Texas State University - San Marcos is an institution of secondary education located in Texas hill country, equidistance between Austin and San Antonio. The San Marcos River runs nearby the main campus of Texas State, which has abundant trees, making it a beautiful setting. Students enjoy many outdoor activities in the area around the main campus, which is situated on 457 acres.
The Aquarena Center at Texas State is located alongside the large springs in Texas, which feed the San Marcos River. These springs support abundant aquatic life and eight endangered species, making Texas State and excellent place to study aquatic ecosystems and species.
The San Marcos campus of Texas State also has 5,038 additional acres around the area. Texas State offers roughly 100 undergraduate and 97 graduate degrees. The student population at Texas State is quite diverse, with 35 percent being ethnic minorities.
In 1899, the Texas Legislature authorized Texas State University. It first opened its doors in 1903, functioning as a teacher preparation school under the name of "Southwest Texas State Normal School." The school's name changed several times over the years, finally becoming Texas State University-San Marcos in 2003.
Texas State University's first building was the castle-like Old Main, built in 1903 when the campus opened its doors.
Texas State University - San Marcos follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters, as well as two shorter summer sessions that offer evening and weekend classes.
Colleges and Schools
Texas State University - San Marcos has nine academic colleges:
- Applied Arts
- McCoy College of Business Administration
- Fine Arts and Communication
- Health Professions
- Liberal Arts
- Science and Engineering
- University College
- Graduate College
Texas State University - San Marcos offers many on-campus housing options, with assistance provided by the Department of Housing and Residential Life.
There are many student clubs and organizations for students to get involved in at Texas State. With everything from Greek Life (fraternities and sororities) to political groups or major-specific organizations, there is something available for everyone. The university also offers many student activities and services, including Study Abroad programs, the Associated Student Government, University Radio Station, Career Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, a Student Health Center, a variety of intramural sports teams, and more.
The Texas State "Bobcats" teams compete in many intercollegiate athletics, including:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
In addition to Texas State University's main San Marcos campus on the banks of the San Marcos River, the university also has a campus in Round Rock, Texas. This campus is The Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC), which is often called "Texas State - Round Rock." On this campus students can attend upper-level courses for bachelor's degrees or masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. For lower-level courses, students may attend the nearby Austin Community College and Temple College at Taylor. If a student completes his/her degree requirements at the Texas State - Round Rock campus, the degree will officially be earned from Texas State University - San Marcos.
Prospective students of Texas State University - San Marcos are encouraged to attend a one-day program held on Saturdays called a "Bobcat Day" to learn all the university and surrounding community have to offer.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Texas State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at Texas State University is around 38,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 15% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $75 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range estimates:
- In-State Tuition: $7,000-$8,400
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $18,000-$21,540
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $380-$450 per unit
- Out-of-State: $770-$920 per unit
- Some programs may have tuition rates locked at the first year rate for up to five years.
- May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||79%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||64%||$7,724|
|Receiving Student Loans||61%||$6,060|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Texas State University may provide student services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assistance to find work
The overall graduation rate of Texas State is close to 57%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||30%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||20%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||7%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program
- Dietetics Program
- Graduate Teacher Education Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Music Program
- Radiation Therapist Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
Texas State is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Sun Belt Conference)
- Basketball (Sun Belt Conference)
- Track and Field (Sun Belt Conference)
- Football (Sun Belt Conference)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Texas State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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