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Residential College

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 the street from Flowers hall.

This living-learning community is for any major, so everyone is welcome! Perhaps the greatest benefit 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 course registration.

Beretta 2018

Beretta, 2018

Brogdon 2017

Brogdon, 2017

Student Spotlight: Paarth Patel

Paarth in front of Brogdon hall
Paarth is an exercise and sports science major from Marshall, Texas

How did Residential College help you transition from your hometown to Texas State? It helped me be a most social person because when I moved in, I knew I would be in some of the same classes with people I would be living with.

What has been your favorite thing about Residential College thus far? Academically, the study sessions are the best! They have motivated me to study and understand the courses. Socially, I like the events that are held for all of us. I like that everyone is nice and social.

What is a fun fact about you? I prefer gold over silver.

Student Spotlight: Madison Merritt

Madison in Beretta lobby
Madison is a Music Education major from San Antonio

How did the LLC help you transition from your hometown to Texas State? The environment in general is helpful.

What has been your favorite thing about the LLC thus far? All the activities that have happened. They are a lot of fun. In Beretta, I hang out in friend’s rooms all the time!

How has Residential College helped you academically? The study groups. They have been a lot of help. I haven’t been the best in history, so the study groups with my RA have been great.

What do you like about your LLC in general? It’s a good atmosphere. It is a great place for freshmen to transition to college. The activities help you meet a lot more people.

What is a fun fact about you? I really like dogs!

Faculty-in-Residence: Dr. Kristen Farris

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.