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Texas Southern University is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,881, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas Southern University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,442 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,742 (2011-12).
Texas Southern University is one of the largest historically black colleges and is located in downtown Houston, one of the largest U.S. cities. Consequently, students have more than a wide variety of undergraduate majors to consider, as well as more than 80 student clubs and organizations to check out. There are also extracurricular and internship opportunities throughout Houston, also home to Rice University, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Houston.
Graduate students have a similarly wide variety of academic options, as Texas Southern University operates the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, among other academic departments.
The TSU Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Notable alumni of Texas Southern University include FOX NFL Sunday analyst and former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, and Rocky Williform, founder and editor of HipHopBlog.com and a hip hop social network, StreetCred.
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Texas Southern University, one of the nation's largest HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), possesses an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern University has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds.
More than 9,500 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the University's community, and like its curricula, the student body is characterized by diversity. While many of the undergraduate and graduate students enrolled are native Texans, the student and faculty population is represented by almost every state in the country, including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and by more than 50 nations. Texas Southern's international student population hails from such places as Africa, Canada, the Canal Zone, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, Mexico, South Asia, and the West Indies.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Texas Southern University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Texas Southern University is $42. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 26.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||26.2%|
|Application deadline||August 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Texas Southern University is 19:1, and the school has 35.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas Southern University include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.3 percent.
Texas Southern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,881, with a gender distribution of 43.0 percent male students and 57.0 percent female students. At this school, 21.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79.0 percent of students live off campus. Texas Southern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Texas Southern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Texas Southern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Texas Southern University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Texas Southern University, 89.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,182.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$7,442 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$16,742 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$8,958 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data