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History & Traditions

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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 Southwest Texas State Normal College, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, Southwest Texas State College, Southwest Texas State University, and in 2003 to Texas State University. Each name reflects the university's growth from a small teacher preparation institution to a major, multipurpose university. Through its nine academic colleges, Texas State offers nearly 200 undergraduate and post-graduate degrees to serve the needs of future generations of Texans.

Landmarks and Traditions


 Alumni House  Loud Crowd/Fanatics
 Alma Mater  The Ceremonial Mace
 Bobcat Alley  Old Main
 Bobcat Build  Pack It Up and Pass It On
 Bobcat Logo  The Quad
 Bobcat Mascot  Ring Ceremony
 Bobcat Pause  School Colors
 Bobcat Statue  Sewell Park
 Bobcat Victory Ball  Soap Box Derby
 Fight Song  Spirit Fridays
 Fighting Stallions  Strutters
 Hand Signs  Texas State Chant
 Homecoming  Texas State University Seal
 LBJ Statue  Victory Star
 LBJ Student Picnic  


For more information, go to http://pride-traditions.ua.txstate.edu/