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Sul Ross State University
Sul Ross State University logo
Established 1917
Type State university
Students 2,070
(Alpine campus only)
Location Alpine, Texas, USA

President Dr. Ricardo Maestas
Campus Rural, 647 acres
Endowment $9.7 million
Colors Scarlet and gray
Mascot Lobo

Sul Ross State University (SRSU), a public university in Alpine, Texas, is named for former Texas governor, Civil War general Lawrence Sullivan Ross. It was founded in 1917 as Sul Ross Normal College and was made a university in 1969.

Sul Ross State University offers certificate programs and associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. The main campus is situated in the unique environment of the Big Bend region and is the primary institution of higher education serving a 19-county area in far West Texas. SRSU has branch campuses in Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass (see below).

The university is governed by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System which guides seven universities in the state.


Academic statistics

  • Average Undergraduate Class Size: 20
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Undergraduate Degree Programs: 41
  • Graduate Degree Programs: 27

Facilities and projects of interest at SRSU==

  • Archives of the Big Bend
  • Center for Big Bend Studies
  • Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
  • Chihuahuan Desert Resource, Conservation, and Development Area, Inc.
  • Museum of the Big Bend
  • Minority and Small Business Development Center
  • Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library
  • Arts in West Texas
  • Rio Grande Heritage Tourism Project
  • Rio Grande Research Center
  • Sul Ross State University Alumni Association

University memberships

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Library Association
  • Association of Texas Graduate Schools
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Foreign Student Affairs
  • The Texas Library Association
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Texas Interscholastic Athletic Association


The university is named in honor of Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, the son of a pioneer Texas family who went on to become a Texas Ranger, a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War, the 19th Governor of Texas (USA), and a president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now called Texas A&M University [1].

The now Lubbock-based West Texas Historical Association has on occasion held its annual meeting at Sul Ross.


The school athletic teams are called the Lobos.[2] They compete in the NCAA's Division III.

Sul Ross State University's Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis and Track along with Women's Intercollegiate Softball, Cross Country, Tennis, Track and Volleyball.

In 1970 and 1971, the women's volleyball team won the first two intercollegiate women's volleyball national championships ever held, conducted by the forerunner of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Sul Ross State defeated UCLA and Long Beach State, respectively, in the championship matches.

In 2007, it was announced that 59-year-old Mike Flynt would be joining the Sul Ross football team. He had played college football when he was originally enrolled in college and his athletic eligibility had not expired. [1].

Rio Grande College of Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass

Sul Ross State University operates Rio Grande College on the campuses of Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Del Rio and Eagle Pass. Rio Grande College offers a limited number of both undergraduate and graduate programs.


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