Texas Southern University (TSU)

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Texas Southern University is a historically black college found in Houston, TX. There are around 9,900 students enrolled each year at TSU.

Most of the students getting into TSU got an SAT score in the range of 840 - 1000, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 15 - 18. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Texas Southern University (TSU) average GPA ranges from 2.64 to 2.81 for accepted students. Roughly 90% of all students which applied were accepted at TSU, and from those that were granted acceptance around 19% continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at tsu.edu.

Overall Texas Southern University (TSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Texas Southern University was reported as 90.9% in Fall 2020 with over 8,550 college applications submitted to Texas Southern University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • TSU ACT Scores: 15 - 18
  • TSU Average GPA: 2.64 - 2.81

How Hard Is It to Get into Texas Southern University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

Students applying to Texas Southern University have a higher chance of getting accepted due to the low selectivity of the school as determined by the average standardized test scores ACT/SAT and average high school GPA of applicants from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Texas Southern University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 51.5%
  • 2017-2018: 66.7%
  • 2018-2019: 56.6%
  • 2019-2020: 90.9%
  • Projected TSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 66.4%

How Does Texas Southern University (TSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Texas Southern University is sixty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of St Thomas87.3%
Rice University8.7%
Houston Baptist University71.1%
Prairie View A & M University80.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Texas Southern University (TSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading430 - 500
Math410 - 500
Total Score840 - 1000
ACT®Score Range
English13 - 18
Math15 - 18
Composite Score15 - 18
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