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Points of Pride

Texas State’s Points of Pride


World-Class Research

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National Recognition

  • Texas State is the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. president: Lyndon B. Johnson, class of 1930.
  • The Center for the Study of the Southwest engages faculty and students in the richness and diversity of Texas, the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico and examines the region’s people, institutions, history, art and physical and cultural ecology.
  • Texas State awards more bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students than 97 percent of public colleges and universities in the U.S.

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Academic Rigor

  • Texas State has the sixth-highest retention and graduation rate of public universities in the state.
  • Our Honors College offers small, stimulating classes taught by master teacher-scholars who employ innovative teaching methods. Students pursue independent projects or cutting-edge research working closely with faculty and produce an honors thesis on a subject of their choosing.  
  • The annual Undergraduate Research Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from different colleges and disciplines to share their research with the academic community.
  • The International Research Conference is an opportunity for graduate students from various fields to present their original research and receive feedback from experienced faculty members. It is open to graduate students from Texas State, other universities within the country and abroad.

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New and Innovative Programs

  • Texas State’s Center for Texas Public History is the first of its kind and breadth in the state, offering expertise and training in the fields of museum work, oral history and cultural resource management to historical organizations, museums and government agencies.
  • The William P. Hobby Center for Public Service trains public and nonprofit managers in the ethical values and technical competencies associated with outstanding public service.
  • The Texas Justice Court Training Center develops and administers in-service training and related technical assistance for judges and court officials.

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Superior Graduate Programs

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Award-Winning Professors

  • Texas State has had 21 faculty members honored as Piper Professors for their superior teaching. Only one other Texas university has had more. The most recent honoree was Vedaraman Sriraman from the Department of Engineering Technology.
  • Margaret Menninger, associate professor of history, has been appointed Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Texas State University for 2015-2018.

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Stellar Students

  • Six students from the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Texas State University were honored during the 2015 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Conference, held July 29 to August 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ash Kotwal, a doctoral student in the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization program at Texas State University, has been awarded one of 10 international Baker Student Fellowships from the American Concrete Institute.
  • Texas State University's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet Walter Brinker has been honored with the prestigious George C. Marshall Award.  He is a second-generation soldier with two brothers also serving on active duty. He is a prior service veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and has been selected as an Army aviator. 
  • Texas State University theatre students Jordan Morille and Kevin Talley took home national honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Six graduate students from the Texas State University College of Applied Arts have been named as 2015 United States Department of Agriculture graduate fellows.

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Competitive Athletes

  • Our Bobcats are part of the Sun Belt Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of NCAA Division I competition.
  • Since 2000, Texas State has won conference championships in baseball, football, volleyball, men’s track and field, soccer, women’s track and field, women’s basketball, women’s golf and softball.

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Outstanding Student Organizations

  • The Texas State University American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter was selected as one of eight finalists in the Collegiate Case Competition. The AMA is the largest marketing association in North America, with more than 350 student chapters.
  • Texas State University's Net Impact team from the McCoy College of Business Administration was named one of 44 universities selected to compete in the Up to Us initiative, educating peers about the $17 trillion national debt.
  • Texas State University’s Model Arab League (MAL) team received a total of six delegation and team awards for its participation in the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Regional University Model Arab League competition at the University of Houston.

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Unique Campus Amenities

  • The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is home to our campus’ most beautiful natural feature — the crystal-clear springs that feed the San Marcos River. The river meanders through campus and San Marcos and provides a home to eight endangered species.
  • The 3,485-acre Freeman Ranch, bequeathed to the university by Harry Freeman, is used by our students for farm, ranch, game management, educational and experimental purposes.
  • Among the many projects of the Center for Texas Music History are the Journal of Texas Music History, the Handbook of Texas Music, Texas Music History Online, Texas Music Café, and Travelin’ Texas CDs, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
  • The Wittliff Collections, housed in Texas State’s Alkek Library, include the Southwestern Writers Collection, which preserves and exhibits the literary papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers and musicians, and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, which houses the largest archive of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the United States.
  • The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center serves as a writer’s residence and site for lectures and seminars by Texas State’s master of fine arts in creative writing program. The home is a National Literary Landmark.
  • The L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment provides a writers’ retreat in Smithville. Writers-in-residence are chosen from among students in Texas State’s master of fine arts program in creative writing.
  • The new Undergraduate Academic Center provides personal attention and guidance for Texas State’s more than 32,000 undergraduate students. Featuring the PACE Center for freshman advising, as well as other career and academic resources, the center improves students’ success.

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Distinguished Alumni

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1930, 36th president of the United States
  • Roy F. Mitte, 1953 and 1956, founder of Financial Industries Corporation, a group of national insurance companies
  • Tomás Rivera, 1958 and 1964, prominent author and former chancellor of the University of California-Riverside
  • Gary V. Woods, 1965, president and CEO of McCombs Enterprises; former president of San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings
  • Marilyn Nolen, 1966, member, American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Powers Boothe, 1970, Emmy Award-winning actor
  • Heloise (Ponce Cruse), 1974, syndicated columnist and author
  • Thomas Carter, 1974, three-time Emmy Award-winning director
  • John Sharp, 1976, former Texas comptroller of public accounts
  • T. Paul Bulmahn, 1978, founder and CEO of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, an offshore development and production company
  • George Strait, 1979, Grammy-nominated music artist and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • F. Ann Millner, 1981, president, Weber State University
  • Charles Austin, 1991, Olympic gold medalist
  • Nina Vaca, 1994, two-time Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year
  • Jeff Foster, 2009, veteran center for Indiana Pacers 

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