Who Is TWU?

By Jeff Lippman - December 16, 2007


Anyone who paid really close attention to the women's basketball Top 25 scoreboard on Saturday may have come across the abbreviation of a school they were unfamiliar with.

No. 24 Wyoming played host to a school abbreviated TWU, and defeated them 75-60 in the Wyoming Shootout.

So who is TWU? Were the graphics people just being cute, calling UTEP by its former name Texas Western University? Nope, this was not the University that upset Kentucky to win the 1966 Men's Basketball National Championship.

TWU stands for Texas Woman's University, formerly Texas State College For Women (TSCW), formerly College of Industrial Arts (CIA), formerly Girls Industrial College (no abbreviation).

Located in Denton, Texas, with campuses in Houston and Dallas, TWU has a total post- and undergraduate enrollment of 11,832 and, coincidentally enough, since 1994 all their programs have been open to male students as well.

TWU actually has one of the most respected nursing programs in the entire nation, as the College of Nursing is the largest in Texas and the fifth largest in the entire United States. And their nursing doctoral program is the largest in the country.

Texas Woman's athletics - nicknamed the Pioneers - sponsor five intercollegiate sports at the Division II level in basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and gymnastics. The gymnastics team has actually won eight USA Gymnastics National Titles.

So there you have it. Next time you see TWU on the sports page or in the headlines, you'll turn to your friend and say, "Bet you didn't know that TWU is Texas Woman's University, and that they also allow men to go to school there."

"You're correct," your friend will respond. "I did not know that." And for the next 20 minutes you will be glad that you read this blog post.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:38 AM on December 16, 2007
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