Texas Lutheran University

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1000 W. Court

Seguin, TX 78155-5999

Phone: (830) 372-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Texas Lutheran University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,311, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 184 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas Lutheran University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 3. Its tuition and fees are $25,890 (2013-14).

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

What makes Texas Lutheran University special? A sense of community. A rigorous academic program. And an environment where students grow and succeed. For over a century, TLU has made a positive difference in the lives of countless individuals. There is nothing quite like the energy and excitement of a college campus - a place where important work is being done - in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the concert hall, at worship. It is a remarkable journey. And TLU is an excellent place for this remarkable journey. Founded in 1891, TLU is a private, exclusively undergraduate university of the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies, located on a tree-filled campus in Seguin, Texas, a growing community of about 25,000 people near San Antonio and Austin. On a campus with 1,400 students and small classes averaging just 18 students, TLU professors provide support and challenge - people who know students well enough to provide just the right amount of each. Professors are academic scholars doing exciting research; teachers who care about communicating with students and helping them develop innate talents and new skills; role models of good character, civility, and grace under pressure; and people who are lifelong students themselves - curious, adventurous, funny, and creative. These professors take time to pay attention to their students' strengths and interests so they can personally recommend them for graduate schools and professional careers as individuals whom they know well. TLU offers nearly 40 majors and fields of study, including an accounting program where graduating seniors rank near the top in the nation. The university also boasts an outstanding science program with an excellent medical and graduate school acceptance rate and one of the fastest growing physics and engineering programs of its kind. TLU's excellent reputation also extends to many other programs, including, just to name a few, kinesiology, music, theology, psychology, and education. TLU encourages students to study abroad, participate in internships, and gain experiential learning so that by the time they graduate, most TLU students have had real-world, hands-on opportunities to explore their career plans and test their abilities. But learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Campus life is an encompassing experience that develops the whole person - and coaches, music directors, and staff members are all part of the mentoring support system of TLU. Nearly one-third of the student body participates in one of the 14 NCAA Division III teams that TLU fields. These student-athletes are students first, as evidenced by the frequency of TLU students named to Academic All-American teams. TLU is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and about one-fourth of its students are Lutheran. All faiths are welcome and make up an active campus ministry. The school's Moline Center for Servant Leadership helps fulfill the university's mission of preparing undergraduates academically, spiritually, and socially in a residential community of faith and learning for service and leadership. TLU is a selective university with a rolling admission system that considers more than strictly GPA and SAT scores alone. Individual consideration is given to each applying student based on his or her record, achievements, and involvement. TLU is an affordable national liberal arts institution with outstanding merit scholarships and 95 percent of TLU students receiving financial aid.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $76,822,947


When applying to Texas Lutheran University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Texas Lutheran University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.6 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Texas Lutheran University is 14:1, and the school has 62.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas Lutheran University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 17%
Psychology 9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Education 7%

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Student Life

Texas Lutheran University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,311, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 56 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. Texas Lutheran University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,318
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Texas Lutheran University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Texas Lutheran 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 Texas Lutheran University, 94 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Texas Lutheran University.

Students who have cars on campus 94%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Texas Lutheran University, 82 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,641.

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Tuition and fees $25,890 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,880 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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