The pulse of the region centers on the state’s fourth largest university, Texas State University, which is an Emerging Research University, located in San Marcos. With a steadily growing enrollment, at over 38,000 students the University provides a steady pipeline of talent to employers in the region.
Students come from around the world. In fact, 48 percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities and the University ranks 14th in the nation for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.
Among its 98 bachelor’s, 90 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs, Texas State offers a PhD in Material Science, Engineering, and Commercialization. The MSEC program’s goal is to train graduate scientists and engineers to perform interdisciplinary research while equipping them to emerge as effective entrepreneurial leaders in the advancement of 21st-century global discovery and innovation.
Texas State also encourages the entrepreneurial spirit through STAR Park, the 58 acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park. The incubator program at STAR One is designed to foster the development of new commercial ventures related to Texas State technologies in applied research. The overall goal of the incubator program is to provide space and infrastructure to expedite research and commercial development of promising technologies in the context of viable, well managed, start-up companies.