With an enrollment of more than 35,500 students, Texas State University is the fifth-largest university in Texas. Texas State is a comprehensive institution with 96 undergraduate and 102 graduate degree programs, and a growing portfolio of research activity. The university also has a talented, diverse student body. In fall 2012, the university enrolled students from 230 of the 254 counties in Texas, 47 states, Puerto Rico and 68 countries. The university’s current retention and graduation rates rank fifth among all public universities in the state.
In fall 2013, Hispanic students represented more than 31 percent of the undergraduate student body, while accounting for 20 percent of the graduate student population. Hispanics made up 37 percent of the incoming freshmen class. African-American students in fall 2013 accounted for eight percent of the overall student population, up 14 percent from the previous fall. Also, African-Americans accounted for 11 percent of incoming freshmen.
During the last six years, enrollment at the Round Rock campus has risen from 1,263 to 1,783. In fall 2013, the university enrolled its first class of 33 students in the new Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) program at the Texas State's St. David’s School of Nursing.
Founded as a teacher preparatory school in 1899, Texas State has become one of the state’s premier comprehensive institutions with about 1,100 full-time faculty, as well as a set of world-class research programs in areas including biochemistry, nanotechnology, freshwater 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 20 Texas State faculty the designation of Piper Professor, one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive in Texas.