Texas Southern University
A state supported institution and one of the few comprehensive Black institutions of higher learning in the world, Texas Southern University was founded in 1947 so that Black Texans could utilize their veteran’s educational benefits and resulted from the acquisition of the Houston College for Negroes. Since then, Hispanic Americans have also availed themselves to this tremendous educational institution. Also in 1947, the name of this four-year institution was officially changed to Texas Southern University.
Though it has a campus feel, Texas Southern University is an urban university surrounded by a city and close to the University of Houston.
In addition to a recent US News & World Report ranking as one of the nation’s best universities, TSU reports that more than 50% of practicing African American lawyers in Texas have graduated from its Thurgood Marshall School of Law and between 98-100% of School of Pharmacy graduates pass the national pharmacy license exam. It also features an upcoming School of Business on this well maintained campus of 10,000 students; world renowned artist John Biggers (1924-2001) taught in the School of Art named in his honor.
TSU features nearly 1,500 faculty and staff and the student body is diverse. 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.
The College of Science and Technology offers research experiences through various collaborations that 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 participation in The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Preparation Program support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development while helping to increase the number of citizens receiving degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.
Situated on a 145-acre campus relatively close to downtown Houston, the University has grown from one permanent building and several temporary structures to 44 buildings. In addition to on campus facilities which encompass a music recital hall acclaimed for its acoustics, a performance theater, and a health and physical education complex containing a 7,200 seat arena.
Carol H. Simms Sculpture Garden in the center of the campus, is ripe with opportunities for artistic exploration. Nearby attractions include Sam Houston Park, Bayou Place, the Theater District, the Museum District, Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore, National Buffalo Soldiers Museum, the American Cowboy Museum, and more.
Most of TSU’s 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students are native Texans, however the student population is represented by almost every state in America in addition to 50-plus other nations. Additionally, the faculty consists of the largest concentration of multi-ethnic scholars in the world.
ADDRESS: 3100 Cleburne Avenue, Houston, TX