Texas State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Student Center at the University of Texas in San Marcos
The Student Center at the University of Texas in San Marcos.  TxStateFAN / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

With an acceptance rate of 71% in 2016, Texas State University is not a highly selective school. Applicants with good grades and test scores (within or above the ranges below) have a good chance of being admitted. Students interested in applying to the school will need to submit SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts, and an (optional) essay. Check with the school's website for complete instructions.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Texas State University Description:

Texas State University is a large public university located on a 457-acre main campus in San Marcos, Texas. San Marcos is a small city between Austin and San Antonio. The university owns an additional 5,038 acres that supports recreation, instruction, farming and ranching. Established in 1899, Texas State has grown significantly in recent decades. Today students can choose from 97 bachelor's degree programs and a similar number of graduate degree programs. Texas State wins high marks for the number of degrees it grants to Hispanic students. The university has a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Texas State Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university fields 14 Division I teams and competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 38,808 (34,244 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,605 (in-state); $21,029 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $810 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,110
  • Other Expenses: $3,060
  • Total Cost: $21,595 (in-state); $33,019 (out-of-state)

Texas State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,417
    • Loans: $5,995

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Criminal Justice, English, Finance, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Marketing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Texas State University Mission Statement:

"Texas State University-San Marcos is a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond."