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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Southwest Texas State University, founded in 1899, is a public, comprehensive university. It was created to prepare teachers to teach in Texas public schools. That mission continues, as one in every 12 Texas teachers today has earned a degree or a certification from SWT. The university has grown to become a major comprehensive regional university, with several outstanding academic programs. Its program in geography and planning has been ranked the best in the nation, and programs in theatre arts, music, sound recording technology, communication disorders, mass communication, speech communication, physical therapy and sociology have gained national or regional recognition. Its 427-acre campus is located in San Marcos, 30 miles from Austin.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students34,244
   Women19,568 (57.1%)
   Men14,676 (42.9%)
Graduate Students4,564


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate71% of 21,524 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineMarch 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math515 average
470-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading513 average
460-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing486 average
440-530 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite23 average
20-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $23,230
Out-of-state: $35,470
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,218
Out-of-state: $22,458
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met66%
Average Freshman Award$10,512
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 3% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 8% of classes


San Marcos Population50,001
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSan Antonio, Austin
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 20% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
9.6% Black/African-American
36.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
47.7% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students0.5% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning77.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.45 3.86 569 580 26
Low 2.50 2.68 440 500 17
High 4.00 5.00 720 760 34
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• The Freeman Educational Foundation at Texas State is a 3,500-acre working ranch, used as a laboratory for students in agriculture, animal science and biology.

• Texas State is the only Texan college that can claim an American president as a graduate: Lyndon Johnson, class of '30.

• A nearby theme park was converted to the Aquarena Center, now home to several endangered species of plants and animals that exist nowhere else in the world.

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