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.

Website: www.txstate.edu/

Public
Co-ed
34,180
Undergraduate
Students
(57.5%) 19,640 Women
(42.5%) 14,540 Men
4,486
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
73% of 24,277 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
March 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
547 average
510-590 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
563 average
510-610 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $23,499
Out-of-state: $35,949
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,935
Out-of-state: $23,385
Room and Board
$9,374
Average Percent of Need Met
70%
Average Freshman Award
$12,458
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,568
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,419
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 1% of classes
10-19 students: 15% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 41% of classes
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Campus Life

San Marcos Population
50,001
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Antonio, Austin
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
20% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bobcats
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
37.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.2% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students
0.5% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning
77.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
26.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
10.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 4  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives 6  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required March 1
SAT Only Recommended March 1
ACT Only Recommended March 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted March 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used as a validity check on the application essay
ACT: Used as a validity check on the application essay

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
601 University Drive
City, State, Zip
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone
(512) 245-2364
Fax
(512) 245-8044
E-mail
admissions@txstate.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
March 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
73% of 24,277 applicants were admitted
Women
76% of 15,012 applicants were admitted
Men
68% of 9,265 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
7,811 (44%) of 17,717 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,744 (41%) of 11,439 admitted students enrolled
Men
3,067 (49%) of 6,278 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
547 average
510-590 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
2%
Score of 600 - 700
18%
Score of 500 - 600
61%
Score of 400 - 500
18%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
563 average
510-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
27%
Score of 500 - 600
54%
Score of 400 - 500
15%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
5%
Score of 24 - 29
37%
Score of 18 - 23
54%
Score of 12 - 17
4%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 14%
Top quarter: 51%
Top half: 94%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
0%
Class President
2%
Student Government Officer
5%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $23,499
Out-of-state: $35,949
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,935
Out-of-state: $23,385
Room and Board
$9,374
Books and Supplies
$780
Other Expenses
$2,410
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning May 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003615
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
5,298 (93.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
3,754 (70.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,626 (96.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
817 (22.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
70%
Average Award
$12,458
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,085 (85.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,631
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,862 (78.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,778
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 536 (14.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
243 (4.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,291

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
23,924 (85.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
16,852 (70.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
16,263 (96.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,235 (19.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$11,616
Need-Based Gift
Received by 13,435 (82.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,404
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 13,036 (80.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,444
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,383 (8.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
713 (2.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,056

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
66%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,568
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
5.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans, Short-term emergency loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
1,214
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
468
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
66
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
International Students, Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Public Servants, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
1,648
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,322
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agriculture, General
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Consumer Services and Advocacy
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • Geography
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  • Wildlife Biology
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Interdisciplinary studies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,419
Part-Time Faculty
594
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
55%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 1% of classes
10-19 students: 15% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 41% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 43% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 14% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,310,111
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
3233
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science in Communication Disorders, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Science, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Music, Master of Accountancy, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts, Master of Applied Geography, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Agricultural Education
  • Allied Health--General
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Conservation Biology
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Developmental Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Ethics
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Geography
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mass Communication
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Student Affairs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technical Communication
  • Theater
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Adult Education
  • Allied Health--General
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Developmental Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Marine Biology
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physical Therapy

Location and Setting


San Marcos Population
50,001
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Antonio, Austin
Campus Size
491 acres

Weather

Temperature
38.6 average low in January, 91.1 average high in September
Rain
85 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in San Marcos
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in San Marcos

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
20% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
80%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Emergency Notification System (electronic signs) within classrooms and offices

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bobcats
School Colors
Maroon and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Tennis x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Soccer    
Softball    
Tennis    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
equestrian sports, fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling
Men's Club Sports
equestrian sports, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, rock climbing, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, veterans alliance of texas state, texas state strutters (dance performance group), student foundation, sport clubs alliance, student association for campus activities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
34,180
Women
19,640 (57.5%)
Men
14,540 (42.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
28,019
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
37.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.2% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students.
0.5% from 49 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
4,486

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
77.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
26.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
47.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
54.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Average Starting Salary
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
10.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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