Texas State University


Texas State University, officially called Texas State University-San Marcos, is a public university in the United States. As a member of the Texas State University System, it has an enrollment of about 34,113 students, and is the fifth largest university in the state of Texas.

The university was established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, and was renamed as Texas State University at San Marcos in the year 0f 2003. Its 457-acre main campus is located in San Marcos, Texas along the San Marcos River. At the same time, it also has a satellite campus, the Texas State University Round Rock Campus (RRC) in northern Austin.

Texas State University-San Marcos offers degrees in bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s certificate, master’s, and doctorate programs. Most of its classes hold between 20 to 29 students. Before graduation, undergraduates are required to take some core coursework including social sciences, history, sciences, humanities, mathematics, English, philosophy, and so on.

The mission of Texas State University-San Marcos is:

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.


Texas State University-San Marcos is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting organization for eleven states in the southeastern United States.


The university is composed of 10 colleges:

  1. College of Applied Arts
  2. Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
  3. College of Education
  4. College of Fine Arts and Communication
  5. The Graduate College
  6. College of Health Professions
  7. Honors College
  8. College of Liberal Arts
  9. College of Science and Engineering
  10. University College

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
  2. Business Administration and Management
  3. Health and Physical Education/Fitness
  4. Psychology
  5. Marketing/Marketing Management

Texas State University is among the top 50 in the list of 2012 Best West Regional Universities by US News & World Report, and was also ranked by the Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges.

With its 10 academic colleges, the university offers degrees in 97 bachelor programs, 87 master programs and 12 doctoral programs. It was designated an emerging research university in 2012 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


The application needs to be done online, with high school diploma required, and GED accepted. Standardized test score, class rank, application essay, secondary school record and other factors are taken into consideration during the admission.


The tuition and fees is USD 5,730 for in-state students and USD 15,030 for out-of-state students every academic year. It will take about USD 6,810 on room and board, and the book expense is about USD 1,050 on average.

A range of financial aids, including grants, work-study, loans, scholarships, and nonresident tuition and fee waivers are offered at Texas State University-San Marcos. The average cumulative indebtedness is USD 19,691.

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