Tarleton State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

Entrance to Tarleton State University
Entrance to Tarleton State University. Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons

Tarleton State University admits around half of applicants each year; while this may seem low, students with good grades and decent test scores have a good chance of being admitted. If your scores fall within or above the ranges posted below, and you have a B or better average, you are on track for admission. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, SAT or ACT scores, and transcripts of high school work.

For complete instructions and requirements, be sure to visit Tarleton's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

Tarleton State University Description:

Established in 1899, Tarleton State University is a public, four-year university and a member of the Texas A & M University system. The 173-acre main campus is located in Stephenville, Texas, about an hour away from Fort Worth. The university has outreach programs in Forth Worth, Midlothian Weatherford, and Waco as well as many online options. Tarleton offers over 65 undergraduate programs, over 20 graduate programs, and two associate degree programs. Professional fields in agriculture, nursing, and business are among the most popular majors, and the university can boast of the third largest agricultural program from non-land grant universities in the nation.

Academics at Tarleton are supported by a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Tarleton students have no difficulty staying active outside of the classroom: the campus is home to over 120 student clubs and organizations, as well as recreational sports such as Wallyball, disk golf, and rock climbing. On the intercollegiate front, the Tarleton State Texans compete in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference (LSC).

The university fields five men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports. One of the biggest organizations on campus is the Tarleton Rodeo Association, which has won six national championship titles. With 120 student members, Tarleton has one of the largest rodeo teams in the United States. 

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 13,049 (11,463 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 70% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,140 (in-state); $16,728 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,620
  • Other Expenses: $4,118
  • Total Cost: $20,078 (in-state); $29,666 (out-of-state)

Tarleton State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,735
    • Loans: $8,415

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Agriculture, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 43%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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