby Austin Com­mu­nity Col­lege (ACC) and Tem­ple Col­lege at Tay­lor (TCAT), stu­dents can com­plete the lower-​level courses com­pris­ing the rest of a bachelor’s degree pro­gram. Stu­dents who com­plete their degree require­ments on Texas State’s Round Rock cam­pus earn their degrees from Texas State University.

    The newest addi­tion to the Round Rock Cam­pus is the St. David’s School of Nurs­ing. Stu­dents enter in their junior year after com­plet­ing pre­req­ui­sites and earn a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in nursing.

    You can find more com­plete infor­ma­tion about the Round Rock Cam­pus in these Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions (FAQs).

    San Mar­cos Campus

    As the university’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion has grown — from 303 in 1903 to 34,114 in 2011 — our San Mar­cos cam­pus, too, has expanded. Today it con­sists of a 457-​acre main cam­pus and 5,038 addi­tional acres in recre­ational, instruc­tional, farm and ranch land.

    The Texas State cam­pus is as diverse as the stu­dents who live and learn here. Our hilly cam­pus is home to 225 build­ings. Some, like Old Main, are as old as the uni­ver­sity itself. Oth­ers, such as McCoy Hall and the Mitte Com­plex, are cutting-​edge facilities.

    At the Aquarena Cen­ter on the Texas State cam­pus, you can see the second-​largest springs in Texas through the floor of a glass-​bottom boat. These springs feed the San Mar­cos River and are home to eight endan­gered species, includ­ing the Texas blind sala­man­der. In fact, as the site of the Aquarena Cen­ter, River Sys­tems Insti­tute and Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Cen­ter, our cam­pus is one of the best places in the world to study aquatic ecosys­tems and species.


    Autho­rized by the Texas Leg­is­la­ture in 1899, South­west Texas State Nor­mal School opened its doors in 1903. Over the years, the Leg­is­la­ture broad­ened the institution’s scope and changed its name, in suc­ces­sion, to Nor­mal Col­lege, Teach­ers Col­lege, Col­lege, South­west Texas State Uni­ver­sity, and in 2003 to Texas State University-​San Mar­cos. Each name reflects the university’s growth from a small teacher prepa­ra­tion insti­tu­tion to a major, mul­ti­pur­pose uni­ver­sity. Texas State’s orig­i­nal mis­sion was to pre­pare Texas pub­lic school teach­ers. It became renowned for car­ry­ing out this mis­sion, but today it does far more.


    Website txstate.edu
    Phone +1.512.245.2111

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