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Texas Southern University

Houston, TX

Texas Southern, founded in 1947, is a public, historically black university. Its 125-acre campus is located in Houston.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students6,915
   Women3,939 (57.0%)
   Men2,976 (43.0%)
Graduate Students2,318


Entrance DifficultyNoncompetitive
Overall Admission Rate51% of 10,239 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineAugust 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA2.84
SAT Math418 average
370-460 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading402 average
360-440 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing395 average
350-435 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite17 average
15-18 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $25,621
Out-of-state: $37,861
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,001
Out-of-state: $21,241
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met90%
Average Freshman Award$14,500
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 13% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Houston Population2,195,914
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 53% of freshmen, 23% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.6% Asian
87.1% Black/African-American
7.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
2.0% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students5.9% from 35 countries
First-Year Students Returning53.3%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.42 4.11 565 600 22
Low 2.75 3.20 480 540 17
High 3.80 4.56 650 660 25
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• TSU was the first Historically Black University to house a law school.

• TSU sponsors the famed "Ocean of Soul" Marching Band.

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