The original building of the university

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 (LSC)
  • Fall 2015 Academic Enrollment - 12,326
  • Number of Staff - 506
  • Number of Faculty - 672
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  • Administration 

About Us

With 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 -

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

Recent additions to the main Stephenville campus include a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

To see how Tarleton State University is working to become the premier student-focused and value driven institution, view our mission statement and goals.

F. Dominic Dottavio, President
As I told prospective students, Tarleton is the true university of the American dream: big enough for them to chase their dreams yet small enough to be a warm, caring and friendly place.

F. Dominic Dottavio, President

Faculty and Student Ratio

19 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Organizations

Over 120

Student Organizations

Over 20 Student Recreational Sports

21

Recreational Sports Teams

Faculty and Student Ratio

19 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Organizations

Over 120

Student Organizations

Over 20 Student Recreational Sports

21

Recreational Sports Teams

Danielle Dunigan, current student
From the minute I stepped on to campus I immediately felt like I was home. I was drawn to Tarleton because of the welcoming approach from the faculty and students. That same experience has carried over into the classroom, making it easy to ask questions and get involved.

Danielle Dunigan, current student

Degree Programs

  • Associate - 2
  • Bachelors - 62
  • Masters - 28
  • Doctorate - 1

Academics

Learn more about the academic life at Tarleton State University.

Accreditations

Tarleton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

View the full listing of Tarleton's accreditations.

Points of Pride

Professor with students

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

  • Third largest agricultural program among non-land grant universities in the nation.
  • The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology oversees the Tarleton Equine-Assisted Therapy (TREAT) program that is designed to utilize horseback riding as a form of physical, emotional and recreational therapy.
View COAES College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Accounting female student holding books

College of Business

  • Job placement rate near 100% for Computer Information Systems graduates.
  • The Computer Information Systems Department was selected by the Association of Information Technology Professionals as the outstanding four-year program in North America in 1989, 1996 and 2003 making Tarleton the first university to be a three-time award recipient.
View COBA College of Business
Teacher in classroom with her students

College of Education

  • 98% teacher certification pass rate.
  • Tarleton's Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior houses a unique training machine called "The Psycle™" for individuals with mobility impairments that require special training.
View COE College of Education
Female and male student at radio station interview

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

  • Host the largest “Career Day” for criminal justice majors in Texas.
  • Student participation opportunities include performing in plays, running radio stations, producing and publishing creative writing publications, showcasing in art exhibits, and performing with professional music ensembles.
View COLFA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Three public health students

College of Science and Technology

  • Tarleton's Observatory located at Hunewell Ranch is the largest undergraduate observatory in the nation.
  • Offers the only bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering in Texas.
View COST College of Science and Technology
Male professor helping a group of students

Our Research

  • Center for Agribusiness Excellence (CAE): Researchers at CAE seek to improve the integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency’s delivery of services to farmers. To date, more than $300 million in cost savings has been attributed to CAE research.
  • Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER): This program provides Tarleton, the dairy and beef industries, environmental control agencies and governmental policy groups with water pollution data for the 230,000-acre Upper North Bosque River watershed.
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