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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX 4-Year Public

About Southwest Texas State

Texas State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of San Marcos, TX, less than an hour from San Antonio, Austin.

Founded in 1899, Southwest Texas State currently enrolls around 37,812 students a year, including 33,193 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Southwest Texas State's endowment was valued at $208,459,067 in 2021. For each full-time student, Southwest Texas State spends about $7,757.

Admissions Facts About Southwest Texas State

Acceptance rate: 85%

Mean ACT score: 23

Mean SAT score: 1092

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: March 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Texas State University in 2021?

Southwest Texas State is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at Southwest Texas State is 85 percent.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1092 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 23.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Southwest Texas State a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 5,234 students who started at Southwest Texas State as first-time freshman, 1,636 graduate within four years.

Southwest Texas State's six-year graduation for undergrads is 55 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 52 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $44,139 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $25,170 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Southwest Texas State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Southwest Texas State a good school for YOU?

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College Info

601 University Drive San Marcos, TX 78666

Campus Setting: Suburban

Southwest Texas State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southwest Texas State is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Southwest Texas State is Jul 15.

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

Southwest Texas State ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Southwest Texas State is 23. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Southwest Texas State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Southwest Texas State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1170


Math SAT Range

500 - 580


Reading SAT Range

510 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


1020 to 1170


1020 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Southwest Texas State students is 1103. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Southwest Texas State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1020 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1020 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Southwest Texas State.

Southwest Texas State Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Southwest Texas State is like? There are approximately 38,187 students enrolled at Southwest Texas State, including 33,917 undergraduate students and 4,270 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from TX and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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