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Texas Southern University
Established 1947
Type Public, HBCU
President John Rudley
Provost Sunny E. Ohia
Staff 350
Undergraduates 9,500
Postgraduates 2,050
Location Houston, Texas,
United States

29°43′20″N 95°21′38″W / 29.722179°N 95.360534°W / 29.722179; -95.360534Coordinates: 29°43′20″N 95°21′38″W / 29.722179°N 95.360534°W / 29.722179; -95.360534
Campus Urban, 150-acre (0.61 km2)
Former names Texas State University for Negroes
Houston College for Negroes
Colors Maroon and Gray
Nickname Tigers or Lady Tigers
Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Affiliations Southwestern Athletic Conference
Website www.tsu.edu

Texas Southern University (also referred to as Texas Southern or TSU) is a historically black university located in Houston, Texas. Established on March 3, 1947 by the Texas Legislature, it was initially named Texas State University for Negroes. Prior to becoming a state university, Texas Southern was owned by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and had been known as Houston College for Negroes.

Texas Southern is one of only four "independent" public universities in Texas (i.e., those not affiliated with any of Texas' six public university systems).

As of October 2009, about 85% of TSU's students were African-American. 54% of law school students and 43% of pharmacy students were African-American. During that year, the university's president, John Rudley, said that he would try to court Hispanic American people as students. [1]



In February 1946, Heman Marion Sweatt, an African American man, applied to the University of Texas School of Law. He was denied admission because of race, and subsequently filed suit. (See Sweatt v. Painter (1950).) The state had no law school for African Americans. Instead of granting Sweatt a writ of mandamus, the Texas trial court continued the case for six months to allow the state time to create a law school for blacks.

As a result, the state founded Texas Southern University under Senate Bill 140 by the Fiftieth Texas Legislature on March 3, 1947 as a state university to be located in Houston. Originally named Texas State University for Negroes, the school was established to serve African Americans in Texas and offer them fields of study comparable to those available to white Texans. The state took over the Houston Independent School District (HISD)-run Houston College for Negroes as a basis for the new university. At the time, Houston College had one permanent building, but, more importantly, an existing faculty and students. The new university was charged with teaching "pharmacy, dentistry, arts and sciences, journalism education, literature, law, medicine, and other professional courses." The legislature stipulated that "these courses shall be equivalent to those offered at other institutions of this type supported by the State of Texas."

Given the differences in facilities and intangibles such as the distance of the new school from Austin and other law students, the Supreme Court ruled it did not satisfy "separate but equal" provisions, and that African Americans must also be admitted to the University of Texas Law School at Austin.

In the early 1990s, of all of the universities in Texas, TSU had the most violent crime occurring on its campus. Crime became an issue in the campus during the 14 years leading to 2005.[2]

2006 scandal

Former president of TSU Priscilla Slade was fired in June 2006 over allegations of financial mismanagement. [3] She and three other staff were indicted. Her colleague Quentin Wiggins was convicted and sentenced to ten-years in prison. [4 ] Slade's first trial resulted in a hung jury, and she faced retrial in 2008.[4 ]

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed TSU on probation for noncompliance with regulations on financial management and administration. The university's probation was lifted in June 2009.[5]


Texas Southern University

The university has a 150-acre (0.61 km2) urban campus in the middle of Houston's Third Ward (immediately southeast of Downtown Houston).

University Museum

The 11,000 square foot exhibition space displays a variety of historical and contemporary art, it has been designated the permanent home of the Web of Life mural by John T. Biggers. [6]

Sterling Student Life Center

Centrally located on Tiger Walk, the Ernest S. Sterling Student Life Center (SSLC) is the nucleus of campus life at TSU. It provides cultural, social, recreational, educational, and religious programs and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests,as it creates constructive leisure and educational activities. The Student Center is home to the Student Government Association (SGA), University Program Council (UPC), Herald Newspaper, Tiger Yearbook, Office of Campus Organizations, TSU Cheerleaders, Student Activities administrative offices and Office of Events. [7]

Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium

Recently renovated, the Sawyer Auditorium is Texas Southern University’s historical landmark. Sawyer Auditorium features split level seating for up to 1,800 guests for hosting university sponsored events. It also has an adjacent drama playhouse.[8]

Residential facilities

The school has two residence halls for first-year and returning students. [9]

  • Lanier West Hall, for female students

Other housing options include:

  • Apartments with utilities included [10]
    • University Courtyard Apartments
    • Tierwester Oaks
  • The Greystone Apartments (utilities not included) [11]

Postal services

Athletic Facilities


Texas Southern University/Houston Independent School District Charter Laboratory School

The university currently comprises ten schools and colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, the College of Education, the College of Continuing Education, the College of Science and Technology, the Jesse H. Jones School of Business (AACSB accredited), the Graduate School, and the recently established Tavis Smiley School of Communication. The university main library is the Robert J. Terry Library. The Thurgood Marshall School of Law is one of four public law schools in Texas and it also houses a library.

Student activities

The Alma Mater[12]

The air is filled as our voices ring
From earth to the heav’ns above.
With voices raised; we’re singing praise,
To the school we dearly love.
Hail, Hail, Hail! to Texas South-ern
Hail, to our dear Maroon and Gray
Undivided we will stand
By the greatest in the land,
T-S-U, T-S-U, we love you.
All roads lead to Texas South-ern,
Paved with light for one and all.
T-S-U’s a shining star
And we’re proud of what you are,
T-S-U, T-S-U, we love you.
Hail, Hail, Hail! To Texas South-ern
Hail to our Chiefs in reverence we sing.
In our hearts you’ll always stay
As you lead us on our way,
T-S-U, T-S-U, we love you.

Words and Music by C.A. Tolbert


Athletics logo

Texas Southern University's school colors are maroon and gray and the school's mascot is the Tiger. Texas Southern sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Championship Subdivision for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

Men's varsity sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and track and field. Women's varsity sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

TSU's best known rivals are Prairie View A&M, Southern University, Jackson State University, & Grambling State University.

KTSU 90.9 FM

In addition to serving as a training unit for TSU students, the station was also established to serve the University at the program level as well as the community by presenting various types of educational, TSU athletic, cultural, and social programs to a primarily listening area within a 10-mile radius of the University, which basically included Third Ward Community of Houston. A 1973 survey indicated that radio was generally the preferred source of information of African Americans, particularly those with less than a high school education. By the late 70's, the station had secured an ample audience and programming increased in scope. At the same time, the station increased its power range from 10 watts to 18,500 watts. According to the Arbitron Rating Service (ARS), KTSU has an audience of 244,700 listeners and is number one over all of Houston/Galveston stations for its Sunday format and its Friday format of Golden Oldies.[13]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Doug Delony FOX 26 / KRIV Houston television news personality. [14]
Michael Strahan New York Giants defensive end / KRIV Fox NFL analyst.
Don Narcisse CFL and Saskatchewan Roughriders Legend, Pro Football Record 216 Consecutive games with a catch. [1]

Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936–January 17, 1996) |nota=was an American politician from Texas. She served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979.Her persistence won her a seat in the Texas Senate in 1966, becoming the first African American state senator since 1883 and the first black woman to serve in that body

George Thomas "Mickey" Leland (November 27, 1944 – August 7, 1989), was an anti-poverty activist and later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Yolanda Adams (born Yolanda Yvette Adams on August 27, 1961(1961-08-27)) is an American Grammy and Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host. She has sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 according to Soundscan.

Johnson was the 31st General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans.

Harry E. Johnson , Johnson is the current President of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., a project of Alpha Phi Alpha which oversees the fundraising, design, and construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.


  1. ^ Kever, Jeanne (2009-10-01). "TTradition changing at black colleges". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6646207.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06.  
  2. ^ Secret, Mosi. "Books, Bullets and Guns." Houston Press. March 17, 2005. 1. Retrieved on January 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "TSU regents pick Rudley as new president". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/east/news/5448172.html.  
  4. ^ a b "Mistrial for former TSU president". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-10-12-1998912507_x.htm.  
  5. ^ "TSU Accreditation". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/pages/10.asp?item=8532.  
  6. ^ "University Museum". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/museum.asp.  
  7. ^ "Sterling Student Center". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/pages/2526.asp.  
  8. ^ "Sawyer Auditorium". http://www.tsu.edu/pages/1674.asp.  
  9. ^ "The Residence Halls". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/student/housing/residence.asp.  
  10. ^ "University Courtyard Apartments/ Tierwester Oaks/Richfield Manor". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/student/housing/uc.asp.  
  11. ^ "The Greystone Apartments". Texas Southern University. http://www.tsu.edu/student/housing/greystone.asp.  
  12. ^ "Texas Souther University History and Alma Mater" (PDF). http://www.tsu.edu/pdffiles/athletics/mens-sports/baseball/tsu.pdf.  
  13. ^ "KTSU". http://www.ktsufm.org/history.html.  
  14. ^ "Doug 'My Tech Guy' Delony". http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/about_us/Doug_My_Tech_Guy_Delony.  

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