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Academics

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some departments fall short and others are amazing!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Its a wide rage of professors and grading systems which make you stay on your toes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Our academics are great and I have been getting better I feel. I have had a Doctor for almost every subject I have taken at Texas State and have been pleased with almost all of my professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: You have to be on top of your registration to ensure you get the classes you want.

4 College Junior

Academics: I've had two professors that I couldn't stand but two professors that have totally changed my outlook on things and made me want to be in class everyday.

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Even though Texas State's student body increases by the thousands every year, professors continue to go out of their way to ensure that students in their classes are receiving the attention they need in order to excel in their studies. Even in the 300-plus classrooms, professors always have office hours and will provide students with their e-mail address and phone number on the class syllabus so that students can always contact them when a problem arises. Mostly, Texas State University is known for its programs in criminal justice, mass communication, forensic anthropology, and geography, as well as the McCoy Business College. In fact, Texas State has one of the only Ph.D. programs for geography in the state of Texas. Students from all around the world, from countries like China, Italy, and the Netherlands, come to study geography at Texas State.

The Alkek Library is an excellent place for students to go and study. And—it's huge! At seven stories, the Texas State Library (along with Old Main) can be seen from Interstate 35. There is even a museum on the seventh floor. The librarians are always willing to help students with research questions or citation issues; they even have an instant messaging system set up through the library's home page where students can ask librarians questions from home. The library also houses the SLAC program, the Student Learning Assistance Center located on the fourth floor of the library, which is aimed at helping students in various areas of study. SLAC provides a walk-in tutoring lab, superb online resources, and editors to help you with your essays. You can even e-mail your essay to them from home and they will edit it for you, and then e-mail you back with corrections and suggestions.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,075
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
448
Total FT Faculty
1,112
Faculty with Terminal Degree
78%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,260
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
63%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
126
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 18%
  • 20 to 49 students: 64%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Applied Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science
  • Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
  • The Graduate College
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Weekend college
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physical education
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Online Courses
Online courses are great for students who need to take classes they don't have time to go to campus for. Almost every major subject offers online courses, but most online classes are in math, computer science, history, government, science classes that do not require labs, and philosophy. Should you choose to take an online class, your professor will always provide you with multiple ways to contact him or her. Also, every class is set up with a TRACS site (University portal), which has a chat room that everyone in your class has access to. There, you can ask fellow classmates any questions you may have or plan to get together to study.
Best Places to Study
  • Albert B. Alkek Library
  • LBJ Student Center - Boko's Living Room
  • LBJ Student Center study lounge
  • Lockers and reserved rooms
  • Outside!
  • Schneider Music Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check out what other students are saying about the professors at Texas State. Doing some quick research (whether it be asking friends or looking on ratemyprofessor.com) will be well worth your time if you are in need of that one "easy" class to boost your GPA.
  • Get involved with the various student organizations. There are so many to choose from; there's bound to be one that suits your fancy. Student organizations are great to have listed on your resume, and they can help you get different scholarships and networking connections for future jobs.
  • Get yourself organized from the get-go. Do well on the first test so you can have some breathing room for the rest of the semester. Having to catch up at the end of the semester is never fun and can really stress you out.
  • In some classes, teachers will actually give you extra points for perfect, or near perfect, attendance. Those extra points boost many a student from a "B" to an "A"! Other times, professors will not give you extra points for being in class, but take points away for missing a class. Just go to classes you (or your parents) are paying for.
  • The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) is there for all students who need help in various areas of study. Tutors from every department are at SLAC and are willing to help you do the best you can in your classes. Take advantage of this free service!
Did You Know?
  • Texas State offers a variety of physical fitness and wellness classes, including scuba diving, fencing, outdoor adventure tours, weight training, beginning to intermediate bowling, wakeboarding and water skiing, backpacking, and Judo.
  • Texas State's forensic anthropology department has a "Body Farm" (an outdoor human decomposition research lab) out on Freeman Ranch. It is the top forensic lab in the state of Texas.
  • You can take Texas State classes at the Round Rock campus, which is pretty much in North Austin. Check out the Texas State Web site to see what classes are offered! It's really convenient for students living in the Austin/Round Rock area.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 326 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 213 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 213 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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