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Texas Southern University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Texas Southern University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Texas Southern University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Texas Southern University was awarded 3 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked TSU as #1,419 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when TSU held the #1,443 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 80 colleges in Texas, TSU is ranked at #63.

See all of the rankings for Texas Southern University.

Is It Hard to Get Into TSU?

Acceptance Rate

Texas Southern University has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for TSU.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for Texas Southern University  ( 15 to 19 )

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Texas Southern University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Texas Southern University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access student will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Texas Southern University is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Texas Southern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Texas Southern University this rate is 57%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  57 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at TSU is 5%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  5 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at TSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,967 undergraduates at TSU with 6,695 being full-time and 1,272 being part-time.

TSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

TSU scored 45.45 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  45.45 out of 100
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How Much Does Texas Southern University Cost?

The overall average net price of TSU is $19,676. 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.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of TSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 TSU, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $6,303 a year. That adds up to $25,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at TSU is 8.8%. 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.

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How Much Money Do TSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from TSU make about $31,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 23% less that the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Texas Southern University make the most money.

Location of Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University is a public institution situated in Houston, Texas. Houston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

Texas Southern University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 54 majors graduated from Texas Southern University. Of these students, 974 received undergraduate degrees and 672 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 78 $34,400
Finance & Financial Management 74 $28,600
Health & Medical Administrative Services 66 $31,200
Accounting 56 $34,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 50 $31,000
General Biology 47 $25,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 47 $35,100
Health Sciences & Services 40 $22,300
Marketing 33 $34,100
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 31 $18,300

Learn more about the majors offered at Texas Southern University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at TSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,904 students took at least one online class at Texas Southern University. This is an increase from the 2,642 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,904 471
2016-2017 2,642 466
2015-2016 1,474 284
2014-2015 1,689 293
2013-2014 1,196 292

Learn more about online learning at Texas Southern University.

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