Texas State University: A History of Growth and Success

December 13, 2012

By Refel Rushing

Texas State University – San Marcos, formerly Texas State University, ranks among the top 50 colleges in the Western United States and 12th among public universities in the west according to US News & World Report. Also recognized for producing two Fulbright fellows in the 2009-2010 school year, Texas State holds accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also served as the alma mater of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 at the school.

Founded in 1899 as Southwest Texas State Normal School, Texas State began with just 11 acres of land, a grant for $25,000, 17 employees, and 303 students in its first class in 1903. Originally, the school focused primarily on creating future teachers, Texas State underwent a number of name changes, and it eventually created the Round Rock Higher Education Center in association with Westwood High School to provide expanded education and business administration classes.

Today, Texas State offers roughly 200 degrees, ranging from Bachelor’s to doctoral degrees. It supports more than 34,000 students on a 457-acre campus. Welcoming students from around the United States and the world, the university emphasizes integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, and fairness, as well as open communication. Boasting a long history of traditions, the school’s mascot is the Bobcat and its colors are maroon and gold, representing the colors of the gaillardia flower.

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