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The College as a Pioneer

1. It established the first laboratories in home economics in 1903-1904.

2. It was the first State College in Texas to offer home economics for college credit or to give diplomas or degrees in this field, including the training in dietetics, nursery education, nursing, and institutional management.

3. It was the first State College in Texas to offer college credits in music (including applied music) or to give diplomas or degrees in this field.

4. It was the first State College in Texas to offer college credits or to give diplomas or degrees in drawing, designing, painting, interior designing, costume designing, crafts, advertising, art education, and occupational therapy.

5. It was the first college in Texas to offer credits and college credentials in commercial courses.

6. It established the first kindergarten in a State school in September, 1917.

7. It was the first college in Texas offer diplomas (1917-18) and degrees (1924-25) in health and physical education.

8. It was the first State College in Texas to offer a degree (1922-23) in home demonstration for county agents.

9. It was the first State College in Texas to offer a degree (1928-29) in Library Science.

10. It was the first college in Texas to divide its summer session into two terms, in the summer of 1918.

11. It was one of two State schools to offer vocational home economics during the first year that it was authorized by the Federal Government in 1918-19.

12. It was the first State College in Texas to offer a degree (1918-19) in Speech.

13. It was the first college in Texas to give gradebooks to all students in 1916-17.

14. It was the first college in Texas to make photostatic transcripts of the records of its students.

15. It was the first college in Texas to require an official picture of each student as a part of the process of matriculation.

16. It was the first woman's college in Texas to offer in 1929-30 graduate work leading to the master's degree.

17. It was the first college in Texas to provide residence cottages in home management.

18. It was the first college in Texas to install a swimming pool in the training of life-savers.

19. It was the first college in Texas to require, in 1918-19, fifteen entrance units for admission to college.

20. It was the first State College in Texas to have annual Easter vacations.

21. It was the first college in Texas, in 1941, to establish a summer school in Mexico.

22. It was one of the first colleges in Texas to establish a complete academic advisory system for its students.

23. It was the first State College in Texas to erect a chapel on its campus. E.V. White, Historical Record of The Texas State College for Women 1903- 1948.

E.V. White, Historical Record of The Texas State College for Women 1903- 1948.

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