Texas Southern University

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3100 Cleburne

Houston, TX 77004

Phone: (713) 313-7011
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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Texas Southern University is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,021, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,646 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,946 (2012-13).

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 to check out than a wide variety of undergraduate majors and dozens of student clubs and organizations. 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. Notable alumni of Texas Southern University include former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, a FOX NFL Sunday analyst and co-host of the morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and Rocky Williform, founder of HipHopBlog.com and a hip-hop social network, StreetCred.

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

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.
Texas Southern University is located in Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the US, and one of the fastest-growing and forward-moving cities in the world. As residents of this international city, Texas Southern students are privy to numerous opportunities and experiences, facts that led noted social forecaster Joel Kotkin to declare that Houston offers one of America's most compelling models for urban greatness (according to his study entitled Opportunity Urbanism: An Emerging Paradigm for the 21st Century).

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.

With one of the most diverse faculties in the nation; state-of-the-art facilities; extra-curricular activities led by the university's legendary Debate Team and award-winning Ocean of Soul Marching Band and jazz ensemble; and exciting programs and initiatives, such as the U.S. government's designation of Texas Southern University as a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCE) , one of only six nationwide, opportunities abound for students at TSU NOW!

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $39,062,536


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 53.1 percent.

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

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.1%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Texas Southern University is 19:1, and the school has 36.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas Southern University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 3%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 6%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 6%

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Student Life

Texas Southern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,021, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. Texas Southern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,646
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 I

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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, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Texas Southern University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Texas Southern University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Texas Southern University, 86.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,711.

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 $7,646 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,946 (2012-13)
Room and board $10,566 (2012-13)
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