An academic degree from the College of Applied Arts carries with it a tradition of excellence. The following are examples of the achievements of our programs, faculty, staff and graduates:
- Country music star George Strait graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1979. He has since established an endowment to further excellence in agriculture at Texas State.
- The Child Development Center, which is affiliated with the School of Family & Consumer Sciences, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 1995, only 4% of childcare centers in Texas were accredited.
- The School of Family and Consumer Sciences is the second largest in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.
- The School of Criminal Justice is recognized nationally for its training programs in hostage negotiation.
- Faculty in the Department of Agriculture have been named recipients of National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement grants.
- The Air Force ROTC program produces pilots with the highest retention rates in the nation compared to all other AFROTC programs.
- The Nutrition & Foods program in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences offers a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship program, which is accredited by American Dietetic Association. Upon completion of the program, interns are qualified to sit for the registration exam and obtain the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential.
- The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, a division of the School of Criminal Justice, has trained more than 30,000 criminal justice professionals from Texas and 43 other states.
- On an annual basis, faculty receive state and national awards for the leadership they provide their professional organizations.
- After completion of our Air Force ROTC program, Cadet Robert L. Rutherford was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He later achieved the rank of General in the United States Air Force.
- The Interior Design Program in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). Through this program, graduates are better prepared to obtain gainful employment since the rigorous qualifications of FIDER are strongly respected by interior design firms.
- Child Development in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences has implemented an International Exchange program with The Stockholm Institute of Education.
- The Department of Agriculture has the largest scholarship endowment of any department on the Texas State campus.
- The Child Development Center is the home for the San Marcos Early Childhood Collaboration Project, one of three model programs in the state involving the collaboration of Head Start, the public colleges, and public child care.