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Tarleton State University Overview

Tarleton State University is a public institution located in Stephenville, Texas. The location of Tarleton is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Tarleton State University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$23,800 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Tarleton is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Tarleton.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Tarleton with a bachelor's degree make about $49,993 a year. That's 23% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Where Is Tarleton State University?


Contact details for Tarleton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
Phone: 254-968-9000

How Do I Get Into Tarleton?

You can apply to Tarleton online at:

Admission Requirements for Tarleton

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into Tarleton?

57% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Tarleton is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 52%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Tarleton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 490 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 470 to 560 )
Tarleton received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 22. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 16 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 17 to 23 )

Can I Afford Tarleton State University?

$23,800 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Tarleton is $23,800. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Tarleton, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $9,720 a year. That adds up to $38,880 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tarleton is 2.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Tarleton State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,567 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,666 undergraduate students at Tarleton, with 8,567 being full-time and 3,099 being part-time.


There are also 2,329 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,567 full-time undergraduates at Tarleton, 36% are male and 64% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 496
Hispanic or Latino 1,854
White 5,667
International Students 58
Other Races/Ethnicities 426

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Tarleton State University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 33 countries are represented at Tarleton. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nepal, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Tarleton State University

6,360 Took All Classes Online
11,413 Took At Least One Class Online
142.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 11,413 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 19th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Tarleton

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tarleton State University was 142.8%. This is the #348 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Tarleton regardless of major.

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%.


*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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