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Texas Southern University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Texas Southern University, the regular decision application deadline is July 15 and the application fee is $42.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Texas Southern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Texas Southern University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 8.6%
Mean SAT Score 968
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 79%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 30%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Texas Southern University?

Texas Southern University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Texas Southern University

It is not competitive to get into Texas Southern University. Texas Southern University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Texas Southern University accepted 66% of students, around 4,438 of the 6,687 students who applied.

Schools that are not competitive to get into, like Texas Southern University, accept virtually all applicants regardless of high school rank or test scores.

Transfer student admissions is not competitive.

What's Most Important to Get In to Texas Southern University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Texas Southern University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Texas Southern University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Texas Southern University must submit the following items. Double check with Texas Southern University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Other Requirements TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment, minimum ACT score of 17/SAT 820
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Texas Southern University?

Students admitted to Texas Southern University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 86.6% submitted a class rank. At Texas Southern University 8.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 26.6% were in the top 25% and 60% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Texas Southern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 86.6%
3.75 and 3.99 6.6%
3.50 and 3.74 14.8%
3.25 and 3.49 16.3%
3.00 and 3.24 18.5%
2.50 and 2.9 36.3%
2.00 and 2.49 5.4%

Texas Southern University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Texas Southern University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 79% of Texas Southern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Texas Southern University?

The mean composite SAT score for a Texas Southern University student is 968.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Texas Southern University students scored 520 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Texas Southern University students scored 520 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Texas Southern University?

To be most competitive at Texas Southern University, you should strive to earn between 17 and 20 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 20 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Texas Southern University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 20, and three out of four students scored lower than 20 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Texas Southern University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

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Transferring to Texas Southern University

For transfer students, it is not competitive to get admitted to Texas Southern University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Texas Southern University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Texas Southern University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Texas Southern University?

Students who are admitted to Texas Southern University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Texas Southern University accept transfer credits?

Texas Southern University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Texas Southern University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Texas Southern University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Texas Southern University?

Texas Southern University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Texas Southern University's acceptance rate?

Texas Southern University's acceptance rate is 66%.

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Admission Difficulty

Open Admission


How hard is it to get into Texas Southern University? Texas Southern University is a open admission institution. The Texas Southern University acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 66 out of every 100 applicants.



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Texas Southern University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Texas Southern University is Jul 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Texas Southern University is Jul 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Texas Southern University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 20

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

20 and Above


17 to 20


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Texas Southern University is 18. Students with an ACT score of 20 and above have a good chance of getting into Texas Southern University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 20 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Texas Southern University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

440 - 520


Reading SAT Range

450 - 520

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Texas Southern University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Texas Southern University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.11. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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