The handbook is a publication of Texas State University-San Marcos, 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 www.dos.txstate.edu. 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.
Welcome, Bobcat Class of 2015!
It is with great pride that I welcome you to an institution that is like no other in the country, your new home, Texas State University. I would like to be the first to tell you without hesitation, congratulations on making the best decision of your life.
Lyndon B. Johnson, our most distinguished alumnus said, "The noblest search is the search for excellence." Your search here will be a journey that will impact the rest of your life, and it begins now.
When it come to academics, you can rest assured that you are attending one of the top institutions in the nation. We are privileged to have faculty and staff who genuinely care and provide an intimate surrounding for academic success.
If you are anything like I was as a freshman, I can bet that you are feeling nervous or anxious to be taking the next big step in your life. However, for me those concerns were quickly put to rest. Know that this step will prepare you to achieve any aspirations or goals that you may have. Texas State offers many resources, and we encourage you to make the most of them.
I want to challenge you not only to focus on academic excellence, but to also learn about the value of sharing experiences and building lifelong friendships. While you are here, take the time to get involved and learn about our pride and traditions so you can truly know what it means to be a Texas State Bobcat. I want you to seize every opportunity, and the only way to do that is to get involved. Whether it is simply going to the athletic events or becoming president of an organization, getting involved will make your time here worthwhile.
Associated Student Government (ASG) acts as the voice for every Bobcat. All ASG meetings are open so that you can learn about the issues we face as students and call attention to items that are important to you. I encourage any student to come visit us if you have any concerns. Our offices are located on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center in Suite 4-5.1. Meetings are Mondays at 7 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater.
Congratulations on becoming a Bobcat! Be sure to take advantage of your time here, attend class, make unforgettable memories, and always remember: We are Texas State!
Albert J. DeGarmo
Student Body President
Welcome to the Texas State community. I am excited that you have chosen to become a Bobcat. Members of the university community are committed to providing you with the assistance, encouragement and support necessary for you to become a successful graduate of Texas State.
The university community believes strongly in the concept of total education. We want to assist in your development and ensure that you are academically well-rounded and that you are also a responsible citizen. We want you to be fully prepared to leave this environment 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 student activities. It is important that you take advantage of at least some of these opportunities so that your time here will be meaningful and enjoyable. I believe that your success at this university will be dependent on your interaction in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. If you take advantage of the opportunities here, your experience at Texas State will serve you well in years to come.
Make the most of this exciting time in your life. As your Bobcat partners, we will work with you to ensure that the social climate on our campus is stimulating. We will make sure that our student support services provide opportunities for growth and are readily available and effective. Our goal is to help you become successful academically, socially and personally. We care about your progress, and we want you to be proud to be a Bobcat!
We are glad that you are here! Best wishes for a tremendously successful academic year at Texas State.
Joanne H. Smith, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs