Texas Southern University.

Texas Southern University

Houston, TX4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University (Texas Southern or TSU) is a public historically black university (HBCU) in Houston, Texas. The university is one of the largest and most comprehensive HBCUs in the nation with over 10,000 students enrolled and over 100 academic programs. The university is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".Texas Southern University is an important institution in Houston's Third Ward. Alvia Wardlaw of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston wrote that the university serves as "the cultural and community center of" the Third Ward area where it is located, in addition to being its university. The university also serves as a notable economic resource for Greater Houston, contributing over $500 million to the region's gross sales and being directly and indirectly responsible for over 3,000 jobs.Texas Southern University intercollegiate sports teams, the Tigers, compete in NCAA Division I and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The university recruits nationwide for its Ocean of Soul marching band.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 7,967 students
  • 0.17 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.tsu.edu

Notable programs at Texas Southern University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Accounting, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Journalism, Mass Communication and Media Studies, and Computer Science.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

8,663 students out of 12,995 applicants were accepted into Texas Southern University. They had an average SAT score of 846. 72% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 35% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Texas Southern University was $21,623, while for in-state students it was $9,173. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $33,308.

The average financial aid at Texas Southern University is $4,413. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $17,210 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Texas Southern University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

78% of undergraduate students at Texas Southern University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Texas Southern University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Texas Southern University was of $9,664 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,569.

Diversity at Texas Southern University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017