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Sul Ross State University Overview

Sul Ross State University is a public institution located in Alpine, Texas. Alpine is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Sul Ross State University Known For?

381 Undergraduate Awards
$28,450 Avg Cost After Aid
100% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Sul Ross is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.

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Sul Ross State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sul Ross.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Wildlife Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Most Popular Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#176 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Sul Ross State University?

Location of Sul Ross State University

Contact details for Sul Ross are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Hwy 90 East, Alpine, TX 79832
Phone: 432-837-8011

How Do I Get Into Sul Ross?

You can apply to Sul Ross online at:

Admission Requirements for Sul Ross

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Sul Ross?

100% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
Since Sul Ross has an acceptance rate of 100%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 99%, and the acceptance rate for women is 100%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to Sul Ross submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 395 and 520. Math scores were between 410 and 500.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Sul Ross State University  ( 395 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Sul Ross State University  ( 410 to 500 )
Sul Ross received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 14 and 20. Math scores were between 16 and 20. Composite scores were between 16 and 20.

ACT English Scores for Sul Ross State University  ( 14 to 20 )
ACT Math Scores for Sul Ross State University  ( 16 to 20 )
ACT Composite Scores for Sul Ross State University  ( 16 to 20 )

Can I Afford Sul Ross State University?

$28,450 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
14.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Sul Ross is $28,450. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Sul Ross, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $6,030 a year. That adds up to $24,120 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sul Ross is 14.7%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Sul Ross State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,179 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,849 undergraduate students at Sul Ross, with 1,179 being full-time and 670 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Sul Ross

There are also 557 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,179 full-time undergraduates at Sul Ross, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Sul Ross

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sul Ross State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sul Ross Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 90
Hispanic or Latino 721
White 314
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Sul Ross State University. At this time, 5 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 8 countries are represented at Sul Ross. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, Mexico, and China.

Online Learning at Sul Ross State University

920 Took All Classes Online
1,710 Took At Least One Class Online
436.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,710 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sul Ross has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 82nd most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Sul Ross

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sul Ross State University was 436.6%. This is the #156 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Sul Ross regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Sul Ross majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 14%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11%
General Education 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 7%
Special Education 25%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Sul Ross ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Sul Ross.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Animal Science #1
Wildlife Management #1
Natural Resources & Conservation #1
General English Literature #2
English Language & Literature #3
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #4
Health & Physical Education #4
Teacher Education Subject Specific #5
Educational Administration #13
Education #29
Business Administration & Management #41
Business, Management & Marketing #51

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Sul Ross State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 74 0 74
Criminal Justice & Corrections 51 10 61
Health & Physical Education 31 18 49
Educational Administration 0 37 37
Business Administration & Management 22 14 36
Student Counseling 0 33 33
General Psychology 33 0 33
Wildlife Management 12 17 29
General Business/Commerce 26 0 26
General Education 0 26 26
General Biology 22 1 23
History 14 4 18
Animal Science 10 7 17
Special Education 0 16 16
International Business 14 0 14
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 13 13
General English Literature 13 0 13
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 12
Computer Information Systems 10 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 4 10
Homeland Security 2 7 9
Mathematics 6 0 6
Romance Languages 4 0 4
Public Administration 0 4 4
Writing Studies 3 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 3
Industrial Production Technology 2 0 2
Natural Resource Management 2 0 2
Chemistry 2 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 2
Political Science & Government 2 0 2
Music 2 0 2
Nursing 1 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0
TOTAL 381 211 592


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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