Tablet Portait

Handheld Landscape

Handheld Portait

F A S T   F A C T S
Location | San Marcos
Population | 68,040
Enrollment | 37,864
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/9
Spring | 01/17-05/10

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Ranked top 10 for Public University in Texas & the Best Student Life in Texas
One of four Texas universities recognized as a top institution for social impact
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 over 70 undergraduate majors in 9 colleges. The 429-acre 'hill country' campus offers an ideal environment for a rewarding

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.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Closed
Home Payment |Closed
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed 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/Environmental Studies - Princeton Review--One of the best "Green Colleges", TXST offers unique courses in Sustainability, 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.
  • Education - #1 Texas university for producing public school teachers.
  • 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 - Students receive a working knowledge of water resources in sufficient detail that they are prepared for professional positions involving water resources management and policy.
  • Geographic Information Sciences, Environmental Interpretation, & Location Analysis Certificates - Students receive a working knowledge of Geographic Information Science (GISci) in sufficient detail that they are prepared for professional positions involving the theoretical and applied aspects of implementing and administering a Geographic Information Science.
  • Nature & Heritage Tourism Minor - A variety of courses with several focusing on Texas--check it out!
  • Location Analysis - Students analyze spatial data to identify and optimize locations for business and public activities.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Advertising, African Studies, Agricultural Business... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 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
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 52.00 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
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/26/22

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $5925.50.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $75 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-Residence Hall Fee $265 Semester Host & Home Optional
Parking-Bobcat Village Apartments Fee $145 Semester Host & Home Optional
Parking-Commuter Fee $65 Year Host & Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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 05/26/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500-1200
  • 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 $3026-5312 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/off-campus.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 05/26/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1733 Semester Host & Home 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: https://www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/CHARGES-INSURANCE/Health-Insurance-Options-for-Students.html

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


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.
Welcome to NSE!
Select the campus you currently attend...
Start Here!
To see the correct schools, first select the campus you currently attend...
We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By using this site, you are consenting for us to set cookies.