Texas State University in San Marcos

San Marcos, TX

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Texas State University offers 591-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 23:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 73%. The most popular test is SAT - 70% of students submitted it in comparison to 28% of students who submitted ACT. 43.4% are women, and 56.6% are men. 1% percents of international students. Texas State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Texas State University is 13363$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $15930 and $20710 per year. 56% of full-time Texas State University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $43,400, 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 Texas 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, Texas State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,149
$30,001 - $48,000$10,894
$48,001 - $75,000$14,578
$75,001 - $110,000$17,856

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA

Neither required nor recommended:

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



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5230

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


16337 of Texas State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 51 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Texas State University number 8 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Texas.

Students at Texas 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

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

Prepaid tuition 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.

Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

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 Texas State University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering 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


Texas State University graduation rate is above the national average.

56% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Texas 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 an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account 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 educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA

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

Texas State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 3% only.


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 Texas State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 5% only.


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 Texas State University full-time retention rate is 78% and part-time retention rate is 68%.

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 counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has 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 Texas State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1370 - 1650

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 460 - 560
Math: 470 - 560
Writing: 440 - 530

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

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


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 19 - 25
Math: 20 - 25
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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

For the High School Class of 2017:
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 Texas State University is 23:1, that means that for every 23 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 601 University Dr address in San Marcos, 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 a part of Texas State University with 0.16% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Texas State University offers 591 programs in total: 276 are for Bachelor's degree, 225 - for Master's degree, 60 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 27 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 , Master's degree and Postbaccalaureate certificate programs offered. Texas State University is one of the few institutions in Texas that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance learning programs that are offered in the Texas State University: 3 are for 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.


Texas State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 27958 students with 838729 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3422 with 82137 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 426 students.

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Texas State University is a public research university located in San Marcos, Texas, United States. Established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, it opened in 1903 to 303 students. Since that time it has grown into the largest institution in the Texas State University System and the fifth-largest university in the state of Texas with an enrollment of over 38,000 students for the 2017 fall semester. It has 10 colleges and about 50 schools and departments. Texas State is classified as a research university with higher research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an emerging research university by the State of Texas.The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Faculty from the various college have consistently been given Fulbright Scholars rants resulting in Texas State being recognized as one of the top producing universities of Fulbright Scholars.The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, graduated from the institution in 1930.Texas State's main campus consists of 245 buildings on 492 acres (1.99 km2) of hilly land along the San Marcos River. It also has a satellite campus that started as a multi-institution teaching center offering undergraduate and graduate programs at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus(RRC) in the greater north Austin area. The university operates the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, a 58 acre technology commercialization and applied research facility.The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State is the largest forensics research facility in the world.Texas State University's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known as the Bobcats, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Sun Belt Conference.

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If you are coming from out of state, please don't waste your money. Go to a school like A&M instead. They say Texas is the friendliest state in the nation, but this place made me fail to see that. This school is full of people that need to get their head out of their behind. You can feel the smug in the air over here. Not to mention that it's so over-rated. Parking sucks if you're a commuter, there are more commuters than on-campus students, yet they get to have more parking spaces than commuters (just to show you that this school doesn't care about you, all they care about is how much you pay them). I've been here for one year and am glad am leaving this place behind.

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Overall Rating:

Ah, texas state. A case study for what happens when administrative bloat forces the various colleges to choose between a full staff of professors and a competent staff of professors.Trauth and that board of directors needs to be thrown out on their worthless butts, and their names dragged through the mud where it belongs. Not one of them show any care for the students beyond the cash they can deliver at the beginning of each semester. Furthermore, each time a crisis arises, they simply use the excuse to add another administrator, advisor, or contract out a third party company (please someone look into who's getting those kickbacks) which draws an undeserved price-tag and means another 6figure income for someone who will just treat the student body as bothersome children.In the words of a former drill sgt. they seem to be stuck on stupid.

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The financial aid department is literally so unprofessional. They ask for documents that you have already submitted and take months to review and then ask for even more. They are inconsistent with their rules. I ask one person if I need to submit something and they say yes and then I ask someone else and they say no. I would HIGHLY recommend staying FAR AWAY from this university!!! Everything sucks from the rec center that is closed so many times when their schedule says they are open, to financial aid, to the crappy bus system!!!! Oh and on top of all of this, they love racism!! Look up what happened with the University Star Newspaper regarding racism towards white people that got published. This school is a sad excuse for a University and I will be so glad when I am graduated and will NEVER have to deal with them again!

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Overall Rating:

Best college in Texas. Pricing is better than most schools and the classroom sizes are smaller. The campus is beautiful and great staff. If you follow the rules and turn in the assignments you won’t have any issues. The location of this school is perfect. This is a school you must visit before making your decision.

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Location & Website

Address: 601 University Dr


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5122452111

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: txstate.edu

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