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:
        i. 1500 out of 2400 SAT assessment score (score considers: Verbal, Math, & Writing)(Exam dates prior to March 5,2016) or
     
     ii. minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based reading and Writing (EBRW) test and minimum score of 530 on the 
          mathematics test (no combined score)(Exam dates on or after March 5,2016)

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
If you attend a public high school in Texas you must submit a transcript that indicates that you will graduate under the state’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced high school programs as defined in the state’s Uniform Admissions Policy or a transcript that shows you will graduate under the state’s foundation high school program.


If you attend an out-of-state high school or are a home-schooled student, you are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

Applicants who attend private Texas high schools may be exempt if they complete coursework that is “equal in content and rigor” to one of the state’s graduation programs. To claim an exemption under this option, submit an exemption form signed by an official representative of your school.  Details about this exemption are available on the appropriate exemption form. 

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 Conditional 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:
        i. 1500 out of 2400 SAT assessment score (score considers: Verbal, Math, & Writing)(Exam dates prior to March 5,2016) or
      
     ii. minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based reading and Writing (EBRW) test and minimum score of 530 on the 
          mathematics test (no combined score)(Exam dates on or after March 5,2016)

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
If you attend a public high school in Texas you must submit a transcript that indicates that you will graduate under the state’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced high school programs as defined in the state’s Uniform Admissions Policy or a transcript that shows you will graduate under the state’s foundation high school program.


If you attend an out-of-state high school or are a home-schooled student, you are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

Applicants who attend private Texas high schools may be exempt if they complete coursework that is “equal in content and rigor” to one of the state’s graduation programs. To claim an exemption under this option, submit an exemption form signed by an official representative of your school.  Details about this exemption are available on the appropriate exemption form. 

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 Conditional 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.

  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:
        i. 1500 out of 2400 SAT assessment score (score considers: Verbal, Math, & Writing)(Exam dates prior to March 5,2016) or
      
     ii. minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based reading and Writing (EBRW) test and minimum score of 530 on the 
          mathematics test (no combined score)(Exam dates on or after March 5,2016)

Exceptions to the Uniformed Admissions Policy
If you attend a public high school in Texas you must submit a transcript that indicates that you will graduate under the state’s Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced high school programs as defined in the state’s Uniform Admissions Policy or a transcript that shows you will graduate under the state’s foundation high school program.


If you attend an out-of-state high school or are a home-schooled student, you are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

Applicants who attend private Texas high schools may be exempt if they complete coursework that is “equal in content and rigor” to one of the state’s graduation programs. To claim an exemption under this option, submit an exemption form signed by an official representative of your school.  Details about this exemption are available on the appropriate exemption form.