TSU: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Texas Southern University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to TSU, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown TSU statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Texas Southern University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at TSU

What are your chances at TSU?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into Texas Southern University?

    Texas Southern University’s average GPA is 3.15. Texas Southern University does require GPA. Texas Southern University is currently selective. However, be aware that oftentimes schools in this GPA range are increasing their selectivity in hope of increasing “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of TSU application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.15 to 3.31 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.31 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Texas Southern University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on TSU’s campus. These TSU admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Texas Southern University’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Texas Southern University’s acceptance rate was 50.9. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 51.0 % 67.0 % 50.9 %

    As you can see, Texas Southern University is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that TSU will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into TSU - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at TSU?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at TSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    Does Texas Southern University Require Test Scores?

    Texas Southern University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Texas Southern University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Texas Southern University SAT Requirements

    Texas Southern University’s average SAT score is 807 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Texas Southern University is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 360 450 405
    Reading 355 450 402
    2019 Total 715 900 807
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Texas Southern University’s average SAT score is 807. To be a competitive applicant for Texas Southern University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 715, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Texas Southern University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 900.

    Texas Southern University ACT Requirements

    Texas Southern University’s average ACT score is 40. To be a competitive applicant for Texas Southern University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 43, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Texas Southern University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 38.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 15 - 15
    Reading 13 19 16
    Writing 15 19 17
    2019 Total 43 38 40
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Texas Southern University Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Texas Southern University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Required
    GPA Required
    School Record Recommended

    How to get into TSU

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into TSU. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at TSU, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with TSU admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 807 on the SAT or 40 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.15.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with TSU’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Texas Southern University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Houston has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Texas Southern University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Houston area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. TSU needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Texas Southern University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your TSU app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that TSU’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at TSU?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at TSU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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