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Texas State University

Pathway Program

The Pathway program is a unique co-enrollment partnership between Texas State University and Austin Community College (ACC). By participating in the Pathway program, eligible students can take courses at Texas State and at ACC Hays each semester, and work towards full admission to Texas State.

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How the Program Works

As a Pathway student, each semester you will enroll in three to four credit hours at Texas State and nine to 12 credit hours at ACC. After one year, you will earn full admission to Texas State if you have completed at least 24 credit hours from Texas State and ACC with a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Once you meet these requirements, you are eligible to transfer into most majors.

When you join the Pathway program, you will enjoy benefits of two distinctive institutions. Texas State offers you large university opportunities and personalized attention; at ACC Hays, you will experience a community college campus with the latest facilities and resources. Faculty, staff and academic advisors at both institutions are committed to your success and work closely with you.

Pathway students live on campus at Texas State, unless they qualify for an exemption. With the ACC Hays campus only 14 miles from San Marcos, students have easy bus service access to all the facilities, programs and services offered at both campuses. Participation is by invitation only.

Pathway students receive most of the privileges and participation eligibility of a full-time Texas State student including:

  • Cat Camp
  • intramural sports
  • on-campus housing
  • recreational facilities access
  • sports passes
  • on-campus employment
  • student health services
  • student organizations and activities

Pathway students are not eligible to participate in NCAA athletic competition.

Tuition and fees will be paid to each institution by the student and must be made by each institution’s deadline. Pathway students qualify for in-district tuition at ACC.