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Tarleton State University

Brief Description:

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Tarleton State University is located in Stephenville, Texas, and is a member of the Texas A&M University System. Located just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Tarleton is home to internationally known programs in agriculture, nursing, music, medical technology, mathematical data mining and teacher education. The university has one of the largest public school improvement partnerships in the nation, benefitting more than 50 area districts. Fall 2016 enrollment surpassed the 13,000 mark on four campuses.


Mission Statement:

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Tarleton provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. The university strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.


President's Quote:

"This year, we celebrate a significant benchmark in our history: the 100th anniversary of our becoming a foundational part of the Texas A&M University System. On occasions such as this, we not only look back at our unique heritage, but look forward with momentum and pride. Our vision is clear: Tarleton will be the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond. This vision is born of John Tarleton's dream of an institution where students have access to an education that improves their lives and communities. It is a vision consistent with the land grant charge to Texas A&M University to bring a liberal and practical education to all." — F. Dominic Dottavio, 15th president of Tarleton State University

Major Accomplishments:

Student demand is behind Tarleton State University’s plan to establish a new campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The university will build a new Fort Worth campus on 80 acres, donated by the Walton Group real estate investment and development company, near Chisholm Trail Parkway and Old Grandbury Road. The campus will serve thousands of Tarrant County students seeking an affordable higher education close to home. 

Fun Facts:

  • The "Purple Poo," which evolved from the Ten Tarleton Peppers and Ten Tarleton Sisters—secret spirit organizations—is the oldest spirit organization in Texas. (It dates back to the 1920s.)
  • Tarleton has the second largest agricultural program in the nation among land grant universities.
  • The university is home to an internationally recognized aeronautical research team. 


Notable Alumni:

  • Robert Glasagow 
  • Mike Moncrief 
  • George Kennedy 
  • Earl Rudder



"I have been able to have a closer relationship with my professors; I have been able to be involved in research during the last two years or so, and I’ve traveled to conferences. With the Nicaragua trip, I don’t think that’s something I would have been able to be a part of anywhere else. I feel like I’ve had an experience that’s a step above what most people have in college."– Caleb Frandsen, environmental engineering class of 2016


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662