Texas State University is creating the NEXT big thing. Tomorrow’s businesses, tomorrow’s discoveries, and tomorrow’s opportunities. NEXT is each promising student, each inspiring professor, and every new graduate primed to have an impact, change a life, and make a difference in the world. NEXT is new careers launching, a breakthrough that electrifies the nation, and communities rising together. It is the future we’re ensuring every day with ingenuity, hard work, and collaboration. NEXT is a goal, a gift, and a promise. It’s how we move forward, continuing a legacy built on making a better tomorrow. That’s TXST NEXT.


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On Oct. 8, Texas State publicly launched the largest fundraising campaign in university history. The campaign is on track to raise $250 million to advance initiatives focused on student success and becoming a Tier 1 research university. Here is a look at the priorities and passions driving the NEXT IS NOW campaign.

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Our students are the present and future face of Texas. They may come from vastly different places, but like Texans, they have a lot in common. They’re driven, hopeful, and authentically, unapologetically, themselves. They know the world won’t fix itself. They’re preparing to do it themselves. We exist to help them.


We attract hard-working, curious, creative, daring, and determined students to Texas State. Our students work a lot, both in their studies and to make their studies possible. Everything they have, they have earned. Scholarships and fellowships ensure they will continue to have opportunities to do as much as they dream.


We know experiences outside the classroom are crucial to preparing our students for the world beyond college. Whether that’s working on a faculty-mentored project, securing an internship, studying abroad, or finding a group of Bobcats who get just as psyched about everything from keeping the river clean to building a business, we want “hands-on” to always be a part of the Bobcat experience.


We take care of our own. We’re continually adapting to support our students with a host of specialized resources, including academic support and advising, counseling and health services, accessibility and disability services, and more.

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We don’t wait for the future to arrive. Investments in our faculty help to shape that future. They are the backbone of all we do for the future of our students. America’s future, your future. We have forward-looking academic programs to ensure our students are prepared for a constantly evolving job market.


As researchers, we push the boundaries of knowledge, and we’re equally dedicated to using what we find to improve the lives of our students and all humankind.

In fields as diverse as energy and engineering to entrepreneurship and the arts, we forge partnerships with our community and the private sector to solve problems for our neighbors and our state.

We have built a connected community, supporting people who want to learn and achieve and collaborating across our campuses and with our academic peers from other esteemed institutions.


Creating and supporting endowed faculty positions ensures we have the resources to attract and keep faculty who are experts in their fields and dedicated to teaching the next generation; people as experienced in the boardroom and in the world as they are in the lab or the classroom; mentors who are as interested in guiding students as they are in making discoveries.

"Texas State University is driving what’s next along the Texas Innovation Corridor. Our research and degree programs, as well as our start-ups, are a catalyst for the transformation of this region.” — Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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The Texas State Bobcats are an NCAA Division I FBS athletic program. From football to tennis to golf, our student-athletes excel in competition and in the classroom. Texas State seeks to raise funds to better support our student-athletes to build on their success, hit new milestones, and pursue more championships.


In college sports, the competition for success begins with recruiting talented student-athletes. Scholarships help attract top student-athletes and demonstrate alumni support for our teams.

"With the athletic scholarship you have provided for me, I was able to attend the summer classes I needed to stay caught up. It has lifted a huge weight off of me and my mom’s shoulder financially, as we didn’t know how we were going to make up that portion of my classes.” — Recipient of the Hackney Family Athletic Scholarship



Student-athletes make an incredible commitment on and off the field. Building strong athletic programs means supporting our students-athletes in nutrition and health, competitive performance, academics, and personal development, so they can give 100% in training and on the field, court, track, course, or pitch.


Having Division I-caliber facilities is essential in helping our student-athletes compete at the highest level. Top priorities include renovations to the Bobcat Stadium South End Zone Complex training facility and other existing facilities.

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"My aunt took me to see the Texas State campus and I immediately fell in love. Here, I don’t feel like a face in the crowd, a number in the system. I cannot walk anywhere on campus without knowing someone. My friends say that the Quad is my hometown because I seem to talk to everyone that passes me. I came here for the rigor and the beauty.” — Bobcats to Bobcats Scholarship Recipient

Generations of Bobcats have called this home. The natural beauty of our campus is just the beginning of what makes Texas State special. Campus isn’t just for class. Both our San Marcos Campus and our dynamic and growing Round Rock Campus are a community and a place where students can challenge themselves and each other. We’re investing to ensure it continues to keep up with the creativity and potential of our students.

No other school in Texas has our unique mix of historic buildings, unique natural resources and green spaces, and research facilities to support student success.

  • Music Building
  • Spring Lake Hall Exhibition and Patio Renovations at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
  • Live Oak Hall Film & Television Equipment
  • McCoy College of Business Student Success Center
  • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Athletics Training Facilities
  • Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Park
  • College of Health Professions Round Rock Campus Equipment

Round Rock Campus

In 2022 the College of Health Professions will mark its 50th anniversary at Texas State. Six of the college’s eight departments are located on the Round Rock Campus. Willow Hall, which opened in 2018, also houses the Speech Language Hearing Clinic, the Ascension Seton Williamson Sleep Center, and the Physical Therapy Clinic. 

Gala Kickoff Celebration for NEXT IS NOW

On Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, Texas State University held a celebration at the Performing Arts Center to kick off the NEXT IS NOW campaign to fund scholarships, endowed faculty positions, new construction, and programs across the university campuses. The music included performances by the Texas State Symphony and Symphonic Chorus; VocaLibre, and Mariachi Nueva Generacion, along with the premiere of Horizon, a commissioned symphony for wind and choral composed by Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Wayne Oquin.

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"Tonight we are on the precipice of something truly great … This capital campaign will fuel the university’s transformation from an Emerging Research University into a national research university. We’ve made tremendous progress, with record-breaking growth in research grants and funding… The NEXT IS NOW campaign is an essential vehicle to launch Texas State into the next tier. With the support of our Bobcat community, we can ensure Texas State’s path to national research university prominence, support our exceptional students, and fulfill the university’s promise of innovation and excellence… On behalf of the Bobcats of today — and future generations of students — we invite you to join us! Come alongside us to achieve what’s NEXT.” — Dr. Denise M. Trauth, Texas State University President