Texas Southern University

3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX 77004

School Details

Texas Southern University was established in 1927 and operates today as a public, 4-year institution of higher learning located in the city of Houston, Texas.


In 1927, Houston’s school board approved the funding of an African American junior college called the Colored Junior College. The success of the school was immediate and by 1931 the school received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges. Once the school incorporated four-year programs, it was renamed Houston College for Negroes. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, the school continued moving forward, adding graduate programs and a law school, changing names once more. Then, in 1951, students petitioned to have the school renamed and the title Texas Southern University came into existence. Located just minutes from downtown Houston, the public Texas Southern University currently awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral programs. Texas Southern University maintains its regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university resides on a 150-acre urban campus. The University Museum, opened in 2000, houses a variety of historical and contemporary art. The Sterling Student Life Center provides social, recreational, religious and educational programs and activities. The student center also supports more than 80 clubs and organizations as well as the TSU Bookstore. Texas Southern athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium features seating for an estimated 1,800 people and is home to athletic games and other campus events. Additionally, the TSU football team plays in the BBVA Compass Stadium, seating 22,000 people. The campus also maintains a wellness and recreation center for its students. Texas Southern University is also noted for its award winning marching band, the Ocean of Soul, which has performed at the Super Bowl.

Texas Southern University defines its mission as a “comprehensive metropolitan university” with a “legacy as a historically black institution, the university provides academic and research programs that address critical urban issues and prepare an ethnically diverse student population to become a force for positive change in a global society.”

The admission process to TSU is standard. Students must submit the application and fee, in addition to official transcripts and test scores. For first time applicants just graduating high school, the minimum GPA accepted is a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Also, an SAT score of 820 or higher or ACT composite score of 17 is acceptable for admission consideration.


TSU enrolls more than 9,600 students. The student body is currently 86% Black, 5% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 2% White. The female-to-male student body ratio is 57:43, and more than 80 percent of students attend full-time.


TSU houses ten colleges and schools along with several scholastic and research programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1. Colleges and schools include:

  • Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
  • College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Technology
  • Jesse H. Jones School of Business
  • Graduate School
  • School of Communication
  • College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences
  • Thomas F. Freeman Honors College

TSU also supports online degrees and certificates. Degree programs include:

  • OnlineExecutive MBA program - The MBA requires 36 credit hours for completion and students progress through the program as a cohort.
  • Executive Masters of Public Administration - This degree is delivered primarily online with the exception of possible meetings on campus once or twice per semester. Classroom environments feature live chats, online lectures, virtual classrooms, and teleconferencing.
  • Master of Education Online Program - Curriculum for online education programs meets state and national standards, and coursework retains similar rigors to that of on-campus counterparts.
  • Executive Master of Administration of Justice - Students complete 18 semester hours of core courses, 6 semester hours of thesis or 6 required courses for non-thesis option, and 12 semester hours of electives.

Students may also enroll in the online eMPA Computer, IT and e-Governance Certification, eMPA Non-Profit Management Executive Certification, or the eMPA Homeland Security and Emergency Management Certification.


Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all applicants are required to submit. Aid includes loans, federal grants, and scholarships. Specific scholarships include, but are not limited to, university scholarships, departmental awards, the LSAMP Scholarship, and state awards. Students may also access Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, and external resources. In addition, TSU has been named a G.I. Jobs 2013 Military Friendly School and supports benefits for eligible veterans and military members.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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