Texas State University San Marcos

Texas State University San Marcos

Texas State University San Marcos, also known as Texas State University or simply as Texas State, is a doctoral degree granting university located in San Marcos, Texas. It is one of the largest institutions of the Texas State University System. In 2008, for the third consecutive year, Texas State was ranked in the top tier of master degree universities in the 15-state Western Region of the U.S. News ranking system. Texas State offers more than 100 bachelor degree, over 80 master degree, and more than five doctoral degree programs. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Applied Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science
  • Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration
  • Graduate College
  • University College

Texas State's official mascot is Boko the Bobcat and their sports teams are nicknamed the Bobcats.

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Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos , TX 78666
General Phone: (512) 245-2111

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Texas State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,610American studies, Asian studies, European studies, Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, comparative literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Business and Management1,166business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing, fashion merchandising
Media379mass communication, journalism, radio and television, public relations, advertising, recording arts tech, desktop publishing and imaging
Therapy and Counseling373psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, medical psychology, community health services, physical therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy358parks and recreation management, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Family and Social Work352family and consumer science, food and nutrition, human nutrition, family studies, public administration, social work
Education and Teaching346multilingual education, educational administration, adult ed administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, ...
Science259biology, biochemistry, botany, microbiology, bacteriology, zoology, animal physiology, wildlife biology, ecology, ...
Security and Law Enforcement247corrections, criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Design177design and visual communication, interior design, graphic design
Medical Administration153health care administration, health care facilities management, medical records admin
Medical Support and Technology123health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts103dance, drama
Computer Science and Engineering100computer and info science, computer programming
Conservation and Resource Management72conservation, environmental science, wetlands management, land use planning, wildlife management
Music63music, music performance, jazz
Fine Arts63fine arts
Engineering Technician62engineering technology, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, construction engineering tech
Mathematics60mathematics, applied mathematics
Agricultural Science and Management37agriculture, agricultural operations
Law35legal assistant
Architecture and Planning25urban planning
Engineering19industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering
Art Studies18art studies
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy
Animal Science and Care15animal science
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5,03395
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship95
Master's degree1,15367
Postbaccalaureate certificate305
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years71

Texas State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Texas State had a total enrollment of 28,121 students (24,854 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 5%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 18%
20-21 26%
22-24 29%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

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


Texas State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 63 %

Texas State Room and Board (2007)

Texas State offers campus housing for 7,031 of its 24,854 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 16 meals per week.

Texas State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470570
SAT Math490590
SAT Writing460560
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT24%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Texas State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,776
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,520
Room and board $ 6,960
Room charge $ 3,864
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,148
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,460

Financial Aid:
Texas State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 361500)

Texas State Faculty

Texas State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track121124
Non-tenured and not on tenure track110155

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year22$130,09410$129,012
Associate professorcalendar year1*3$106,010
All faculty totalcalendar year23$129,03013$123,703

*: 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 year170$86,51367$83,652
Associate professoracademic year93$71,19167$67,732
Assistant professoracademic year119$61,094132$57,048
Instructoracademic year2*3$30,355
Lectureracademic year104$42,021141$42,528
All faculty totalacademic year488$67,777410$57,953

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

Texas State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southland Conference
Basketball Southland Conference
Baseball Southland Conference
Track Southland Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports107484

Texas State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Land Use Planning and Management/Development
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design
Interior Design

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

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

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

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Animal Physiology
Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Population Biology
Wildlife Biology
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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