- Texas State University-San Marcos, a member of the Texas State University System, was founded in 1899 to prepare teachers for Texas public schools. Its doors opened in 1903 with 303 students and 17 faculty members. Since then, it has grown into a comprehensive, doctorate-granting institution. Texas State is nationally recognized in many disciplines and now has more than 27,500 students, 1,200 faculty and 100,000 alumni.
- The university’s students come from 231 of the 254 counties in Texas, as well as from 48 states and 63 countries.
- Texas State is the largest university in the Texas State System, the seventh-largest university in Texas and the 75th-largest university in the nation. Texas State is larger than 26 states’ flagship institutions.
- 2006 marked the 100th anniversary of a Latino presence on the Texas State campus.
- The Princeton Review named Texas State a 2007 “America’s Best Value College.” Texas State was one of only four Texas institutions to be recognized.
- In 2006 and 2007, U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas State in the top tier of master’s universities in the 15-state Western Region of the nation.
The sound recording technology program, housed at Texas State’s unique Fire Station Studio, is the only degree program of its kind in the Southwest.
Salsa del Rio, the Texas State Latin jazz band, has performed internationally and won 57 performance awards, including the Best Salsa/Merengue Group in the Premios A La Musica Latina competition in 2005 and 2006.
Texas State students in jazz, marching and concert band, symphony, choirs, instrumental ensembles, mariachis and steel drum band perform around the world. The jazz program has been featured many times at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival.