The University

Choosing Texas State as your exchange institution

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McCoy building on campus

Students and faculty gathered near Old Main building

Inside Alkek Library

Author event at the Wittliff Collections

Theater Building and ponds at night

Texas State's 35,000-plus students choose from 96 bachelor's, 86 master's and 12 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and the Graduate College. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State offers opportunities for discovery and innovation to faculty and students.

Our students come from around the globe, and our student body is diverse. Forty-two percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Texas State ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students. See the University Factbook for more information on our student body.


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San Marcos Campus:

The Texas State campus is as diverse as the students who live and learn here. Our hilly grounds are home to 218 buildings. Some, like Old Main, are as old as the university itself. Others, such as the new Undergraduate Academic Center, opened in 2012 and more new buildings are scheduled for completion soon.

At the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment on the Texas State campus, you can see the second-largest springs in Texas through the floor of a glass-bottom boat or glass-bottom kayak. These springs feed the San Marcos River and are home to eight endangered species, including the Texas blind salamander. Our campus is one of the best places in the world to study aquatic ecosystems and species.



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, 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. Texas State's original mission was to prepare Texas public school teachers. It became renowned for carrying out this mission, but today it does far more.

Quick Facts about Texas State:

Founded: 1899
Location: San Marcos, Texas
City Population: 50,000+
General Area: Texas Hill Country; I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio
Main Campus: 457 acres
Student Enrollment: 38,000+
Degree Programs: 96 bachelor's, 86 master's, and 12 doctoral
Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division I, Sun Belt Conference
Notable Former Students: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, Grammy Award-winning country singer Geoge Strait, country singer Randy Rogers, writer Tomás Rivera, actor Powers Boothe, actress Tracy Scoggins, composer Wayne Oquin, and all-star baseball player Paul Goldschmidt.

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