STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State University continues to grow. More students. More faculty and staff. More academic prowess. More benefits for students. It’s a story that never gets old.

The university has broken enrollment records every semester for the past three years, and this fall is setting a new all-time high at nearly 15,000 students — up nearly 14% from 2019 — proving that the Tarleton State is a top destination for more and more students.

Class of 2026 nears 2,500; it is the largest, most diverse and best-prepared group of incoming students in 123 years. Ninety-six percent are Texas residents, giving Tarleton bragging rights as a student body with the third-most counties in Texas (233) represented.

“Our growing enrollment is a testament to the university’s commitment to delivering world-class, transformative learning experiences every day,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “Our faculty and staff are all here to make sure every student feels welcomed, valued and connected. They are full of energy, ready for the best fall in Tarleton history.

Nearly half (48%) of Texans in Tarleton are the first in their family to attend college, and 37% report an ethnicity other than white. Hispanic students make up 22.2 percent of enrollment this fall, bringing the university one step closer to becoming a Hispanic-serving institution.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued trust that students and families place in our institution,” said Dr. Hurley. “Their confidence speaks volumes about this very special place.”

More faculty and staff—66 faculty and 25 staff added this fall—ensure a dynamic education, and six new market-relevant majors (14 since 2019) will connect students to expanding fields in North Central Texas and North America. -of the. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is considering a doctorate in counseling (which only seven other universities in Texas offer) and another in animal and natural resources.

Partnerships with two local apartments, The Edge on Washington and Grove at Stephenville, provide more housing options to accommodate Tarleton’s robust growth, while new amenities and national brand food choices like Blaze Pizza and Auntie Anne’s contribute to an unparalleled university experience.

A nearly $12 million aquatic center on the Stephenville campus includes indoor and outdoor pools for competitive and recreational swimming. And several facilities on the Stephenville campus have been renovated.

Dirt flies for the second building on the Fort Worth campus, with move-in slated for 2024. With more than 100,000 square feet of classroom and specialty lab space, the $66 million interprofessional education building will cater to both region’s most pressing needs – increased access to quality health care and education.

Dr. Hurley: “Indeed, history never gets old. But it continues to improve. »

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