Profile: Texas State University

Fast Facts

Location:San Marcos
On Campus:17%
  • Fall 08/28-12/15
  • Spring 01/17-5/10

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Campus Diversity
0%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
2%Two or more races

Campus Profile

Over 38,000 students enjoy the river that runs through the Texas State campus and the college-friendly city of San Marcos, conveniently located between Austin and San Antonio. A short drive to Austin provides commuters access to the Texas capitol and the library of former president Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texas State graduate. Ideal for music, stage and screen lovers, the "Live Music Capital of the World" hosts the famous South by Southwest festival, while Sixth Street provides year-round entertainment. Visitors to San Marcos participate in outdoor activities such as swimming and on-campus tubing down the San Marcos River. San Marcos is a 45 minute drive from San Antonio and five-six hours from South Padre Island beach and Mexico.

THE UNIVERSITY. Texas State opened its doors in 1903 and is the fourth largest university in Texas with 131 majors in eight colleges. With prominent faculty, the 429-acre 'hill country' campus offers an ideal environment for a rewarding education

Campus Location - Texas State University is located in the fastest growing city in the United States, according to the U.S. Census. San Marcos is a college-friendly city situated between Austin and San Antonio. Commuters can travel between all three cities within an hour and a half. Expect about a 30-minute commute from Austin to Texas State, and 45 minutes from San Antonio. The Travel Channel's #1 featured waterpark is just 15 miles away, and on-campus tubing and swimming occurs year-round.

Helpful Information - Please note the competitive subjects and plan alternate course choices accordingly. NSE students are encouraged to live off campus, within walking distance or on the bus route (exceptions are freshmen.) On-campus housing options are available, but apply early. Students are required to have health insurance while on exchange and proof of a meningitis vaccination may be required. Texas State University is a friendly, beautiful campus in the hill country with access to many water activities.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Animal Sciences, Farm and Ranch Management, Horticulture, Land Resources, Mechanized Agriculture, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology

Area Studies: African Studies, Asian/Oriental Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Popular Culture, Russian Studies, Southwest Studies, U.S. - Mexico Border Health Issues

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Studio Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Advertising, International Business, Public Administration, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Print Media, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Communication Technology, Writing/Editing

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Economics and Resource Management, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Corrections, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences

Education: Bilingual, Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: French, German, Japanese (some courses), Spanish

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Cartography, City Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Physical Geography, Planning, Regional Analysis/Planning, Urban Planning

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Dietetics, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Promotion, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Records Administration and Services, Public Health, Respiratory Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Wellness

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Education, Industrial Technology, Industrial Technology Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Computer Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies: Popular Culture

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Medieval/Renaissance Studies: Medieval/Renaissance Studies

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Music: Bluegrass and Country Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Choral Music, Dance, Design/Technical, Directing, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Recreation, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Social Work, Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs
All upper-division business courses (ACCT, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT.) Freshman and sophomore-level ACCT, ECO, BLAW courses ARE available. Sound recording technology and nursing are closed.

Highly competitive (and limited) biology, chemistry, physics, art, health, and physical education (AT/ESS) courses, these cannot be guaranteed. An audition or portfolio may be required for some theatre and art courses. An audition may be required for music majors. Student teaching, internships, and social work practicum courses all require prior approval from the departments.

Notable Academic Programs
Geography - Texas State is listed as the Number #1 Geography program in the nation in many national Geographic journals. Texas State offers unique courses in GIS, Water Resources, Urban & Regional Planning, plus Resource & Environmental Studies.
Music - Texas State offers Music Performance, Music Studies, Jazz Studies, and more. The proximity to Austin allows musicians to perform in the Live Music Capital of the World and attend South By Southwest in the spring.
Mass Communication - A large and prominent program in Electronic Media, Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations provides students with many areas of Mass Communication knowledge and experience.
Criminal Justice - Extensive courses in law enforcement, corrections, crisis negotiation are provided along with internship opportunities in large cities like Austin and San Antonio.
Educational Studies - Texas State is formerly a Teacher's College and we provide the state of Texas with many teachers per capita than other universities. Texas State is a strong institution in education studies.

Unique Academic Programs
Water Management - A unique program for Geography majors.
Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management - For Geography majors and minors.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/5/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $300 Year Plan A & B Optional
Health Service Fee: $10 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $1,000 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee: $485 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $60 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking-Bobcat Village Fee: $265 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking-Perimeter Fee: $115 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Students must have health insurance, either from home or obtained at Texas State for a nominal fee. The $10.00 Health Service Fee is for the meningitis vaccination upload (if needed.)

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 003615

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
On-campus housing is required for students below age 20 with fewer than 30 credit hours. Mostly freshmen live in residence halls on campus. Those with 30+ hours have limited TXST owned housing options, but they include residence halls on campus and Bobcat Village apartments on the campus bus route. Rates vary from $2695-4893 depending on room style. A full year housing contract is binding if residing the full year. Suggest submitting an application early. Previous NSE students recommend off-campus housing. Off-campus options (near campus or on the bus route):

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
Bobcat Village apartments has kitchens. You can also purchase a commuter dining plan if living off campus, you can build your own meal plan. If living in a hall, the most popular meal plan is the 150 block for $1196.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.