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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

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About This Campus

Over 38,000 students enjoy the river that runs through the scenic Texas State campus, known for strong programs in Geography, Psychology, Music, Theatre, and Communication/Media. 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 numerous outdoor activities such as swimming, glass-bottom boat rides, and on-campus tubing down the San Marcos River. San Marcos is five-six hours away from South Padre Island beach and Mexico. THE UNIVERSITY. Texas State opened its doors in 1903 and is the fifth largest university in Texas with 90 undergraduate majors in eight colleges. The 429-acre 'hill country' campus offers an ideal environment for a rewarding education.

Location Information

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 with a friendly, beautiful campus in the hill country. Commuters can travel between two major 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. Visit our NSE website for more information: http://www.txstate.edu/ucollege/programs/nse/incoming.html.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | San Marcos
Population | 63,071
Enrollment | 38,661
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/21-05/13

Campus Diversity

White | 45%
Black | 11%
Hispanic/Latino | 37%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 2%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
All upper-division business courses (ACCT, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT.) Sophomore-level ACCT & ECO courses ARE available. Sound recording technology, musical theatre 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 advanced theatre and art courses. Some theatre, music, dance, and studio art courses will be limited. An audition may be required for certain music courses. Student teaching, internships, and social work practicum courses all require prior approval from the departments. Prerequisites are enforced.

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. The TXST campus sits on the San Marcos river, an ideal area for water and sustainability research.
  • 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 - Ranked #15 undergraduate program in the country, TXST excels in Digital Media Innovation, Journalism, Advertising, and Public Relations.
  • Criminal Justice - Extensive courses in law enforcement, corrections, crisis and hostage negotiation are provided along with internship opportunities in large cities like Austin and San Antonio.
  • Theater - Texas State is ranked the best in Texas and among the best in the country in theatre. Access to Austin and South By Southwest provides many artistic opportunities.

Unique Academic Programs

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

Honors Access: Yes

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 Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, European Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Japanese 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: Civil 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

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

Languages: French, German, Japanese, Spanish

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


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Freshmen admitted at placement below 30 credit hours and/or below age 20 are required to live on campus. Students from Canada: Limited to two semesters. Must enroll in 12 hours per semester. Additional or fewer hours are not permitted. ALL incoming students will be required to submit proof of a meningitis vaccination before registering at Texas State.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 78.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/21/19.
  • Estimated cost: $5464.40.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 17
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/21/19.

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 $3683 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $485 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $60 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking-Commuter Fee $115 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Students must have health insurance, either from home or obtained at Texas State for a 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 $688 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (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:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003615

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

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/21/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 18% living on campus
  • Apartment: $3734
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $400-1000
  • Proximity to campus: Less than a mile (on bus route)
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
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 $2817-4995 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, unless exchanging one semester. Off-campus options (near campus or on the bus route): https://www.reslife.txstate.edu/OffCampusLiving.html. Note that 5-month off-campus contracts may be difficult to find, but an all-year exchange offers plentiful off-campus options.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Bobcat Village apartments has kitchens. You can also purchase a commuter dining plan if living off campus, and can build your own meal plan. If living in a hall, the most popular meal plan is the Silver Plan. Visit this site for rates: https://www.dineoncampus.com/txstate/for-oncampus-students

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