About TSU

About TSU


About Texas Southern University - a special purpose institution of higher education for urban programming

Texas Southern University, one of the nation’s largest HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), possesses an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, a diverse faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an alumni network comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots, artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas Southern University has served as a cornerstone for developing the greatest potential in leaders from various socio-economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds.

Texas Southern University is located in Houston, TX, the fourth largest city in the US, and one of the fastest-growing and forward-moving cities in the world. As residents of this international city, Texas Southern students are privy to numerous opportunities and experiences, facts that led noted social forecaster Joel Kotkin to declare that Houston offers one of America’s most compelling models for urban greatness (according to his study entitled Opportunity Urbanism: An Emerging Paradigm for the 21st Century).

Texas Southern is located in the heart of the city, in Houston’s historic Third Ward, giving its students and faculty easy access to the Museum District, neighboring educational institutions (Houston Community College, the University of Houston, Rice University, and the University of St. Thomas), the Texas Medical Center, City Hall, downtown Houston, and all of the city’s major freeways.

More than 9,500 students, along with nearly 1,500 faculty and staff comprise the University’s community, and like its curricula, the student body is characterized by diversity. While many of the undergraduate and graduate students enrolled are native Texans, the student and faculty population is represented by almost every state in the country, including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, and by more than 50 nations. Texas Southern's international student population hails from such places as Africa, Canada, the Canal Zone, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, Mexico, South Asia, and the West Indies.

Of the nine Texas Southern University schools and colleges, many have programs unique to the area and several have received national recognition for their outstanding performance. Texas Southern offers the only Urban Planning degree in the area and has one of only two flight simulators in the nation to support its airway sciences program. A new degree in entertainment management uses a state of the art sound studio as a laboratory for students learning both the technology and management needed for the Entertainment industry.

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law was named the most diverse law school in the nation three consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) has historically produced over 27 percent of all the African American pharmacists in the nation. Also, the majority of African-American teachers in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) as well as African-American lawyers in Houston are Texas Southern University graduates. 

The College of Science and Technology offers extensive research experiences through various centers, partnerships and collaborations designed to strengthen the overall collegiate experience, and meet critical social needs. TSU’s NASA Research Center for Bionanotechnology and Environmental Research (C-BER) addresses important human health concerns related to manned exploration of space. Programs such as TSU’s NASA C-BER and participation in The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Preparation Program (LSAMP) support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development while helping to increase the number of US citizens receiving degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

With one of the most diverse faculties in the nation; state-of-the-art facilities; extra-curricular activities led by the university’s legendary Debate Team and award-winning Ocean of Soul Marching Band and jazz ensemble; and exciting programs and initiatives, such as the U.S. government’s designation  of Texas Southern University as a National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCE) , one of only six nationwide, opportunities abound for students at TSU NOW!