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 five colleges—agricultural and environmental sciences, business administration, education, liberal and fine arts, and science and technology. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center. Recent additions to the Stephenville campus include a state of the art Nursing Building, and a new $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students is under construction.
And Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs and classes in Waco, Midlothian and the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth.
Tarleton offers a traditional, residential college experience with a lively campus atmosphere, intercollegiate athletics, dozens of student organizations and cultural attractions. Students benefit from the personal attention, warmth and faculty interaction found at smaller, liberal arts institutions.
If you want the comfort and casualness of a small town and an intimate campus life – Tarleton has it! We’re in the heart of Stephenville, a town of about 17,000 that is the hub of an area circled by Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco, and Abilene. You’ll live and learn in a warm, friendly, caring community ranked as one of the 100 best small towns in America. Stephenville was part of a tract of land located on the upper Bosque River Valley in Central Texas in 1854 and became the county seat of Erath County in 1856. The first land patent was secured by John M. Stephen on February 24, 1853.
The first permanent school in Stephenville was erected by John Tarleton. There are now seven public school districts in Erath County. Stephenville Independent School District has a total enrollment of over 3,350 students. The one college in the area, Tarleton, has an enrollment of over 9,600 students.
Stephenville offers a variety of recreational areas including two public parks, two public swimming pools, two golf courses, 14 tennis courts, a movie theater, six football stadiums, two rodeo arenas, a bowling alley, a youth center, and a historical museum. There are also two major lakes within a 40-mile radius and many excellent areas for hunting and fishing. Stephenville offers many annual events including livestock shows, arts & crafts festivals, rodeos, basketball tournaments and the Tarleton homecoming.
Major manufacturers and employers in Stephenville include AMPI, Saint-Gobain, FMC, Harris Methodist Hospital, HEB Grocers, Medical & Surgical Clinic, Norton Company, Pecan Valley Medical, Rayloc Industries, Stephenville ISD, Tarleton State University, and Wal-Mart.
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