Tarleton State University Online

by TBS Staff

Updated September 13, 2022 • 1 min read


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Located in Stephenville, Texas, Tarleton State University offers more than 90 programs of study across seven academic colleges. A member of the Texas A&M University System, Tarleton serves over 13,000 students through its main campus, four satellite campus locations, and a global online campus.

Online students can pursue undergraduate degrees in business, liberal arts, applied science, or health professions technology. Online graduate programs include education, information systems, business, and agriculture. A land grant university, Tarleton is home to the nation’s third–largest agricultural program and offers online degrees in agriculture and consumer resources and veterinary technology.

Tarleton University Statistics

Public/Private Public
Acceptance Rate 50%
Student–to–Faculty Ratio 19:1
Full–Time Freshman Retention Rate 71%
Graduation Rate 45%
Required Standardized Test(s) ACT or SAT for first–time undergraduates; GRE, GMAT or MAT for some graduate programs
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)
Date Founded 1899
Colors Purple and White

Tarleton State University Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info

Accreditation and Approvals

Tarleton State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Tarleton’s College of Business Administration holds programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The school’s electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and civil engineering programs are accredited by ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission.

The Texas Education Agency approved Tarleton’s education programs. Nursing programs boast recognition from the Texas State Board of Nursing and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Tarleton’s Child Development Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC).

Other degrees hold programmatic accreditation from the Council on Social Work (CSWE), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).


Program Level Cost
Undergraduate In–State $174–$253 per hour
Undergraduate Out–of–State $596–$657 per hour
Graduate In–State $230–$279 per hour
Graduate Out–of–State $652–$701 per hour

*Offers in–state students guaranteed or variable tuition rates, with tuition differential based on academic college


First–time freshman applicants must submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Students in the top 10% of their class can apply after completing six semesters of high school. In–state applicants must complete the Texas Foundation High School Program with Distinguished Level of Achievement, while out–of–state candidates should complete an equivalent program.

Transfer students with more than 30 credit hours may attend any Tarleton campus or enroll in online programs. Students with fewer credits must enroll at the Stephenville campus. All transfer applicants must demonstrate a 2.0 GPA or higher and submit college transcripts for evaluation. Transfer information sessions allow prospective students to ask questions, explore scholarship opportunities, and discuss academic programs.

Graduate admissions vary by program. Some departments require standardized exam scores from the GRE or GMAT. While candidates should hold a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5, some programs maintain more stringent requirements.

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Online Degrees Offered

Tarleton State University offers nine undergraduate online degrees, 10 master’s degrees, and four certificates. Available majors include management, criminal justice, psychological science, marketing and computer information systems, medical laboratory sciences and public health, animal science and veterinary technology, and engineering technology.

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