With an enrollment of more than 34,000 students, Texas State University is the largest member of The Texas State University System and the sixth-largest university in Texas. With 97 undergraduate and 99 graduate degree programs, Texas State is a comprehensive institution with a growing portfolio of research activity. The university also has a talented, as well as diverse student body. In fall 2010, the university enrolled students from 230 of the 254 counties in Texas, 47 states, Puerto Rico and 66 countries. The university’s current retention and graduation rates rank fifth among all public universities in the state.
In fall 2010, full-time Hispanic students represented more than 25 percent of the undergraduate student body, making the university eligible to receive the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Texas State currently ranks 13th in the nation in the number of Hispanic students receiving baccalaureate degrees, and seeks to be recognized as a national model for Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Texas State is also experiencing a dramatic rise in graduate student enrollment and increased enrollment at the Round Rock Higher Education Center. Over the past five years, enrollment in the Graduate College has grown from 3,279 to 4,088. During the same period, enrollment at the Round Rock Center has risen from 1,263 to 1,790. In fall 2010, the university enrolled its first class of 98 nursing students at the new Texas State-St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock.
Founded as a teacher preparatory school in 1899, Texas State has become one of the state’s premier comprehensive institutions with almost 1,100 full time faculty, as well as a set of world-class research programs in areas including biochemistry, nanotechnology, fresh water conservation and counterterrorism. Highly respected programs in geography, biology, business, education, psychology, creative writing, mass communication, physical therapy, music and more keep Texas State students at the top of employers’ recruiting lists.
Texas State’s University Honors Program offers unique, interdisciplinary courses and opportunities. Classes are limited to 17 students and taught by innovative, master teacher-scholars. Along with thought-provoking, discussion-oriented classes, students in the program can pursue an independent study project or conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty mentor.
While research activities are on the rise, Texas State remains committed to undergraduate instruction. Superior teaching and devotion to their profession have earned 19 Texas State faculty the designation of Piper Professor, one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive in Texas.