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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

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  1. Ranked #6 best university for Hispanic students
  2. Ranked top 10% in the U.S. for Military Veterans
  3. Largest university dance team in the U.S, the world-famous Texas State Strutters

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, International Studies, 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 99 undergraduate majors in 9 colleges. The 429-acre 'hill country' campus offers an ideal environment for a rewarding educa

Location Information

Texas State University is located in San Marcos, a college-friendly city with a beautiful, photogenic 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. San Marcos also boasts the largest retail outlet mall in the U.S.

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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

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Fast Facts

Location | San Marcos
Population | 66,952
Enrollment | 37,849
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/10
Spring | 01/18-05/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 3%
Black | 11%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 39%
Two or more | 2%
White | 43%
Other | 2%
International | 1%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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 - Ranked #5 Geography degree program in the U.S., TXST 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 - Ranked top 15% degree program in the U.S., 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 & Journalism - Ranked top 15% degree program in the U.S., 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.
  • Spanish - Texas State is conveniently located in between two major Spanish-speaking cities of Austin & San Antonio.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Water Resources Major & Certificate - A unique program for Geography majors or minors.
  • Geographic Information Sciences, Environmental Interpretation, & Location Analysis Certificates - For Geography majors and minors.
  • Nature & Heritage Tourism Minor - A variety of courses with several focusing on Texas--check it out!

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Advertising
  • African Studies
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Broadcasting
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • East Asian Studies
  • East European Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • European Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Feed Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Administration
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • Hispanic-American/Puerto Rican/Chicano/Latino Studies
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanized Agriculture
  • Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Communications
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies


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
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $5925.50.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $300 Year Host & Home Optional
Health Service Fee $10 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $485 Year Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $60 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking-Bobcat Village Apartments Fee $265 Year Host & Home Optional
Parking-Commuter Fee $115 Year Host & Home 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.) Other fees are rolled into the tuition and fees combined rate.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/11/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 16% living on campus
  • Apartment: $-1
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • 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 and/or with fewer than 30 credit hours. Mostly freshmen live in residence halls on campus. Those with 30+ hours have limited TXST housing options, but they include residence halls on campus and Bobcat Village apartments on the campus bus route. Rates vary from $2938-5157 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

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


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1582 Semester Home & Host Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Health insurance is mandatory for TXST exchange, but a waiver is possible if already medically insured through another plan. You can show proof of coverage by copying your insurance card and mailing that in your incoming packet. You may also purchase a plan through Texas State University.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


  • Health records due by: Registration
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: Meningococcal

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Texas State has many steep hills and a few areas with poor access for some using wheelchairs, crutches, and canes. Construction on campus makes some areas difficult to navigate.

Other Health Related Comments
Notify your Texas State NSE Coordinator if you need to register with the Office of Disability Services.

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