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What began as an idea for educational equality, has transformed into 10 signature programs housed at institutions and communities across the country.

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Student Stories

Talent Search - Austin

TRIO | Bobcat Day at Texas State

Talent Search - San Marcos

Upward Bound: Senior Yard Celebration

Student Support Services

Upward Bound | Academic Saturdays

TRIO Conference 2022 Recap


Sound Lab The Music Studio

Hands on opportunities for students to engage music for educational and well-being goals, but also to develop or reinforce music-related skills and interest.

LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Texas State University’s Common Experience Team invited TRIO to once again be a part of the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series. The theme for this year’s Common Experience is an examination of authenticity. From understanding university truth — in scholarship and research — to a definition of Universal Truth. From your own personal truth to a sense of honesty, accuracy, validity, and truthfulness. TRIO Students from Texas State, Austin and San Antonio were given 1,000 seats to see Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist, actor, author and activist, COMMON.

Are you TXST TRIO Alumni?

Whether you are a current TXST TRIO participant in one of Texas States 10 TRIO programs, or were a part of a TRIO program in middle or high school, we State welcome you. Below is a list of critical resources available to you as a current or future student at Texas State.

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Executive Director for TXST TRIO Programs

Ray Cordero currently serves as Executive Director for TRIO Programs at Texas State University. He holds a B.S. in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas State University. During his time, he has helped grow the Texas State TRIO portfolio (10 programs) to now serve over 2,700 pre-college students in 5 school districts across Central Texas, 125 student veterans in the I-35 corridor, and 345 undergraduate students at Texas State University.

He has made student success his life work for the past 18 years, serving in several leadership capacities at the state and regional levels for TRIO professional associations including Past President for the Texas TRIO Association from 2021-2022.

His primary areas of expertise focus on program development, program administration, strategic planning, leadership development, grant writing, student success centered research, marketing/branding campaigns, and compliance review.