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Tradition, Pride & Spirit - Tarleton's Legacy

John Tarleton's Dream: John Tarleton, an Erath County pioneer, bequeathed $100,000 to establish an institution in hopes of educating youth and giving them an opportunity he never had.


Purple PooWith its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community.

Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education, within five colleges—agricultural and environmental sciences, business administration, education, liberal and fine arts, and science and technology. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. Recent additions to the Stephenville campus include a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students is under construction.

And Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and Tarleton Texan Basketball graduate programs and classes in Waco, Midlothian and the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth.

Tarleton offers a traditional, residential college experience with a lively campus atmosphere, intercollegiate athletics, dozens of student organizations and cultural attractions. Students benefit from the personal attention, warmth and faculty interaction found at smaller, liberal arts institutions.

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Quick Facts

General Information
Established September 4, 1899
Joined A&M System 1917
Colors Purple and White
Mascot Texan Rider
Nickname Texans
Athletic Affiliation Lone Star Conference
Fall 2015 enrollment 12,326
Number of faculty 672
Number of staff 506
Campus Life
Student / Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Students Come From 220 Texas counties, 49 states, and 19 foreign countries
Student Organizations 120+
Athletics Men (Texans): Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Football
Women (TexAnns): Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Tennis, and Golf
Recreational Sports Fall Team Sports: 3 on 3 Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee
Spring Team Sports: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, Dodgeball, Wallyball
Individual/Dual Sports: Racquetball, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Disc Golf, Badminton, Tennis, and more.
Club Sports Men: Soccer, Lacrosse, Golf
Volleyball, Soccer
Martial Arts
Estimated Cost per Academic Year** $19,786
2014-2015 Operating Budget $168 million
Bachelors Degree Programs 62
Masters Degree Programs 28
Doctorate Degree Programs 1
Associate Degree Programs 2

**Total estimate includes tuition fees for 15 hours, room and board, transportation, personal expenses, books and supplies.  Ranks among the most affordable public four-year universities in Texas.

Tarleton ranks in the Top 25% for 6 Yr Graduation Rate and in the Bottom 25% for Tuition and Related Costs