Established in 1901 by an act of the 27th Legislature, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) began classes in 1903 and awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1915, master’s degrees in 1931 and doctoral degrees in 1953.
From its founding more than a century ago to its current notable position in higher education as the nation’s largest university primarily for women, TWU remains committed to providing a quality education to its students.
The University includes four colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Education, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing – and the Graduate School.
In addition to the main campus in Denton, the University operates health science centers in Dallas and Houston, where upper-level and graduate students pursue studies in health-related disciplines. These campuses are joined by a robust online presence, which offers many innovative distance degree programs, including business, education, nursing, nutrition, criminal justice and general studies.
Recent TWU accomplishments include:
· Ten consecutive years of enrollment growth resulting in an all-time record of 14,718 students in fall 2011.
· Raising more than $140 million in funds for facilities, scholarships and endowments in the last 12 years.
· Since 1999, producing more than 20,000 graduates in critical fields including health care, education and business.
The University’s physical growth continues with the construction of state-of-the-art facilities, including:
· The Ann Stuart Science Complex in Denton, which doubled the University’s science lab and classroom space when it opened in 2011.
· The TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, a 190,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2011 and houses the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, the TWU Stroke Center-Dallas, the School of Occupational Therapy, the School of Physical Therapy and the University’s health systems management program.
· The TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, which is located in and is a part of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The new facility opened in 2006 and is meeting the national demand for a multidisciplinary approach to health care. TWU’s School of Occupational Therapy in Houston is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012.
TWU offers 61 bachelor’s, 64 master’s, and 23 doctoral degree programs, including 31 online degrees. The University’s many academic accolades include:
· Among the state’s leading providers of nurses and other health care professionals.
· TWU’s business programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
· Nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the national licensing exam of 98%.
· Overall pass rate of 98% on state teacher certification examinations.
· TWU Honors Scholars hold more than 180 local, regional, national and TWU scholarships.
· TWU awards more than $9 million in scholarships annually.
· Undergraduate science students have received national awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemistry Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
· TWU students have obtained competitive national internships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program.
TWU has numerous national recognitions for its students’ success, including:
· Forbes magazine ranks TWU among the top 25 percent of U.S. colleges for undergraduates. (August 2012)
· U.S. News and World Report magazine ranks TWU in the top three in the state and the top 10 nationally among universities with the most diverse student populations. (2012 Best Colleges issue)
· U.S. News and World Report ranks TWU’s library and information studies and occupational and physical therapy programs among the nation’s best. (2013 Best Graduate Schools issue)
· U.S. News and World Report ranks TWU’s graduate program in occupational therapy 15th nationally. (2013 Best Graduate Schools issue)
· TWU’s physical therapy program is ranked 27th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. (2013 Best Graduate Schools issue)
· Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine lists TWU among its Top 100 Schools in awarding bachelor's and master’s degrees to Hispanics. (2012)
· Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine ranks TWU among the nation’s top 100 universities for granting bachelor’s degrees to minority students. (2012)
· G.I. Jobs magazine has named TWU one of its top Military Friendly Schools for three consecutive years.