The Texas State University System, founded in 1911, is the first higher education system established in Texas. Beginning as an administrative means to consolidate the support and management of state teacher colleges, the System has evolved into a network of higher education institutions stretching from the Texas–Louisiana border to the Big Bend region of west Texas.
Today, eight component institutions offer a broad range of academic and career opportunities. Throughout the System, faculty and staff are preparing students to work in and contribute to our global society.
The Texas State University System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the board. The administration, which is headed by a board-appointed chancellor, is based in Austin, where it provides support to the System components and state government.
"Each university in the system plays a critical role in the future of Texas. That’s because of the quality of your curriculum and the diversity of your student bodies. Because of the research conducted in your labs and the teachers produced in your classrooms. And it’s because of the job skills gained and the salaries that will be earned by your graduates."
- Gov. Greg Abbott, Feb. 15, 2017
The Texas State University System is Texas' first university system. Established in 1911, the System supports eight component institutions by providing centralized services such as legal counsel, accounting, audit, academic program planning, contract administration, government relations and communications services.
The Texas State University System consists of eight institutions located throughout Texas: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College. You can view a map of our institutions here.
The System Office is located at 208 E. 10th Street, Suite 600, Austin, TX, 78701.
TSUS is the third-largest of the six university systems in Texas, with enrollment exceeding 84,000 students in the fall 2016 semester.
Total revenue received by the Texas State University System and its component institutions was nearly $1.3 billion in FY 2015. Of this, $378 million--or about 30 percent--was appropriated by the state.
The Texas State University System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor. A chancellor selected by the Board of Regents is the chief executive officer of the System.
Our universities and colleges offer a wide range of academic and job training opportunities, from welding certificates to doctoral degrees. You can search for degree programs at our eight institutions using our Degree Finder. Additionally, each institution maintains a list of available degrees and certificates on its website.
The Texas State University System maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. However, tuition and fees vary depending on the institution and program of study. You can view the Admissions Pages of each institution's website for current tuition and fee information.