After more than 40 years in Fort Worth, Tarleton State University opened the first building of its planned campus along Chisholm Trail Parkway with a ribbon cutting, tours and remarks from community leaders, legislators and Texas A&M University System officials.
The three-story, 76,000-square-foot building — crowning 80 acres donated by Walton Development — will enable Tarleton to work with business and industry leaders to expand current degree programs and add new ones, furthering continued economic growth and development in North Texas.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called education the key to the city’s future.
“As Fort Worth continues to see economic growth and attract new residents and businesses, we must provide greater educational opportunities,” she said. “Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus is a significant step in offering accessible and affordable higher education opportunities that will lead our community toward a better-educated workforce. Together, we will make Fort Worth the best place to live, work and learn.”
Tarleton State University came to Fort Worth in 1978 with eight students on West Myrtle Street, moved to the Richard C. Schaffer Building on Enderly Place in the 90s and expanded to the Hickman Building on Camp Bowie Boulevard in 2006.
Tarleton-Fort Worth now offers more than 50 graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs to working adults, community college graduates and returning students. Classes for the university’s first Ph.D. — a doctorate in criminal justice — begin this fall at the new campus.
Plans are for the campus to serve 9,000 students by 2030.
Councilmember Jungus Jordan (District 6) said Tarleton is helping Fort Worth sustain its reputation as one of the most livable large cities in America. “The strategic location of Tarleton’s new campus is a catalyst for continued development in southwest Fort Worth and a tremendous benchmark for the future success of higher education in North Texas.”