|John Tarleton Agricultural College|
|Established||September 4, 1899|
|Texas A&M University System|
|Endowment||$42 million (2016)|
|President||James L. Hurley|
|Campus||1,973 acres (8 km²), Urban|
|Colors||Purple & White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – Western Athletic Conference|
Tarleton State University is a public university with its main campus in Stephenville, Texas. It is a founding member of the Texas A&M University Systemand enrolled over 14,000 students in the fall of 2020.
John Tarleton Agricultural College was founded in 1899 with an endowment from settler John Tarleton.The college became a member of the Texas A&M University system in 1917. In 1949 it was renamed Tarleton State College then became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1959. Tarleton gained status as a university in 1973 adopting its current name. In 2003 it began offering doctoral programs.
The university offers 68 undergraduate, 28 masters, two associate degree programs, and two doctoral programs.
Degrees are offered through seven colleges:
Tarleton was recognized for its Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE),which received special notice from the Association of Teacher Education for program excellence. Through the TMATE program, Tarleton is the provider of alternate teacher certification for Fort Worth ISD.
The Department of Animal Sciences oversees the Tarleton Equine-Assisted Therapy (TREAT) programthat is designed to utilize horseback riding as a form of physical, emotional and recreational therapy. Hippotherapy (physical therapy on horseback using the horse as a therapist) has developed as a medical field recognized by most major countries.
The Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) 230,000-acre (930 km2) Upper North Bosque River watershed.on the Tarleton campus plays a national leadership role in environmental issues related to water quality. This program provides the university, the dairy and beef industries, environmental control agencies and governmental policy groups with water pollution data for the
In fall 2002 the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas opened at a site located near Thurber, a ghost town located approximately 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Stephenville and about one hour west of the DFW Metroplex. Funded through a $1.2 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and a private gift from Mrs. W.K. Gordon Jr. The center is located on 4.1 acres (17,000 m2) near the site of Texas' first coal mine and adjacent to New York Hill along Interstate 20. The center is dedicated to the preservation, research and recording of Texas industrial history including coal mining, brick making and oil and gas exploration.
Tarleton operates two radio stations. KXTR-LP 100.7 FM is a student-operated rock station,while KTRL 90.5 FM is a public radio station broadcasting news, classical music, and jazz. Both are operated by students of Tarleton State University out of the radio station located in the Mathematics building on the TSU campus. Tarleton State University is one of four universities in the state of Texas to own and operate two radio stations; the other institutions being the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Tech University.
Students come from around the world–32 countries and 46 states in the United States–to attend Tarleton. 180-acre (0.73 km2) main campus. A 800-acre (3.2 km2) operational university farm with classroom space is located near the main campus northwest of Stephenville with access from TX Highway 8 and US Route 281. The 1,170-acre (4.7 km2) Hunewell Ranch is located in Erath County and provides additional educational facilities. Tarleton also offers specialized programs at its Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center in Granbury and select programs and courses at McLennan Community College in Waco, Weatherford College in Weatherford, Bryan at the RELLIS Campus, and in Fort Worth. Upper-level courses were offered at Tarleton-Central Texas in Killeen until 2009 when Texas A&M University-Central Texas was formed as a separate institution.Most university activities take place on Tarleton's
Most university activities take place on Tarleton's main campus in Stephenville, the county seat of Erath County. With a population of 21,247, Stephenville provides a combination of small-town living and proximity to Dallas–Fort Worth.
The main campus in Stephenville features a 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) sports recreation center opened in fall 2007. The two-story building holds four racquetball courts, a gym, a weight room, an indoor track, cardio equipment as well as multi-purpose rooms, classroom, and office space. The new facility is also home to a climbing wall and an "outdoor pursuit" area, allowing students the opportunity to sign up for such outdoor items as kayaks, tents, and camping equipment.
A $13 million, 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) dining facility opened in fall 2008. The new building is an extension of the student center and has two floors, a convenience store, executive meeting rooms and a cafe with a wireless network.
In 2001, the university completed a $30.8 million science building complete with a 86-seat planetarium. 32-inch-diameter (810 mm) research-grade telescope.In 2014, the Science Building was named for Dr. Lamar Johnson a former professor of biological sciences and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The old science building went through an extensive $13.5 million renovation and expansion upgrading laboratories and classrooms. This building is now named the Mathematics Building. An observatory at Hunewell Ranch houses a fully robotic
The Dick Smith Library is a three-floor facility that houses materials including print books, periodicals, curriculum collection, audio-visual material, e-books, streaming media, and special collections. The library provides over 200 computers for student use, including laptops, desktops, and collaborative spaces. There are two study rooms available for reservation, and twelve first come, first served rooms, as well as a meeting room, practice presentation room, and library training center. The library also has a Learning Commons, Tech Spot, and Study Grounds Cafe. More recently, the library has added a Maker Spot, which offers camera equipment available for checkout, a wide-format scanner, 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, and more. The Dick Smith Library participates in the TexShare program, which enables sharing of materials to and from many different libraries across the state of Texas.
Other notable buildings:
Tarleton–Fort Worth is a campus located in Tarrant County. The university has maintained a presence in Fort Worth since assuming control of the C.C. Terrell Memorial School of Medical Technology in the 1970s. In 2019, the university opened the first dedicated academic building 76,000-square-foot (7,100 m2), three story multi-use facility with classroom, office space, and a library. The campus is projected to enroll over 9,000 students by 2030.on an 80–acre campus is located adjacent to the Chisholm Trail Parkway in southwest Tarrant County. The building, referred to as "Building I," is a
The current and 16th president is Dr. James L. Hurley who was appointed by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in August 2017.Dr. Karen Murray is the Chief Academic Officer serving as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
As a member of the Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is one of a network of 11 higher educational institutions administered by a Chancellor and a Board of Regents. Regents are appointed by the Governor. The current Chancellor is John Sharp and Chair of the Board of Regents is Elaine Mendoza.
Tarleton State University athletics currently competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference. They were admitted into the WAC on July 1, 2020, therefore ending their 26 year stint at the Division II level with the Lone Star Conference. Their admission into the conference in 1995 marks their second period of membership, having previously participated from 1968 to 1975. They were a founding member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) in 1976 and remained in that league until 1990. From 1991 to 1994 Tarleton played as an Independent.
Tarleton left the LSC and Division II in July 2020 to join the Division I Western Athletic Conference. Because the WAC does not sponsor football, Tarleton football will play as a Division I FCS independent.
The teams are known as the "Texans". Athletes were known as the "Plowboys" before the college became a four-year institution in 1961.
When women's sports were introduced in 1968–69, those teams played under the "Texans" nickname, but due to the desire of that day's female athletes to play under a distinctive nickname, the women's nickname was changed the next school year. "Texanns", "Tex-Anns", and "TexAnns" were used interchangeably until 1972–73, when "TexAnns" was officially settled on. Following a campaign initially led by two players and a (female) student manager in the women's basketball program, Tarleton returned the "Texans" nickname to women's teams in 2019–20.
The basketball and volleyball teams play at Wisdom Gym.The football team plays at Memorial Stadium. The baseball team plays at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex. The softball team plays at the Tarleton Softball Complex.
Tarleton State University fields six men's varsity sports and eight women's varsity sports in the Lone Star Conference:
|Track & Field||Tennis|
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The music program at Tarleton State University is fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of the Music (NASM). It is housed in the elegant Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, one of the top performance venues among colleges and universities in the Southwest. This multi-purpose fine arts complex contains three theatres: a 243-seat recital hall, an 805-seat auditorium, and the workshop theatre. There is a 16 keyboard piano lab and computer lab. The instrument collection includes two nine-foot concert Steinway grand pianos, the Waggener Memorial Organ – a tracker two-manual pipe organ, a Richard Kingston harpsichord, and several Steinway grand pianos that are designated for piano majors to practice. The Music department at Tarleton State University currently offers three degrees, which are Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with all-level certification) and the Bachelor of Music in Performance. It currently offers one online graduate degree, Master of Music in Music Education. The program has over 150 full-time enrolled students with 80% of the majority being instrumental studies and 20% being vocal studies. The Tarleton music department hosts many festivals and clinics throughout the school year, including Brass Day, TMEA All-Region Band clinics, Jazz Festival, Invitational Band Festival, TMEA Area Choir clinics, and the Let All Men Sing!
The Tarleton Band program offers many ensembles, which are open to both music majors and non-music majors:
The Sound and the Fury, The Texan Marching Band, Foul Play Basketball Band, Chamber Winds (audition required), Wind Ensemble (audition required), Symphonic Band, Jazz Band 1 & 2 (audition required), Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Chamber Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Choir, and Flute Choir.
The Texan Corps of Cadets was founded in 1917 when John Tarleton Agriculture College joined the Texas A&M University system. The Corps of Cadets was initially known as "Johns Army".The Corps of Cadets survived through the end of the 1950s. Until 2016 the school had only an Army ROTC program. However, in 2016 the Texan Corps of Cadets was brought back to the university.
The Texan Corps of Cadets offers students an opportunity to obtain a minor in Leadership Studies. All cadets live together in a residence hall at Tarleton called Traditions. All cadets wear their uniforms to class every day and must abide by the regulations set forth in the "Chisel".
Oscar P. was, according to legend, John Tarleton's pet duck who went everywhere with him. The two were so close that the duck is supposedly buried with Mr. Tarleton. During athletic events, a common sight is students chanting to raise the spirit of Oscar P.
TTP – Ten Tarleton Peppers (1921) and TTS – Ten Tarleton Sisters (1923) are the two oldest spirit organizations on campus, also in the state of Texas, and are precursors of the Purple Poo, a secret organization which promotes school spirit. The members in this organization keep their identities secret by appearing in public in costume. The still-secret organization gathers to make "Poo Say" signs each Monday night. The "Poo Say" signs appear on campus every Tuesday morning and occasionally comment on campus political life and student life. The "Poo Say" signs are nailed to the trees on campus and most are designed to promote school spirit.
The Plowboys, originally the mascot for Tarleton athletic teams, but more recently known as a spirit organization, are recognized by the purple and white shirts, cowboy hats, and maroon chaps.
Texan Rider is Tarleton's current mascot that at one time rode a horse during the football games (tradition was discontinued due to the renovated stadium), and is also recognized by his/her purple chaps. The Texan Rider has been the mascot of Tarleton since 1961 when the student body chose the Texans and TexAnns to represent its athletic teams.
Silver Taps, a ceremony held to honor Tarleton's faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have died over the past year, is held in the spring during Founder's Week.
During the 1980s, the Student Government Association (SGA) added the Yell Contest to Homecoming Week, and it quickly established itself as a traditional component of the celebration. Student organizations perform step and dance moves to original chants and lyrics; a panel of judges selects the top two teams. The winning team has the honor of beating the drum immediately following the Plowboys.
The John Tarleton Spirit Award originated in 1988, and is given to up to 12 students annually at the Leadership and Service Awards Banquet. Recipients are chosen based on campus involvement through organizations, special projects, and activities that contribute to the overall growth of the individual.
Stephenville is a city in and the county seat of Erath County, Texas, United States. As of the 2019 U.S. Census estimate, the city population was 21,247 and is the principal city in the Stephenville Micropolitan Statistical Area 42,698. Founded in 1854, it is home to Tarleton State University. Stephenville is among several communities that call themselves the "Cowboy Capital of the World".
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Leslie Spotz is an American pianist. She is Professor of piano at Tarleton State University.
John Tarleton was an American settler and rancher. He is best known for endowing John Tarleton Agricultural College, which eventually became Tarleton State University.
KTRL is a noncommercial public radio station owned by Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. KTRL broadcasts to a 10–county area of the Cross Timbers just southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Its signal covers a population of about 200,000. The station is partnered with Texas A&M's KAMU-FM 90.9 FM, bringing a mix of public radio and student programming to the region.
KXTR-LP is a noncommercial college radio station licensed to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. KXTR-LP broadcasts to the city of Stephenville and the surrounding area, covering more than half of Erath County. Programming is generally rock, both classic and modern. Programming also includes educational programming and genre-specific programs aired by students and faculty.
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James L. Hurley is an American academic administrator who is currently the 16th President of Tarleton State University.
Clyde Henley Wells was a rancher and long-time regent of the Texas A&M University System. He served as Chairman of the Board of Regents for 12 years.
The Texan Corps of Cadets is a student military organization at Tarleton State University located on the university's main campus in Stephenville, Texas. Tarleton's original Corps of Cadets traces its roots to 1917 but was reactivated in 2016 after becoming inactive in the 1950's. Tarleton is a member of the Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States.