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Tarleton State University

Total Grad Surveys 2
Females 1
Males 1
Avg years at University 1.0
Research Quality B (6.7)
Research Availability B+ (7.6)
Research Funding B (6.8)
Graduate Politics A (9.1)
Not Errand Runners A (9.2)
Degree Completion A (9.2)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C+ (5.3)
Sufficient Pay B+ (7.5)
Competitiveness B+ (7.5)
Education Quality A- (8.2)
Faculty Accessibility A (9.0)
Useful Research A (9.2)
"Individual" treatment A+ (9.7)
Friendliness A+ (9.7)
Safety A- (8.3)
Campus Beauty B+ (7.5)
Campus Maintenance A (9.0)
University Spending A (9.0)
Extracurriculars A (9.2)
Scholastic Success B (6.8)
Surrounding City D+ (3.0)
Social Life/ Environment C (4.5)
Surrounding CityD+
FriendlinessA+
The saving grace of my experience is thatJan 04 2015Natural Resources
The saving grace of my experience is that I have been able to work on my thesis out of the area (indeed out of the country and on a different continent). Thus I will have spent a mere 7 months in Stephenville. This is good as I find Stephenville to be an uncultured and uninteresting town.

My advisor has been good and has given me a great deal of freedom to pursue my own ideas. The conception of my thesis, proposal, field research, and analysis have been done with very little guidance which I find to be a beneficial learning experience. Although there has been funding for the project I will be in debt when I leave as I can not live off the stipend provided and the in-state part of tuition was not waved. The incompetence of the library and information technology departments at Tarleton is astonishing. Though my time with Tarleton has been a wonderful international experience, the school is worse than you are imagining. Basic access to scholarly material is lacking. This is not a school that will attract or keep the exceptionally bright and motivated students of the world. I suppose sometimes you just have to go with what is available but my advice would be to use Tarleton as a contingency plan should other opportunities fall through. If you are hugely motivated with experience and there is funding for your project, you may be able to produce meaningful publications regardless of the school. Publications will get you further than a degree from Tarleton, or probably most schools for that matter. Keep in mind that although it has a long way to go, Tarleton may improve in the years to come.

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I decided to go to Tarleton because ofNov 07 2011Psychology
I decided to go to Tarleton because of the convenience of the graduate program I applied to...they offer night, weekend, and online classes, it's close to family, and the cost of attendance is very reasonable. I honestly didn't have that high of expectations for the university before coming here, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Contrary to stereotypes, students here are very diverse and it seems like as many come from cities like Dallas and Austin as small towns. Faculty and staff are also very friendly and helpful and, in general, the teaching quality is good (in the Psychology & Counseling Department, at least). I like that the campus is small enough to easily cross to get to class, but there are enough students here to keep it from feeling too small. I also think that the administration is working really hard to diversify Tarleton's program offerings and improve its overall reputation. Some of the negatives about this university are the lack of tuition assistance for graduate assistants, the fact that it doesn't offer many graduate or doctorate programs, and the city of Stephenville itself. Unless you're an undergraduate student who likes to go to college parties, there's just not a lot to do here. There aren't very many restaurants other than fast food, virtually no shopping, and very little in the way of culture or anything interesting going on. If you live on or near campus there are lots of things to get involved in for undergrads, but it's not a great place to live for 25+ graduate students who want to have a social life.
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