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Welcome to Comm Studies!

Communication Studies students are skilled speakers, researchers, writers, problem-solvers, and leaders.

They create, transmit, and analyze the messages that shape our personal, professional, and public lives.

Communication Studies Points of Pride

World-class Scholarship

  • Communication Studies faculty members published more than 250 peer-refereed articles in communication journals.
  • In 2015, Communication Studies faculty delivered a total 52 research presentations and invited talks to international, national, regional and state conferences. They are routinely invited to give lectures and conduct training in the community and across campus.

National and International Recognition

  • Communication Studies faculty members are leaders in the communication discipline, serving as officers in regional and national communication associations, and as journal editors and editorial board members. Our faculty members have  received a record ten Presidential Awards of Excellence for teaching, research or service to Texas State.
  • Communication Studies professors are often cited in national and international media outlets including: the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, ABC News Radio, the Mumbai Mirror, AARP, Wisconsin Law Review, the Times of India, Yahoo India, Quo! (Spain & Mexico), Fox News, Men's Health, Indian Express, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known for their research expertise.

Stellar Students and Programs

  • Communication Studies is ranked in the Top 10 communication master’s programs in the nation, and is ranked as the #3 M.A. program in the U.S. for communication education research.
  • The LBJ Debate Society and Elton Abernathy Forensics Society has won the overall state championship title at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Championships for 16 of the last 17 years.
  • In 2015, Communication Studies undergraduate Ross Rasberry beat out challenges from students across Texas to win the 90th annual Battle of Flowers Oratorical Contest in San Antonio. This is the fourth time since 2010 that a Texas State student has won the statewide contest.

About Texas State

Degree Programs

  • 98 bachelor’s
  • 90 master’s
  • 12 doctoral

Rankings by Public University Size

  • 1st in The Texas State University System
  • 4th in Texas
  • 31st in the United States


  • 492 acres at the main San Marcos campus
  • About 4,000 additional acres of agricultural, research and recreational areas
  • 248 main San Marcos campus buildings
  • 101 acres at the Texas State Round Rock Campus


  • 37,979 total students in fall 2015 (33,480 undergraduate; 571 post-baccalaureate; 3,460 master's; 4683 doctoral)
  • 1,794 total students at the RRC
  • 1,890 students are members of the Honors College
  • 18% live on campus
  • 25,135 students receive financial aid
  • 1028 mean SAT score; 23 mean ACT score

By Gender

  • 57% female
  • 43% male

By Ethnicity

  • 50% White
  • 33% Hispanic
  • 10% African-American
  • 5% Other
  • 48% of Texas State students are racial or ethnic minorities

Graduation/Retention Rates

  • 53% graduated within six years (by summer 2015)
  • 78% of fall 2014 freshmen returned in fall 2015

Source: THECB CBM001 Report; Enrollment Highlights Report; Common Data Set


  • 161,000 total alumni (approximate)

Faculty and Staff

  • more than 1,200 full-time faculty
  • more than 2,000 full-time staff

Source: Texas State University Office of Human Resources

Class Size

  • 23 is median undergraduate class size

Source: THECB CBM004 Report

2015-16 Estimated Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate (per semester, with a 15-hour course load)

  • $4,970 Texas resident
  • $10,820 nonresident

Graduate (per semester, with a 10-hour course load)

  • $3,890 Texas resident
  • $7,790 nonresident

Source: Texas State University Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid (fiscal year 2014)

  • $202.5 million in non-scholarship and non-grant aid (employment, loans)
  • $91 million in grants awarded
  • $16.8 million in scholarships awarded

Source: Texas State University Office of Financial Aid, End-of-Year Report

San Marcos

  • Hays County seat
  • 58,892 total population (2014)
  • 1851 is founding year
  • 52 parks have a total of 2,200 acres of parkland and natural area
  • 69 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily temperature

Source: City of San Marcos

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