Student Life

The Division of Student Life creates a campus environment for learning and development by serving Students' interests in every aspect of university life. To achieve this mission, Student Life provides outstanding programs and services for students in the following departments: Campus Store, Career Services, Counseling Services, Dining Services, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Health Services, Judicial Affairs, Parking, Post Office, Recreational Sports, Residential Living & Learning, Rodeo Activities, Student Engagement, Student Life Studies, Student Publications, Texan Card, Transitions and Family Relations, University Police, and Student Government Association.

Campus Store

As you begin your college adventure, you’ll need a place you can trust to have the right stuff at the right time and the right place: The Tarleton Campus Store located inside the Thompson Student Center.  Our team of experts ensures that we have the course materials and supplies you need to succeed and can assist you with any questions you have.  We offer a number of textbook formats to suit your unique situation.  You can buy new, used or digital books and you can even rent your books.  We’re proud to offer the Rent-A-Text and digital textbook programs, both of which offer students serious savings.  In addition to textbooks you can also pick up Tarleton clothing and gifts, school supplies, and more.  You can also visit us online at from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  No matter how you shop, you will get your top-notch customer support and access to the largest textbook inventory.  And for your convenience, you can choose to pick up your order in-store! For more information visit the Tarleton State University Bookstore or call 254-968-9007.

Career Services Center

The Career Services Center provides a comprehensive career development program to assist students in developing and implementing a strategic career plan. Students are encouraged to use the center’s services at any time during their academic experience for: career counseling and assessment, career resource library, job search resources, internship opportunities, job shadowing program, resume assistance, mock interviews, career-related workshops, business etiquette dinners, job fairs, and on campus interviews with companies and school districts.

Students and alumni may post resumes and access full-time, part-time and internship listings free of charge through the Hire A Texan employment system. It is recommended that students post resumes in the Hire A Texan by the second semester of the junior year.

Most services are available on each Tarleton campus (Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco and Midlothian). Make an appointment today! For more information visit

Transition and Family Relations Programs

Transition and Family Relations Programs (TFRP) is comprised of a number of opportunities designed to assure new incoming students a smooth transition to university life. Tarleton State University recognizes the family support network as a vital part of each student’s success. For more information visit our website:; or contact our office (254) 968-9490.

Parent Relations
  • Tarleton's parent relations program is a support base in assisting the parent/guardian to continue guiding the student on a successful path. Tarleton State University recognizes the family support network as a vital part of a students’ success, and the Parent Relations office helps facilitate successful navigation of Tarleton’s system. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-0789.
Texan Academic Orientation
  • Texan Orientation Conference is designed to introduce students to their academic discipline. Students and families will have an opportunity to interact with Tarleton’s faculty, staff and administrators, become better acquainted with students in their class, as well as with current students. Students enroll in their first semester courses and familiarize themselves with the academic advising process. A Parent/Family Orientation runs parallel to the student’s orientation. Parents/Families are informed on topics such as how to finance their students’ college education, how to navigate housing assignments, and how to support their student’s transition into this new educational phase.
Duck Camp & Texan Camp Orientation
  • This three-day program is designed to be an introduction to building relationships and traditions for incoming new students. Student participation is voluntary and the event is held off-campus. The programs are facilitated by current Tarleton students and staff and/or faculty in small group sessions. Texan camp is provided parallel to the last Duck Camp for new Transfer students hosted by Transfer students of Tarleton. By the end of camp, students have been exposed not only to the traditions of the University, but also the Core Values and Mission and Vision, in addition to building strong relationships with their incoming classmates and current students.
Texan Transition Week
  • Transition Week is a one-week program designed to give new students a smooth transition into Tarleton State University both academically and socially. Students are enrolled in an introductory First-Year Seminar Class facilitated by Tarleton professors. They also receive out-of-class opportunities to explore their new environment and to become better equipped with knowledge of resources and services available which will impact their success.
Texan Connection (Spring)
  • A one-day program designed to prepare new first time students and transfer students entering second semester. Students are exposed to resources and services unique to Tarleton’s campus and students entering university lifestyle for the first time
Off-Campus and On-Line Orientation
  • Tarleton State University outreach sites provide an effective and appropriate orientation to commuter populations (Southwest Metroplex in Fort Worth, Waco Outreach Programs in Waco, Midlothian Outreach Programs in Midlothian and the E-Campus online). Tarleton’s on-line Orientation is designed to accommodate the needs of students who are unavailable for Texan summer orientations.

Dining Services

Dining Services is committed to serving tasty, nutritious food at reasonable prices. The University Dining Hall offers a variety of menu items, many of which are prepared on the spot as the student requests it. Food is prepared, presented, and enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere where the students can eat, visit with fellow students, faculty and staff, and experience one of Tarleton’s hallmarks: the friendliness and warmth of its campus culture.

The Texan Star Food Court in the Thompson Student Center offers additional fast food options. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public can also purchase coffee, hot chocolate, other specialty drinks, and snacks at Suave Cafe’, a coffee and espresso bar in the foyer of the Dick Smith Library. For more information visit: or call (254) 968-9445.

Post Office

The Tarleton Post Office is dedicated to providing the very best mail service to our students, faculty, and staff.  The post office is a fully functional USPS station offering all USPS services except cashing money orders.  Even though we are a contract postal unit we also receive parcels from UPS, FedEx, and DHL for delivery.

The Tarleton Post Office is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, except for the University holidays.  Our window service includes sales of stamps, money orders, mail box rentals, mailing of packages, express, priority, certified, insured, and registered mail.

The mail center provides delivery to 2600 mail boxes located in the Thompson Center and delivery to 100 departmental mailbox locations twice daily.

Recreational Sports

The, Recreational Sports Department provides a variety of recreational activities and events to meet the physical fitness and/or personal enjoyment needs of students, retirees, faculty/staff and spouses. Extracurricular opportunities are coordinated and implemented to provide intramural team and individual sports, self-directed activities, and special events.

The Recreation Sports Center is a 70,000 square foot facility, housing a weight room, climbing wall, four racquetball courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, outdoor pursuits equipment check-out, three basketball/volleyball courts, three badminton courts, archery range, and two classrooms. The second floor includes two group exercise rooms, track-side cardio, cardio theatre, three-lane track, and the administrative office suite.

The Vance Terrell Intramural Complex is equipped with four all-purpose fields to serve various organized and open recreational activities. Intramural Team Sports’ programs played at this facility include flag football, soccer, and softball.

Fitness/Wellness programming is available to meet the fitness and wellness needs of Recreation Sports Center members. This area includes Group Ex classes, weight room and cardio areas of the facility, personal training services, and wellness workshops.

Tarleton Challenge is an energizing ropes course learning experience. By combining high and low elements, participants enjoy safe, fun, unique and innovative opportunities to promote group and personal growth, team-building; as well as communication and trust. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9912.

Residential Living & Learning

Residential Living & Learning transforms students through a community experience that promotes intentional connections to peers, faculty, staff, university resources and invaluable learning experiences.

Tarleton State University offers more than 15 residential facilities that provide a rich mix of room designs and price points to meet the needs of our diverse student body. Each residence hall offers a unique and comfortable environment for students. Residence Hall rooms are equipped with furniture, cable TV, and Internet/WiFi as well as a combination refrigerator/freezer with a microwave unit. Laundry facilities are offered in each residential environment. Residential facility staff is available to provide students with the assistance they need to succeed socially and academically.

The University requires all students residing on campus in a traditional residence hall and all students classified as a first year student (regardless of assignment) to purchase a minimum ten (10) meal plan. Visit ( for specific information regarding meal plans options.

On-Campus Housing Requirement

Residing on campus creates an environment where students experience more success; therefore, Tarleton supports a live-on requirement of:

    Two (2) academic years for:

  • all “First Time Freshman” students who are under 21 years of age, prior to the start of his/her registered semester, beginning with the Fall 2010 semester
  • all “Transfer” students who are under 21 years of age with less than 12 (twelve) credit hours, prior to the start of his/her registered semester, beginning with the Fall 2010 semester 

One (1) academic year for:

  • all “Transfer” students who are under 21 years of age with 12 (twelve) credit hours or more, prior to the start of his/her registered semester, beginning with the Fall 2010 semester 

Students who meet the requirements within an academic year Housing Contract will be required to fulfill the applicable contract and eat in the University dining facilities when assigned in a residence hall environment. Housing contracts are for an academic year (fall and spring).
Students may file for an exemption to this requirement for the following reasons:

  • Living with a parent at their legal, full-time residence within 45 miles of campus 
  • Living with a sibling who is a registered Tarleton student at their legal, full-time residence within 45 miles of campus 
  • Married or have a dependent child 
  • Medical reasons 

It is recommended that students not arrange to live off campus until their request for exemption has been approved through Residential Living & Learning. Proof must be submitted with a completed off-campus request form located on the Residential Living & Learning website at: For more information, call (254) 968-9083.

Housing Application

Housing application information is available online at: Students may complete their housing application through their "student" tab found after logging in through "My Gateway."  A $100 deposit must be submitted with all applications. Applications are processed for assignment in order of the date they are completed. A housing application is not complete until the deposit has been submitted and the student has been admitted to the university. Contact the Residential Living & Learning office at 254-968-9083 or for more information.

Living-Learning Communities

A Living-Learning Community is a smaller cohort of students (approximately 30 students) pursuing a common academic purpose and experience. Living-Learning Community students will be assigned together in a cluster of rooms in a specific residential area and they will be enrolled in a pair/set of major specific courses required for their field of study. Participation in this program allows students to be part of a group living together in community and enrolled in one (1) or more courses together. Some opportunities exist for students to participate in Living-Learning Communities designed around an applied learning experience such as: service or sustainability. These students live together in a residence hall and commit to fulfilling the requirements identified for the learning experience outside of the classroom. Students benefit from the relationships established among their peers, faculty and staff associated with each Living-Learning Community and typically experience increased levels of academic success. Students interested in our Living-Learning Community programs can indicate their interest through their Housing Application/Contract. Students will be evaluated for eligibility and, if eligible, assigned to an appropriate Living-Learning Community based on space availability. Students who are not eligible will be assigned to an available space on campus. For more information, view the live-learn links on our website: or call (254) 968-9083.

Meningitis Vaccine

Texas Legislative Bill 4189 requires that each student assigned to live on-campus must provide proof of a meningitis vaccine obtained no less than 10 days prior to moving into the on-campus environment. For more details about this requirement, go to: or call (254) 968-9124.

Rodeo Activities

The Office of Rodeo Activities provides students the opportunity to be active in rodeo activities on campus and at the intercollegiate level. Tarleton State University is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and competes in the Southwest Region. The Tarleton Rodeo Association provides students with the opportunity to plan and/or participate in events such as the Intramural Rodeo, the NIRA Rodeo, youth rodeos and various other jackpot events. The Office of Rodeo Activities provides some stock for practice and skill development at the Rodeo Practice Arena adjacent to the Agriculture Center. Scholarships and travel allowances are available for outstanding rodeo athletes. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9187.

Student Engagement

While academic success is the highest priority, participation in the Student Activities experience can add an important dimension to the college experience. Through student organizations, co-curricular activities, and service learning opportunities, students learn to exercise citizenship, social responsibility and ethical leadership.

Student Organizations

Student organizations provide opportunities for development in the areas of leadership, personal management, collaboration, supervision, organization, communication, networking, event planning, and relationship development. More than 120 student organizations are active on the Tarleton campus.

School Wide Activities Team (SWAT)

The School Wide Activities Team (SWAT) provides a variety of programs and activities for the university campus and surrounding communities. Students learn leadership and interpersonal skills by planning and implementing educational cultural, recreational, and entertainment programs.

Tarleton L.E.A.D.S.

Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development and Service (L.E.A.D.S.) are the key values that we believe are essential in the development of a well-rounded leader in society. L.E.A.D.S. is a two-semester leadership development program in which students develop their own leadership philosophy and establish fundamental practices of leadership. Through interactions and experiences with peers, each student has the opportunity to engage in leadership development that will benefit them during their college career and beyond. Upon completion of the program, each student will be defined as “leadership certified” with university documentation included on their diploma and transcript. To apply visit:

Greek Life

Greek Life at Tarleton provides opportunities for brotherhood/sisterhood, scholarship, leadership and service. Groups range from social to social/professional and offer numerous activities that include philanthropies, team building events, and social gatherings. The variety of fraternities and sororities on campus allow students the opportunity to select one that will best fit their needs. Recruitment is held during the first few weeks of the fall and spring semesters. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9256.

Thompson Student Center

The Thompson Student Center provides programs, services, and facilities that are responsive to needs of students, faculty, staff and local community. As the center of university community life, it serves as an arena for students to apply their educational experiences outside the classroom.

The 103,000 square foot facility features four meeting rooms, three ballrooms, a student organizational area, gaming area, several campus life departments, the campus bookstore, food court, and post office. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9256. 

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services provides counseling services to students enrolled on the Stephenville campus at Tarleton. The mission of Student Counseling Services is to provide exemplary services to as many students as possible with the express purpose of transforming student lives.  We promote wellness by assisting students from all backgrounds to accomplish their academic, career, and personal developmental goals.  The student health fee covers counseling services, so students are not charged any additional fees.  We offer individual, couples, pre-marital, family, and group counseling, along with consultation services. The SCS also provides preventative educational outreach programs to organizations across the campus. Presentations include topics such as stress management, test anxiety, relationship issues, positive body image, drug and alcohol use, and other topics as requested. The office is committed to diversity and meeting the needs of a changing university community. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (254) 968-9044. All counseling services are confidential within the limits outlined by Texas Law and Professional Ethics. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9044.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the representative voice of Tarleton students and it is directly responsible for bringing the interests and concerns of students to the attention of the administration and university community. For more information, go to the Student Government Association website:

Student Health Services

Student Health Services provides health care services to students enrolled on the Stephenville campus. The student health fee covers office visits. Reasonable fees are charged for treatment, injections, tests and medications. Identification Card presentation is required with each visit.

Services provided include: prescription and over-the counter medications, treatment of minor/acute illnesses and injuries, suturing of simple lacerations, removal of simple skin lesions, services of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner, administration of allergy injections as directed by the student’s allergist, consultations regarding any health problems (including referrals), blood pressure checks and the continuation of health care following surgery or illness as directed by a physician.

Students who have graduated from a public school in Texas should have current immunization status. The State of Texas requires students who will be living on campus for the first time show proof of vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis. The vaccination for Bacterial Meningitis must be received at least 10 days prior to moving on campus. Tuberculosis (TB) testing, tetanus, meningitis, influenza (fall semester only), and hepatitis A&B vaccines are available at the Student Health Center. Physical exams and women’s health exams and birth control are also available for a reasonable fee. Health literature is available for personal and educational purposes.

All x-rays, laboratory tests, and medical services conducted outside of the Student Health Center are performed at the student’s expense. Student Health Services is an advocate for the physically disabled. The university offers students a comprehensive injury and sickness insurance plan to cover students beyond the resources of Student Health Services. For more information, call (254) 968-9271, come by Student Health Services in Room 212 of the Thompson Student Center or go to:

Student Judicial Affairs

The Office of Student Judicial Affairs staff is dedicated to promoting a campus environment of responsibility, respect, integrity and community through the enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct. The staff provides resolutions for alleged misconduct by students. The established standard of behavior is set forth in the Student Handbook under the Code of Student Conduct and addresses social and campus community conduct, as well as academic integrity. The staff also serves as the contact for student related grievances, absences of more than five (5) days (related to medical or family) and as a consultant to faculty/staff on student-related problems and concerns. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9490.

Student Life Studies

The Department of Student Life Studies serves as the primary planning, assessment and evaluation area for the Division of Student Life. The staff works to facilitate assessment and evaluation of services and programs within the Division of Student Life, assess organizational effectiveness and assure continuous quality improvement throughout each department for more information go to: or call (254) 968-9080.

Student Publications

The Office of Student Publications oversees the production of the campus newspaper and the yearbook. Both publications are conceptualized, developed, and produced by staffs comprised of Tarleton Students. For more information go to: or call (254) 968-9056.


JTAC News is the official student newspaper, offers news and features of interest to the university community and provides a forum for expression of opinion. It is published monthly during the fall and spring semesters. An orientation issue is published each summer. The online edition is:

The Grassburr

The Grassburr, first published in 1916, is the official student yearbook and is a permanent record of class, club, campus, athletic and other events. The cost of the book is included in Stephenville undergraduate fees assessed during the spring semester. Yearbooks are mailed to graduated seniors each year at no additional charge.

Texan Card Office

The Texan Card Office provides students, faculty and staff with Texan Cards that are used as the official ID of the university.  The Texan Card allows access to buildings, meal plans, activities and services throughout the university and in the community.  Texan Bucks are also administered through this office.  For more information go to:

University Police and Parking Department

The safety and security of the campus community is the number one priority of the University Police Department. Staffed by 17 fully licensed police officers, the department operates around the clock and every day to ensure a positive environment for students to live, learn and interact. Additionally, the department offers safety escorts across campus vehicle jump-starts for dead batteries and will unlock your car if your keys are locked inside. We are always just a phone call away.

The employees of the University Parking Department work diligently to serve the campus in the area of parking and information. All vehicles which park on the university property must be registered with the department and have an appropriately displayed permit. Please visit our website at for more information and maps of the campus. Or, stop by to see us in person, as we are located in the northeast corner of the Kinesiology Building.