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Texas Southern University Overview

Located in Houston, Texas, Texas Southern University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Texas Southern University Known For?

1,120 Undergraduate Awards
$28,793 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at TSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 66% of the faculty were full-time.

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Texas Southern 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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Urban & Regional Planning Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Pharmacology & Toxicology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Most Popular Communication & Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Highest Paid Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Graduates College Factual
#14 Highest Paid Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduates College Factual
#37 Highest Paid Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduates College Factual
#40 Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates College Factual

Where Is Texas Southern University?

Location of Texas Southern University

Contact details for TSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-313-7011
Website: www.tsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texassouthernuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TexasSouthern

How Do I Get Into TSU?

You can apply to TSU online at: www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX

Admission Requirements for TSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript recommended
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into TSU?

67% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
72% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at TSU is 67%, 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 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 72% of students accepted to TSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 357 and 452. Math scores were between 360 and 460.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 357 to 452 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 360 to 460 )
200
800
TSU received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 12 and 18. Math scores were between 15 and 18. Composite scores were between 15 and 19.

ACT English Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 12 to 18 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 15 to 18 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 15 to 19 )
1
36

Can I Afford Texas Southern University?

$28,793 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
7.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of TSU is $28,793. 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 TSU, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $6,512 a year. That adds up to $26,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at TSU is 7.0%. 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.

Texas Southern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,032 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,092 undergraduate students at TSU, with 6,032 being full-time and 1,060 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,942 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,032 full-time undergraduates at TSU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  TSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Texas Southern University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of TSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 78
Black or African American 4,965
Hispanic or Latino 465
White 73
International Students 278
Other Races/Ethnicities 173

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Texas Southern University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 59 countries are represented at TSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Kuwait.

Online Learning at Texas Southern University

471 Took All Classes Online
2,904 Took At Least One Class Online
15.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,904 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 91st 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 TSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Texas Southern University was 15.6%. This is the #1,054 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at TSU regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 8%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 4%

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

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Administration #35
Public Administration & Social Service #83
Criminal Justice & Corrections #148
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #164
Business Administration & Management #317
Business, Management & Marketing #398

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%.

Texas Southern University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Law 0 0 178 178
Business Administration & Management 81 67 0 148
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 97 97
Finance & Financial Management 94 0 0 94
General Biology 82 5 0 87
Criminal Justice & Corrections 63 7 4 74
Public Administration 7 63 0 70
Health & Medical Administrative Services 57 12 0 69
Liberal Arts General Studies 67 0 0 67
General Psychology 47 9 0 56
Accounting 46 0 0 46
Marketing 46 0 0 46
Health & Physical Education 25 21 0 46
Health Sciences & Services 42 0 0 42
Social Work 41 0 0 41
Management Information Systems 16 21 0 37
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 35 0 0 35
Communication & Media Studies 9 25 0 34
Computer Information Systems 33 0 0 33
Computer Engineering Technology 27 0 0 27
Civil Engineering 26 0 0 26
Journalism 23 0 0 23
Electrical Engineering 22 0 0 22
Electronics Engineering Technology 21 0 0 21
History 14 7 0 21
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21 0 0 21
Industrial Production Technology 18 0 0 18
Student Counseling 0 14 3 17
Political Science & Government 17 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 15 0 0 15
Sociology 11 4 0 15
General English Literature 7 6 0 13
General Family & Consumer Sciences 10 3 0 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 13 0 0 13
Air Transportation 13 0 0 13
Civil Engineering Technology 12 0 0 12
Chemistry 8 4 0 12
Educational Administration 0 7 4 11
Mathematics 11 0 0 11
Other Public Administration 0 11 0 11
Urban & Regional Planning 0 4 6 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 7 3 10
Computer Science 0 10 0 10
Legal Research 0 10 0 10
Writing Studies 8 0 0 8
Music 8 0 0 8
Romance Languages 6 0 0 6
Public Health 6 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 6 0 0 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 3 3
Homeland Security 3 0 0 3
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 0 2
Physics 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 1,120 317 298 1,735

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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