Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University, or TSU, is located in Houston, United States. It was originally founded as the Texas State University for Negroes, on March 3, 1947 by the Texas Legislature. Before becoming a state university, Texas Southern University was owned by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and had been known as the Houston College for Negroes. The main campus sits on 150 acres of land. The university comprises of the following academic divisions:

  • Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
  • College of Continuing Education
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School
  • Jesse H. Jones School of Business
  • Tavis Smiley School of Communication
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law

TSU's official mascot is the Tiger, and the men's sports teams are known as the Tigers while the women's teams are called the Lady Tigers.

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Contacting Texas Southern

Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
Houston , TX 77004
General Phone: (713) 313-7011

Texas Southern Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management253business, business management, operations management, accounting, banking, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts130French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching100multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, school counseling, health teaching, industrial arts teaching, physical education teaching
Science97biology, toxicology, chemistry
Family and Social Work86family and consumer science, food and nutrition, child development, public administration, social work, social service professions
Media72communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Therapy and Counseling59psychology
Security and Law Enforcement58criminal justice and administration
Medical Administration51health care administration, medical records admin, environmental health
Medical Support and Technology36health service and sciences, respiratory care tech, clinical lab tech
Engineering Technician27civil engineering tech, electronics tech, biomedical tech, drafting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19health and physical education, dietitian
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science
Fine Arts9fine arts
Architecture and Planning8urban planning
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Transportation4aviation tech, aviation operations
Art Studies0visual and performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for Texas Southern in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree21231
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship255
Bachelor's degree80748
Doctor's degree - professional practice3072

Texas Southern Student Body

Texas Southern is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Texas Southern had a total enrollment of 9,540 students (4,520 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 3%
Black 84%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 18%
20-21 20%
22-24 25%
25-29 18%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
Washington, DC2%

Texas Southern Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 50 %
Part-Time 26 %

Texas Southern Room and Board (2007)

Texas Southern offers campus housing for 1,529 of its 4,520 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Houston, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Texas Southern Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal320430
SAT Math330430
SAT Writing340430
ACT Verbal1117
ACT Math1417
ACT Composite1317

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT62%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT44%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Texas Southern Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,401
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,831
Room and board $ 6,574
Books and supplies $ 1,228
Other expenses $ 3,202

Financial Aid:
Texas Southern participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 364200)

Texas Southern Faculty

Texas Southern has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3133
Non-tenured and not on tenure track8164

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year10$113,1092*
Associate professorcalendar year5$117,1591*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*6$92,599
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year19$111,34110$94,283

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$105,01711$96,688
Associate professoracademic year28$78,85827$82,891
Assistant professoracademic year38$67,37434$68,843
Instructoracademic year5$71,3694$62,895
Lectureracademic year78$55,29260$55,028
No academic rankacademic year3$33,0557$35,216
All faculty totalacademic year181$69,517143$66,029

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Texas Southern Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southwestern Athletic Conference
Basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Baseball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Track Southwestern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports47276

Texas Southern Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Texas Southern Apart:

Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%Texas Southern Minority % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 7%Texas Southern Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Texas Southern Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Texas Southern Number of degree programs
% of degrees in medical administration
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 11%Texas Southern % of degrees in medical administration
% of degrees in mathematics
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 12%Texas Southern % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in law
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Texas Southern % of degrees in law
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Texas Southern % of degrees in science
Salaries of full-time faculty
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 16%Texas Southern Salaries of full-time faculty
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Texas Southern Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Texas Southern % of degrees in family and social work
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Texas Southern Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Texas Southern % of degrees in medicine

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checked Remedial classes for students
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