The Texas State University System, founded in 1911, is the first higher education system established in Texas. Beginning as an administrative means to consolidate the support and management of state teacher colleges, the System has evolved into a network of higher education institutions stretching from the Texas–Louisiana border to the Big Bend region of west Texas.
Today, eight component institutions offer a broad range of academic and career opportunities. Throughout the System, faculty and staff are preparing students to work in and contribute to our global society.
The Texas State University System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the board. The administration, which is headed by a board-appointed chancellor, is based in Austin, where it provides support to the System components and state government.
The Texas State University System is Texas' first university system. Established in 1911, the System supports eight institutions by providing centralized support such as legal counsel, accounting, audit, academic program planning, contract administration, government relations and communications services.
The Texas State University System consists of eight institutions located throughout the state: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College. You can view a map of our institutions here.
Our universities and colleges offer a wide range of academic and job training opportunities, from welding certificates to doctoral degrees. Each institution maintains a list of available degrees and certificates on its website.