Introducing Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross is a public university, in a rural setting, located in Alpine, Texas. It was founded in 1917 and named for former Texas governor and Civil War Confederate general Lawrence Sullivan Ross. The original name was Sul Ross Normal College before becoming a university in 1969.

The main campus consists of 647 acres in the Davis Mountains. Of that, 468 acres are dedicated to a working ranch that serves the animal science programs. There are a total of five campuses that make up Sul Ross University. All of them are in West Texas

Alpine is the county seat of Brewster County. The population was 5,905 at the 2010 census. The town has an elevation of 4,475 feet, and the surrounding mountain peaks are over 1 mile above sea level.

Sul Ross State University is home to 1,784 undergraduate students on the main campus. At present, the makeup of the student population is 21 percent White, five percent Black, 69 percent Latino, less than one percent Asian, two percent unknown and less than one percent Non-Resident Alien.

Most freshman are required to live on campus and when students are not busy studying or in class, there are 30 men’s and women’s division three athletic teams to support as well as a myriad of clubs and organizations, and intramural sports.

Multi-/interdisciplinary studies is the primary major at SRU with 17 percent of the student population working towards that degree. Criminal justice/safety studies are the next most popular major at 12 percent with Business following close behind at 11 percent. To help students grow and learn outside the classroom, there are an increasing number of students taking advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered by SRU.

If any of what you read above sounds interesting to you, contact admissions at or 432-837-8126 to get the additional information you need to make an informed decision about whether Sul Ross University is a good fit for you.

Phone: (713) 858-4325
Fax: (713) 858-4325
Richmond, TX 77406
1860 FM 359 #229