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Student Handbook

The 2013-2014 Texas State Student Handbook

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.

Send comments, questions and suggestions about this handbook to:
The Texas State Student Handbook
Dean of Students
LBJ Student Center 5-9.1
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666


The handbook will, upon request, be provided in an alternate format.


Welcome, Bobcat Class of 2017!

I am excited to welcome you to your new home, Texas State University! You have made the greatest decision of your life to attend this extraordinary university. Your best years area ahead of you.

You are beginning your journey at Texas State during its most prime time. We just set a new record for enrollment, and we have recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution, an Emerging Research University, and just this past year we moved to Division I in our Athletics program. You are just the second class who will have the opportunity of enjoying football games at our newly renovated Bobcat Stadium.

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. For me, getting involved in a student organization helped ease the transition process of leaving home and coming to college. 

Your Associated Student Government (ASG) 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. We also have a meeting every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre that I encourage all of you to attend so you can hear about what is going on at our university.

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." Pursue excellence every day that you are here at Texas State, 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!


Vanessa Cortez
Student Body President

Dear Student:

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