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University College | Office of the Dean
Undergraduate Academic Center
First Floor | 512.245.3579

Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center 
Undergraduate Academic Center
First Floor | 512.245.PACE (7223)

University College Advising Center
Undergraduate Academic Center
First Floor | 512.245.2218

University College is dedicated to providing Texas State students with an exceptional undergraduate experience that is clearly focused on graduation and promotes personal and professional success.

Home to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program, the National Student Exchange (NSE), and the Common Reading Program, University College values diversity in both people and educational opportunities.  The BGS program is an interdisciplinary degree for students with specialized academic interests. BGS faculty and advisors help students in the program develop unique career goals that are matched by three Texas State minors. The NSE program allows students to broaden their personal and educational perspectives by attending up to two semesters at other NSE institutions at in-state tuition rates.  Likewise, the Common Reading program inspires campus wide conversations and prepares students for discussions of relative topics both at the University and with members of the community.

With programs such as the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center, University College Advising Services, the University Seminar (US 1100) course, the Athletic Academic Center (AAC), the Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP), and the HSI Title V program, student success is at the heart of University College. At Texas State, freshmen students begin their educational journey at the PACE Center—the University’s commitment to Personalized Academic and Career Exploration. It reflects a philosophy of enhancing student achievement within and outside the classroom through four student-centered programs:

  1. Academic Advising—helps students select the right classes, build a class schedule customized to meet their personal and academic needs, and develop a plan for educational success focused on graduation.
  2. Career Counseling—helps students clarify career interests and develop the resume needed to successfully transition to the professional world.
  3. Mentoring—helps students become engaged and successful in their major through peer mentoring and academic coaching opportunities, and to develop networking skills essential to career success.
  4. University Seminar (US 1100)—helps students transition to Texas State by leading them in discovering campus support networks, offering opportunities to make new friends, and providing mentoring from one of the University’s exceptional faculty.

University College Advising Services provides accessible, friendly, and accurate academic advising for students who are undecided about a major, those who are changing majors, those who are working toward admission into a particular program, and those majoring in General Studies. Advisors will assist students in researching options, evaluating alternatives, and making decisions so that they may make realistic and satisfying choices of majors. They will also provide guidance in completing general education requirements.

University Seminar (US 1100) helps incoming freshmen transition to college life by getting students involved in the university community and supporting PACE initiatives through related instruction, activities, and guidance. Class assignments may include attending a university event such as a play or a keynote speech and writing a short report about the experience. Through US 1100 career assessment projects, students learn about individual career interests, find organizations and activities related to their academic fields, and develop a plan that will lead to graduation and professional success.

The Athletic Academic Center (AAC) assists student athletes by providing support and development in academic excellence, athletic excellence, community service and career exploration, as well as opportunities for personal growth. In conjunction with the assistant athletic director for Compliance Services, the AAC educates student athletes about NCAA rules and regulations and monitors their progress for continuing eligibility. AAC advisors verify course selections to ensure student athletes are working toward their degree, achieving satisfactory academic progress and meeting GPA requirements.

The Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) is a statewide initiative created to improve student success in college-level coursework.  As part of the program, all students enrolled in Texas public colleges or universities complete required assessments to determine math, reading, and writing proficiency.  Developmental course instruction is provided to students needing to strengthen their basic academic skills.  More information about this program, assessment requirements, and exemptions can be found in the Academic Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog under Texas Legislative Requirements.

The U. S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant program, titled “Mentoring and Academic Coaching: Foundations for Student Success at Texas State University,” supports initiatives aimed at enhancing student retention and persistence during the first year of college. Examples of services students receive through this program include peer mentoring, academic coaching, and a comprehensive financial education program.

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College of Applied Arts
Agriculture Building, Room 300

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Agriculture Building, Room 201

The College of Applied Arts includes these departments and schools:

  • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
  • Agriculture
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Military Science (Army ROTC)
  • Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies
  • Social Work

The college also includes the following institutes and centers:

  • Child Development Center
  • Center for Children and Families
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) 
  • Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (GII)
  • Richter Research Institute
  • Texas Justice Court Training Center 

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Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
McCoy Hall, Suite 530

Century Link Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
McCoy Hall, Suite 115

The Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration includes these departments:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
  • Finance and Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing

McCoy College also includes the following centers:

  • Center for Entrepreneurial Action
  • Center for Professional Sales
  • Institute for Global Business
  • Small Business Development Center

The college provides the opportunity for developing leadership and professional skills through the McCoy Experience, a student development program that includes The Business Learning Community, a cohort of students that attend core courses and reside in a residence hall together; McCoy College Ambassadors, student leaders and representatives for McCoy College; and Business Leadership Week, an event that brings alumni and business professionals to the college for a series of lectures, workshops, and a case competition. Advanced business majors may apply to the Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIF) course to gain real experience managing a portfolio. The college supports 20 active student organizations. McCoy College is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Department of Accounting holds separate accounting accreditation by AACSB.

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College of Education
Education Building, Room 2001

College of Education Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Education Building, Suite 2143

Services available for students seeking an undergraduate degree through the College of Education include, but are not limited to: exploration of career and educational goals; assistance with selection of educational programs; interpretation of policies and procedures; information on course sequencing and degree requirements; referral to other university resources; and verification of graduation requirements. 

College of Education Office of Educator Preparation
Education Building, Room 2016

The Office of Educator Preparation assists undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate teacher candidates through the process of certification. It also collaborates with departments across the university to coordinate field placements, supervise student teaching and administer state credentialing examinations.

The College of Education includes these departments and institutes: 

  • Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Health and Human Performance
  • The Education Institute

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College of Fine Arts and Communication
Old Main, Room 112

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Old Main, Room 110

The College of Fine Arts and Communication includes these departments and schools:

  • Art and Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Theatre and Dance

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College of Health Professions
Health Professions Building, Room 201

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Health Professions Building, Room 207

The College of Health Professions includes these departments, programs and schools:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Communication Disorders
  • Health Administration
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Care

The college also includes the:

  • Physical Therapy Clinic
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
  • Texas State Sleep Center 

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College of Liberal Arts
Flowers Hall, Room 313

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Flowers Hall, Room 322

The College of Liberal Arts includes these departments:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The college is home to four interdisciplinary centers:

  • International Studies
  • Diversity and Gender Studies
  • Southwest Regional Humanities
  • Study of the Southwest

The following centers are housed within the college’s departments:

  • Center for Archaeological Studies
  • Center for the Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America
  • Center for Middle American Research
  • Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
  • Center for Texas Public History
  • Center for Social Inquiry
  • Center for Texas Music History
  • Forensic Anthropology Center and Forensic Anthropology Research Facility
  • Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
  • James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research
  • Texas Center for Geographic Information Science
  • William P. Hobby Center for Public Service 
  • Writing Center

 The college fosters education in the social sciences and the humanities and offers numerous study abroad programs. More than 50 percent of the required core curriculum courses are taught in the College of Liberal Arts.

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College of Science and Engineering 
Centennial Hall, Room 201

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
Centennial Hall, Room 202

The College of Science and Engineering includes these departments and schools:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Ingram School of Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Graduate Program

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