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School Overview

The Texas State University System (TSUS) is made up of eight institutions in Texas. It was created in order to oversee the normal schools of the state in 1911. However, today it has a larger scope and has broadened its focus to incorporate different institutions. This is the longest-running system in Texas and uniquely is the only horizontal state university system. It is also unique because each university has something that sets that institution apart; there is no flagship institution in the system. The system has seen many schools join or move to other systems over the years. The largest growth happened in 1995 when TSUS incorporated the Lamar University System with four schools, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar University, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and Lamar State College-Orange.

Texas State University institutions include:

General Information

Admission Office
429 North Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666-5709
(512) 245-2364
Fax: (512) 245-8044

Contact: Stephanie Anderson
Director of Admissions
Main Address
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616
(512) 245-2111


Total undergrads: 24,810
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,256
Degree-seeking undergrads: 24,810
Graduate enrollment: 4,255

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%

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

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 14,878
Percent Admitted: 77%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 40%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 470 (25th Percentile)
  • 570 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 580 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

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

ACT Math

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (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 $5,360 $5,776 $6,168 $6,458 +4.70%
Books and Supplies $978 $1,000 $1,050 $1,050 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,800 $6,960 $7,310 $7,310 0.00%
Other $3,390 $3,460 $3,620 $3,620 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,000 $7,160 $7,520 $7,520 0.00%
Other $3,190 $3,260 $3,410 $3,410 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,528 $17,196 $18,148 $18,438 +1.60%
In-state Off Campus $16,528 $17,196 $18,148 $18,438 +1.60%
In-state with Family $6,338 $6,776 $7,218 $7,508 +4.02%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,338
In-state Student Fees $1,476
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $9,918
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,476

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,467 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,781 52% $11,003,463 $6,178
• Federal grants 840 24% $3,659,321 $4,356
• Pell grants 839 24% $2,827,821 $3,370
• Other federal grants 746 22% $831,500 $1,115
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 1,178 34% $4,833,801 $4,103
Institutional scholarships or grants 890 26% $2,510,341 $2,821
Student loan financial aid 1,606 46% $7,715,832 $4,804
• Federal student loans 1,604 46% $7,110,366 $4,433
• Other student loans 71 2% $605,466 $8,528

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 5334 1231 26 32
Agriculture, General 34
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 23
Animal Sciences, General 11
Architecture and Related Services 28
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 28
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
American/united States Studies/civilization 1
Asian Studies/civilization 3
European Studies/civilization
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 3
Russian Studies
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 143 36
Animal Physiology
Aquatic Biology/limnology 3 8
Biochemistry 13 5
Biology/biological Sciences, General 98 10
Botany/plant Biology 4
Ecology 8
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General 15
Population Biology 5
Wildlife Biology 7
Zoology/animal Biology 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1060 161
Accounting 175 65
Business Administration and Management, General 311 96
Business/managerial Economics 30
Fashion Merchandising 88
Finance, General 158
Management Information Systems, General 33
Marketing/marketing Management, General 265
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 320 16
Advertising 89
Journalism 37
Mass Communication/media Studies 42 16
Public Relations/image Management 83
Radio and Television 69
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 6
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Recording Arts Technology/technician 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 43 36 6
Computer and Information Sciences, General 43 28 6
Computer Programming/programmer, General 8
Education 380 15
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 8
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 3
Agricultural Teacher Education 5
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 6
Biology Teacher Education 1
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 26
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 42 6
Educational/instructional Technology 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 139
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education 7
History Teacher Education 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 16 1
Music Teacher Education 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 35
Reading Teacher Education 7
Secondary Education and Teaching 38
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General 31
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 10
Engineering 40
Industrial Engineering 16
Manufacturing Engineering 24
Engineering Technology, General 63 15
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 54
Industrial Technology/technician 3 15
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 6
English Language and Literature/letters 316 66
Creative Writing 19
English Language and Literature, General 175 17
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 11
Rhetoric and Composition 141 19
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 56 8
Comparative Literature
French Language and Literature 6
German Language and Literature 4
Spanish Language and Literature 46 8
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 216 63
Athletic Training/trainer 10 9
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 39 22
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 24
Community Health Services/liaison/counseling
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator 31
Health/health Care Administration/management 66 28
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 13
Physical Therapy/therapist 1
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 33
Therapeutic Recreation/recreational Therapy 3
History 120 19
History, General 120 19
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 237 32
Corrections 9
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 32
Criminal Justice/police Science 79
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 149
Human Services, General 114 128
Public Administration 44 32
Social Work 70 96
Legal Studies, General 20 17
Legal Assistant/paralegal 20 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 69
General Studies 69
Mathematics and Statistics 49 6
Applied Mathematics, General 9 1
Mathematics, General 40 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 649 36
Accounting and Computer Science 7
International/global Studies 40 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 609 22
Natural Resources and Conservation 65 11 4
Environmental Science 53 5
Land Use Planning and Management/development 6
Natural Resources/conservation, General 4
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 12
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 356 5
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 289
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 42 5
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 25
Physical Sciences 26 10
Chemistry, General 11 4
Physics, General 15 6
Physics, Other
Psychology 323 70
Counseling Psychology 54
Health/medical Psychology 16
Psychology, General 323
School Psychology
Social Sciences 418 65 7
Anthropology 82 20
Economics, General 13
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 31 1 3
Geography 61 19 4
International Relations and Affairs 26
Political Science and Government, General 103 19
Sociology 102 6
Visual and Performing Arts 491 30
Art/art Studies, General 34
Commercial and Advertising Art
Dance, General 30
Design and Visual Communications, General 3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 73 7
Fine/studio Arts, General 64
Graphic Design 119
Interior Design 52
Jazz/jazz Studies 5
Music Performance, General 18
Music, General 46 20
Photography 50
Work and Family Studies 85 18 9
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 14
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 46
Human Development and Family Studies, General 25 9
Human Nutrition 9 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agriculture – General B
Animal Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Animal Physiology B
Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Microbiology B
Wildlife Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Desktop Publishing B
Recording Arts Technology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Industrial Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Engineering Technology – General B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

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

Family & Consumer Sciences

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

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Medical Records Administration B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Water/Wetlands/Marine Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Cartography B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology 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 State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (512) 245-2111
Website: www.txstate.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
Address: 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 38,187
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 54%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 26,735 (70% 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: $10,581
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,397
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 76%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,392

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

Texas State University Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 51
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 55
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 64
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 61
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2221
Education 3174
Engineering 321
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 52
English Language and Literature/Letters 124
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 133
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31
Health Professions and Related Programs 399
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1311
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 135
Natural Resources and Conservation 2211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 111
Physical Sciences 22
Psychology 213
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 1753
Visual and Performing Arts 2113
Grand total 22908011

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Texas 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 $10,581
Out-of-state $22,397
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,664
Out-of-state $17,104

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 4,550 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,825 64% $9,392
Student loan aid 3,558 60% $6,018

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 18,226 53% $7,458
Federal student loans 17,396 51% $6,446

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Texas 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 Texas State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 23,583 8,648 14,935
Percent admitted 100% 76% 84%
Percent admitted who enrolled 27% 26% 28%

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

Texas State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 38,187
Undergraduate enrollment 33,917
Graduate enrollment 4,270

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 State 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
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
    • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • 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
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate 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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