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Texas State Student Handbook

The handbook is a publication of Texas State University, produced by the Office of University Marketing and coordinated through the Dean of Students Office.

The information in this handbook is not a contract and is subject to change at any time without notice. Copies are available at the Alkek Library, Dean of Students Office (LBJ Student Center, Suite 5-9.1) or online at Questions regarding updates may be directed to the Dean of Students at 512.245.2124.

If any information in this handbook conflicts with the Rules and Regulations of The Texas State University System Board of Regents, the Rules and Regulations will control.

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Texas State Student Handbook
Dean of Students
LBJ Student Center 5-9.1
Texas State University
601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666


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Welcome, Bobcat Class of 2020!

First I want to welcome you to your new home, Texas State University! Your choice to attend this extraordinary university is a life changing one and your best years are ahead of you.

You are beginning your journey at Texas State during its prime. As an Emerging Research University, Texas State is eligible to tap into special state funds designed to bolster higher education research. Texas State has recently added new residence halls to our campus in support of us welcoming our largest incoming freshman class in Texas State’s history. The remodeled Jones Dining Center is reopening and includes restaurant chains such as Panda Express and Dunkin’ Donuts. The LBJ Student Center will also begin the process for their expansion which will accommodate the close to 40,000 students on our campus. Texas State is proud to announce the arrival of a new head coach for the Bobcat football team, Everett Withers. Not to mention, Texas State is very well known for its beautiful, one-of-a-kind campus and river.

Now, I would encourage you to take the opportunity to get involved in your university. Getting involved in student organizations has countless rewards, from making new friends to growing as a leader and as an individual. The friendships we make here will last a lifetime so make the most of your bobcat experience while you can. For me, getting involved in a student organization helped me find my voice at this University as well as meet my closest friends. In addition, getting involved on campus tends to ease the transitional period between leaving home and coming to college.

Your Student Government is always happy to help you with any road bumps you may encounter. Our office is located on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center in Room 4-5.1. Please feel free to stop by our office and introduce yourself. The Senate meets every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater at 7:00 PM. I encourage all of you to attend so you can hear about what is going on at our university and help us represent your interests to campus administration.

Remember that your academics should always remain your number one priority, and Texas State gives you many resources to make sure you do just that. Our famous alumnus, President Lyndon B. Johnson, once said, “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” Every day that you are here at Texas State pursue excellence, because there is no greater reward than that of success.

Cherish your time here at Texas State and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. We are excited to have you join our Bobcat family!

Eat ‘Em Up Cats!
Andrew Homann
Student Body President

Dr. Joanne Smith

Dear Student:

Welcome to the Texas State community. I am excited that you have chosen to become a Bobcat. We are committed as a university community to provide you with the assistance, encouragement and support necessary for you to become a successful graduate of Texas State.

We strongly believe in the concept of total education and development. As Bobcats, we have developed behavior expectations that we all live by as members of the campus community.


We are Academically Successful
We are Caring
We are Healthy
We are Responsible
We are Proud

We want you to be fully prepared to leave Texas State with all the tools necessary to lead a productive life. Texas State offers a myriad of opportunities for growth and leadership experience through your involvement in student organizations and activities. Your success will be dependent on your interactions both in and out of the classroom, and we hope you make the most of this exciting time in your life. As your Bobcat partners, we will make every effort to ensure that our student support services assist you to become successful academically, socially and personally.

Best wishes for an exciting academic year!


Joanne H. Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs