The Texas State Student Success Plan is a resource to guide freshmen through the first year of college and establish an expectation of engagement to increase the probability of success. The success plan sets high expectations for students to complete the majority of the recommended activities. It covers general topics and then allows the student to customize the experience.
The suggested action for each success topic was designed by faculty and staff most familiar with student issues relating to the topic.
The Leadership Institute Annual Conference serves to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage students in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build community, and cultivate social responsibility. Although the Leadership Institute Annual Conference usually takes place in the spring semester, students can get involved in the planning during the fall semester.
Equality University is in the fall semester and promotes diversity and inclusion in a day of dialogue with national speakers, faculty and staff facilitators, and collegiate colleagues. Conference attendees will have opportunities to engage in authentic peer connections and explore how all identities impact individual relationships, groups, and social dynamics.
Each semester the Student Organizations Council (SOC) hosts the Student Involvement Fair to provide students with the opportunity to learn about student organizations, resources on campus, and volunteer opportunities.
Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) is a chartered student organization geared toward connecting students with volunteer opportunities throughout the San Marcos area. SVC is a great resource for Bobcats to get involved and make a positive impact within our community.
Texas State University Service Learning Program is a collaborative program between the division of Student Affairs and the division of Academic Affairs. Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, promote civic and personal responsibility, and strengthen communities.
How do you put together information that best describes who you are and why you are the best candidate for that special internship or job? This can be a challenging job - and we are here to help. Get Resume Assistance from Career Services, with many online resources available, as well as 48-hour resume review.
Boko's Hints: Create your resume early and update it every time you have something new to add to it. Save different versions of your resume to have on hand for different job opportunities!
Want to know how to succeed? Network, network, network! It’s the key to success. By attending career fairs, you are giving potential employers the opportunity to connect a name, face, and personality with a resume.You can view a list of upcoming TXST Career Fairs on the Career Services website, our download their career fair app for iOS or Android devices.
Boko's Hints: Be sure to register in Jobs4Cats so that you can review the companies attending a Job Fair and send them your resume prior to meeting at the fair.
Attending college is a significant financial commitment over four or more years. It will take commitment and minimizing your spending during this time. Most students will graduate with some student loans to repay, but you can make a choice how large other debts (credit cards, cars, etc.) will be.
The priority deadline for completing FAFSA is March 15. Those who do not complete it by the deadline may not receive as much funding in grants if eligible. Inform your parents or guardians so they can prepare their tax information early.
March 1 is the deadline for completing an application for summer aid.
Summer financial aid applications can be found on the Financial Aid website.
Your credit score can be damaged quickly if you have too many credit cards or are unable to pay them off. Avoid the high credit card balance trap when you can not afford to pay on the principle.
Boko's Hints: Think you “have to have it?” Wait at least 48 hours before you make that purchase and see if it is still something you want to pay all that interest for!
Both on-campus and off-campus job openings are posted by Career Services in Jobs4Cats.
The emergency loan program is available for eligible students who do not have sufficient funds to complete their down payment for the payment plan. This loan only assists with the down-payment for enrollment into the payment plan. The loans are due within the semester borrowed and Texas State is your lender. Funds are limited so acceptance of an application does not necessarily indicate that funds are available.
Ask questions during and after class. Use office hours to assist in clarifying concepts discussed in class or upcoming assignments.
Boko's Hints: This sounds scary, but please don’t wait until the day before a test or final to ask all your questions!
Joining a student organization is a great way to meet people! For new students it is recommended to join no more than two student organizations, especially if you have a job. Be reasonable with your time commitments. It is better to have deeper involvement in a few organizations than very little involvement in a greater quantity.
Becoming friends with individuals that live in your residence hall will make life more enjoyable. These friends are like a family with whom to share the good and the bad times.
Campus Recreation provides a host of opportunities to join a group for exercise, to pick up a game, canoeing or golfing. The Outdoor Center offers rentals of kayaks, canoes, tubes, snorkel sets, and much more at student rates!
Boko's Hints: Don't be afraid to try new activities- you might like them!
Mentoring is a partnership that allows both the mentee and mentor to grow and learn about campus. Mentoring can be from another student, faculty or staff. Get one today, become one for tomorrow. As a first year student, you will receive a PACE Mentor. Consider continuing as a mentee and/or giving back as a mentor through the Bobcat Bond program.
The Code of Student Conduct is applicable to any student currently enrolled; enrolled in the previous semester/session and eligible to enroll in the next consecutive semester/ session; or newly or re-admitted and eligible to enroll in the next semester/session Review the code and make sure your behavior is in line with what is expected of you as a Texas State Bobcat.
Boko's Hints: You can get a Student Handbook/Planner for FREE at the Welcome Tents in the Quad during the first two days of school!
Check out the Minds Matter website for a complete list of mental health resources on campus!
Their services include assistance on a variety of topics such as personal relationships and homesickness.The Counseling Center is a great service that is free for students, so please take advantage of it!
Boko's Hints: You can be a really great friend when you help a friend get to the Counseling Center.
The majority of Texas State students are not high risk drinkers and don't allow alcohol use to interfere with class attendance or academic performance. For more information, visit the Alcohol and Drug Compliance Services website.
The Campus Recreation Center is free for you to use as a student, and the Department of Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes, boot camps, specialty classes, personal training, and much more! Check out their website for help developing your own personal wellness routine.
Academic support services are used by thousands of students each semester. College is difficult and additional assistance often is required.
Boko's Hints: YIKES! Don't wait until mid-terms and finals to focus on grades or ask for help.
What happens when your personal computer has a virus or the printer is jammed? Contact the Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC):
Boko's Hints: Lynda.com is a service that is free to all TXST students, faculty and staff. With Lynda, you can get free training in word processing, presentations, brochures, spreadsheets, web design, social networking, and much more!
Not attending class can be the first mistake students make, especially when professors don't have attendance policies. Get to class on time and be prepared. Sit in the front and maybe even take the risk of answering a question or two! It will make a difference.
Visit your Academic Advising Center early in the semester to secure a seat in the classes you need to complete your degree!