Tarleton State University in Stephenville

Stephenville, TX

(Rating 1.8 based on 5 reviews)

Tarleton State University offers 319-degree programs and 33 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 53%. The most popular test is SAT - 74% of students submitted it in comparison to 59% of students who submitted ACT. 39.4% are women, and 60.6% are men. 1% percents of international students. Tarleton State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Tarleton State University is 15210$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $11116 and $17952 per year. 44% of full-time Tarleton State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $40,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Tarleton State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Tarleton State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$12,403
$30,001 - $48,000$13,947
$48,001 - $75,000$16,241
$75,001 - $110,000$17,268

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 3380

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


6470 of Tarleton State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 63 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Tarleton State University number 42 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Texas.

Students at Tarleton State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition payment plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Tarleton State University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Tarleton State University graduation rate is below the national average.

44% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Tarleton State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Tarleton State University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 17%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Tarleton State University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 15%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Tarleton State University full-time retention rate is 66% and part-time retention rate is 63%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Tarleton State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1250 - 1550

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 420 - 520
Math: 430 - 530
Writing: 400 - 500

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Tarleton State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
18 - 23

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 16 - 22
Math: 17 - 23
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

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For the High School Class of 2016:
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Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Tarleton State University is 19:1, that means that for every 19 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Tarleton State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Tarleton State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Texas.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1333 W. Washington address in Stephenville, Texas.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Tarleton State University with 0.24% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

The percentage of crimes on Tarleton State University - Hickman Building - Fort Worth

The campus located by 6777 Camp Bowie Suite 5000 address in Fort Worth, Texas.


Tarleton State University - Hickman Building - Fort Worth in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Tarleton State University with 0.01% of maximum crimes a year. The only type of crimes detected on Tarleton State University - Hickman Building - Fort Worth is forcible sex offense.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Tarleton State University offers 319 programs in total: 232 are for Bachelor's degree, 78 - for Master's degree, 6 - for Associate's degree, and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 471 universities in Texas state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree. Tarleton State University is one of the few institutions in Texas that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 33 distance learning programs that are offered in the Tarleton State University: 21 are for Bachelor's degree and 12 are Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Texas state average data to help you compare.


Tarleton State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 9052 students with 271570 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1001 with 24012 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Tarleton State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Amazing school.... I am considered a distance learner here at the satellite campus in Waco Tx... I completed my bachelor's in criminal justice August 2011 I enjoyed the curriculum so much & my instructors that I have returned to complete my master's degree here, set to graduate December 2017 (graduated May 2018 with Masters of Criminal Justice)... for those students who say they did not or have not had a pleasant experience I do not possibly understand why, the staff is always helpful & if not ask for a supervisor....education at a university level is not handed to you it is a must that one grasp a understanding of their learning environment & set realistic goals! As one of my instructors once told me “no one will ever ask you how long it took to obtain your degree, they just want to no you have it!” Wishing everyone the best of luck!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Paid for a 2 person dorm in Integrety. When we got there the room was not what we paid for. They put my son in a handicap room with no cabinets and no storage space. They totally misrepresented the room when they post pics of it on line. We tried to talk to the housing coordinator who told us we would have to wait for another room and that would be about a month. I was told to call the housing office and when I did I was told I had to speak to the housing coordinator in the dorm. Total runaround, unfriendly, not caring at all. I ask about getting our money back and she said that is not possible. They let students run everything and they have no clue how to handle issues like this. If I could give them a zero I would!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The Masters of Science in Information Systems is poorly developed. Dr. Nagy teaches the mandatory starter class, and he was very unorganized. He grades items incorrectly, created unorganized and misspelled notes, and his quizzes were poorly written.Also, he made our group project consult his friends yoga studio and yacht brokerage. Hardly a community use of State resources.I would strongly suggest reviewing other schools before choosing this one. There are many other State Universities that are affordable, employ better professors, and better organized. Even Tarleton's website is a hot mess.Trust me, run - I'm glad I did. At least the class I took transferred to another State University. Some of my classmates had to stay because they have invested too much time and only six hours will transfer to another Master's Degree.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

UPDATE: I was told that career services had been developed since 2014 so I began my masters here... they only changed the name of the website. They did get a new president which I have no earthly idea what he has done because this is the biggest waste of money. You still get the same answer in career services or any department there, “go check online.” It is sad for the great professors here that all the current student reviews mentioned. They deserve better and so do alumni.Past post (2014) The reason I gave it two stars is strictly because of the good professors there. As alumni I will even admit, this school has absolutely nothing else going for it. They have untrained teenage kids handling all your paperwork with HORRIFIC customer service. The most common phrase you hear when you interrupt their cellphone time by asking them a question is, it's online. The career services department is very underdeveloped, do not expect assistance finding a career after graduation. The most you will get is help developing a Tarleton version of linkedin. This school is a joke for serious adults and anyone wanting to be more than a teacher or nurse in a small town.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The only thing that's keeping me from giving it a zero is the fact that I can't do that and the fact that there are some nice people, but you have to fit in certain niches in order to go here. VERY UNORGANIZED! I can't express that enough. And in addition most people DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING in administration and registrar. I had to quite literally BATTLE them FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER just to re-enroll because they wanted to put charges against me which didn't apply to me and simply they didn't understand what I was saying to them. If you don't know, don't work in a position like that. Simple as that. I'm glad that I'm leaving after this semester because I have a very low tolerance for idiots. This place is crawling with them. In addition to having to battle them for the entire summer and just barely managing to squeeze into the Fall Semester, I felt very ridiculed and discriminated against because I had to push back on them. For example, I went in person to ask for a Q-Drop for one of my courses I was taking (because me and my determined self I thought I could do it but I simply couldn't) and they tried to push me out the door saying that I could do it online. Of course I know I can do it online but at least I took the time out of my day to go in person and ask you which leads me to another point: They simply do not like dealing with people on a day to day basis. That's how I feel at least. On top of that, they say they accommodate to the disabled to which they really don't do so. I had a friend who was disabled, just about everything was hard for them to access especially the website [which is where all the professors post everything btw]. So yeah, Tarleton said they are a disabled-friendly school just to attract some more people when in all reality they could care less about you and your quality of education. They truly only care about how many freshman they can rake in. And they are not family-oriented school like they claim.Overall, practice what you preach. If you very heavily claim you're a family oriented school but you're really not, don't say that you are. If you say you also accommodate to the disabled but don't, do not say that you do accommodate just to bring in more money. IF YOU DECEIVE IN GENERAL, IT'S WRONG. And if you don't know what you're doing or don't want to deal with people, well then you shouldn't have applied for a job in registrar or administration right?

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1333 W. Washington


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2549689000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: tarleton.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

Admissions office: Go to the page

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