Texas State University launches 'Next is Now' campaign with sights set on Tier One research status

The Texas State system, which includes its Round Rock campus, is on track to raise $250 million for student success initiatives—the largest fundraising campaign in its history, according to a release—and become a Tier One research university. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Texas State system, which includes its Round Rock campus, is on track to raise $250 million for student success initiatives—the largest fundraising campaign in its history, according to a release—and become a Tier One research university. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas State system, which includes its Round Rock campus, is on track to raise $250 million for student success initiatives—the largest fundraising campaign in its history, according to a release—and become a Tier One research university. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas State University launched its Next is Now capital campaign Oct. 8, setting its sights on becoming a Tier One research university.

The Texas State system, which includes its Round Rock campus, is on track to raise $250 million for student success initiatives—the largest fundraising campaign in its history, according to a release—and become a Tier One research university.

In its silent campaigning phase that began in 2014 to the announcement of the campaign in October, the university raised $172 million from 40,000 donors, increasing the university's endowment from $165 million to $300 million.

"The impact of the silent phase includes raising more than $90 million for student scholarships and graduate fellowships, and enrichment programs, such as study abroad and mentorships; funding 11 endowed faculty positions; generating $62 million for the university’s research enterprise; dedicating $10 million to facilities and programs for student-athletes; and investing $26.9 million to construct or renovate nine facilities on the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses," the release stated.

Texas State is a Carnegie-classified research university at the R2 level—indicating high research activity—with research activity increasing by 111% over the past 10 years.


Future focus of the Next is Now campaign includes growing scholarships for undergraduate students and graduate fellowships, student programming and support, and new academic buildings.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.


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