About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University. is a Public college. Located in Texas, which is a city setting in Texas, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 34,244 full time undergraduate students, and 4,564 full time graduate students.

The Texas State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 23:1. There are 1249 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Texas State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate71%
Application Deadline
Application Fee75
SAT Range930-1120
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at TSU are considered Selective, with ,243% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 47% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Texas State University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
42%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
37%
“We bought the gear”
62%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
24%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
16%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
74%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
7%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
39%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
31%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
42%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
37%
“We bought the gear”
62%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
60%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
24%
“We”re a very artistic group”
6%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
64%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
16%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
74%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
7%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
39%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
31%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Texas State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    428 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    306 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    470 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    493 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    493 Students rated class size 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    491 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    488 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    494 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Texas State University?

334 Students rated Texas State University

Kiara - 07/01/2022

My overall opinion of Texas State in San Marcos is that it is a school that is equal parts "party school" and respectable school that has very intelligent people attending it. It just has a bad reputation throughout the years, but it is by no means a bad or "easy" school to attend. You are challenged and well prepared for the career you want to go in. I have found that many of the professors really do care about the students success and there are many resources outside of class that are available to help students if needed. There is also a good mix of "country/republican" and "hippy/democratic" students that you will always find someone who is not like minded, but can also potentially teach you about the "opposing" view. There isn't too much of one view on politics and/or life to make students bias. You have to opportunity to listen to both sides of an issue and decide accordingly, which I think is the most impressive and important part of college. As students, we have an atmosphere that is equally split, so we can decide for ourselves who we are as people.

Jazmin - 06/24/2022

You will find all types of groups at this university, whether academic, athletic, ethnic, and more. It is extremely diverse, and people are very accepting and open-minded. Professors always offer their help and lots of help is offered around campus from advising, AIs, TAs, peer mentors, etcetera. The campus itself is beautiful, and The Square has a variety of places to eat and shop nearby. Sewell Park is within walking distance, and when needed, transportation is provided to take students anywhere on campus via shuttle buses. The staff is friendly, and the food is not bad (as in, there are many choices if you do not like other options). Like on any college campus, there is party culture, but it all depends on you and the people you surround yourself with. Regardless, there are plenty of students who form study groups and abstain from that lifestyle. No matter the college of choice, the life you choose to live there always depends on you.

Brianna - 10/15/2021

A beautiful campus with a lot of hills and one-way streets. Not very handicap accessible, but is a very progressive and active campus. If living on campus, there are many stores available with a short walk. Active campus during the day and night with plenty of things to do. The river (Sewell Park) is always available 24/7 for volleyball, basketball, kayaking, and swimming. If you plan on going here, be sure to bring good running shoes.

Courtney - 04/20/2021

Really awesome school with a lot to do. I'm never bored here, there's always something going on, whether it be a party, a club event, or just hanging out by the river. The town is so cute with great shops and restaurants. There's always a party too if you're looking for it

Texas State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Texas State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Texas State University is 71%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    When I became pregnant with my son, I realized the value of an education. I knew I needed to make a better life for my family, and I chose to do that by going back to school. Texas State University (Round Rock Campus) has allowed me the freedom to choose clases that fit my lifestyle, and help me to be a better student. I enjoy interacting with my fellow students and teachers, and plan to attend a post- graduate program as well. I have truly gained a love of learning, and a drive to achieve more from life. I can't wait until I am abe to put my knowledge into practice in the job field, and to use the knowledge I have obtained to help others in their life struggles. I take home every day the will to continue to do better and achieve more from my learning experience. As well, I take home the knowledge that I am making myself a better wife, mother, and overall person just by getting an education, not just to get a better job or make more money. By becomming and educated person, become a better influence on those around me.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are friendly, dedicated to their education and accepting.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    If you want to fit in, you should be overly excited about sorority/fraternity life and drinking/sleeping aroud/making bad decisions. OR you should be vegan, not own a vehicle, live off 'mother nature' and be a musician...anything in between just doesnt seem to exist here.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The tram! There's not enough of them! And the school keeps getting bigger and bigger!

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Texas State University is big on promoting diversity. Its one of the very first things we learn on campus when we first arrive. I love how almost every club and organization have their own way of promoting diversity and making sure the club itself is diverse. I don't know of many universities that are as diverse as Texas State. Because of this, I am even more proud to say annouce to people that I am a Texas State Bobcat!

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known how much harder I would have to work to get the grades I wanted. High school is so much easier in that you don't have to work too hard to get good grades. College classes need a lot more attention. There is no one to tell you to do your homework. It is up to you to get the work done. I wish I would have had known better note taking skills also. You have to focus so much more on what professors are saying.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school I would say is happening, there is much hustle bustle and involvement from students to teachers, and this is a very growing campus that is guranteed to teach yet also entertain you as a student.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    I love the campus lifestyle, the people here are truly amazing and really nice. There's never a day when someone won't help you, and there's always something you can do with an organization that you're part of. And those organizations actually do help you make friends and get better chances for work opportunities in the future.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school, is the stairs! There are just too many around campus. They may be a good workout, but there are days when you're feeling ill and dont have the strength to climb up and amount of stairs or any size hills. I don't think there is any way to improve this situation but if there was, it would be nice.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When people ask me about Texas State, I brag about the services that the students get. I have friends at other colleges that are left to figure a lot of things with no help. Texas State has buses that go to Austin and San Antonio for commuters. We have a writing center that helps you with papers. We have on campus pyschiatrists and psychologists that are willing to help you. We have nights escorts for safety. Anything you can think of, you can find it at Texas State.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    someone who doesn't want to study

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Texas State is known for different things but the one thing I love them most it is its communication studies program. I went into college unsure of what I wanted to do but Texas State sold me on its communication studies degree because its one of the best in the world. Texas State gets different visitors t want to see how its 1310 intro to communications cores is run because it’s been so successful in the past. Oxford University from England even took an interest in it and explored why it has been so successful.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Rigorous, depends on major

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The natural beauty surrounding Texas State is amazing. The university is located on a hill, and the San Marcos River runs through the middle of campus, which provides for a good time and great scenery year-round. Texas State is diverse, and everyone is very friendly. It is the perfect size, not too big, nor too small. San Marcos is a good-sized college town, but it is old-fashioned, and some of the places need to stay open later, including the hot spots on the Square. There could be more modernized places to hang. For the most part, the administration is available and listens to the students' needs. I think President Trauth has worked hard to improve our college tremendously. Students here have a lot of school pride but not enough. I think people promote their sororities and frats more than Texas State as a whole. One experience I will always remember: In January 2007, central Texas had a huge ice storm, and it snowed for the first time in....forever. Our first three days of school were cancelled for the spring semester. The entire town shut down because most Texans don't know what to do in that kind of weather..especially in San Marcos because it is so hilly. I didn't want to leave my apartment the entire time for fear of losing control of my vehicle. One of the recent controversies on campus was when smoking was restricted in certain areas such as the Quad and within 20 feet of any building entrance. Many smokers felt it was a violation of their personal freedom and disregarded the warning signs. However, our university has made it clear that they will fine anyone found smoking in those areas.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Floating the San Marcos River

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No and yes. I'm sure there are quite a few students who came here to party. I had a chance to go to UT, but I decided against it. I think Texas State has more to offer than it is portrayed, and compared to earlier years, students actually care more about their studies. The university is growing rapidly; our student population totals more than 28,000. It is working on gaining a better image by being more competitive and raising admission standards. Our athletic department is improving, and our football program is currently taking steps to move into a larger division.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I think the biggest stereotype about Texas State is that it is one of the biggest if not the biggest party school. I'm not sure there is a stereotype about the students at Texas State other than maybe we're big drinkers.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Not sure. Real diverse, i don't believe in stereotypes.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    Two Texas State University, San Marcos students talk about the requirements for their major, the workload, and what a prospective student should expect as far at academics.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    Discover & rank Texas State's best and worst dorms to live in for yourself.Retama, Arnold,Blanco & San Jacinto undercover report brought to you by Tstate bobcats.

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Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

34,244

Total Undergrad Enrollment

4,564

Total Grad Students

2%

Out-Of-State

98%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

317

Student Organizations

13

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

18%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
10%
% Hispanic/Latino
36%
% White or Caucasian
47%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

80% of students attending Texas State University receive some sort of financial aid. 39% were awarded federal grants. While 58% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$21,029

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$820

Books and Supplies

$8,110

Room and Board

29,959

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,472
$30 - $48K
$11,059
$48 - $75K
$13,966
$75 - $110K
$19,505
$110K & UP
$20,543

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