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Points of Pride

World-Class Research

  • At Texas State’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, Ph.D. students and faculty work with real-world entrepreneurs in a business incubator, fueling groundbreaking discoveries in materials and life sciences.
  • As the site of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and Edwards Aquifer Research & Data Center, our campus is one of the best places in the world to study aquatic ecosystems and species.
  • In January 2012, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reclassified Texas State as an Emerging Research University. Texas State joins seven other state universities eligible to tap into special state funds to bolster higher education research.
  • In May 2014, the university signed a multi-million dollar agreement to collaborate with Jacobs on advanced engineering and science work for NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
  • In February 2016, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified Texas State University under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” its second-highest designation for research institutions.

National Recognition

  • Texas State is the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. president: Lyndon B. Johnson, class of 1930.
  • The Center for the Study of the Southwest engages faculty and students in the richness and diversity of Texas, the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico and examines the region’s people, institutions, history, art and physical and cultural ecology.
  • Texas State ranks 13th in the nation for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

Academic Excellence

  • Our Honors College offers small, stimulating classes taught by master teacher-scholars who employ innovative teaching methods. Students can pursue independent projects or cutting-edge research, working closely with faculty to produce an honors thesis on a subject of their own choosing.
  • Texas State has the sixth highest graduation rate among the 38 public universities in the state.
  • The International Research Conference is an opportunity for graduate students from various fields to present their original research and receive feedback from experienced faculty members. It is open to graduate students from Texas State, other universities within the country and abroad.

Award-Winning Professors

  • Two faculty members received National Science Foundation five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grants in early 2016. Hong-Gu Kang, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a grant for future research looking into the relationship between stress and adaptation in plants. Todd Hudnall, assistant professor of chemistry, received a CAREER grant for research with organic radicals.
  • Dr. Ravi Droopad, a professor in the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University, was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, which is conferred upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
  • Dr. Jovita M. Ross-Gordon, a professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology, was inducted in the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in November 2015. The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame is a nonprofit corporation that honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education.

Stellar Students

  • Ash Kotwal, a doctoral student in the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization program at Texas State University, was awarded one of 10 international Baker Student Fellowships from the American Concrete Institute. He also received an invitation to join the prestigious American Society for Testing and Materials’ Emerging Professional Program.
  • Five theatre students advanced as national finalists in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival program, making 2016 the sixth year in a row that the university’s theatre program has produced at least three Kennedy Center finalists.
  • Krystal Kurtz, an undergraduate double major in Spanish and English at Texas State University, received a Fulbright Student Award to Spain for 2016-2017. As a student of both Spanish and English, Kurtz will use her skills to help Spanish-speaking students learn English.

New and Innovative Programs

  • Our Department of Anthropology operates the largest outdoor forensic laboratory in the world, the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility at Freeman Ranch.
  • Our School of Music’s sound recording technology program, housed in the historic Fire Station Studios, is the only degree program of its kind in the Southwestern United States.
  • The Center for Texas Public History is the first of its kind and breadth in the state, offering expertise and training in the fields of museum work, oral history and cultural resource management to historical organizations, museums and government agencies.

Superior Graduate Programs

  • Texas State offers a Ph.D. in materials science, engineering and commercialization, the only program of its kind in the nation.
  • The Ph.D. in education program at Texas State University has established an international educational research partnership with Chilean universities. The collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in the U.S. and Chile. Texas State is also partnering with the U.S. Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.
  • The Endowed Chair in Creative Writing brings first-rank novelists and poets to the department. Chair holders have included novelists Tim O’Brien, Denis Johnson, Leslie Marmon Silko, Cristina Garcia and Barry Hannah, and poets Ai and Li-Young Lee. Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell will hold the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing for 2016-2018.

Competitive Athletes

  • Men’s Indoor Track and Field won the 2016 Sun Belt Championship.
  • Jody Stewart was named Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
  • Tramesha Hardy was named Women’s Indoor Most Outstanding Freshman of the Year.
  • Soccer player Lynsey Curry was the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Unique Campus Amenities

  • The innovative Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center provides incoming freshmen with a unique opportunity to receive hands-on academic and career counseling. PACE helps students clarify their career goals, develop a customized educational plan to achieve those goals and gain the skills they’ll need for a successful career.
  • Dedicated in February 2014, the 69,122-square-foot Performing Arts Center includes the Patti Strickel Harrison Theater and the Recital Hall, as well as a grand lobby, rehearsal space, a scenery shop, staging areas and classrooms.
  • The Wittliff Collections, located in the Albert B. Alkek Library, include the Southwestern Writers Collection, which preserves and exhibits the literary papers of principal writers, filmmakers and musicians, and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, the largest archive of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the United States.

Distinguished Alumni

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1930, 36th president of the United States
  • George Strait, 1979, Grammy-nominated music artist and member
    of the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Charles Austin, 1991, Olympic gold medalist
  • Powers Boothe, 1970, Emmy Award-winning actor
  • Jeff Foster, 2009, veteran center for Indiana Pacers
  • Heloise (Ponce Cruse), 1974, syndicated columnist and author
  • Thomas Carter, 1974, three-time Emmy Award-winning director
  • John Sharp, 1976, former Texas comptroller of public accounts
  • Nina Vaca, 1994, two-time Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year
  • Gary V. Woods, 1965, president and CEO of McCombs Enterprises; former president of San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings
  • T. Paul Bulmahn, 1978, founder and CEO of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, an offshore development and production company
  • F. Ann Millner, 1981, former president, Weber State University
  • Tomás Rivera, 1958 and 1964, prominent author and former chancellor of the University of California-Riverside
  • Roy F. Mitte, 1953 and 1956, founder of Financial Industries Corporation, a group of national insurance companies
  • Marilyn Nolen, 1966, member, American Volleyball Coaches
    Association Hall of Fame