Texas State University-San Marcos (Texas State)

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Texas State University-San Marcos can be found in San Marcos, TX, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Texas State number nearly 39,000 each year, and is one of the largest schools in the state.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores within the range of 1010 (25th percentile) to 1180 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 19 (25th percentile) to 25 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants accepted to Texas State. We were able to estimate the Texas State average GPA (2.98 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 81% of all those who apply are granted admission to Texas State University-San Marcos, from which 33% choose to enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Texas State acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 63%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.txstate.edu.

Overall Texas State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Texas State University-San Marcos was reported as 81.1% in Fall 2020 with over 23,600 college applications submitted to Texas State University-San Marcos. 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

  • Texas State ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • Texas State Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Texas State University-San Marcos?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Texas State is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Texas State University-San Marcos has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.1%
  • 2017-2018: 73.0%
  • 2018-2019: 45.5%
  • 2019-2020: 81.1%
  • Projected Texas State Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 63.2%

How Does Texas State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Texas State University-San Marcos is forty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The University of Texas at Austin31.8%
The University of Texas at San Antonio76.6%
Texas A & M University-College Station57.8%
Baylor University45.3%
Sam Houston State University83.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • 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 State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 600
Math500 - 580
Total Score1010 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 25
Math18 - 24
Composite Score19 - 25
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