Texas State University

2014 Quick Stats
601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 245-2111
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#51 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Texas State University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,458, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 455 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Texas State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 51. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,151 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,771 (2013-14).

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

Texas State University is a comprehensive institution serving over 34,000 students. The university attracts students from every region of Texas, as well as 51 states or territories, and 68 countries. Over 30 percent of the student body is ethnically diverse. Situated in the scenic Texas Hill country, between Austin and San Antonio, Texas State\'s beautiful 457-acre campus is located at the headwaters of the spring-fed San Marcos River. The university\'s rolling hills, traditional architecture, and stately oak and cypress trees create an impressive academic setting.

Offering 97 baccalaureate and 98 graduate degree programs, Texas State provides a challenging and rewarding academic environment within state-of-the art facilities on the main campus in San Marcos and in Round Rock. The most popular majors include psychology, management, marketing, electrical engineering, biology, journalism and mass communications, nursing, elementary education, communication design, and criminal justice.

While Texas State is rapidly emerging as one of the state\'s leading institutions for research, the university\'s primary emphasis and mission continues to be undergraduate instruction and student success. Eighteen Texas State faculty members have been recognized as Piper Professors, the state\'s most prestigious award for undergraduate teaching \- the second highest number among all colleges and universities in the state.

The university also has an extensive student life program, characterized by more than than 300 student clubs and organizations; each designed to help students develop their professional, personal and social interests. Texas State remains the only university in Texas to have graduated a United States President - Lyndon B. Johnson.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $120,735,209


When applying to Texas State University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Texas State University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.6 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 76.6%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Texas State University is 20:1, and the school has 25.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Texas State University include: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5%
Accounting 4%

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Student Life

Texas State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,458, with a gender distribution of 44.7 percent male students and 55.3 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. Texas State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 34,225
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 State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Texas 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Texas State University, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Texas State University.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Texas State University, 58.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,256.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,151 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,771 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,344 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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