Tarleton State University is a public, coeducational, state university located in Stephenville, Texas
Tarleton State University is a member of the Texas A&M University System. Located near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Tarleton is a growing institution known for its internationally recognized agriculture, nursing, music, medical technology and teacher education programs. The university has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States that benefits more than 50 area school districts. In the fall of 2012, the university surpassed an enrollment of 10,000 students.
John Tarleton Agricultural College was founded in 1899 with an endowment from settler John Tarleton. The college became a member of the A&M (“Agricultural and Mechanical”) system in 1917. In 1949 it was renamed Tarleton State College then became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1959 and gained status as a university in 1973. In 2003 it began offering doctoral programs.
Located one hour from Fort Worth in Stephenville, Texas, Tarleton serves as the educational and cultural flagship of the Cross Timbers Region. With a population of around 17,000, is included in Norman Crampton’s The 100 Best Small Towns in America published by Prentice Hall.
A new 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) sports recreation center, complete with weight rooms, track and gym, opened in fall 2007. The two-story building holds four racquetball courts, a weight room, 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 new $13 million, 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) dining facility opened in Fall 2008. For student convenience, 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.
Other recent additions include a new $30.8 million science building complete with a 64-seat planetarium and a new observatory at Tarleton’s Hunewell Ranch, which houses a fully robotic 32-inch-diameter (810 mm) research-grade telescope. The old science building went through an extensive $13.5 million renovation and expansion upgrading laboratories and classrooms. Tarleton’s recent progress also includes a remarkable expansion and renovation of the Dick Smith Library and comfortable new housing facilities.
Students come from around the world–26 countries and 49 states in the United States–to attend Tarleton. Students have the opportunity to choose from 65 undergraduate, 21 graduate, two associate degree programs and one doctoral program.
The largest non-land grant agriculture university in the United States, Tarleton is a leader in teacher education. It has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States, benefiting more than 50 area school districts. The university also is a national leader in educating agricultural education teachers.