Texas Woman’s University was founded by the Texas legislature in 1901 as the Girls Industrial College. It has long served a unique role in Texas and beyond as an institution of higher education. When there were few Texas institutions that fully embraced women as students, TWU welcomed them with a liberal arts education and career preparation in an environment that fostered them as learners, scholars, citizens and leaders who could—and did—contribute to the vitality of their families, employment organizations, communities, state, and nation.
TWU has grown, prospered, and extended itself in bold ways: adding graduate and doctoral degrees; expanding into colleges spanning arts and sciences, health sciences, professional education, and nursing; extending its footprint beyond Denton with campuses in Dallas and Houston; admitting men first in 1972; and breaking new ground in areas ranging from pedagogy to theoretical and applied research.
Over the years, TWU developed four cornerstones of historical strength with its ethic of service, its focus on health and well-being, its learn-by-doing pedagogical approach, and its emphasis on women as an aspect of the growing diversity of our communities. At the interconnection of these cornerstones lay TWU’s focus on educating the whole person, with education extending beyond the classroom into learning that prepared students not just for jobs but for careers, leadership, service, health, and happiness.
TWU embraces its historical commitment to education for women with an aspiration to build with all students, faculty, staff, and alumni, an inclusive world which empowers the advancements and celebrates the achievements of all individuals, of all genders, races/ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, and national origins. Because of its roots in providing an education for students who were marginalized because of their gender, TWU extends that mission today by reaching out and offering education to individuals in diverse populations who show academic qualities but are typically excluded from higher education.
Though inclusive of all, TWU extols the woman’s perspective and the unique contributions that women can bring to families, boardrooms, classrooms, intensive care units, political arenas, research laboratories, and creative endeavors.