Tarleton State University athletics compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Lone Star Conference. Their admission into the conference in 1995 marks their second period of membership having previously participated from 1968 to 1975. They were a founding member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) in 1976 and remained in that league until 1990. From 1991 to 1994 Tarleton played as an Independent.
The names of the men's and women's teams are "Texans" and "TexAnns", respectively. Prior to becoming a four-year institution in 1961 they were known as the "Plowboys".
Tarleton State University fields five Men's varsity sports and seven women's varsity sports in the Lone Star Conference:
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The basketball and volleyball teams play at Wisdom Gym. The football team plays at Memorial Stadium. The baseball team plays at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex. The softball team plays at the Tarleton Softball Complex.
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