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General Information

  • Established: September 4, 1899
  • Joined A&M System: 1917
  • Colors: Purple and White
  • Mascot: Texan Rider
  • Nickname: Texans
  • Athletic Affiliation: Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
  • Fall 2020 Academic Enrollment: 14,000+
  • Number of Staff: 603
  • Number of Faculty: 694
  • Estimated Cost Per Academic Year: $25,065 (Calculate Your Cost Estimate)

About Us

With its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community.

Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education, within seven academic colleges:

Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs and classes in Waco, Midlothian, and Fort Worth.

Recent additions to the main Stephenville campus include a state-of-the-art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

To see how Tarleton State University is working to become the premier student-focused and value-driven institution, view our mission statement and goals.

22 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Over 120

Student Organizations


Recreational Sports Teams

22 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Over 120

Student Organizations


Recreational Sports Teams

Travon Jackson, Class of 2017
Transferring to Tarleton State University has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. This university has opened so many doors and given me countless opportunities, both professionally and personally. I'm excited to have earned my Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree from such a great school!

Travon Jackson, Class of 2017

Degree Programs

  • Associate: 2
  • Bachelors: 82
  • Masters: 31
  • Doctorate: 2


Learn more about the academic life at Tarleton State University.


Tarleton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Tarleton may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website ( View the full listing of Tarleton's accreditations.

More About Us

Aerial view of the campus.

Points of Pride

Professor with students

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Third largest agricultural program among non-land grant universities in the nation.
  • The Department of Animal Science oversees the Tarleton Equine-Assisted Therapy (TREAT) program that is designed to utilize horseback riding as a form of physical, emotional and recreational therapy.
View COANR (College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
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College of Business

  • Job placement rate near 100% for Computer Information Systems graduates.
  • The Marketing and Computer Information Systems Department was selected by the Association of Information Technology Professionals as the outstanding four-year program in North America in 1989, 1996 and 2003 making Tarleton the first university to be a three-time award recipient.
View COB (College of Business)
Teacher in classroom with her students

College of Education and Human Development

  • 98% teacher certification pass rate.
  • Tarleton's Laboratory for Wellness and Motor Behavior houses a unique training machine called "The Psycle™" for individuals with mobility impairments that require special training.
View COEHD (College of Education and Human Development)
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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

  • Host the largest “Career Day” for criminal justice majors in Texas.
  • Student participation opportunities include performing in plays, running radio stations, producing and publishing creative writing publications, showcasing in art exhibits, and performing with professional music ensembles.
View COLFA (College of Liberal and Fine Arts)
Three public health students

College of Science and Technology

  • Tarleton's Observatory located at Hunewell Ranch is the largest undergraduate observatory in the nation.
  • Offers the only bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering in Texas.
View COST (College of Science and Technology)
Students and professor on campus

Contact Us

Like to know more about a specific area of Tarleton or how to apply? Send your questions to us through our online contact form.

Take a Tour

Schedule a personal tour of our Stephenville campus! Or take a tour online.