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About the Program


The Common Experience at Texas State University is a yearlong initiative that cultivates a conversation on a theme, fostering a sense of community throughout the campus and beyond.

As part of the Common Experience, all incoming freshmen receive a critically acclaimed book related to the upcoming year's theme. You will read the book as you prepare for classes, then discuss the text and theme in your University Seminar course. You will also participate in Common Experience events throughout the year.

Texas State's Common Reading program joins similar initiatives at hundreds of universities and colleges to prepare students for discussion both at the university and with members of the community. The program aims to:

  • introduce you to the Common Experience at Texas State
  • encourage your participation in the intellectual life of the campus
  • foster a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff