Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX

About Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX

Originally founded as the Girls Industrial College in 1901, Texas Woman's University has grown into a major, degree-granting public institution with a total enrollment of 14,718 students in 2011. The university has granted degrees to approximately 100,000 men and women since inception, and it's officially classified as a Carnegie doctoral/research university.

Texas Woman's University, or TWU as it's commonly referred to as, is comprised of the largest, predominantly female student body within the U.S. today. The university's primary, 270-acre campus is located in Denton, a city a bit north of Dallas.


Texas Woman's University offers students 118 unique degree program options comprised of 47 bachelor's programs, 50 master's programs, and 21 doctoral programs. Among these programs includes Texas' only undergraduate degree program in culinary science and food service management as well as the state's sole Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. U.S. News & World Report ranked TWU 17th nationally for its occupational therapy graduate program and 24th overall for its physical therapy program in 2012. The university also trains the most teachers of the deaf and speech language pathologists in all of Texas.

The College of Arts and Sciences, which contains within it the School of Arts and School of Management, enrolls the most undergraduate students. TWU also has the College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, College of Professional Education, and the Graduate School.

Students interested in remote learning are offered 27 fully and hybrid online program options and several post-professional graduate certificate options via TWU's e-learning campus. Some areas of study available via online learning include business, criminal justice, nursing, and occupational therapy.

TWU also offers five complete degree programs at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney, TX, for students who are unable to attend classes at the primary campus or online. Additional learning opportunities are available at TWU's ancillary health science centers located in Dallas and Houston, TX.


Applications for admission to Texas Woman's University are accepted online via the ApplyTexas.org website. Prospective undergraduate students must submit their most recent high school transcripts. SAT or ACT scores that are reflected on official high school transcripts are acceptable, or students may have their scores sent directly to the TWU admissions department. TWU also accepts AP and CLEP credits that applicants have earned. Students who have completed prior college-level coursework should have their transcripts sent from each applicable school as well.

TWU recommends that application materials be submitted 6-8 weeks prior to the start of classes. Some professional health programs require applications considerably earlier (January 9th for dental hygiene and February 1st for nursing were the Fall 2012 semester deadlines), and deadlines for graduate school applicants also vary.

Regular admission guidelines require that prospective students be ranked within the top 50% of their class from any regionally accredited high school and have attained a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. A 1000 SAT score (critical reading and math combined) or 21 ACT score is also required. Students who fall below these guidelines are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Texas Woman's University accepts around 88% of all undergraduate applicants for admission.

Undergraduates made up about 62% of the total enrollment at TWU in 2011. The school is unique in the fact that about 89% of the student population is female. The student population (non-international) is comprised of the following ethnic/racial groups: White (53.1%), African-American (20.7%), Hispanic (17.6%), and Others (8.6%). The average age of students at TWU is 26 while the average age of undergraduates is 24.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost of attending Texas Woman's University depends on a number of variables, including degree level, student residency status, and student living arrangements. As of 2012, estimated undergraduate tuition is $5,156 based on 15 semester hours per term over a 9-month period. Non-residents pay an additional $10,530 in tuition charges. Additional fees, books, and supplies add around $2,994 in costs. Finally, students must estimate personal living expenses and transportation costs during the budgeting process.

Of all enrolled students, about 91% utilize some form of financial aid. TWU offers approximately $9 million in annual scholarships as well as payment plans. Prospective students should evaluate their own personal circumstances to determine actual costs of attendance at Texas Woman's University.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, plus post-bachelor's and post-master's graduate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body Around 9,000 undergraduates and 5,700 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 1,804 housing capacity; 100% occupancy in 2011*
Schools and Programs Roughly 118 degree options divided among four colleges and the graduate school*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Nursing-Entry (1,297)
Master's: EMBA (Executive MBA), (732)
Doctorate: DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) (306)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2004 cohort 23% in four years
40% in five years
48% in six years**
Admission Rate 88.3% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,044 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates About 72% (full-time students)
29% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 766 in 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date TWU recommends that undergraduate applications be submitted 6-8 weeks before start of classes*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012 are roughly $7,050 for TX residents and $17,580 for non-residents (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (56%), state/local grant aid (41%), institutional grant aid (34%), student loan aid (64%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 91%**

Sources: *Texas Woman's University; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: ADM Bldg, Rm 105, P.O. Box 425589, Denton, TX 76204
  • Phone: (866) 809-6130
  • Website: www.twu.edu

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