#7 Best Public Universities in Texas

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

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Texas State University overview
Location San Marcos, Texas
Online txstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Texas State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Texas State University, located in San Marcos, Texas, offers a diverse educational atmosphere approximately 30 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio, nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Founded in 1899, it has grown into a large public research institution, known for its commitment to innovative teaching and research. The university campus is characterized by its hillside setting, which incorporates the San Marcos River, and features a mix of historic and modern architecture, including its distinctive red-roofed buildings. Texas State provides a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on areas such as geography, music, and teacher education programs. On-campus housing is available, with a variety of residential halls and living communities to accommodate its student population. The application process at Texas State University is considered to have a moderate level of selectivity. While not solely defined by its athletic program, Texas State competes in NCAA Division I as the Bobcats, with a particular recognition in sports such as football and baseball.

In the most recent statistical year 28,908 prospective students applied, and 25,353 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 7,604 enrolled in the school.  30,299 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 7,872 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,606 plus fees of $2,529. Texas State is ranked 667 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Texas State is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Texas State University overview
SAT 980/1180
ACT 19/26
Estimated GPA 3.38

Applications Accepted

Texas State University overview
Applications Due Jun 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend

Texas Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Texas State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$790
Other Fees$2,529
Room and Board $11,460
Budget for Other Expenses$3,610
Total One Year Cost$26,995

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Texas State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$790
Other Fees$2,529
Room and Board $11,460
Budget for Other Expenses$3,610
Total One Year Cost$38,419

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Texas State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
General Studies 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 8%
Communication 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228459 IPEDS survey data for Texas State University.

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