Texas State University-San Marcos is saddled up and ready to rope some graduates. The school has more than 34,000 students pursuing degrees in about 100 undergraduate programs, nearly 90 graduate programs, and a dozen doctoral programs. Comprising eight colleges as well as a graduate school, Texas State is the largest school in the Texas State University system, which includes Angelo State University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, and Sul Ross State University. It also offers bachelor's and graduate-level courses at a campus in Round Rock.
Texas State's main campus in the Central Texas community of San Marcos, consists of some 460 acres. The university also operates some 5,000 acres of recreational and instruction properties in the area.
As Texas State is ranked among the top US colleges for awarding degrees to bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students, the university targets a portion of its marketing efforts towards minority students. About 35% of its student body is composed of ethnic minorities. Texas State also enrolls student through international efforts.
To accommodate its growing student base, Texas State has been expanding its campus facilities. For instance, it opened a new undergraduate academic center in 2012.
The former Southwest Texas State University (the name was changed in 2003) was originally a teacher's college founded by the state legislature in 1903. – less