From a modest beginning in 1996, enrollment grew rapidly and by 2004, Texas State University Round Rock Campus, previously known as the Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC), was offering classes in 15 temporary buildings in a lot adjacent to Westwood High School and had reached capacity. The Avery family of Round Rock donated 101 acres in northeast Round Rock to allow the former RRHEC to create its own campus.
Construction of the Avery Building began in 2004, and the building opened its doors on August 26, 2005. The 125,000-square-foot Avery Building includes 40 classrooms, eight computer labs, a library, faculty offices, a counseling clinic, a learning and testing center, a student lounge and several conference rooms. As more academic buildings are added to the property, the Avery Building will remain the main administration building for the campus.
Located in one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Texas State University Round Rock Campus has been offering higher education in Williamson County since 1996. What started as graduate programs in education and business administration taught at Westwood High School, has grown to eight bachelor’s degrees and 11 master’s degrees offered in a wide range of majors for junior- and senior-level undergraduates and graduate students.
In 2010 the Round Rock Campus took another huge step in providing higher education in Williamson County with the opening of a state-of-the-art, 77,740-square-foot, three-story Nursing Building. The building supports innovative curriculum in a variety of clinical practice and simulation labs with the most current equipment and manikins, wireless capability, a variety of classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as spacious student and faculty areas. It is designed to accommodate future expansion in programs, research, and enrollments. St. David’s School of Nursing admitted the first class of junior-level nursing majors in the fall 2010 semester.
Texas State University Round Rock Campus complements the City of Round Rock’s goal of providing quality higher education opportunities that attract talent and sustain economic vitality in Round Rock and Central Texas. Round Rock has received many accolades, including one of the best places to live, work and play, one of the best cities for relocating families, and one of the 100 best communities for young people.
Texas State University brings a century-long tradition of higher education to the high-tech and booming Williamson County area.