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Texas State University-San Marcos

Research Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Read about its admission info, financial aid and bachelor's degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University (TSU) is a public university in San Marcos, a town of about 50,000 located near Austin. Founded in 1903 under the name Southwest Texas State Normal School, the school's initial enrollment was 303 students; the population is now over 34,000. TSU has a second campus in Round Rock, Texas. U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas State University #39 among regional universities in the West in 2012.


Texas State University offers 97 undergraduate degrees, 87 master's degrees and 12 doctoral degrees through nine colleges: the College of Applied Arts, the McCoy College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Engineering, the University College and the Graduate College. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1. Students can visit the Witliff Collections, an archive made up of original manuscripts, photographs and other artifacts.


Students interested in attending Texas State University must submit the ApplyTexas Application, an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores and an admission essay. The application deadline is May 1, except for students who wish to enter the College of Communication Design, which has a deadline of March 15. All students pay an application fee of $60. Students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class are admitted automatically.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The average cost of tuition at Texas State University for a Texas resident was $8,770 in 2012; out-of-state residents paid $19,300 on average. Room and board cost about $7,520, while the estimate for books was $1,090. TSU offers a number of scholarships, including the President's Honor Scholarship, the Texas State Achievement Scholarship, three national scholarships and ten other competitive scholarships. Students can also apply for grants, work-study and student loans. TSU offers lower-income students a program called the Bobcat Promise, which pays the tuition and fees of freshmen whose families have a gross income of $25,000 or less.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, post-baccalaureate certificate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Town**
Student Body 28,959 undergraduates and 5,128 graduates (2011)**
Student Housing Students under the age of 20 who have less than 30 credits must live on campus; the university offers traditional and modified residence halls, as well as apartments for students who are at least 19 and have been out of high school for at least a year*
Schools (and/or) Programs Nine schools and colleges; 97 undergraduate, 87 master's and 12 doctoral programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (552)
Master's: Elementary Education and Teaching (173)
Doctorate: Geography (8)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 24% in four years
56% in six years
60% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 77% in 2011**
Entering Class Size Over 9,000 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 79% in 2011**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1050 as of 2012*
Application Due Date May 1*
Tuition (YEAR) $8,770 for Texas residents and $19,300 for out-of-state residents in 2012**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (37%), Pell grants (37%), other federal grants (34%), state and local grants/scholarships (45%), institutional grants/scholarships (15%), federal loans (65%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77%**

Sources: *Texas State University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Texas State University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 429 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos, TX, 78666
  • Phone: 512-245-2364
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