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  • August 14, 2014
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Sul Ross considered 'destination university'

BY STEPHEN LANG

As the sole "destination university” in Texas, Sul Ross State University takes pride in its ability to provide "location, location, location.”

Texas’ Big Bend region’s scenery and climate offers an atmosphere conducive to higher education as well as tourism. Sul Ross is the only four-year institution located in a nearly 300-mile area between El Paso and Odessa.

"We like to call Sul Ross, ‘a destination university,’ because we are really are one of the few, if not the only, institutions of higher education located in an area primarily known for its natural beauty and tourism,” said Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. "Families come here for vacations, take note of the university, and then want their children to go to college here.”

In addition to its unique geography, the quality of education is exceptional: "Once you’re here, you won’t forget us! This small, four-year university has some of the nicest residence halls in the state, exceptional faculty in small class sizes, and individual attention to our students,” said Thurman.

Students from small towns and large cities alike have made Sul Ross their destination, including:
* Shawna Graves, Austin, Geology major, McNair Program scholar, Geology Club, reporter-photographer, The Skyline:
"I had been out here before with my mom. I loved the area and decided I wanted to live here someday.
"I attended a community college and decided I wanted to be a geology major. I Googled geology schools and when I found Sul Ross, I was ecstatic. It is one of the best geology schools in the state, and the area is definitely conducive to the subject matter.
"I love my professors: they are engaging, friendly and want me to be here. Sul Ross is a good place to be active. I have two on-campus jobs that I love, I am a member of the Geology Club and involved in undergraduate research (McNair Program). And the classes are hard.”
"This is a cool place; my first impressions were right.”