Texas Southern University

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School Overview

Texas Southern University (TSU), located in Houston, Texas, USA, is a historically African American university. TSU is one of the biggest and most comprehensive historically African American university in the nation. About 85% of the students are African American as well as 43% of the pharmacy students and 44.5% of the law school students (as of 2009).

TSU is an independent public university (one of only four in Texas) and is not affiliated with any of Texas’ public university systems. Today, its students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5 as well as either a 17 on the ACT or an 820 on the SAT of combined reading and mathematics sections. The school accepts around 75% of those who apply.

General Information

Admission Office
3100 Cleburne Street
Bell Building 225
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7472
(866) 878-4968
Fax: (713) 313-7851

Contact: Brian Armstrong
Director of Recruitment and Retention
Main Address
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 313-7011


Total undergrads: 7,132
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,347
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,132
Graduate enrollment: 931

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $42

Online application fee: $42
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 99%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 59%

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

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 8,661
Percent Admitted: 39%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 35%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 370 (25th Percentile)
  • 450 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 380 (25th Percentile)
  • 470 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 360 (25th Percentile)
  • 440 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 15 (25th Percentile)
  • 19 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 13 (25th Percentile)
  • 18 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 15 (25th Percentile)
  • 18 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 5 (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 $5,878 $6,401 $6,401 $7,360 +14.98%
Books and Supplies $1,228 $1,228 $1,343 $1,343 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,664 $6,574 $8,706 $8,876 +1.95%
Other $3,257 $3,202 $4,394 $4,394 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,997 $6,881 $9,112 $9,290 +1.95%
Other $3,765 $3,702 $4,394 $4,394 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,027 $17,405 $20,844 $21,973 +5.42%
In-state Off Campus $17,868 $18,212 $21,250 $22,387 +5.35%
In-state with Family $7,106 $7,629 $7,744 $8,703 +12.38%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $1,875
In-state Student Fees $5,115
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $6,641
Out-of-state Student Fees $5,324

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,206 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,128 89% $9,043,818 $8,018
• Federal grants 919 72% $3,912,439 $4,257
• Pell grants 915 72% $3,443,679 $3,764
• Other federal grants 560 44% $468,760 $837
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 804 63% $3,618,402 $4,501
Institutional scholarships or grants 277 22% $1,512,977 $5,462
Student loan financial aid 907 71% $6,687,605 $7,373
• Federal student loans 905 71% $6,441,115 $7,117
• Other student loans 25 2% $246,490 $9,860

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 776 158 259
Architecture and Related Services 3 4
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 3 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 77 4 1
Biology/biological Sciences, General 77 3
Toxicology 1 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 178 18
Accounting 41
Banking and Financial Support Services 19
Business Administration and Management, General 86 8
Business/commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General 10
Marketing/marketing Management, General 29
Operations Management and Supervision 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 81 5
Journalism 29
Radio and Television 28
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 24 5
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 3
Recording Arts Technology/technician 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 9 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 9 5
Education 54 19
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 21 5
Curriculum and Instruction 9 5
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 12 9
Health Teacher Education 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 5
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education 2
Engineering Technology, General 26
Civil Engineering Technology/technician 9
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 5
Drafting and Design Technology/technician, General 3
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 9
English Language and Literature/letters 8
English Language and Literature, General 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 80 5 95
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 10
Dietetics/dietitian 1
Environmental Health 8
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator 6
Health/health Care Administration/management 39 5
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1
Pharmacy 94
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 16
History 10 1
History, General 10 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 52 5
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 52 5
Human Services, General 26 33
Public Administration 4 26
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 7
Social Work 22
Legal Studies, General 140
Law 140
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 45
General Studies 45
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics, General 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 35
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 35
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 25 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 25 1
Physical Sciences 12 1
Chemistry, General 11 1
Physics, General 1
Psychology 24 7
Psychology, General 24 7
Social Sciences 34 3
Economics, General 6
Political Science and Government, General 14
Sociology 14 3
Transportation and Materials Moving 12
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace Science and Technology, General 1
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 11
Visual and Performing Arts 19
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 5
Fine/studio Arts, General 2
Music, General 11
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1
Work and Family Studies 9 13
Child Development 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 4 13
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Recording Arts Technology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Environmental Health B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Prepharmacy B
Respiratory Therapy B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation 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.

Texas Southern University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(713) 313-7011
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:em.tsu.edu/admissions/form/application.htm
Address:3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:8,862
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):16%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:7,388 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,000
Out-of-state Tuition:$21,240
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,894

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Texas Southern University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Texas Southern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences121
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services62
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields5
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs721
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Physical Sciences21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions22
Social Sciences31
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total47237

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Texas Southern University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total3

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Texas Southern 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,524

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,31394%
Grant or scholarship aid1,24189%$8,894
Student loan aid1,01673%$6,136

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid5,28479%$7,391
Federal student loans4,51567%$7,413

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Texas Southern 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 Texas Southern University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants10,8784,3566,522
Percent admitted100%49%53%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%12%11%

Admissions Considerations

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

Texas Southern University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment8,862
Undergraduate enrollment6,562
Graduate enrollment2,300

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

Texas Southern University Accreditation

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

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools

*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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