Departmental Chair: Dr. Lucy Harney
As the university's student population has grown, from 303 in 1903 to 37,979 in 2015, our San Marcos campus, too, has expanded. Today it consists of a 457-acre main campus and 5,000 additional acres in recreational, instructional, farm and ranch land.
Texas State University-San Marcos is the largest institution of the Texas State University System, the sixth largest university in Texas and the 52nd largest in the United States. Additionally, Texas State University is continuing its rise in the rankings of America's Best Colleges, according to a report released by U.S. News & World Report. For the second consecutive year, Texas State was ranked in the top tier of master's universities in the 15-state Western Region of the U.S. News ranking system.
Among public colleges in the Western Region master's division, Texas State is tied for 10th in the rankings with Central Washington University, San Jose State University and Weber State University. Texas State is the top-ranked Texas public institution in its group, with only one other Texas public college cracking the top tier in the Western master's college division: the University of Texas at Tyler.
Furthermore, our University has been named by the Princeton Review as one of America's Best Value Colleges for 2007. The list ranks the top 150 public and private institutions nation-wide, placing Texas State in elite company. In fact, Texas State joins just three other Texas universities on the list: Rice University in Houston, Texas A&M University in College Station and the University of Texas in Austin.
As departmental chair, I would like to welcome you to a great university!