Texas State University-San Marcos: Narrative Description

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601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Tel: (512)245-2111
Admissions: (512)245-2364
Fax: (512)245-8044
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.txstate.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 423-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Antonio and Austin. Endowment: $37.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $9.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3787 per student. Total enrollment: 26,783. Faculty: 1,077 (697 full-time, 380 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 14,224 applied, 80% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 14 valedictorians. Full-time: 18,046 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 4,356 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 55 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 19% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Austin Multi Institutional Teaching Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3270 full-time, $109 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,010 full-time, $367 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1410 full-time, $36 per semester hour part-time, $247 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5456. College room only: $3370. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 242 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Non-traditional Students Association, Student Association for Campus Activities, Association Student Government. Major annual events: Homecoming, Springfest, Cricket Fest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,427 college housing spaces available; 5,185 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Alkek Library with 1.3 million books, 1.9 million microform titles, 8,195 serials, 283,142 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.1 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The university is located in San Marcos, a historic community of 37,000 on I-35 located between San Antonio, 45 miles to the south, and Austin, 30 miles to the north. Both cities are within commuting distance of San Marcos and have major airports. San Marcos has a municipal airport. The central Texas climate offers sunshine most of the year with moderate to cool winters and warm to hot summers. The area enjoys a healthy economy bolstered by clean, light industry, active tourism, and well-preserved historic districts. It is the home to churches of many denominations and various civic organizations. Local recreation includes golfing, fishing, hunting, swimming, "tubing," canoeing and other outdoor activities. Annual celebrations include Chilympiad, Sights and Sounds of Christmas, Summerfest, Cinco de Mayo, and weekly summer concerts in the park.

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