Tarleton State University

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Tarleton State University is the third largest university in the Texas A&M University System and is the largest non-land-grant school in the United States with a primary devotion to agriculture. The school, located in Stephenville, Texas, is a public and co-educational state university.

The university is a growing institution; in just two years, the enrollment rates increased by 10.8% making it one of the fastest growing universities in Texas. The university is internationally recognized for both its modern teacher education programs and its horse production program. The school also has one of the oldest and largest improvement partnerships for public schools in the United States which benefit over 50 area school districts.

General Information

Admission Office
Box T-0030
Stephenville, TX 76402
(254) 968-9125
(800) 687-8236
Fax: (254) 968-9951

Contact: Cindy Hess
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Box T-0001 Tarleton Station
Stephenville, TX 76402
(254) 968-9000


Total undergrads: 7,886
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,295
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,860
Graduate enrollment: 1,747

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 52%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 66%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 4,142
Percent Admitted: 63%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 52%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 430 (25th Percentile)
  • 530 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 440 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 410 (25th Percentile)
  • 510 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 6 (25th Percentile)
  • 8 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,287 $4,613 $4,909 $5,195 +5.83%
Books and Supplies $1,092 $1,118 $1,174 $1,174 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,802 $6,152 $6,591 $7,540 +14.40%
Other $3,156 $3,220 $3,381 $3,380 -0.03%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $14,337 $15,103 $16,055 $17,289 +7.69%
In-state Off Campus $5,379 $5,731 $6,083 $6,369 +4.70%
In-state with Family $5,379 $5,731 $6,083 $6,369 +4.70%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $2,950
In-state Student Fees $1,391
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $8,171
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,391

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,019 80%
Grant or scholarship aid 794 62% $3,169,423 $3,992
• Federal grants 342 27% $1,069,300 $3,127
• Pell grants 289 23% $1,009,300 $3,492
• Other federal grants 53 4% $60,000 $1,132
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 250 20% $1,005,749 $4,023
Institutional scholarships or grants 264 21% $1,094,374 $4,145
Student loan financial aid 934 73% $3,907,602 $4,184
• Federal student loans 739 58% $3,044,095 $4,119
• Other student loans 235 18% $863,507 $3,674

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1840 551 9 24
Agriculture, General 188 8
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 1
Agricultural and Extension Education Services 8
Agricultural Economics 32
Agricultural Mechanization, General 1
Agricultural/farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling 74
Agronomy and Crop Science 7
Animal Sciences, General 29
Animal/livestock Husbandry and Production 17
Livestock Management 12
ornamental Horticulture 15
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 60 5
Biology/biological Sciences, General 47 5
Zoology/animal Biology 13
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 424 184
Accounting 45
Business Administration and Management, General 150 166
Business/commerce, General 91
Finance, General 5
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 30 18
Management Information Systems, General 49
Marketing/marketing Management, General 51
Office Management and Supervision 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 27
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 27
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 59 37
Computer and Information Sciences, General 59
Information Science/studies 37
Education 225 9
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 46
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 131 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 19
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 29
Engineering 8
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 4
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 4
Engineering Technology, General 46 1
Industrial Technology/technician 34
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 12
Quality Control Technology/technician 1
English Language and Literature/letters 34 1
English Language and Literature, General 34 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Spanish Language and Literature 5
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 61 24
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 7
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 14
Histologic Technician 10
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 54
History 33 7
History, General 33 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 62 8
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 62 8
Human Services, General 46
Social Work 46
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 94 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 94 2
Mathematics and Statistics 14 11
Mathematics, General 14 11
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 276
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 276
Natural Resources and Conservation 25 1
Environmental Science 1
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 25
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 115
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 115
Physical Sciences 14
Chemistry, General 3
Geology/earth Science, General 7
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 1
Physics, General 3
Psychology 113 59
Counseling Psychology 54
Educational Psychology 1
Psychology, General 113
School Psychology 4
Social Sciences 46 2
Economics, General 9
Political Science and Government, General 18 2
Sociology 19
Transportation and Materials Moving 16
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 16
Aviation/airway Management and Operations
Visual and Performing Arts 29
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 9
Fine/studio Arts, General 10
Music, General 10
Work and Family Studies 45
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 45
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Economics B
Agricultural Mechanization B
Agricultural Supplies B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Husbandry B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture, Ornamental B
Livestock Management B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Computer Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B


Engineering Physics B
Environmental Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science A,B
Histologic Technician A
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
HydrologyWater Resources B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Tarleton State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (254) 968-9000
Website: www.tarleton.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.tarleton.edu/admissions/index.html
Address: 1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 13,166
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,093 (46% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,851
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,621
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,142

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Tarleton State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Tarleton State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 102
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 31
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 93
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31
Education 41
Engineering 5
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 41
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2114
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 277271

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Tarleton State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,851
Out-of-state $17,621
Books and supplies $1,020

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,215
Out-of-state $14,811

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,779 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,292 63% $7,142
Student loan aid 1,271 62% $10,302

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,147 63% $6,756
Federal student loans 6,130 54% $9,094

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Tarleton State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Tarleton State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,103 3,801 6,302
Percent admitted 100% 53% 58%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 21% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Tarleton State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 13,166
Undergraduate enrollment 11,350
Graduate enrollment 1,816

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Tarleton State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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