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:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Fall 2014 Tours for San Marcos CISD Middle School Students
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.
College Awareness Tour Highlights
Here is a list of some of the areas that may be highlighted or discussed on the tour:
• College for Texans Presentation (MANDATORY)
• Aquarena Center
• Campus and Student Center Tour
• Southwestern Writers Collection & Wittliff Gallery
• Art & Design, JC Mitte Building
• Career Services
• Campus Dining Halls
• Alkek Library
• Writing Center
Tour Requirements and Conditions:
- Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Bring jacket or umbrella in case of inclement weather.
- Back packs and other handheld materials can be left in an UNLOCKED room. Texas State does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen property.
- Confirm with Community Relations 72 hours in advance the number of students & teachers participating so we can order meal tickets. Parents will pay $7 for their meal.
- Inform Community Relations of any attendee that will require special accommodations. This is a walking tour. The university does not provide wheelchairs.
- At least one teacher/parent/chaparone must accompany every 10 students at all times.
- Tours are led by Texas State students and volunteers. YOU are responsible for making sure your group behaves and follows rules 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 garage and will be responsible for paying.
- If any supervised free time is allowed, teachers and/or parent volunteers will be responsible for their group.
- The dining halls are all-you-can-eat cafeterias. There is no reserved seating. Your group may have to eat with other people. Please prepare the students about dining hall etiquette and encourage them to limit what they eat. Please only take what you can eat before returning for a second plate. Students are responsible for taking their dirty dishes to the tray return once they are finished.
- Students do not need to bring money. Most tours are not scheduled to go to the bookstore. If students/teachers and their parents wish to go to the bookstore, please have them do so on their own time, separate from the sponsored tour.
- 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 are visiting are operating offices and there may be official business being conducted while touring the area. Appropriate noise levels are a must.
- 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.
The Office of Community Relations focuses on touring students from San Marcos CISD. Other schools or groups interested in visiting Texas State can request a tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Campus Tours page.