Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs creates communities that provide a sense of belonging and engages students to be successful. To achieve this mission, Student Affairs provides outstanding programs and services for students in the following departments: Assessment & Strategic Initiatives, Campus Recreation, Center for Leadership, Service and Outreach, Dean of Students Administrative Office, Lance Zimmerman Department of Student Involvement, Tradition, Spirit, and Family Relations, Residence Life, Rodeo Activities, Student Counseling Services, Student Government Association, Student Health Services, Student Media, and University Police.

Assessment & Strategic Initiatives

Assessment & Strategic Initiatives promotes holistic student success by contributing to a culture of continuous improvement for departments within the Division of Student Affairs. In addition, Assessment & Strategic Initiatives assists with University-wide assessments such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Administered assessments provide stakeholders data to make evidence-based decisions in order to offer relevant programs and services. 

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation 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, and two classrooms. The second floor includes two group fitness rooms, cardio machines, a three-lane track, and the administrative office suite.

The Aquatics Center is an 8-lane/25-yard indoor lap pool with a wet-dry classroom and locker rooms. The outdoor pool consists of a leisure area with tanning ledges for students. Memberships are available for students, faculty, staff, retirees, graduates, spouses, and community members.

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

Fitness/Wellness programming is available to meet the fitness and wellness needs of Campus Recreation students and members. Examples of wellness include Group Fit classes, weight room and cardio areas of the facility, personal training services, and wellness workshops.

Tarleton Challenge is an energizing ropes course learning experience through a combination of high and low elements conducted by trained facilitators. Participants enjoy safe, fun, unique and innovative opportunities to promote group and personal growth and team-building, as well as communication and trust.

For more information visit or call 254-968-9912.

Center for Leadership, Service and Outreach

The Division of Student Affairs houses the Center for Leadership, Service, and Outreach where students have opportunities to connect, network, engage, and gain valuable skills to guide them in their future experiences.

Leadership and Service Programs

Tarleton Leadership Programs intend to instill the university's core values into students. Through programs and organizations students will gain experience and receive guidance to foster growth, development, and help create student leaders that become community leaders. Tarleton Leadership and Service Programs host Tarleton Round-Up, an annual Tarleton Day of Service and advise student leadership organizations like Tarleton Serves. Students also have opportunities for leadership training and professional development through events such as Leadership 101. Leadership and Service Programs encourages students to make a difference by volunteering. Students who earn 189.9 volunteer hours during their time at Tarleton can receive a graduation cord to wear as they cross the stage. Students seeking to learn about their skills may take the StrengthsQuest Assessment to learn their top 5 strengths and how to apply and develop these strengths through their college career. Students may be invited to be members of Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership Honor Society. Please call 254-968-1899 for more information.

The Division of Student Affairs proudly hosts the annual Leadership and Service Awards Banquet each spring semester. Students are recognized for their accomplishments and are celebrated with a special event hosted in their honor.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority 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 community engagement, philanthropy events and social activities. 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. Students who are strong leaders in serving their communities may be considered for membership in the Order of Omega which recognizes Greek-based leadership. For more information go to or call 254-968-1876.

Community Outreach

Student Affairs seeks to provide students the opportunity to become engaged within the civic community in which students reside while attending Tarleton. Civic engagement may take place by becoming a registered voter, participating in local, state, and national elections, attending community events, volunteerism, and being a good neighbor in both on and off campus living environments. Student Affairs Community Outreach will encourage students to live Tarleton’s core values.

Dean of Students Administrative Office

The Dean of Students Administrative Office provides essential services to students in the following areas: student conduct, Campus Assessment Response Evaluation (CARE) team, student concerns, temporary disability support, and absence requests. The Dean of Students Administrative Office is dedicated to maintaining a safe campus and implementing a holistic learning and development approach through the enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected to act with integrity, responsibility, and respect while attending Tarleton State University and to follow the Student Conduct Code. The Dean of Students Administrative Office holds all students accountable to these established standards and expectations. In addition to student conduct, the Dean of Students Administrative Office oversees support services that students may need while attending classes. These services include guidance/support for any student concerns and academic support during temporary medical leave or a death of an immediate family member.  For additional information and support visit:, email or phone 254-968-9080.

The Lance Zimmerman Department of Student Involvement, Tradition, Spirit & Family Relations

While academic success is the highest priority, participation in The Lance Zimmerman Department of Student Involvement, Tradition, Spirit & Family Relations can add an important dimension to the university experience. Through student organizations and co-curricular activities, students build their co-curricular transcript through social development, project management and leadership experiences.

Student Involvement

  • Registered Student Organizations (RSO) provide opportunities for development in the areas of leadership, personal management, collaboration, supervision, organization, communication, networking, event planning, and relationship building. Visit TexanSync to explore the more than 120 active student organizations on all Tarleton campuses.
  • Tarleton Activities Board (T.A.B.) The Tarleton Activities Board (T.A.B.) is the student-focused, value-driven activities board that responds to student interests by hosting entertainment opportunities which encourage students to connect and engage with one another and the campus community. T.A.B. offers a variety of recreational, educational, social, cultural, and other extra-curricular programs throughout each semester. Please email for more information.

Tradition & Spirit

  • Howdy Week & Welcome Back Week: Howdy Week is held the first week of the Fall semester and Welcome Back Week the first week of the Spring semester. These programs are designed to welcome students back to campus through a variety of events including informational tents, Texan Bingo, Comedian Night, Movie on the Lawn, Meet the Greeks, and Welcome Back Picnic.
  • Founder's Week is a week filled with traditional events showcasing school spirit. Traditionally held in April, each day highlights a different tradition. Events include Cruise the Isle (land), May Fete, Grassburr Bash, Oscar P Birthday Bash, Silver Taps and the announcements of Lord/Lady Tarleton and Mr./Ms. Tarleton.

Family Relations

Tarleton's Family Relations program is a support-based initiative that assists parent/guardian(s) to continue guiding their Tarleton student on a successful path. Through the Parent Portal, families are encouraged to be engaged, informed and connected to one another while supporting their student on their Tarleton journey. The Tarleton Parents’ Association (TPA) is a fee-based organization that promotes the University though service opportunities and encourages communication between parents, administration, faculty, staff and students. For more information go to or call (254) 968-9490.

Residence Life

Work performed by staff in Residence Life transforms students through a community experience that promotes intentional connections to peers, faculty, staff, university resources and invaluable learning experiences.

Tarleton State University offers no fewer than 12 residential communities that provide a wide variety of room designs and price points to meet the needs of our diverse student body. Each residential community offers a unique and comfortable environment for students. Residence hall rooms are equipped with bedroom furniture, cable TV (TV not provided), and Internet/WiFi as well as a combination refrigerator/freezer with a microwave unit. Apartments are similarly equipped but without microwave units and some contain in-unit laundry equipment. Laundry facilities are offered in each residence hall. Hall staff members live on-site and among the residents to provide students with the assistance needed to succeed socially and academically.

A two-year campus residency requirement is in place for all undergraduate students and students classified as first-year students (regardless of assignment) are required to purchase at least a 12-meals/week meal plan. Visit for specific information regarding meal plans.

On-Campus Housing Requirement

Residing on campus creates an environment where students experience more success. Therefore, Tarleton supports an on-campus living requirement of:

Two (2) academic years for:

  • all “First Time Freshman” students who are younger than 21 years of age, prior to the start of the first registered semester.

  • all “Transfer” students who are younger than 21 years of age with less than 12 credit hours excluding dual credit hours, prior to the start of the first registered semester.

One (1) academic year for:

  • all “Transfer” students who are younger than 21 years of age with at least 12 earned credit hours but fewer than 60 earned credit hours, excluding dual credit hours and advanced placement (AP) hours, prior to the start of the first registered semester.

As a resident of campus housing, a student must have a meal plan for use in University dining facilities. The housing contract occupancy period is the entire academic year, which includes both the fall and spring semesters.

A student may request an exemption to the campus residency requirement for one of the following reasons:

  • The student graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the semester.
  • The student will be 21 years of age or older prior to the start of the semester.
  • The student is a married student or a single parent with at least one dependent child.
  • The student currently resides, and will continue to reside, in the established primary residence of a parent or legal guardian with 45 miles of the Tarleton State University Stephenville Campus.
  • The student will reside with a sibling who is a registered student at Tarleton State University and will reside at the address that is located within 45 miles of the Tarleton State University Stephenville Campus.
  • The student is a transfer student with 60 or more successfully completed transfer credit hours that are not AP/Advanced Placement and/or dual credit hours.
  • The student is taking eight credit hours or fewer as a part-time student.
  • The student has a financial hardship.
  • Acceptance to Texas A&M University in College Station after enrollment in Tarleton State University's Program for System Admission (PSA). 

A student may request an exemption to the campus residency requirement by submitting the Off-Campus Request Form. To access this form, students log into the Housing link through DuckTrax on MyGateway. Each Off-Campus Request should be carefully reviewed for required documentation as part of the submission process. 

It is recommended that students not arrange to live off-campus until the Off-Campus Request Form with supporting documentation has been reviewed and approved by the by the Department of Residence Life staff. Submission of the Off-Campus Request Form can only occur through the housing portal, which is accessed by the student. For more information about exemptions to Tarleton's Campus Housing Residency Requirement or the Off-Campus Request Form, call the Department of Residence Life at 254-968-9083 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Housing Application

Housing application information is available online at Apply for Tarleton Housing. Students may complete their housing application through their "student" tab found after logging in through "My Gateway."  A $100 non-refundable application fee 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 $100 non-refundable application fee has been submitted and the student has been admitted to the university. Contact the Department of Residence Life at 254-968-9083 or visit for more information.

ACE & Living-Learning Communities

Tarleton's approach to residential living is centered around Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) which place students next to classmates from the same meta major, or with similar interests, so connections can happen naturally. Each meta-major cluster is a group of majors or fields of study that, together, form an Academic and Career Engagement Community (ACE Community). 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 will be enrolled in a specific courses required for their program. Some opportunities might be available for students to participate in Living-Learning Communities designed around a learning experience or housing environment such as the Honors College or Tarleton’s Corps of Cadets. 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. Residence Life will make every effort to place all incoming students in to a Living-Learning Community program using the information students submit through their Housing Application/Contract. Students will be assigned to an appropriate Living-Learning Community based on space availability. Students unable to be assigned to a Living-Learning Community, due to space availability, will be assigned to an available space on campus. For more information, view the Academic & Career Engagement  links on our website: or call the Department of Residence Life at 254-968-9083 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Meningitis Vaccine

Texas Legislative Bill 4189 requires each student assigned to live on-campus to 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 254 968-9125.

Rodeo Activities

The Office of Rodeo Activities provides students the opportunity to remain involved in rodeo activities at the intercollegiate level as they study for their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Tarleton State University is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and competes in the Southwest Region as one of the largest teams in the nation. The Tarleton Rodeo team provides students with the opportunity to be a part of and participate in events such as the Halloween Rodeo, 10 NIRA sanctioned rodeos, and various fundraising events. Interaction with the Stephenville and surrounding communities allows for students to meet with potential future employers once they complete their degrees. Scholarships are available for rodeo athletes based on success both academically and in the arena. For more information go to or call 254-968-9187.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services provides counseling services, both face-to-face and virtually (when appropriate), to all students enrolled at Tarleton and paying the Health Services Fee. 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. Within SGA is the Freshman Representative Council designed for new incoming students to begin their leadership journey.  For more information, go to the Student Government Association website:

Student Health Services

Student Health Services provides health care services to students enrolled at Tarleton State University including the Stephenville, Fort Worth, Midlothian, RELIS-Bryan, and Waco locations.  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 to 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 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 through the Texas A&M System to cover students beyond the resources of Student Health Services. For more information, call 254-968-9271 or go to

Student Media

The department of Student Media oversees the production of the JTAC, the official Tarleton State University newspaper; the Grassburr, the official yearbook for Tarleton State University; and manages the on-campus print shop, The Source. The department is also charged with managing all marketing and communication efforts for the Division of Student Affairs. All publications and marketing projects are conceptualized, developed, and produced by staff comprised of Tarleton students. As a student-driven department, Student Media offers various opportunities to gain real-world experience, develop critical personal and career skills, and create powerful portfolios. For more information, call 254-968-9056 or go to . Learn more about the JTAC Newspaper at

University Police Department

The safety and security of the campus community is the number one priority of the University Police Department. Staffed by 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. Call 911 for emergencies or 254-968-9002 for anything else. We are always just a phone call away.