Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is a public, co-educational institution that seeks to provide students a liberal education in practical industries. It offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 areas of study. More than 50 percent of its students pursue degrees in healthcare and nursing.
TWU began as the Girls Industrial College in 1901 and was given its current name in 1957. It admitted its first male students in 1972, though it is still largely a school for women. It was the first nationally accredited nursing school in Texas, and it is also home to the nation’s first building dedicated to education in library sciences.
TWU’s main campus is located in Denton, Texas, and the school has health science centers in Houston, Texas, and Dallas (which opened in February 2011). Both of these locations offer degrees in health and occupational therapy fields.
The institution is made up of five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Professional Education; the College of Health Sciences; the College of Nursing; and the Graduate School, which is a separate entity within the university.
The College of Nursing is the 5th oldest doctoral program in nursing in the United States. It is ranked in the top 25 graduate schools for physical therapy, according to the U.S. News and World Report, and its occupational therapy program leads the nation in the number of occupational therapists produced yearly.
The Honors Scholars Program at TWU is an opportunity for students of exceptional academic ability to further their studies through more interesting pursuits, including smaller classes, cultural events, travel, academic conferences, and community service. The program is open to freshmen and transfers in all Colleges and majors. Earning a diploma as an Honors Scholar is considered the highest possible undergraduate distinction at TWU.
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Prospective students can apply to TWU online through ApplyTexas.org. Applicants should send an official transcript, ACT or SAT scores, and a copy of their permanent resident card (if applicable) along with their application. Applicants for distance and online learning programs can also apply online through ApplyTexas.org. Non-freshmen or transfer applicants may be asked to submit relevant test scores.
TWU accepts test scores from AP, IB, and CLEB exams, and incoming students may be able to earn class credit (up to 30 hours) for successful completion of these tests.
Students should consult their desired department’s website for additional entrance information.
General Academic Scholarships
TWU offers a number of scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need or academic excellence. There are three general academic awards, as well as a number of awards available to specific groups, such as freshmen, transfers, or graduate students.
The Top 10% Scholarship is a general academic scholarship awarded to Texas residents who graduated in the top 10% of a Texas high school and have unmet financial need. Students must complete the FAFSA and provide proof of having completed a Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Program. The award is $2,000 with up to a $2,000 additional allowance for students pursuing majors in shortage fields.
Departmental scholarships are general academic scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence and available funding. Students can find out more about specific department awards by contacting the chairperson.
The Mary Byan and Tom C. Reitch Scholarship is the third general academic scholarship. It awards up to $1,200 per year to students who complete the scholarship’s supplemental questions and demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.
In addition to the general academic scholarships, there are many additional scholarships for incoming freshman, transfers, and graduate students. These scholarships are based on academic standing and a variety of other factors, and offer awards up to full tuition.
In addition, any out-of-state students who are awarded more than $1,000 in TWU academic scholarships may qualify for in-state tuition.
Students who seek additional aid can find extensive resources and assistance by visiting the Financial Aid Office and Library or the “Tools and Guides” page on the TWU website.
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With just under 10,000 students, TWU has a vibrant and diverse campus life that offers opportunities in everything from sports to community service.
Many TWU students opt to live on-campus in one of Denton’s four residence halls. Living accommodations are available in a variety of styles, from the traditional dorm to apartments and family-occupancy spaces. All residence halls provide free internet through Ethernet connections in each room.
Students may also opt in to the campus meal plans, which are available to both residents and commuters. Meal plans give students a certain number of meals per week, as well as a weekly allowance of ‘Dining Dollars’.
There are over 100 student organizations, Greek communities, student government groups, and a volunteer groups on campus. If you searched through this list and still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always charter your own club!
For student athletes, the Denton campus offers a variety of recreation and fitness facilities. There are two on-campus gyms and an outdoor pool, as well as a climbing wall, volleyball courts, and an 18-hole golf course. TWU has competitive university teams in basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and softball. Players are cheered on by the TWU Pioneer, the school’s official mascot.
TWU also has an extensive counseling and student support system, which can be reached in person during office hours or via the internet at all times. Specific programs include support groups for body acceptance, stress management, and various ethnic communities. The U.S. News and World Report recognizes TWU as one of the top three most ethnically diverse universities in Texas and one of the top 15 in the nation.
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TWU has many notable alumni in dozens of different fields. Here are just a few:
- Dr. Dana Gibson: first female president of Sam Houston State University
- Sunny Jacquet: artist, a winner of the 2009 D Art Slam sponsored by D Magazine
- Sheryl Luna: acclaimed author and award-winning poet
- Lottye Brodsky: founder and president of Lottye Brodsky and Associates, which provides management advice to non-profits
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