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Why Texas State?

About Texas State University

San Marcos River
San Marcos River

Texas State University, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and doctoral-granting Emerging Research institution, is located in San Marcos, the jewel of Central Texas nestled between Austin and San Antonio.  Texas State offers more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.  Our Bobcat family is vibrant and diverse, with student enrollment over 38,000 and with 52% students of color.  Almost half of our undergraduates are first-generation college students.

Our campus is beautiful.  Texas State University is situated at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country and the Edwards Plateau, a location that offers outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities.  The natural springs that form the San Marcos River are located within the Texas State campus.  The constant 72 degree Fahrenheit waters of the San Marcos River provide opportunities for swimming, tubing (rafting), and kayaking.  San Marcos and its surrounding areas also draw lovers of music, food, cinema, and more.

The Talent Development program at Texas State is unique in the nation.  We address multiple senses of talent, creation, and well-being in relation to youth, adults, communities, and existence.  We are intentional in our equity-oriented curriculum; and we strive for a supportive network that 'sees' students, values relationships, and affirms diversity.  We attract teachers regionally as well as internationally (e.g., Korea, China, Taiwan).  The main campus of Texas State University is conveniently located off Interstate Highway 35 for individuals who want to commute to campus from home or work.  Courses also are available in online formats.

student in front of 78666 mural
Sally Salamander
The Texas Blind Salamander is only found in the San Marcos River.