275 reviews
  1. Alpine, TX
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
Sul Ross State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
American Southwest Conference
Address
HWY 90 East
Alpine, TX 79832

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
93%
SAT Scores Range
740-990
ACT Scores Range
16-21
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Sul Ross State University

Cost

Net Price
$10,212/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,906/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,845/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,374/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,643/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,156/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,238Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
64%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Focused and optimistic to learn
    39%
  • Average
    28%
  • Everyone is unique
    22%
  • Looking for easy degree
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
77%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
41%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
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  • Friendly
    43%
  • Scenic
    43%
  • Easy degree, just show up
    10%
  • Small
    5%

After Sul Ross State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
28%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses

Sul Ross State University Reviews

275 reviews
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My Sul Ross experience has been awesome! I am a junior now, so ive been here for 3 years. My freshman year I had a hard time honestly. Then I got myself involved in being a SRSU Cheerleader. Involving yourself in things like this is really important. Sul Ross is very good at helping you find those involving things that everyone needs. The campus its self has grown so much from my time being here, they've added a Rec field, new landscaping that makes the campus beautiful. The professors are amazing and I love how helpful they all are. You can go to their office and get help. They know you by your name rather number at a bigger school. You make so many great friends it being so small. One thing I love the most is of supportive all of our athletic teams are of each other. The only thing I would change is the food. Sul Ross is definitely my second home!
The honest truth is Sul Ross State University is their retention rate only 28% of the students who attend graduate. Furthermore, in most of the graduate study programs, most of the professors have only master degrees except for the department chair and one associate professor. In comparison to other programs in TX such as Texas Tech, UTEP, etc. courses in the graduate studies are taught by professors with doctorate degrees. Future students beware before investing your time and money. Future employers know the statistics on most universities this makes a difference on whether or not you get a job.
If you are looking to get a glorified Junior College degree that is recognized as a 4-year college degree, then this is the place for you! Very easy to get around campus, but keep in mind that this is a sleepy mountain town that has little to offer for college-age kids. The town hasn't ever truly embraced the college and thus has not had any entrepreneurs interested in investing in having Alpine become a college town.

If you enjoy the very quiet and slow life, this college is for you. Although I cannot speak for other departments, it appears that the Geology program here is extremely watered down from what it used to be in the mid to late 80's to early 90's when Sul Ross was regarded as being in the top 5 Geology programs in the nation. Now the faculty is either too engrossed in their own pursuits to teach effectively or using their tenure as a glorified retirement to get a check to keepfrom rotting away in a retirement home.I have had little to no real guidance or financial help, but I have heard that Sul Ross is leader in degrees for people first in their family, which only disguises the fact that there isn't a system of parents holding an SRSU degree urging their children to follow suit. It's really a shame that SRSU isn't a geology target school for any company seeing as hardly anyone younger than 55 even know of Sul Ross' existence. With easy access to the beautiful igneous rocks at Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, the potential will always be there for pepole to take Sul Ross geology seriously in the future, but do not expect any help whatsoever with your degree. This is a college that you get an easy degree from and use the time you don't need to study to network a lot due to the classes being the same level as a run-of-the-mill Junior College. Even if you do not believe my opinion on the state of academics here, research for yourself the times that Sul Ross has been on Academic Probation from the accrediting governing academic board.