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Welcome, Bobcat Class of 2022!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to your new home, my favorite place in the world, Texas State University! Congratulations on beginning your journey at a school that will forever impact you and change your life.

As an Emerging Research University, Texas State is eligible to tap into special state funds designed to bolster higher education research. This summer, the LBJ Student Center began the process for its expansion to help accommodate almost 40,000 students on our campus. With 98 undergraduate major options and a clear path toward a Tier-1 research institution, your academic options here are without rival. Not to mention, Texas State is widely known for its beautiful, one-of-a-kind campus and river.

In order to gain a well-rounded college experience, you have to get involved with your university. I would highly encourage you to take any opportunity to get involved as you will reap countless rewards, from making new friends to growing as a leader and as an individual. The friendships we make here will last a lifetime, so make the most of your Bobcat experience while you can. For me, getting involved in student organizations helped me find my voice at this university and meet my closest friends. In addition, getting involved on campus tends to ease the transitional period between leaving home and coming to college.

Your Student Government is always here to help you and hear the voices of each and every Bobcat. Our office is located on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center in Room 4-5.1. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. The Senate meets every Monday night in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater at 7 p.m. I encourage all of you to attend so you can hear about what is going on at our university and play a key role in helping to bring positive change and leave an impact on our campus.

Cherish your time here at Texas State and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. I could not be more thrilled to welcome you to our Bobcat family!

Eat ’Em Up, Cats!
Ruben Becerra Jr.
Student Body President

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Dear Student:

Welcome to the Texas State community. I am excited that you have chosen to become a Bobcat. We are committed as a university community to provide you with the assistance, encouragement, and support necessary for you to become a successful graduate of Texas State.

Our university is guided by a shared collection of values that are important as we interact with each other. These shared values include:

  • An exceptional undergraduate experience as the heart of what we do.
  • Graduate education as a means of intellectual growth and professional development.
  • A diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life.
  • The cultivation of character and the modeling of honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior, both in the classroom and beyond.
  • Engaged teaching and learning based on dialogue, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas.
  • Research, scholarship, and creative activity as fundamental sources of new knowledge and as expressions of the human spirit.
  • A commitment to public service as a resource for personal, educational, cultural, and economic development.
  • Thoughtful reflection, collaboration, planning, and evaluation as essential for meeting the changing needs of those we service.

We want you to be fully prepared to leave Texas State with all the marketable skills that will help you lead a productive life. Texas State offers a myriad of opportunities for growth and leadership experience through your involvement in student organizations and activities. Your success will be dependent on your interactions both in and out of the classroom. We hope you make the most of this exciting time in your life. As your Bobcat partners, we will make every effort to ensure that our student support services assist you to become successful academically, socially, and personally.

Please always remember that Bobcats are academically successful, caring, diverse, healthy, proud, and responsible. Best wishes for an exciting academic year!

Joanne H. Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Telephone Directory

Off campus, dial 512.245 plus the last four digits, unless a 10-digit number is listed.

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