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General Information about Texas State University


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Texas State University is a doctoral-granting university located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor, the largest campus in the Texas State University System, and the 6th largest in the state.

Texas State is also the lead institution of a multi-institution teaching center offering several programs in the greater north Austin area. See Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC).

Location: Located on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies become beautiful hills, 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 its picturesque settings. The campus is in San Marcos, a community about halfway between Austin and San Antonio. Its location on the banks of the San Marcos River provides recreational and leisure activities for students throughout the year.

History: 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, 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. Texas State's original mission was to prepare Texas public school teachers, especially those of south central Texas. It became renowned for carrying out this mission, but today it does far more



Texas State University at a Glance

San Marcos is situated on the edge of the legendary Texas Hill Country.

Texas State is located in San Marcos, halfway between Austin (30 miles) and San Antonio  (45 miles).
  • Texas State University is a premier, student-centered public university offering baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees to students on a traditional residential campus.  
  • Founded: 1899 as SWT State Normal School
  • President: Dr. Denise M. Trauth
  • Campus area: 427 acres in main campus (including 4,322 acres of farm, ranch & recreational areas).