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Academics

Texas State University is a large research university that offers students the “diversity, quality of instruction, [and] resources of a large university with the feel of a smaller school.” This is “a friendly institution that is growing in population and academics,” and its size lends to “well-funded programs, activities, learning opportunities,” and “merit-based financial aid.” Additionally, “there are countless programs to help students succeed” and “lots of student outreach programs,” and the school puts on events, exhibitions, and performances throughout the year built around a central theme (most recently “Innovation”).

The “very student-focused” professors at Texas State “are fantastic and try to help you reach your full potential.” To do this, they “attempt to make everyone feel as if they are important [in addition to] their opinions and ideas” being important as well. They “come from actual job experience that they share with students” and “make an effort to keep you up to date on new findings in their field,” all while being “very aware of current events [which they] easily relate … to our topic of class.” The “small school feel helps people to find what’s right for them,” and the faculty and staff at Texas State “give the students as many opportunities as possible.” As one student sums it up: “It’s big enough that there are tons of opportunities to get involved in internships or organizations,” but it’s “very helpful to have academic advisors that you can visit at any time.”

Student Body

This is “an inclusive campus”—more than half of all Texas State students are minorities and students come “from all … races [and] sexual orientations,” making the school feel “unique and very diverse.” This range means there are “a lot of opposing ideas on everything from politics to social issues,” but “students engage each other in a productive manner” in this “open-minded and engaging campus climate.” (One student notes the variety even more specifically, mentioning “a healthy mix of people invested in studies, in parties, in their specific interests, or in nothing at all.”) Since students are mainly Texans, people “are friendly and easy to talk to,” and though it’s a big school, “it’s easy to make friends within your classes.” One student brags, “There’s a sense of community among the students and it’s really heartwarming.”

Campus Life

With great natural features at the “big-but-not-too big” school, including the San Marcos River running right through the main campus, activities like “floating the river, swimming, hiking, [and] biking” are popular pastimes, so people “spend the majority of time outside or doing something active.” One student says, “Nature brings everyone together. The river is a symbol of our school.” At Texas State, “there is an organization for everyone in one way or another,” and “many people go out during the week, whether it’s to go drink at bars, … go bowling, [or] watch a movie.” Nearby San Marcos also holds plenty of opportunities for fun because it features “great food and recreational places in the city,” and during downtime, people will “go to the town square [which] is lined with bars and restaurants,” and where “coffee shops and study spots are abundant.

Overview

Applicants
24,793
Acceptance Rate
78%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
2,047
with Terminal Degree
1,205

1,073
Women
974
Men
472
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Wildlife Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.
  • Engineering/Industrial Management.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Consumer Services and Advocacy.
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General.
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections.
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Photography.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the USA

George Strait
Country Music Perfomer

Ponce Heloise Cruse Evans
Columnist

Powers Boothe
Emmy winning Actor

Beth Moore
Religious author/teacher

Thomas Carter
5 time Emmy winning director

Tomas Rivera
Educator

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
55%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,706

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,964

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,041

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,853

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$1,797

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,627
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,287
Required Fees
$2,630
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$870
Transportation for Commuters
$3,360

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,102
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
34,187
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

2.45%
Asian
9.87%
African-American
38.47%
Hispanic
44.42%
Caucasian

58% female
42% male
2% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
19%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Skyller Walkes

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
455
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
42

5% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ally

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Texas State University is home to one of the largest geography departments in the United States. Its students and faculty advance theory, practice and policy in water resource management, natural hazard management, human health and recreation, and land use and land cover change, applying geographic information technologies and principles in innovative ways and in diverse environmental settings. The university is committed to protecting water, one of the earth’s most valuable resources, and established The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Students and faculty, through various projects and programs, work to bring awareness about river ecosystems, influence public policy, and educate the community about the important role water plays in all our lives. On campus, the university appointed a fulltime coordinator of recycling and waste management to run a campus-wide recycling program. The city of San Marcos also developed the Go Green initiative to educate the community, including the Texas State University campus, about the importance of reducing your carbon footprint and implanting sustainable practices for the future. In the classroom, Texas State offers a graduate interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in sustainability studies, through which students can pursue either a master of arts or a master of science. The university encourages all students to take simple steps to conserve energy, from taking shorter showers and powering down devices like laptop computers when they’re not in use to walking or biking to class and using natural light instead of artificial light whenever possible. Around campus, several rainwater collection cisterns irrigate the landscape, which is flush with drought-resistant and low-water vegetation.

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Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh, Packard Bell, Compaq

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rae Macha
Welcome Center Program Director

Address
Texas State Welcome Center
LBJ Student Center
San Marcos, Tx 78666-4616

Phone
512-245-8871

Email
welcomecenter@txstate.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
LBJ Student Center
Alkek Library
Student Recreation Center
The Quad
Sewell Park
The Quad is a walk way that runs the length of the campus which most academic buildings open on to. Student gather here to visit between classes. Sewell Park is a general recreational park where students gather to swim, sun bathe, throw frisbees, and play ball. The San Marcos river runs through the park.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Aquarena Springs - San Marcos River source.
Austin's 6th Street - live music district 20 min.
The San Marcos Outlet Malls - 10 min.
Schliterbaun, Guadalupe River, tubing - 20 min
San Antonio - the Alamo, Market Square - 45 min
Texas State provides the comfort and security of a university hamlet, isolated from the hectic pace of a large city, while providing the convenience of two major metropolitan centers(Austin and San Antonio)less than an hour drive from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am - 5pm
512-245-8871

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 9 am, 11 am and 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
http://www.txstatebobcats.com/sb_output.aspx?form=26

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle buses run to local apartments during the academic sessions. There is a train station approximately one mile from campus. Major airports include Bergstrom in Austin - 25 minutes from campus, and San Antonio International 45 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from Austin take I-35 south for 20 minutes. Take the Aquarena Springs exit to the right. After passing the Texas State Stadium move to the right lane and enter a parking station with a marquee campus map and directions to different locations on campus.

Local Accommodations
http://www.sanmarcostexas.com/lodging/default.asp


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