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The Best Kept Secret in Texas

Tarleton State University is located in the Heart of Stephenville, and offers its students several unique programs of study to fit their educational and career aspirations. The Stephenville campus now has over 13,000 students enrolled, and is constantly changing with the addition of new dorms, facilities, and other features that are made to enrich the experiences and education of students.

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It's Not Just a College, It's a Community

Purple Poo and Texan Stars


Tarleton State University has been around for over 100 years, so believe it when we say that traditions run deep on our campus. The oldest spirit organization in Texas calls Tarleton their home. The Purple Poo will always be there to remind you to stay off the grass, raise the spirit of John Tarleton, and if you're lucky, give you a coveted Poo Sign. You only have to be on campus for a short time to understand why everyone in the Tarleton family bleeds purple.

Tarleton alumni with family


From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the moment you walk across the stage and get your diploma, and every moment after that, you will be a member of the Tarleton family. You can fully immerse yourself in the campus community by joining student organizations, engaging in Greek Life, and so much more. Being a part of the Tarleton family is more than a connection, it's a lifestyle.

Tarleton students in front of Trogdon House


Being a Tarleton Texan means building lifelong relationships, gaining hands-on experience in the classroom, being part of a family and community, and so much more. Texans get the full college experience in both a fun, fast-paced campus life, and an education built to prepare them for any career they choose. Take it from us - becoming a Tarleton Texan will be the best decision you ever make.

Academic Colleges

Tarleton currently has six academic colleges from which you can gain valuable experience and engage in hands-on activities:

Tarleton at a Glance

  • Established: September 4, 1899
  • Joined Texas A&M System: 1917
  • Colors: Purple and White
  • Mascot: Texan Rider
  • Athletic Affiliation: Lone Star Conference (LSC)
  • Estimated Cost Per Academic Year: $18,851

Why Stephenville?

Students at Duck Launch

The Tarleton State University main campus provide students with a true and unique college experience through avenues such as:

  • Engaging campus life
  • Student organizations
  • Hands-on experience
  • Career-focused courses

And much more!

Don't miss out on a one-of-a-kind college experience, check out our Stephenville campus today!