Spotlight: Texas State Facts

Assorted facts about Texas State

Some information you may not know about Texas State, courtesy of your faithful social media team:

Fulbright honors

At least one member of the Texas State University-San Marcos faculty has been chosen for a Fulbright Fellowship every year since 2002, and Texas State has been recognized as a top-producing institution of Fulbright scholars.

Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers honors

Since 1997, Texas State has had 22 students win the coveted Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship, which helps minority students entering the teaching profession. Three were chosen this year.


The student body at Texas State for 2010-11 is 65 percent white, 25 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African-American, 3 percent Asian and 1 percent Native American, which closely reflects the population of Central Texas. See the 2010 data tables for more information.

Residential College

The Texas State Residential College program, open to all incoming freshmen, began in 1995 and now includes three residence halls where student and faculty live, dine, socialize and learn together. Faculty living within each hall teach “co-enrolled” courses, which allow hall mates to attend class together regardless of their majors. Among Residential College students, 48 percent in the fall of 2008 earned a 3.0 or better, and 17 percent were on the dean’s list.

Facebook fans

As of Monday, Facebook fans for Texas universities and colleges:

Texas A&M University: 240,616
University of Texas at Austin: 205,307
Texas Tech University: 90,495
Baylor University: 41,392
Texas State University-San Marcos: 26,793
Texas Christian University: 17,344
University of North Texas: 16,740

Oldest student newspapers

Student newspapers, and when they were founded:

The Battalion, Texas A&M University: 1893
The Daily Texan, University of Texas at Austin: 1900
The Daily Skiff, Texas Christian University: 1902
The University Star, Texas State University-San Marcos: 1911
The Thresher, Rice University: 1916
The UNT Daily, University of North Texas: 1916

Student-athlete graduation rates

Graduation rate for student-athletes who enrolled at the largest universities in Texas in 2003, as compiled by the NCAA:

Texas A&M University: 72 percent
Texas State University-San Marcos: 70 percent
University of Texas at Austin: 70 percent
University of Houston: 69 percent
University of Texas at El Paso: 69 percent
University of North Texas: 68 percent
Texas Tech University: 67 percent
University of Texas at Arlington: 63 percent
University of Texas at San Antonio: 60 percent
University of Texas Pan American: 57 percent

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