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What's New at Tarleton?

Campus Parking, Shuttles, and Shuttle Tracking App

We've made a few changes over the summer to accommodate all of our students through out campus in terms of parking. The purpose for three major lots has been changed as P16 is now a purple commuter lot, P30 is now a residential lot, and the southern end of P9, east of the Welcome Center, is now All Zone.

In all, more than 500 additional parking spaces have been created, including the expanded P20 lot for commuters northwest of Memorial Stadium, a new residential lot to serve Integrity Hall and an expanded All-Zone lot across from Washington behind St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.

Our shuttle service will be entering its second year of implementation after our first year of pilot service with some changes. Due to limited use and the expense, the on-campus golf cart shuttles will no longer take students from the tennis courts to the campus interior. Golf cart shuttles are available for after-hours safety rides by contacting the University Police Department.

Free shuttle buses will bring students from the All-Zone lots by the baseball and softball fields and the Horticulture Center to central campus at approximately 30-minute intervals during peak times, Monday - Thursday.  This route will have a total of 5 stops around the perimeter of campus, ending at the tennis court area on Sloan Street.  Shuttle buses also will pick up and deliver students from The Grove apartments to the tennis courts. 

Students can now also track where the shuttle is and how long the wait is with the 'Ride Systems' shuttle tracking system. This mobile app, provides real-time locations and expected arrival times at stops along the routes, is available at the Google Play store or iTunes store. Search “Ride Systems” and when downloaded, select Tarleton State University. Or, view the tracking information online.

With the help of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) students in the upcoming weeks will soon be able to cross Washington to campus in a safe manner. The addition of two cross walks are on the intersection of Washington and Lillian, and another on the intersection of Harbin and Washington. 

Tarleton Mobile AppTarleton Mobile App: New Features for Safety

The Tarleton Mobile App is useful for current students, providing useful resources such as:

  • Interactive campus map
  • Link to the Blackboard Mobile app
  • Access to your schedule and grades
  • TexanSync
  • Hire A Texan, and more.

The app is also now offering two new helpful features: "Campus Safety" and "Help Coping."

Campus Safety provides a link to the new EduSafe app, which contains features such as requesting a security escort on campus, reporting a security hazard on campus, Code Purple push notifications, and more. Help Coping provides information and advice about sexual assault, trouble sleeping, what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed, and more.

To download the app, search "Tarleton Mobile" in the iTunes store or Google Play store.

The Tarleton Food Pantry opens to serve students and staff

Admissions and Registrar at One Stop ShopThe Tarleton Food Pantry—a collaboration of the university’s Student Success & Multicultural Initiatives, the Division of Student Life and other campus groups, including H.O.P.E. Inc.— opened its doors Aug. 7, just ahead of Transition Week, when incoming freshmen arrive before the start of the fall semester.

The goal is to make healthy, nourishing food available to students who might otherwise not have enough to eat, helping them stay enrolled and enjoy academic success.

The Tarleton Food Pantry will rely on donations of food and money. In the future, faculty and staff can include monetary donations to the pantry as part of their annual giving to the university.

Located in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, Room 103-A, adjacent to the Information Desk, the pantry will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays during the pilot phase and staffed by volunteers. Non-perishable, dorm-friendly food items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Information Desk and at the Office of Diversity & Inclusion on the Student Center’s lower level. Additional drop-off locations are in the works.

  • Checks can be made to Tarleton State University, noting “Food Pantry” in the memo, and mailed to: Tarleton State University - Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Box T-0490, Stephenville, Texas 76402.
  • For more information about the Tarleton Food Pantry, call 254-968-9488 or email

Alumni Island and John Tarleton Statue Revealed

A 10-foot tall bronze sculpture of John Tarleton, the university's legendary founder, was unveiled over the summer during a ceremony in the new Alumni Island.

Created by Kenneth Wyatt, a 1946 Tarleton graduate and world-renowned artist called the Norman Rockwell of Western Art, the statue stands in the center of the newly renovated Alumni Island as a symbol of history, tradition and far-reaching vision. The Alpha Building Corporation, which contracted to renovate the Alumni Island, donated funds for the statue.

Tarleton President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio described the unveiling of the sculpture as a moment in history that will be remembered for generations to come.

“No man or woman in Erath County has changed more lives than John Tarleton,” he said. “It is only fitting that the university should honor him for his larger-than-life generosity and vision. This tremendous piece of art will have a lasting impact on Tarleton students and the Stephenville community. Students and visitors will commemorate campus experiences and events in photos with John, and the sculpture will become a meeting place for alumni to share their Tarleton stories with friends and family.”

Homecoming 2015 Announced

Homecoming graphic with text of ever onward ever forward

Inspired by the lyrics of the Tarleton Fight Song, the 2015 theme of "Ever Forward, Ever Onward" was announced.  

The week long series of events leading up to the big game against Eastern New Mexico University has been scheduled. This year shirts will be sold in-person beginning on Sep. 12th at the first home game tailgate and will also be available at the Sep. 19th football game at AT&T Stadium. Information about online shirt sales is coming soon.

For more information about the traditions and events of homecoming week, check out the Homecoming site.

Degree Search bar tool and pages

Tech Spot

Tarleton's homepage now has a new feature: a degree search/degree repository. This section will allow students to "shop" our degree program offerings straight from Tarleton's homepage. Each degree page in the repository lists information that is tailored to what students look for when shopping degrees, including what is "different" about the degree compared to other institutions, what someone can do with the degree after graduation, what special facilities and features are available, and much more.

You can use this tool for yourself now on the Tarleton Homepage.