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College Awareness Tours

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That’s the message of the new “College for Texans” statewide campaign launched in the fall of 2002 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in an aggressive new effort to send more Texans to college.

The campaign aims, by 2015, to enroll another 300,000 academically prepared students – beyond the 200,000 enrollment growth projected based on current trends – in Texas universities, community colleges, and technical colleges.

Since this initiative began in November 2002, the Office of Community Relations at Texas State University has hosted ‘College Awareness Tours’ to 10,000 area students.

To learn more about this initiative, visit these websites:
Generation TX
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Fall 2013 Tours

Come plant the seed of college with local middle schoolers as they visit and tour the Texas State campus. Volunteers are needed to serve on a student panel and help with the campus tour. Community service documentation, free parking in the LBJ student center garage, and free lunch will be provided. Please wear a Texas State t-shirt and comfortable shoes for walking. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact Community Relations for more information at 512.245.9645

Friday, November 1, 2013 - Goodnight Middle School
Friday November 8, 2013 - Miller Middle School
Friday, November 15, 2013 - Goodnight Middle School
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Goodnight Middle School
Friday, December 6, 2013 - Miller Middle School

Request a College Awareness Tour

San Marcos CISD schools can request a College Awareness Tour by clicking on  request form and submitting it to the Office of Community Relations. (Open with Microsoft Word)

Here is a list of some of the areas highlight on the tour:

•    College for Texans Presentation MANDATORY
•    Aquarena Center
•    Fish Stock Lab
•    Campus and Student Center Tour
•    Southwestern Writers Collection & Wittliff Gallery of Mexican American Photography
•    Art & Design, JC Mitte Building
•    San Marcos Nature Center (450 Riverside Drive)
•    Freeman Ranch
•    Bobcat Stadium End Zone Complex and Football Tour
•    Career Services
•    Commons Dining Hall
•    KTSW
•    College of Science Observatory
•    Educational Technology
•    Firestation Recording Studio
•    Alkek Library
•    Texas State Total Wellness Program
•    Residence Hall Tour

•    Writing Center Presentation
•    Aerospace Studies - Airfore ROTC

Tour Requirements and Conditions:

•    Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
•    Bring jacket or umbrella incase of inclement weather.
•    Back packs and other handheld materials can be left in an UNLOCKED room.
•    Inform Community Relations 72 hours in advance how many students & teachers will be coming – to order meal tickets.  Parents will pay $5 for their meal.
•    Inform Community Relations of any attendee that needs special accommodations (wheelchair, crutches).  This is a walking tour.  The university does not provide wheelchairs.
•    A teacher and/or parent volunteer must accompany student groups at all times.
•    Buses will drop off at a location and leave.  Buses are not allowed to stay on campus.  Parents can park in the LBJ Student Center and will be responsible for paying.
•    If any supervised free time is allowed, teachers and/or parent volunteers will be responsible for their group.
•    Commons Dining Hall is an all-you-can-eat cafeteria.  There is no reserved seating.  You may have to eat with other people.  Please prepare the students in dining hall etiquette and encourage them to limit what they eat and only take what they can reasonably eat.  Students will also have to take their dirty trays once they are finished to the tray return.
•    Some tours are not scheduled to go to the bookstore.  Students do not need to bring money.  If students/teachers and their parents wish to go to the bookstore, they will do so on their own, separate from the sponsored tour.
•    It’s recommended to have 1 chaperone (teacher or parent) per 10 students.
•    Students should be prepped in the areas they are visiting and are encouraged to prepare questions before the tour.
•    Students should also be aware that the areas we’re visiting are operating offices and there may be official business being conducted while touring the area.
•    Conversations about etiquette and behavior are encouraged prior to your visit.
•    Please read with students the policies and rules of the Southwestern Writers Collection and Wittliff Gallery BEFORE your visit.