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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?

2,570 Undergraduate Awards
$25,142 Avg Cost After Aid
50% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Tarleton.
  • In 2017-2018, 59% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Tarleton bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $42,500 a year. That's about 4% more than their peers at other schools.

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Tarleton State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Tarleton has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#97 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#214 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Value General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Tarleton has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#17 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#20 Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#20 Best Value Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#28 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#30 Highest Paid Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduates College Factual
#58 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Tarleton State University?

Location of Tarleton State University

Contact details for Tarleton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, TX 76401-0000
Phone: 254-968-9000
Website: www.tarleton.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tarletonstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/tarletonstate

How Do I Get Into Tarleton?

You can apply to Tarleton online at: www.tarleton.edu/admissions/index.html

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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Tarleton?

50% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
63% Submit SAT Scores
Tarleton has an acceptance rate of 50%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 48%, and the acceptance rate for women is 52%.

Average Test Scores

About 63% 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 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 470 to 560 )
200
800
Tarleton received ACT scores from 54% 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 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 16 to 22 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 17 to 23 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Tarleton State University  ( 18 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford Tarleton State University?

$25,142 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
7.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Tarleton is $25,142. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Tarleton, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $9,885 a year. That adds up to $39,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tarleton is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Tarleton State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,211 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,350 undergraduate students at Tarleton, with 8,211 being full-time and 3,139 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Tarleton

There are also 1,816 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,211 full-time undergraduates at Tarleton, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Tarleton

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Tarleton Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 100
Black or African American 578
Hispanic or Latino 1,727
White 5,357
International Students 49
Other Races/Ethnicities 400

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

1,004 Took All Classes Online
1,878 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at Tarleton. In 2017-2018, 1,878 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.

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This school is the 22nd 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 Tarleton

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tarleton State University was -3.9%. This is the #2,419 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Tarleton regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 44%
Business Administration & Management 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 17%
Computer Information Systems 39%
Education 27%
Educational Administration 31%
Engineering Technologies 15%
Human Resource Management 2%
Industrial Production Technology 18%
Public Administration 68%
Public Administration & Social Service 27%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Tarleton 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 Tarleton.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Agricultural Public Services #6
Quality Control Technology #22
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #38
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services #60
Information Science #61
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #62
General English Literature #66
Public Administration #107
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #119
English Language & Literature #123
Human Resource Management #160
General Psychology #167
Engineering Technologies #187
General Business/Commerce #205
Computer Information Systems #212
Teacher Education Subject Specific #213
Psychology #226
Public Administration & Social Service #232
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #236
Educational Administration #266
Criminal Justice & Corrections #447
Computer & Information Sciences #465

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%.

Tarleton State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 307 0 0 307
General Business/Commerce 0 269 0 0 269
Health & Physical Education 0 177 39 0 216
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 179 23 0 202
Nursing 0 182 5 0 187
Business Administration & Management 0 60 110 0 170
General Psychology 0 148 0 0 148
General Agriculture 0 126 11 0 137
Accounting 0 89 18 0 107
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 93 0 0 93
Social Work 0 64 28 0 92
Communication & Media Studies 0 69 10 0 79
Animal Science 0 78 0 0 78
General Biology 0 73 4 0 77
Computer Information Systems 0 72 0 0 72
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 40 31 1 0 72
Industrial Production Technology 0 68 0 0 68
Human Resource Management 0 20 45 0 65
Wildlife Management 0 60 0 0 60
Educational Administration 0 0 34 25 59
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 54 0 54
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 47 0 0 47
Marketing 0 41 0 0 41
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 30 0 30
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 29 0 29
History 0 23 3 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 23 0 0 23
Public Administration 0 0 22 0 22
General English Literature 0 16 5 0 21
Political Science & Government 0 19 0 0 19
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 18 0 0 18
Finance & Financial Management 0 17 0 0 17
Construction Engineering Technology 0 17 0 0 17
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 14 0 0 14
Computer Science 0 13 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 7 6 0 13
International Business 0 12 0 0 12
Romance Languages 0 11 0 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 0 4 7 0 11
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 10 0 10
Quality Control Technology 0 0 10 0 10
Music 0 10 0 0 10
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 9 0 0 9
Sociology 0 9 0 0 9
Information Science 0 0 8 0 8
Allied Health Professions 0 0 8 0 8
Civil Engineering 0 7 0 0 7
Mechanical Engineering 0 7 0 0 7
Chemistry 0 7 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 6
Student Counseling 0 0 5 0 5
Electrical Engineering 0 5 0 0 5
Environmental Engineering 0 5 0 0 5
Public Health 0 5 0 0 5
Physics 0 4 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 0 3 0 0 3
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 2 0 0 2
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 2 0 0 2
Human Development & Family Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 0 0 0
Agricultural Production 0 0 0 0 0
Horticulture 0 0 0 0 0
Plant Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Zoology 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 40 2,530 525 25 3,120

References

*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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