Tarleton State University

2014 Quick Stats
Box T 0001, Tarleton Station

Stephenville, TX 76402

Phone: (254) 968-9000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 22
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (West)

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Tarleton State University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,917, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 125 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tarleton State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,522 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,946 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1899 as a private, liberal arts college, Tarleton State University joined the Texas A&M University System in 1917. As one of the state's fastest growing institution's, Tarleton's 168-acre main campus includes a new, three-story science facility with the A&M System's first planetarium and observatory, a new student development center, and new student housing for more than 550. Under construction are a new Student Recreational Sports facility, a new Cafeteria, and major renovations to the library and other instructional facilities. Sprinkled with hundreds of red oak, white oak, and live oak trees and immaculate landscaping, the campus is an immediate laboratory for students selecting Landscape Design and Golf Course Management careers. "Anthology," an annual student publication sponsored by the English department, provides a student forum for literary and visual expression. A recent acquisition located just 30 miles away in Granbury, is the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center which houses both visual and performing arts programs year round, seven days a week. The new $5 million W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History and Museum, located in the ghost town of Thurber, is the state's newest window on Texas industrial history. Sticking close to its? liberal arts roots, Tarleton recently added two endowed chairs; one in industrial history, and a second chair in contemporary American history. The faculty and administration includes: 3 Fulbright scholars; 1 Oxford Roundtable recipient; and 2 Regents Professors. Over 90 different majors are offered at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels through six academic colleges: Liberal and Fine Arts, Business Administration, Agriculture and Human Sciences, Science and Technology, Education, and Graduate Studies.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $26,986,562


When applying to Tarleton State University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 22, and the early action deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 22. The application fee at Tarleton State University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.2%
Application deadline July 22
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 22

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Tarleton State University is 19:1, and the school has 47.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Tarleton State University include: Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 14%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Tarleton State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,917, with a gender distribution of 40.5 percent male students and 59.5 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. Tarleton State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,279
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Tarleton State University offers a number of student services including placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Tarleton State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Tarleton State University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Tarleton State University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $5,522 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,946 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,633 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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