Admission requirements for transferring freshmen

Requirements for high school 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-21, Mathematics-22, and Science-24) 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
Freshmen students who wish to transfer with fewer than 30 transferable college credit hours must have a minimum transferable college GPA of 2.0 in addition to meeting the regular freshmen entry requirements noted above and 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 ACT Composite Score
Top 10% No minimum No minimum
Next 15% 900 19
2nd Quarter 1000 21
3rd Quarter 1100 23
4th Quarter 1200 27

If you graduated in the top 10% 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-21, Mathematics-22, and Science-24) 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.

 

Didn't graduate, but got your GED?

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-21, Mathematics-22, and Science-24) on the ACT assessment; or
  • A minimum SAT score of 1500 out of 2400 (score considers: Verbal, Math & Writing) or the equivalent.

Holders of GED diplomas who seek admission are also subject to Regular Admission Requirements as shown below:

GED Score SAT Score ACT Score
> 58 900 total/480 Verbal
19 Composite/19 English
51 - 57 1000 total/480 Verbal 22 Composite/19 English
45 - 50 1100 total/480 Verbal 23 Composite/19 English

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

How is my GED score calculated?
We arrive at the score used to evaluate your application by dropping the zeros from the end of each subject area score, adding the scores together, and then dividing by five to get their average.

So, if your scores are:   we drop the zeros,   add the scores together,   and divide the sum by five.
460 - Writing
560 - Soc. Studies
640 - Science
630 - Reading
490 - Math
  460
560
640
630
490
  46
56
64
63
49
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278
  278/5 = 56

In this example, an average score of 56 would be used to evaluate your application for admission. 

Testing & test scores