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Why TLU?

Become Part Of Our Community

You have a vision of what your future could be, but you want an adventure along the way. You want to jump into your college years heart first—to seize ideas and experiences in equal measure. You want to give. You want to serve. You want to connect. You want to make friends who will last a lifetime.

You want to be included, to be part of something bigger than yourself. You want to change the world. You want a university where you’ll be surprised, challenged, and welcomed.

Six Great Reasons to Attend

1. You’re Instantly Part of a Community

On average, you’ll be in a classroom approximately 12 and 20 hours a week. What will you do with the rest of your time?

  • Hang out with your fellow TLU Bulldogs (who hail from 23 states and nine countries)
  • See what’s going on at your residence hall (where more than 65% of students live)
  • Go to a meeting of one of the 70+ student organizations on campus (or start your own)

We’re a warm, welcoming, opportunity-filled campus, and we’re standing by to help every student find their place.

The TLU community doesn’t end at the edge of campus: We offer countless ways to serve the community in and around the San Antonio/Austin area, including our hometown of Seguin. And no matter where you go in the world, you won’t be far from another loyal, passionate TLU alum.

Student Life at TLU

2. You'll Graduate into a Career

Alumni of Texas Lutheran University earn 45% more in salary than the national average. More than 80% of our students have a full-time career within six months of graduation.

Why do our graduates thrive? Because we set them up for success long before graduation day. We devote enormous resources to securing internships for students, assisting with career development, and networking with area businesses and TLU alumni. We help our students discover their professional passion and turn it into a lucrative career path. That’s why TLU is regularly named a "Best Value” by U.S. News & World Report.

Career Development

3. You’ll Get to Know Your Professors

The average class size at TLU is 19, and no class is larger than 50 students. At larger public universities, classes may be 10 times that size. By keeping class size small, TLU professors can quickly adapt their curriculum, encourage more participation, and offer you personalized feedback. In smaller classrooms, students connect more easily and learning is more hands-on.

Simply put, small class size provides a richer university experience.

Plus, every student at TLU can work with their professors to conduct and publish undergraduate research. Recently, TLU students and faculty have answered questions such as:

  • Is there a bacteria that can transform grass clippings into alcohol?
  • How can you predict which communities will have the highest voter turnout?
  • Which educational tactics reduce the rate of diabetes in Spanish-speaking communities?
  • How can we take better photos of our solar system from here on earth?

Programs & Majors

4. You'll Be Able to Explore or Expand Your Faith

Lutheran education celebrates academic freedom, critical inquiry, community, inclusiveness, joy, and a holistic understanding of mind, body, and spirit.

Since our founding more than 130 years ago, TLU has embodied and promoted these principles. Here, your spiritual development is as important to us as your academic development.

You do not have to be Lutheran or Christian to attend TLU. We welcome students of any faith—or those who are still exploring faith. Whatever your religious identity, Texas Lutheran University is where you can be, and become, fully yourself.

Campus Ministries

5. You Can Afford TLU

We believe that every student should be able to afford a small, private college experience. That’s what we call The TLU Promise.

When you’re admitted to Texas Lutheran University you will receive at least $20,000/year for four years if you have a high school GPA of at least 3.60 and scored 1100 or higher on the SAT or 22 or higher on the ACT. For fall 2020 and fall 2021, we are also providing an option for students to be reviewed test optional.

More than 95% of our students receive financial aid—making TLU just as affordable as a public university.

Financial Aid

6. You’re Part of a Place that Cares Deeply About our World

Take a moment to read through our Mission, Vision, and Core Values. They perfectly embody what it Texas Lutheran University is all about —and they’re setting a course for our future.

We hope you’ll join us.