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Residential College

residential college logo  Located in Beretta hall and Brogdon hall, about 200 students participate in Residential College yearly.  Beretta and Brogdon are on the original part of campus, adjacent to Commons Dining hall and across the street from Flowers hall. This living-learning community is for any student, regardless of major. Perhaps the greatest benefit of Residential College is the student's ability to enroll in courses ("the basics") with others who are in Residential College.

*Residential College is for students who are coming to Texas State with few to no courses completed. Visit this page for information on co-enrolling in courses with Residential College.

Click here for comments from some of Residential College's over 8,000 alumni.

Beretta 2017

Beretta, 2017

Brogdon 2017

Brogdon, 2017

Meet Dr. Kristin Farris, Faculty-in-Residence for Residential College (Beretta and Brogdon halls)

Dr. Farris and her dog Maggs
Dr. Farris and her dog Maggs

Hi everyone!  My name is Dr. Kristen Farris, and I live in the faculty apartment in Brogdon Hall with my husband, Marc, and our sweet pup, Maggie.

I have taught at Texas State for 9 years, and I really love teaching students in Residential College’s co-enrolled sections of COMM 1310 (our fundamentals of human communication course).  The students in these sections are truly some of my favorite to teach, because they are more engaged in the classroom, are more comfortable communicating with me and with each other, and as an added bonus, are generally more involved on campus.  I also love getting to help students develop their communication skills such as conflict management and presentational speaking.

I’m grateful to be a part of the Residential College experience through my faculty-in-residence position, because I believe the college experience should be a holistic one that includes a focus on academic achievement, social connection with others, as well as an emphasis on psychological and physiological well-being.  I love my job as a college instructor, and building relationships with students is the highlight of what I do.  Being a faculty-in-residence allows me the opportunity to develop better and more meaningful relationships with my students and residents who are not enrolled in my classes.

Residential College students needing to take fundamentals of human communication (COMM 1310) may enroll in Dr. Farris’ course in the fall or spring.  Dr. Farris earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.


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To Join

Review the table below and this page.

Community Requirements to Join Deadline Additional Requirements
Residential College Any major. open until full None. First come, first serve.