Located in Beretta hall and Brogdon hall, about 200 students participate in Residential College yearly and we have over 8,000 alumni. Beretta and Brogdon are on the original part of campus, adjacent to Commons Dining hall and across from Flowers hall. This living-learning community is for any major, so everyone is welcome!
Residential College Benefit
Perhaps the greatest benefit is your ability to co-enroll in classes. Students in Residential College co-enroll in general education courses together. These courses are selected from the Texas State University General Education Core Curriculum: a list of courses that every Texas State student must complete in order to graduate, regardless of major ("the basics").
How It Works
Seats are set aside in general education core curriculum courses (such as College Algebra, Communication Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and College Writing) for Residential College students. Registering for the saved seats in the designated course sections allows you to attend classes and study sessions with other students who live with you.
Residential College is intended for students coming to Texas State with few to no courses already completed.
Faculty-in-Residence: Dr. Kristen Farris
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.