Tarleton News

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The growth of Tarleton State University remains unstoppable, with increasing student numbers, a growing faculty, and expanding academic achievements. This upward trajectory is a continuing narrative of success.

For the third consecutive year, the university has surpassed its enrollment records, reaching an all-time high of nearly 15,000 students this fall — a remarkable increase of almost 14 percent from 2019. This remarkable growth solidifies Tarleton State as a premier choice for a growing number of students.

The incoming Class of 2026 is on track to reach 2,500, marking the largest, most diverse, and well-prepared group in 123 years. A remarkable 96 percent of these students are Texas residents, representing an impressive 233 Texas counties, positioning Tarleton as a leading choice for a wide array of students.

Tarleton President James Hurley expressed, “The continued surge in enrollment underscores the university’s commitment to delivering exceptional and transformative learning experiences every single day. Our faculty and staff are fully devoted to ensuring that every student feels valued, connected, and energized for what will be the best fall semester in Tarleton’s history.”

Nearly half (48 percent) of Tarleton’s students are the first in their families to attend college, with 37 percent coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The Hispanic student population has notably increased to 22.2 percent, bringing the university closer to achieving Hispanic Serving Institution status.

Dr. Hurley expressed gratitude, stating, “We are profoundly thankful for the trust that students and families have placed in our institution. Their confidence speaks volumes about the exceptional nature of this university.”

The additions of 66 faculty and 25 staff members this fall further ensure a vibrant educational environment, supporting the introduction of six new majors designed to align with growing fields in North Central Texas and beyond. Pending review by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the university is also considering the addition of Ph.D. programs in counseling and animal and natural resources, positioning Tarleton as a leader in specialized academic offerings.

Partnerships with local apartments, such as The Edge on Washington and Grove at Stephenville, are facilitating additional housing options to accommodate the university’s expanding student body. Furthermore, the introduction of new amenities and nationally recognized food vendors like Blaze Pizza and Auntie Anne’s is enhancing the overall university experience.

Notable infrastructure developments include the construction of the $12 million Aquatics Center on the Stephenville campus, featuring both indoor and outdoor pools for competitive and recreational swimming. Facilities across the Stephenville campus have also undergone significant renovations, further enhancing the student experience.

Work is underway for the construction of the second building on the Fort Worth campus, with move-in slated for 2024. The $66 million Interprofessional Education Building will offer over 100,000 square feet of classroom and specialized lab space, addressing the region’s critical needs for improved healthcare access and education.

Dr. Hurley summarized by saying, “The story remains as captivating as ever, and it continues to improve with each passing chapter.”

A member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State University continues to set new records in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy, and community involvement, impacting the lives of nearly 17,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan, and online. Embracing values of excellence, integrity, and respect, Tarleton’s academic programs emphasize practical learning, addressing local, state, and national needs.

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