Texas Woman’s University

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Texas Woman's University was founded in 1901 but formally gained its name in 1957. Men were admitted to the university starting in the 1970s. They are the largest university in the country that specifically serves women. Because of this, sincere diversity and interactive collaboration are part of the academic culture that encourages research, innovation and creative expression. They leverage their academic strengths in health, education and the liberal arts to create global citizens, engaged leaders, inclusive environments, transformational learning and commitment to the community.

Texas Woman's University maintains the exclusive Carnegie research classification, yet they are one of the few independent universities that are not affiliated with the state's many public university systems. They offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in about 60 areas of study through their six colleges. These include the Colleges of Business, Nursing, Health Science and Professional Education. The on-campus library contains one of the biggest and oldest collections of women's history, challenges and achievements in the country.

Texas Woman's University Accreditation Details

Texas Woman's University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accredited through the Texas Education Agency, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

Texas Woman's University Application Requirements

Graduate students must adhere to the degree program's specific requirements. For example, the graduate degrees in food science require applicants to supply their transcripts that prove they have completed prerequisite courses with at least a 3.25 GPA. They must also submit GRE scores with at least 143 verbal and 141 quantitative scores. The Master of Science in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry requires a two-page personal statement regarding plans, goals and experience in flavor chemistry.

Regular first-year students must have graduated from an accredited Texas high school within the last two years with a class ranking at the top 25 percent. ACT or SAT test scores are needed to ensure advising and course placement. First-year applicants who do not meet these requirements may apply if they have at least a 2.0 GPA and were at least in the top 50 percent of their graduating senior class. High school transcripts must show the completion of the following college preparatory classes: English (four units), Math (three units), Science (three units), Social Sciences (three units) and Academic Electives (three units).

Tuition and Financial Aid

In-state students at Texas Woman's University will pay $9,360 in tuition, $1,050 for books and supplies, $6,993 for room and board, $1,269 for transportation and $2,439 for other costs for the fall and spring semesters. This comes to an annual total of $21,111, which is much cheaper than almost any other university in Texas. Undergraduate residents will pay $219 per credit and non-residents will pay $634 per credit. Graduate residents will pay $269 per credit and non-residents will pay $684 per credit.

There are four types of financial aid available: grants, loans, scholarships and work-study. Grants are need-based awards available through federal, state, private and university sources. The qualification requirements will depend on the organization. Some of the most common grants include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Toward Excellence, Access and Success Grant and the Texas Public Education Grant Program.

First-year students may qualify for the Terry Foundation Scholarship, Top 10 Percent Scholarship, the TWU Honors Scholarship and the New First-year Student Scholarship. Graduate students may apply to the TWU Graduate Student Scholarship and the McNair Scholars Scholarship. Non-resident students who are awarded $1,000 or more may qualify to pay tuition at the Texas resident rate. The admissions office will notify eligible students if they qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver. Four types of loans are available: Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students.

Online Degrees Available

Texas Woman's University offers a plethora of master's degrees in areas such as biology, chemistry, dance, family sciences, health studies, government, kinesiology, mathematics and music and theatre. Some of these graduate degrees are offered online like the Master of Science in Nutrition. This 36-credit hour class does not require a thesis and can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students with a bachelor's degree related to nutrition who want to become an RDN may enroll in the dietetic internship/master's program. The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences requires prerequisite undergraduate credits for admission to this degree. Students will take classes in Physiology, Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Organic Chemistry, Macronutrients and Micronutrients.

Technically savvy students may be interested in the Master of Science in Informatics. This degree provides students with interprofessional academics and an interdisciplinary approach within a hybrid learning environment. Degree specializations include Clinical Applications, Data Science/Analytics, Health Studies and Community Informatics. The degree program's 36 credit hours are shared between 15 hours of computer science and 15 hours of discipline-specific classes. All students must complete three hours in electives and three hours in software tools. Students will learn how to use technology and data analytics to elicit meaningful patterns and results from data systems. Classes include Database Systems, Big Data, Communication Networks, Information Visualization and Human-Computer Interface.

The Master of Science in Family Studies requires students to earn at least a B in all classes to graduate. Students may choose between a thesis, portfolio and professional paper option. The final presentation exam may be repeated per the student's advisory committee. At the beginning of this program, students will take classes in Family Economics, Lifespan Human Development, Theories of the Family and Families and Public Policy. Other optional classes include Families as Consumers, Communication in Marriage, Gender Role Development and Adolescents in the Family. Class topics and assignments may cover a wide range of family science topics, which ranges from parenting education to time management to aging in society.

Texas Woman's University is open to all online learners regardless of gender. Readers can explore online degrees and certificate programs on the Texas Woman's University website.