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Why go to graduate school?

Texas State University is a student-centered doctoral-granting Emerging Research University located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor, the largest campus in the Texas State University System, and the fourth largest public university in the state. With a diverse campus community and student body —42% of students are ethnic minorities —Texas State ranks among the top 20 universities in the nation for the retention and graduation of both African-American and Hispanic students. International students on the Texas State campus come from 72 different countries, while many domestic students participate in study abroad and faculty-led programs as well as international internships. For the 9th consecutive year, Texas State University has been named one of the best colleges in the West for 2014 according to the Princeton Review.


Our student enrollment is over 35,000 with a graduate student enrollment of over 4,000. Texas State offers 88 master’s degrees, 10 Ph.D. degrees, 1 Ed.D degree and 1 Doctor of Physical Therapy. With over 1,050 full-time faculty and over 2,000 full-time staff also conducting research and creative activities, the university attracts growing external support. Texas State has an annual operating budget of $495 million and research expenditures of more than $37 million. The Alkek Library has more than 2.3 million titles in its collection.

Our distinguished faculty, nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs, and commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship create a nurturing and engaging environment for graduate study.

Texas State Setting
Texas State University is situated at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country and the Edwards Plateau, a setting that offers outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities. The natural springs that form the San Marcos River are located within the Texas State campus and its constant 72° Fahrenheit waters provide opportunities for swimming, river rafting, and canoeing. And if you enjoy shopping, San Marcos is home to one of the largest discount store malls with over 250 brand name stores.

The cities of Austin and San Antonio are approximately 30 miles north and 45 miles south of San Marcos, respectively, along I-35. This ideal location offers easy access to the best that these thriving cities have to offer. Austin, the capitol of Texas, is perhaps best known as the center of the Texas music scene but also offers many cultural, educational, recreational, and gastronomic delights. Likewise, San Antonio is a city steeped in history dating to the 1500’s and boasts of venues such as the River Walk, Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the Alamo. In addition, it is home to the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.