Admission requirements for freshmen

High school requirements for Top 10%
The State of Texas Uniformed Admission Policy and Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803 - 51.809 requires all first-time freshmen seeking admission at a public Texas four-year institution to meet one of the following college readiness standards.

  1. Successfully complete the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished high school programs or a pre-college high school curriculum equivalent in content and rigor; or
  2. Satisfy ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks (English-18, Reading-22, Mathematics-22, and Science-23) on the ACT assessment; or
  3. Earn at least a 1500 out of 2400 SAT assessment score (score considers: Verbal, Math, & Writing) or the equivalent.

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
Under Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.807, the high school is identified as the certifying authority regarding a student's successful completion of the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished high school programs or a curriculum equivalent. Exemptions to this Policy require completion of one of the two Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board exemption forms provided below. Each form may be used to provide an explanation of the exemption claim and must be submitted by the high school counselor or other school official in addition to all other required credentials for admission.

Note: Effective beginning Summer 2011, our high school unit requirements will change to reflect the state's requirements for the Recommended or Advanced high school program.

Courses No. of credits More about this requirement
English 4 credits None
Laboratory science 4 credits At least one credit must be in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
Mathematics 4 credits Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a higher math
Social Studies 3 credits None
Foreign Language 2 credits Must be 2 credits in one foreign language or
2 credits in American Sign Language
While it is not required for admission, a high school course in computing may provide the skills needed to fulfill the University's computer literacy requirement.

Automatic admission standards
If you graduated in the top 25% of your high school class and successfully completed the required pre-college curriculum above, you will gain automatic admission without minimum SAT or ACT score requirements. You are, however, still required to submit official scores on either exam to the Office of Recruitment and  Admissions.

The SAT scores reflected in the tables below include the combination of the Critical Reading and Math Sections. Our current test score requirements do not include the writing section component.

Class rank SAT Composite Score ACT Composite Score
Top 25% No minimum No minimum

If you graduated in the top 25% and did not successfully complete a required pre-college curriculum or an equivalent, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Satisfy ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks (English-18, Reading-22, Mathematics-22, and Science-23) on the ACT assessment; or
  • A minimum SAT score of 1500 out of 2400 (score considers: Verbal, Math & Writing) or the equivalent.

Those applicants who do not meet Regular Admission Requirements may be considered for admission under our Alternative Admission Procedure.

High school requirements for all other graduates
The State of Texas Uniformed Admission Policy and Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803 - 51.809 requires all first-time freshmen seeking admission at a public Texas four-year institution to meet one of the following college readiness standards.

  1. Successfully complete the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished high school programs or a pre-college high school curriculum equivalent in content and rigor; or
  2. Satisfy ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks (English-18, Reading-22, Mathematics-22, and Science-23) on the ACT assessment; or
  3. Earn at least a 1500 out of 2400 SAT assessment score (score considers: Verbal, Math, & Writing) or the equivalent.

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
Under Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.807, the high school is identified as the certifying authority regarding a student's successful completion of the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished high school programs or a curriculum equivalent. Exemptions to this Policy require completion of one of the two Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board exemption forms provided below. Each form may be used to provide an explanation of the exemption claim and must be submitted by the high school counselor or other school official in addition to all other required credentials for admission.

Note: Effective beginning Summer 2011, our high school unit requirements will change to reflect the state's requirements for the Recommended or Advanced high school program.
Courses No. of credits More about this requirement
English 4 credits None
Laboratory science 4 credits At least one credit must be in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
Mathematics 4 credits Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a higher math
Social Studies 3 credits None
Foreign Language 2 credits Must be 2 credits in one foreign language or
2 credits in American Sign Language
While it is not required for admission, a high school course in computing may provide the skills needed to fulfill the University's computer literacy requirement.

Automatic admission standards
High school graduates that have met the requirements noted above may obtain automatic admission to the University by meeting the Regular Admission Requirements below.

The SAT scores reflected in the tables below include the combination of the Critical Reading and Math Sections. Our current test score requirements do not include the writing section component.

Class rank SAT Composite Score New Redesigned
Sat Composite
Score 
(March 2016
administration
and forward)
ACT Composite Score
Top 25% No Minimum No minimum No Minimum
2nd Quarter 1000 1080 21
3rd Quarter 1100 1170 23
4th Quarter 1200 1270 27
Those applicants who do not meet Regular Admission Requirements may be considered for admission under our Alternative Admission Procedure.

Didn't graduate, but got your GED?
All GED graduates are to present their State of Texas Official Certificate of High School Equivalency indicating a test passing status with a certificate issue date and certificate number. 

 
Holders of GED certificates who seek admission are also subject to Regular Admission Requirements as shown below: 
 
SAT Composite Score             ACT Composite Score
1000                                        21
 
Homeschooled Student?

The State of Texas Uniformed Admission Policy and Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803 - 51.809 requires all first-time freshmen seeking admission at a public Texas four-year institution to meet one of the following college readiness standards.

  • Satisfy ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks (English-18, Reading-22, Mathematics-22, and Science-23) on the ACT assessment; or
  • A minimum SAT score of 1500 out of 2400 (score considers: Verbal, Math & Writing) or the equivalent.

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
Under Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.807, the high school is identified as the certifying authority regarding a student's successful completion of the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished high school programs or a curriculum equivalent. Exemptions to this Policy require completion of one of the two Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board exemption forms provided below. Each form may be used to provide an explanation of the exemption claim and must be submitted by the high school counselor or other school official in addition to all other required credentials for admission.

Those applicants who do not meet these standards will be considered for admission under our Alternative Admission Procedure.