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    Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center
    Undergraduate Academic Center, First Floor
    512.245.PACE (7223)

    University College Advising Center
    Undergraduate Academic Center, First Floor

    University College is dedicated to providing Texas State students with an exceptional undergraduate experience that is focused on student success and promotes personal and professional achievement. Home to academic and co-curricular programs, University College values diversity in both people and educational opportunities. University College includes the following programs and departments:

    The Athletic Academic Center (AAC) assists student-athletes by providing support and development in academic excellence, athletic excellence, community service and career exploration, as well as opportunities for personal growth. In conjunction with the assistant athletic director for Compliance Services, the AAC educates student-athletes about NCAA rules and regulations and monitors their progress for continuing eligibility. AAC advisors verify course selections to ensure student-athletes are working toward their degrees, achieving satisfactory academic progress and meeting GPA requirements.

    The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program is an interdisciplinary degree for students with specialized academic interests. BGS faculty and advisors help students in the program develop unique career goals that are matched by three Texas State minors.

    The Common Experience at Texas State University presents an academic theme each year, providing hundreds of opportunities for everyone — students, faculty, staff and community members — to share in a Common Experience. The Common Experience offers themed events, performances, and exhibitions throughout the year, including the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series, named for Texas State’s most famous alumnus, President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The series brings to reality President Johnson’s desire to invite some of the world's finest minds to the campus to speak. As part of the Common Experience, all incoming first-year students receive a critically acclaimed book related to the year’s theme. Students discuss the book in their University Seminar class and other courses.

    The National Student Exchange program (NSE) allows students to broaden their personal and educational perspectives through domestic study away in the United States and Canada. Undergraduate Texas State students of any major can exchange for one academic year to a host campus for in-state resident tution/fee rates. Available host campuses and tuition rates are posted on the NSE website through University College.

    The PACE Center is the university’s commitment to Personalized Academic and Career Exploration. It reflects a philosophy of enhancing student achievement within and outside the classroom through five student-centered programs:

    • Academic Advising — helps students select the right classes, build a class schedule customized to meet their personal and academic needs, and develop a plan for educational success focused on graduation.
    • Career Counseling — helps students explore major and career options, assists in professional development, and searching for part-time jobs.
    • Peer Mentoring — helps students join organizations, find resources on campus and navigate personal challenges experienced during the first year in college.
    • Success Coaching — helps students develop new strategies to succeed academically and focus on improving academic perseverance.
    • University Seminar (US 1100) — helps students transition to Texas State by leading them in discovering campus support networks, offering opportunities to make new friends and providing mentoring from one of the university’s exceptional faculty. 

    PACE Academic Advising supports the mission of PACE by providing innovative, comprehensive, and proactive academic advising to first-year students at Texas State University. Advisors assist first-time-in-college students of any major as they navigate first-year course selections, engage in major exploration, and transition to the university.

    The Peer Mentoring Program connects first-year students in US 1100 classes to upperclassmen who provide in and out of classroom support to help students academically and socially integrate to Texas State University. Diverse peer mentors demonstrate academic integrity, responsible decision-making, and connect students to co-curricular activities. Peer mentors help students find resources on campus, connect to student organizations, and access to someone to talk regarding academics and adjusting to college life.

    The Strategic Initiatives Department is home to two U.S. Department of Education grant programs. The first, Project Maestros, is a Title V program that develops and enhances students' success in pre-service education programs at Texas State University by creating a support network for both continuing and transfer students, and providing academic support through transfer navigation, academic advising, and success coaching. The second grant, IMPACTing STEM Success at Texas State University, is a Title III program that expands student academic support for STEM students, provides professional development for students and faculty, and offers opportunities for students to participate in a summer research immersion activity with a faculty mentor. Strategic Initiatives also manages the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Work-study Student Mentoring Program (WSMP). The WSMP provides student mentoring and advising to improve and increase student access, success, and completion of higher education.

    The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) provides a wide range of academic support programs for the needs of a diverse student population. Whether students are seeking help with course content, study skills or test preparation, SLAC provides assistance with a walk-in tutoring lab, the Veteran Academic Success Center (VASC), Supplemental Instruction, campus presentations, and online services.

    Texas State students can take advantage of tutoring services by visiting SLAC’s Learning Lab. The Learning Lab provides academic assistance in business courses such as accounting, economics, and finance; sciences such as physics, biology, and chemistry; English and writing; statistics; computer information systems; history; philosophy; languages such as Spanish; and a number of math courses.

    Also available through SLAC Lab is its Veteran Academic Success Center (VASC), a holistic tutoring and guiding initiative supporting student veterans, military-connected students, and those utilizing veteran educational benefits. VASC staff members are veterans and military-connected students whose successful transition to college inspires a willingness to assist others in the military-connected community by addressing needs ranging from academic to therapeutic.

    SLAC’s Learning Lab also has study materials, handouts in a wide range of topics and levels, from correcting comma splices to preparing for graduate school. Students may visit SLAC for assistance in preparing for admissions tests for graduate (GRE), law (LSAT), and business (GMAT) schools.

    Supplemental Instruction (SI), a nontraditional approach to collaborative learning, provides structured group study for students in historically challenging courses ranging from the liberal arts to science and math-based courses. Supplemental Instruction leaders act as role models and facilitate multiple study sessions per week in order to assist students not only with course content but also with the development of positive study skills and habits.

    Success Coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach. Success Coaches challenge the student to think about their personal goals in order to relate them to their academic and/or educational goals. They empower students to take an active and productive approach to learning by focusing on developing skills, behaviors and habits that facilitate success at the university. Success Coaches work with students to help them become self-advocates for their education, develop time management and learning strategies, understand and use resources available to them, and enhance self-regulation and self-efficacy.

    The Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (TEMC) is composed of four offices that offer a variety of services at Texas State University’s San Marcos and Round Rock campuses: Testing Lab Services; the Academic Testing for Students with Disabilities (ATSD) office; Scanning Services; and, the Testing Center, Round Rock (TCRR).

    The Testing Lab in San Marcos and Testing Center, Round Rock administer various tests, including:

    • CLEP exams and departmental exams-for-credit
    • TSI Assessment
    • TEAS Pre-Nursing Assessment
    • Proctored exam service for distance learning courses
    • Texas State make-up exams (standard fee applies)
    • Vocational certification exam from Scantron, TCEQ, and NOCTI

    The TEMC reports credit to the Office of the University Registrar for students who have credit-eligible scores (e.g., CLEP scores high enough to earn credit for one or more courses). Students are responsible for ensuring that their credit is posted to their transcripts.

    The office of Academic Testing for Students with Disabilities (ATSD) and Testing Center, Round Rock (TCRR) serve the need of testing students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services and receive accommodations during testing.

    The TEMC also supports faculty seeking our scanning services and works with students, parents, faculty, and department administration to fulfill all phone and in-person requests.

    The Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) is a statewide initiative created to improve student success in college-level course work. As part of the program, all students enrolled in Texas public colleges or universities complete required assessments to determine math, reading and writing proficiency.  Developmental course instruction is provided to students needing to strengthen their basic academic skills. More information about this program, assessment requirements and exemptions can be found in the Academic Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog under Texas Legislative Requirements.

    University College Advising Services provides accessible, friendly and accurate academic advising for students who are undecided about a major, those who are changing majors, those who are working toward admission into a particular program and those majoring in general studies. Advisors will assist students in researching options, evaluating alternatives and making decisions so that they may make realistic and satisfying choices of majors. They will also provide guidance in completing general education requirements. 

    University Seminar (US 1100) helps incoming freshmen transition to college life by getting students involved in the university community and supporting PACE initiatives through related instruction, activities and guidance. Through US 1100 career assessment projects, students learn about individual career interests, find organizations and activities related to their academic fields, learn strategies for lifelong learning and develop a plan that will lead to graduation and professional success.

    Agriculture Building, Suite 300

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Agriculture Building, Room 201

    The College of Applied Arts includes these departments and schools:

    • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) 
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Criminal Justice and Criminology 
    • Family and Consumer Sciences 
    • Military Science (Army ROTC)
    • Occupation, Workforce, and Leadership Studies 
    • Social Work

    The college also includes the following institutes and centers:

    • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
    • Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (GII) 
    • Child Development Center (CDC)
    • Richter Research Institute
    • Texas Justice Court Training Center 
    McCoy Hall, Suite 530

    CenturyLink Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    McCoy Hall, Suite 115

    The Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration includes these departments:

    • Accounting 
    • Computer Information Systems  and Quantitative Methods 
    • Finance and Economics 
    • Management 
    • Marketing 

    McCoy College also includes the following centers:

    • Center for Professional Sales
    • Institute for Global Business
    • Small Business Development Center

    The college provides the opportunity for developing leadership and professional skills through the McCoy Experience, a student development program that includes the Business Living-Learning Community, a cohort of students that attend core courses and live in a residence hall together; McCoy College Ambassadors, student leaders and representatives for McCoy College; and Business Leadership Week, an event that brings alumni and business professionals to the college for a series of lectures, panels and interactive workshops. Advanced business majors may apply to the Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIF) course to gain real experience managing a portfolio for the McCoy College of Business Foundation. The college supports 20 active student organizations. McCoy College is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Department of Accounting holds separate accounting accreditation by AACSB.

    Education Building, Room 2001

    The College of Education includes these departments and schools: 

    • Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology 
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Health and Human Performance

    College of Education Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Education Building, Room 2143

    The Education Advising Center serves students seeking an undergraduate degree through the College of Education. Advisors assist students with exploration of career and educational goals, selection of educational programs, interpretation of policies and procedures, advisement regarding course sequencing and degree requirements, referral to other university resources, and verification of graduation requirements. 

    College of Education Office of Educator Preparation
    Education Building, Room 2016

    The Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) assists undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students through the process of educator certification in accordance with state of Texas administrative code. OEP staff collaborate with departments across the university to ensure program compliance and accreditation, coordinate relationships with partner districts, arrange field placements,  and secure clinical practice (student teaching) placement and supervision.

    Old Main, Room 112

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Old Main, Room 118

    The College of Fine Arts and Communication includes these departments
    and schools:

    • Art and Design
    • Communication Studies
    • Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Music
    • Theatre and Dance
    Encino Hall, Room 201
    San Marcos Campus

    Avery Building, Room 401
    Round Rock Campus

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Encino Hall, Room 302
    San Marcos Campus

    The College of Health Professions includes these departments, programs and schools on the San Marcos campus:

    • Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Health Administration
    • Health Information Management
    • Radiation Therapy
    • San Marcos Community Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

    The College of Health Professions includes these departments, schools, and clinics on the Round Rock Campus:

    • Communication Disorders
    • Health Information Management
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapy
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Respiratory Care
    • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
    • Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center at Texas State University
    Flowers Hall, Room 313

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Flowers Hall, Room 322

    The College of Liberal Arts includes these departments:

    • Anthropology
    • English
    • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • World Languages and Literatures
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

    The College is home to three interdisciplinary centers:

    • Center for International Studies
    • Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
    • Center for the Study of the Southwest

    The following Centers are housed within the College’s departments:

    • Center for Archaeological Studies
    • Center for the Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America
    • Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
    • Center for Texas Public History
    • Center for Texas Music History
    • Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State 
    • Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
    • Institute for Government Innovation
    • James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography
    • and Hazards Research
    • National Center for Research in Geography Education
    • Texas Center for Geographic Information Science
    • William P. Hobby Center for Public Service
    • University Writing Center

    The College fosters education in the social sciences and the humanities and offers numerous study abroad programs. College of Liberal Arts professors teach more than 50 percent of the required core curriculum courses.

    Centennial Hall, Room 201

    Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
    Centennial Hall, Room 202

    The College of Science and Engineering includes these departments
    and schools:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Ingram School of Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    J.C. Kellam Administration Building, Suite 280

    Beginning in 1937, when the first graduate degree was offered, graduate education has a long tradition at Texas State University. Today, The Graduate College offers over 100 outstanding graduate programs covering a broad spectrum of academic disciplines at convenient times (evenings and weekends), formats (online, in person and hybrid), and at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. The demonstrated advantages of graduate education include more recognition, better job prospects and greater career advancement, and a higher earning potential in academia, industry and cultural institutions. Just as importantly, while earning a graduate degree, students engage in stimulating teaching, research and creative endeavors, which promise to bring intellectual fulfillment, personal growth and a deep sense of accomplishment. Graduate students at Texas State are trained not only to consume knowledge but also to produce it, thus creating new knowledge that allows society to solve problems and advance our understanding and interpretation of the world around us.

    Admission to The Graduate College

    Generally, graduate-degree-seeking applicants must submit the officially designated online application, a nonrefundable application fee, and official transcripts; however, most programs require additional documents and/or interviews. For program-specific admission requirements and deadline information, visit International students must provide additional materials, a description of which can be found at Applicants with a baccalaureate degree interested in obtaining initial teaching or professional certification or a Texas State certificate can find out more at

    Assistantships, Scholarships and External Funding

    Teaching and research assistantships offer students the opportunity to earn a stipend while gaining valuable experience in their field. Information and application forms for assistantships are available from program advisors or academic departments. Assistantships are also posted on Jobs4Cats at

    The Graduate College offers a variety of fellowships and scholarships (ranging from $1,000–$9,000). Fellowships and scholarships are competitively based and are available to qualified students who are regularly admitted to their program of study. Students who are not Texas residents may be eligible to pay in-state/resident tuition if they receive a Texas State competitive scholarship of at least $1,000. The application deadline for most scholarships is February 1.

    In addition, The Graduate College provides financial support for research activities in the form of thesis and dissertation support fellowships and conference travel funds.  

    The Graduate College also maintains a searchable database filled with a variety of scholarships, fellowships, grants, internships and other awards offered by external institutions and selected specifically for Texas State students. External funding coordinators are available to help students identify different sources of funding and to provide one-on-one assistance throughout the application process.

    For more information about financing your graduate education, visit

    Graduate Programs

    More information can be found at

    Doctoral and Professional Programs

    • Adult, Professional, and Community Education
    • Applied Anthropology
    • Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Developmental Education 
    • Geographic Education
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Geography
    • Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization
    • Mathematics Education
    • Physical Therapy
    • School Improvement

    Master's Programs

    College of Applied Arts

    • [Agriculture] Integrated Agricultural Sciences
    • Criminal Justice
    • Human Development and Family Sciences
    • Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
    • Management of Technical Education
    • [Nutrition] Human Nutrition
    • [Social Work] Advanced Practice Leadership 

    McCoy College of Business Administration

    • Accounting
    • Accounting and Information Technology
    • Business Administration
    • Data Analytics and Information Systems
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing Research and Analysis
    • Quantitative Finance and Economics

    College of Education

    • Adult, Professional, and Community Education
    • Athletic Training
    • Developmental Education
    • Educational Leadership
    • Educational Technology
    • Elementary Education
    • Elementary Education (Teacher Fellows)
    • Elementary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
    • Elementary Education Bilingual/Bicultural
    • Exercise Science
    • Professional Counseling
    • Public Health Education and Promotion
    • Reading Education
    • Recreation Management
    • School Psychology
    • Secondary Education
    • Secondary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
    • Special Education
    • Student Affairs in Higher Education
    • Therapeutic Recreation

    College of Fine Arts and Communication

    • Communication Design
    • Communication Studies
    • Mass Communication
    • Music
    • Music Education
    • Theatre

    College of Health Professions

    • Communication Disorders
    • Health Information Management
    • Healthcare Administration
    • [Nursing] Family Nurse Practitioner
    • [Nursing] Leadership and Administration in Nursing
    • [Nursing] Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Respiratory Care

    College of Liberal Arts

    • Anthropology
    • Creative Writing
    • Dementia and Aging Studies
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Geography
    • Geography Resource and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • International Studies
    • Legal Studies
    • Literature
    • [Philosophy] Applied Philosophy and Ethics
    • Political Science
    • Psychological Research
    • Public Administration
    • Rhetoric and Composition
    • Sociology
    • [Sociology] Applied Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Sustainability Studies
    • Technical Communication

    College of Science and Engineering

    • Aquatic Resources
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Construction Management
    • Engineering
    • Engineering Management
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Population and Conservation Biology
    • Software Engineering
    • Wildlife Ecology

    Texas State Certificate Programs

    • Adult English as a Second/Foreign Language
    • Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis*
    • Behavioral Disorders/Positive Behavioral Support*
    • Corporate Communication and Training
    • Intelligence Analysis
    • Learning Disabilities/Inclusion*
    • Long Term Care Administration
    • Music Performance
    • Paralegal*
    • Professional Ethics
    • Public History Studies

    *Available only when taken concurrently with corresponding master’s degree.

    Professional Certification Programs

    • Educational Leadership – Principle*
    • Educational Leadership – Superintendent*

    *Can be taken as stand alone certifications or as part of a master's degree.

    Graduate Programs offered on the Round Rock Campus

    • Business Administration
    • Communication Disorders
    • Computer Science (Master's)
    • Data Analytics and Information Systems
    • Educational Leadership
    • Elementary Education
    • Elementary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
    • Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
    • Management of Technical Education
    • [Nursing] Family Nurse Practitioner
    • [Nursing] Leadership and Administration in Nursing
    • [Nursing] Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Physical Therapy
    • Professional Counseling
    • Public Administration
    • Respiratory Care
    • Secondary Education (Teacher Recruitment Program)
    • Software Engineering
    • Technical Communication
    Lampasas Building, Rm. 407


    The Honors College at Texas State offers an enriched curriculum in which students of all disciplines work closely with faculty, pursue independent and collaborative research, and enhance their education through co-curricular experiences that foster intellectual growth and community. The curriculum consists of innovative, seminar-style courses designed by top teaching and research faculty and culminates with the honors thesis, a signature work that students complete their senior year designed to prepare them for post-graduate academic and professional success.

    Founded in 1967, the Honors College is currently located in historic Lampasas Hall, adjacent to Old Main. The building includes seminar rooms, study rooms, a multicultural lounge, a student computer lab and the Honors Coffee Forum — an inviting space designed for coffee, conversation and study.

    The Honors College sponsors the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) at the end of the spring semester. The URC provides a forum for all Texas State students to present their research and creative projects as oral or poster presentations. The Honors College also administers the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF), which provides scholarships in support of independent research and creative projects from any discipline. The Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal (TXSTUR) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal edited and published by honors students each spring and fall.

    The Honors College also provides advising and endorsements for applications to prestigious postgraduate fellowships and scholarships, such as the Gates Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship and Truman Scholarship.

    Academic Program

    Honors students are expected to demonstrate meaningful and sustained engagement with the academic and co-curricular opportunities in the college while maintaining a cumulative TXST or overall GPA above 3.25.

    Admission to the Honors College is granted on a rolling deadline. Entering first-year students who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, who have earned a composite score of 27 on the ACT or 1270 on the SAT, or who are excelling in their chosen field are eligible to apply for admission. All applications are reviewed holistically. Returning and transfer students with a current GPA of 3.25 or higher are also eligible to apply. There is no cost to join the Honors College, and outstanding students can apply for scholarships awarded through the college.

    Students wishing to graduate in the Honors College may choose one of two pathways:

    • Traditional graduation in the Honors College, which requires the completion of at least 15 honors credit hours including an honors thesis while maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
    • The minor in honors studies, which requires the completion of at least 21 honors credit hours (3 of which normally include the senior seminar), an honors thesis, and a demonstration of cross-cultural competency (such as a completed study abroad program).

    Texas State recognizes graduation in the Honors College by: adding a special honors annotation to the official Texas State transcript; and awarding a certificate from the Honors College as a supplement to the diploma. The Honors College also awards its graduates a special medallion to be worn during commencement as part of their Texas State regalia.

    To accommodate these graduation requirements, the Honors College grants early registration privileges to students in good standing. During the fall, spring and summer terms, students may choose from a diverse mixture of honors courses, many of which count towards general education requirements, major and minor requirements, or advanced departmental electives. All classes, including honors sections, are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.