Texas Southern University is situated in the heart of America's fourth-largest city, Houston, a vast, teeming metropolis characterized by a diverse population, a vibrant business climate, an outstanding performing and visual arts community and an almost unparalleled quality of life. While maintaining its position as the world's energy capital, in recent years Houston has experienced a transformation into a global center for many other industries, including computers, aerospace, petrochemical, electronics, manufacturing and software development.
The University, located near the heart of downtown Houston, was founded as a Public, co-educational, historically Black University. The campus facilities have grown from one permanent building and several temporary structures in 1947 to 45 buildings on a campus that sits on 150 acres of Land.
Texas Southern University boasts three professional schools, a music recital hall acclaimed for its acoustics, a performance theater, a health and physical education complex with a 7,200-seat arena, a radio station, several dormitories and a variety of apartment-style living and recreational facilities.
Its Robert James Terry Library seats over 1,000 people and has more than 452,850 books and 349,969 microfilms. The library's special collections include the Barbara Jordan Archives, the Mickey Leland Archives, the Traditional African Art Gallery and the Hartman Collection.