Texas State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Texas State University

Texas State University is a public research institution situated in San Marcos, Texas. Students can select from 93 bachelor’s degree programs and a similar number of graduate degree programs. The institution has a 22-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Texas State Bobcats play in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The institution sponsors 14 Division I teams and plays in the Sun Belt Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 38,644 (34,187 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male/58 percent female
  • 82 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,257 (in-state); $23,917 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $10,602
  • Other Expenses: $2,470
  • Total Cost: $25,129 (in-state); $37,789 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60 percent
    • Loans: 62 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,471
    • Loans: $9,479

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

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

Overview of Texas State University Admissions

Texas State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Texas State University had an acceptance rate of 46%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 78 students gained admission, making Texas State’s admissions process moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 74% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Texas State’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. On the evidence-based reading and writing part, 50% of students scored between 510 and 600, while 25% scored under 510, and 25% scored over 600. On the math part, 50% of students scored between 500 and 580, while 25% scored under 500, and 25% scored over 580. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1180 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Texas State.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 25% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Texas State’s students score within the top 49% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Texas State received a cumulative ACT score between 20 and 26, while 25% scored over 26, and 25% scored under 20.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Texas State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Texas State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Texas State University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Coastal Carolina University, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Texas State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Texas State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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