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New Fort Worth Campus

aerial view of the new campus

I am pleased to present this Master Plan as a vision for a campus that will someday create a vibrant, life-long learning environment for the citizens of Fort Worth and surrounding communities. This new campus will one day become a reality because of a generous donation of 80 acres of land along the new Chisholm Trail Parkway by the Walton Group, coupled with strong support from the City of Fort Worth, North Texas Tollway Authority, The Texas A&M University System, community and business leaders, and state legislators. These groups, together with the community at large, are looking to Tarleton to meet a growing need for public higher education in the Southwest Metroplex.

Tarleton has had a presence in Fort Worth for many years. Using leased facilities up to this point, we have seen an annual growth rate of 10-20% in enrollment over the last decade. We have expanded our degree offerings and added new programs, established new student services, and developed new partnerships with area community colleges, health care providers, and businesses. Tarleton is the only public university offering bachelor’s level degrees as well as many master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in the city.

This Master Plan for Tarleton State University’s Fort Worth Campus has been prepared with the help of Broaddus Planning and input gathered from stakeholder representatives, steering committees, advisory committees, and workshops. Extensive research was done to understand the current and future needs of learning landscapes, anticipated enrollment growth, student demographics and educational needs, landscape and building requirements, transportation access, and fit with the surrounding community’s planned development. I am grateful to the many participants that truly made a difference in conceptualizing the plan while being mindful of Tarleton’s culture and its aspirations.

This master plan will guide future decisions on a new, permanent campus for buildings and facilities for academics, student life, recreation, research, parking, open spaces, and general infrastructure. It will accommodate the consolidation of all Fort Worth-based academic programs at one location.

A few years from today when people ask for directions to Tarleton State University’s Fort Worth Campus they may be told to hit the trail, that is the Chisholm Trail, and they won’t have to go far to find us.

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.

President