Living in San Marcos, Texas offers many advantages including the most popular one — the best shopping! But San Marcos is perhaps best known for being home to a top-tier university, Texas State University.
Texas State University is the only university in Texas to have graduated a U.S. President: Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, LBJ signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 at TSU.
About Texas State University
Educating students since 1899, the university currently has 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Students have many choices with 200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.
Texas State has a commitment to world-changing research and it shows. In 2018, they received 20 National Science Foundation grants, graduated six Fulbright scholars, had 554 independent sponsored research projects across 33 research centers, obtained 215 grants, and saw a 64 percent increase in total research and development expenditures in 2018 over the five years prior to that.
Some of TSU’s funding research partners include NASA, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation. While Texas State researchers represent many fields, they’re known for research related to translational health, resilient societies, teaching and lifelong learning, environmental stewardship, and powering innovation.
Speaking of innovation, one of TSU’s unique programs include the Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Park. This is the university’s research park dedicated to collaborating with industry, government laboratories and nonprofit research institutions to accelerate innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship in the Texas Innovation Corridor.
Another example is the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC). They’re tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with school safety initiatives and mandates to prepare for a safer tomorrow.
Texas State University and Social Impact
Most recently, Texas State has been named among top institutions for social impact on the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings for the third year in a row ranking No. 87 worldwide. The rankings also include individual categories with Texas State appearing in seven top 100 worldwide rankings and three top 20 rankings.
The purpose of THE University Impact Rankings is to assess universities around the world against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Using calibrated indicators, THE does a comprehensive and balanced comparison across three areas: reach, outreach, and stewardship. The rankings reviewed more than 1,100 universities from 94 countries.
Go explore the website. TSU has so many programs and resources. We’re proud to have the university in San Marcos! Go Bobcats!
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