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The name is misleading; Texas Woman's University has been open to male students since the 1970s. The school is still primarily for women, however, and that focus runs through all the degrees and programs offered at the school. If you are interested in a unique world-view and in family-based studies, then this may be the university for you. The school was founded in 1901 and, in 1904, its first graduating class contained one student. Since that time the school has grown to be a progressive and responsible university, with 15,000 students on three campuses and online. Its ranking with the U.S. News and World Reports is in tier two universities and is not published. Texas Woman's University is one of four public schools that are not affiliated with the main system of Texas public universities. Most of its classes have less than 20 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is just 14:1. In the 1970s, men were admitted to certain graduate programs but today they are free to pursue any degree at the university. This school introduces more new professionals into the healthcare industry than any Texas school.

Texas Woman's University Accreditation Details

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In addition, several of its programs receive special accreditation from several other professional organizations. For example, music degrees at the school are accredited by the National Associations of Schools of Music. Business programs are accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The American Chemical Society accredits the chemistry department and The American Psychological Society accredits the counseling and school counseling programs. The Council on Social Work Education is the accrediting institution for the social work degrees. The American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation accredits the programs of dental hygiene. Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. There are many other programs that receive special sccreditation, and you will find them listed on TWU's website.

Texas Woman's University Application Requirements

First-year applicants to the university must have a high school diploma, GED or the equivalent documentation of secondary education. To be included in the Assured-Admission program, they must also be ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class. The school states that, while it does not require ACT or SAT scores for this classification, students are encouraged to take the tests. Regular admission to the school requires a GPA of 2.0 and graduation in the top 50 percent of the class. In addition, a score of 1000 on the SAT critical reading and math tests, or the equivalent ACT result is required. You must have completed at least 14 credits of the Recommended or Distinguished Texas High School Curriculum before admission. You should complete the online applications and submit your non-refundable application fee of $50. You will need your official high school transcript and you will need to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to the university. In addition, the school requires a copy of your permanent resident card. Graduate students apply online to the program of their choice. They need to submit a transcript of all applicable test scores and of their baccalaureate grades. Graduate students must also demonstrate language proficiency.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition at Texas Woman's University is based on a 15 credit term. Off-campus tuition costs and fees are $5,950. Fees add another $2,572. Books and supplies are estimated at $1,050. On-campus room and board will add another $7,463. With other personal expenses, fees at Texas Woman's University are estimated at $19,976 for on-campus students for a nine-month term. If you are an out-of -state student who wants to earn a degree at this school, it will add another $11,700. Graduate tuition at the university is $629 per credit hour for residents and $1,018 per credit hour for non-residents. If you need assistance paying for your education at this university, your first step is to fill out the FAFSA form. FAFSA is a federal program that calculates the amount your family will be expected to pay toward your education and subtracts that figure from the total cost of attending the school of your choice. The figure obtained is your Financial need amount. Then the program matches you with government grants for which you qualify. The grants you will probably recognize are the Pell Grant and the SEOG, or opportunity grant for exceptionally low-income students. There are also other grants offered by the federal, state and local governments and by private individuals and through the university departments. Texas, for example, offers the Texas Grant and the Texas Public Education Grants. These, along with scholarships, are listed on the school website. Some of these are needs-based and others are merit based or given to students with certain distinctions such as ethnicity or which degree program you are following. Once you receive your FAFSA results, you can begin applying for some of these types of aid. If, after you receive your aid, there is still a gap, you can apply for student loans. The government has some loans available at very low interest to low-income individuals. You can also get one of these low-interest student loans at certain banks and lending institutions. Work-study programs are another option when you have exhausted other resources.

The Woman's Difference in Education

Although education degrees tend to be pretty standard, in part because you have to become licensed and certified, some of the education programs offered at Texas Woman's University have a unique perspective. The Early Childhood Development and Education degree, for example, is housed in the Family Sciences department. Many of the classes you will take in this major are similar to those at other schools, and they are taught online as at other schools, but classes like "Parenting Issues in Education" and "Children's Rights and Services" demonstrate that the focus is on early childhood as it interfaces with the family and society. Another major found in this department is Education of the Deaf. If you follow this online major, you will be required to master sign language. You will also take courses such as Early Education for Children Who are Hard of Hearing, and audiology. The difference is that the courses include parent educators as teaching professionals, and focus on the family as both resource and environment. This unique posture makes an education degree from Texas Woman's University truly applicable in a teaching all children.