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San Marcos, TX 78666
p. 512-245-2111
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Texas State University

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History

Opened in 1903, the purpose of Texas Normal School was to educate teachers. Over time, the school’s academic scope broadened. Each period of growth was accompanied by a new name and a new mission for the school. In 1916, the name was changed to Southwest Texas State Normal College. Seven years later, the school became the Southwest Texas State Teachers College. After a few more changes, the Texas State University (TSU) at San Marcos was christened in 2003. In 2013, San Marcos was dropped from the university’s name, giving it its current designation.

The university is located in San Marcos, with a branch campus in Round Rock. TSU is a member of the Texas State University system. The university awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Texas State defines itself as a “public, student-centered, doctoral granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas in the world beyond.” Counted among its alumni is Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States.

Academics

Texas State’s academic offerings are provided through its seven fundamental colleges, the Graduate College, the Honors College, and the University College, established in 1986 to provide general education courses and meet all students’ educational needs. Keeping to its academic roots, Texas State educates more teachers than any university in the state. Other programs of note include the geography, biochemistry, and physics. Faculty from the areas of geography, communications, business, and mathematics have all been nationally recognized as outstanding in their particular fields.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including agriculture, criminal justice, education, music, theater, art, anthropology, geography, international studies, sociology, philosophy, social work, radiation therapy, and healthcare administration.

Master’s degrees are awarded in accounting, applied mathematics, education, creative writing, geography, healthcare administration, industrial mathematics, interdisciplinary studies, music, family nurse practitioner, and social work, among others.

The school offers 10 PhD and EdD degrees in programs as diverse as aquatic resources, adult, professional, and community education, criminal justice, and environmental geography.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Creative Writing MFA Program at Texas State has been lauded by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, putting the university squarely on the map for literary arts at the state and national level. The program’s literary journal, “Front Porch,” is managed entirely by MFA students. Creative Writing faculty have claimed prestigious awards.

Texas State is home to the only sound recording technology program in the southwest United States. The Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology, as part of the TSU School of Music, prepares graduates to work as music producers, live sound technicians, music editors, and so on.

Admissions

Texas State bases admissions primarily on academic performance and considers extracurricular and other factors to a lesser extent. Depending on an incoming freshman’s class rank, the minimum required ACT score could range from 20 (top 25% of class) to 29 (bottom 25% of class), or from 920 to 1270 for the SAT. Students who rank in the top 10% of their graduating class are held to no minimum test score requirements. In addition to the application form, students must provide an application essay and high school transcripts. Applications can be submitted online on on paper.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application, appropriate test scores to include GRE, subject GRE, or discipline-specific tests (GMAT, etc.), and transcripts. Individual programs may have further requirements. Decisions on graduate admissions are generally finalized within a month of the department receiving all materials.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, both merit and need based, is available to students via a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

Federal programs include the Pell Grant, the Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, all of which represent gift funds. On the other hand, Stafford Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, must eventually be repaid. State programs include the TEXAS Grant, the Texas Public Education Grant, and the Texas State Tuition Grant.

Scholarship opportunities at Texas State begin with the Texas Common Scholarship Application, found at www.applytexas.org. All incoming freshman applicants must submit an essay to be considered for scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3845th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

All unmarried students who have completed less than 56 hours of study must live in TSU-provided housing. While some students may consider this a negative, at Texas State it is definitely a positive experience. Having grown from a student body of 330 in 1903 to one of the largest universities in the state of Texas, TSU has vastly improved both its campus and its student life accommodations over the years.

Regardless of where students live, the most popular recreational activity by far is the San Marcos River. Students can rent tubes and spend their free time simply floating down the river and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Many students pack lunches and beverages in personal coolers, strap them to their ankles, and spend whole days enjoying the lazy journey downstream.

If a student prefers to stay on dry land, Texas State offers a thriving Greek community that always offers entertainment. There are more than 200 student organizations available for various social, religious, or political interests, and the town of San Marcos offers many restaurants and shopping facilities for students to browse.

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, Texas State University has a music building recital hall, an outdoor theater, and an auditorium.

The university library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. Special collections include the Southwestern Writer’s Collection, University archives, and a gallery of Southwestern and Mexican photography.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Texas State Bobcats are a Division I university and compete in Division I-AA in football. The university offers 16 different intercollegiate sports: seven men’s sports and nine women’s sports. For those who do not participate in the intercollegiate competitions, there is a wide array of intramural and club sports available too.

Sports facilities include a football stadium, a coliseum, a baseball field, a softball field, a soccer complex, tennis complex, and a basketball and volleyball arena. The university also maintains an athletic academic center, which includes a computer lab and cubicles for tutoring. Student-athletes who earn a 3.0 semester GPA are honored at a spring reception.

Traditions

The Texas State campus is capped off with the Old Main, the University’s first building, constructed in 1903. Its red roof and towering spires rise high above the campus’s many trees as a landmark for the entire town of San Marcos.

Local Community

San Marcos is the ideal Texas town. This small community sits on the outskirts of the Hill Country, offering beautiful views of both rolling hills and prairies. The San Marcos River offers residents unlimited recreation opportunities, the favorite of which is tubing. Local caves offer visitors the chance to go spelunking, and the Aquarena Center provides glass bottom boats and nature trails. At the midpoint between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos offers easy access to major metropolitan areas. For those who are more inclined toward academic recreation, San Marcos is home to some of the state’s historic landmarks.

Information Summary

Ranks 20th in Texas and 748th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 237th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 45 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 256 0.75

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 110 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 11 0.02
Robbery 37 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 273 0.60
Larceny 1,206 2.63
Vehicle theft 89 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Marcos, TX 78666
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population51,452 (40,751 urban / 10,701 rural)
Households17,640 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,341
Families9,403 (3.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4835

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1388th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,918 $5,918 $15,122
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,142 $2,142 $2,142
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $348 $348 $702
FT Graduate Tuition $4,997 $4,997 $11,369
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,584 $1,584 $1,584
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $383 $383 $737
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,620 $19,620 $28,824
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,620 $19,620 $28,824
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,920 $14,920 $24,124

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,264 $7,732 $7,264 $7,732 $15,402 $16,858
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,060 $1,090
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,310 $7,520
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,650 $3,750
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,520 $7,740
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,440 $3,530
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,120 $3,210

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 18,939 (7,569 male / 11,370 female)
Admitted 14,219 (5,349 male / 8,870 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 5,181 (2,036 male / 3,145 female)
FT Enrollment 5,135 (2,013 male / 3,122 female)
PT Enrollment 46 (23 male / 23 female)
Total Enrollment35,546

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

797th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 28%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

SAT Test Admission

754th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 72%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,338
Meals per Week16
Room Fee$4,856
Board Fee$2,488

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 103 373 1,744 162 25 4,557 266 7,360
Accounting 4 6 58 16 162 9 258
Accounting and Computer Science 1 6 7
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 5 2 8
Advertising 2 17 43 62
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 2 12 4 20
Agricultural Teacher Education 1 1 2 4
Agriculture, General 3 10 14
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Animal Physiology
Animal Sciences, General 1 3 14 18
Anthropology 2 1 19 1 76 3 107
Applied Mathematics, General 8 1 9
Aquatic Biology/Limnology 1 3 15 2 22
Art/Art Studies, General 7 13 1 22
Asian Studies/Civilization 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 5 3 9 18
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 5 5
Biochemistry 1 9 1 11 3 25
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 6 22 5 1 52 5 97
Botany/Plant Biology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 12 25 98 20 2 285 17 462
Business/Managerial Economics 1 9 10
Chemistry, General 2 1 4 15 2 25
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 7 21 1 31
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 3 5 11 1 21
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 25 41 3 72
Computer Software Engineering 1 1 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 33 3 16 6 1 52 8 123
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 3 6 2 39 50
Corrections 4 12 1 6 1 24
Counseling Psychology 2 6 24 1 33
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Creative Writing 3 1 16 2 24
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 5 13 1 31 1 53
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 6 40 64 2 116
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 15 58 1 2 75 4 159
Dance, General 2 10 23 36
Design and Visual Communications, General 3 1 36 2 81 3 127
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 17 51 3 75
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Ecology 2 4 1 7
Economics, General 1 1 2 1 10 1 16
Education, Other 1 2 3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 21 1 20 1 46
Educational/Instructional Technology 3 3 3 1 10
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6 5 24 1 36
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 17 3 77 10 108
Engineering Technology, General 1 1 10 12
English Language and Literature, General 12 52 2 131 8 207
Environmental Science 13 82 3 98
European Studies/Civilization 2 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 12 27 2 44
Fashion Merchandising 1 17 1 49 7 77
Finance, General 4 32 5 97 5 143
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 11 1 43 3 60
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 2 20 3 52 3 81
French Language and Literature 1 1 1 6 9
General Studies 7 1 16 1 27
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 11 5 54 1 73
Geography 9 1 51 1 65
German Language and Literature 1 3 1 5
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 9 13 4 1 27 2 58
Health Teacher Education 1 1 8 1 11
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 16 21 2 66 6 112
Health/Medical Psychology 4 1 9 1 15
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3 3 2 13 22
History Teacher Education 1 1
History, General 2 24 97 3 131
Human Development and Family Studies, General 9 14 56 4 86
Human Nutrition 1 7 1 10
Industrial Engineering 1 4 1 11 4 22
Industrial Technology/Technician 3 1 7 1 14
Interior Design 1 3 1 1 26 32
International Relations and Affairs 1 9 1 10 1 22
International/Global Studies 2 1 13 50 2 70
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 2 3
Journalism 5 18 2 26
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 26 103 5 207 7 352
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 4 4
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 11 17 5 56 3 95
Management Information Systems, General 1 5 11 36 54
Manufacturing Engineering 3 1 9 13
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 3 6 1 11
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 8 36 8 1 151 8 216
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 2 23 2 49 79
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 2 1 4 8
Mathematics, General 1 3 8 1 1 41 1 58
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 1 8 10
Microbiology, General 1 12 1 1 19 2 40
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 25 134 7 5 395 18 593
Music Performance, General 2 4 6
Music Teacher Education 1 2 1 4
Music, General 3 1 21 2 30 5 62
Musical Theatre 1 4 5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 1 1
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 9 2 38 1 52
Philosophy 2 10 37 1 50
Photography 2 12 21 36
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 6 15 22
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physics, General 10 10
Political Science and Government, General 2 4 24 1 1 67 5 104
Population Biology 2 1 3
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 3 1 14 2 22
Psychology, General 1 27 119 5 194 12 368
Public Administration 1 8 25 1 36 2 75
Public Health Education and Promotion 1 7 11 2 22
Public Relations/Image Management 2 23 1 64 3 93
Radio and Television 6 29 38 4 78
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 5 1 8
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 1 11 2 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 9 4 57 3 80
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 4 13 1 16 36
Rhetoric and Composition 1 7 43 4 123 6 186
School Psychology 2 1 17 1 21
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 8 4 36 6 60
Social Work 22 54 2 99 3 182
Sociology 12 29 2 1 71 4 120
Spanish Language and Literature 2 42 10 2 56
Special Education and Teaching, General 5 14 1 34 3 57
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 3 14 1 20
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 7 5 13
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 2 3 1 7
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management 1 10 11
Wildlife Biology 1 7 1 23 1 34
Zoology/Animal Biology

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1451st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,551 ($72,877 male / $60,355 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,132 (586 male / 546 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,567
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $29,238,736
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