Why can’t I see all 8 System Institutions on AIS?
TAMU uses predetermined class rank/test scores minimums to qualify you for guaranteed admission at various System Institutions. Most students are eligible for automatic admission at all 8 System Institutions, but some students aren’t.
If I accept the PSA offer, do I have to send anything to the System Institution(s)?
All application credentials will be shared with the System Institution(s) you indicate on AIS. You are not required to submit another application through Apply Texas. Please note that some System Institutions may require additional documentation if you decide to attend (i.e., final high school transcript, AP/IB scores, etc.)
What if I’m not interested in one of the participating majors (i.e., Engineering)?
The PSA was designed for students who are interested in a participating major. We never recommend using the PSA to be admitted to TAMU with the intention of switching to the major you really want. We recommend taking the coursework and making the grades for your intended major and then applying as a standard transfer student directly to your intended major. You can still attend a System Institution (or any other institution), but you will have to apply as a regular transfer and go through a competitive review process.
I have a lot of dual credit coursework from high school. Is the PSA right for me?
It could be. The answer to this question really depends on what specific coursework you’ve already completed and what your intended major at TAMU is. Before accepting the PSA offer, please visit with an Admissions Counselor in the Aggieland Prospective Student Center by calling 979.458.0950.
What if I already have dual credit for a bolded italicized course?
Dual credit can be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. However, you will still be required to complete at least 24 hours in residence at a single System Institution by the end of the spring semester of your first year in college.
What if I have AP/IB/CLEP credit for a bolded italicized course?
Credit by examination cannot be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. Bolded italicized courses must be taken for a grade, either at the System Institution or via dual credit in high school. Credit by examination can be used to satisfy coursework from the lower box on any degree plan. However, those hours will not count toward the 24-hour residence requirement.
Will my dual credit grades be factored into my GPR?
Yes. The PSA requires you to have a cumulative GPR of at least 3.0 on all transferrable coursework (including dual credit). The PSA also requires you to have a cumulative GPR of at least 3.0 on the coursework you complete from your specific System Institution. In addition, some degree plans require a grade of B or better in certain courses.
What if the System Institution doesn’t have my intended major?
The major choice at the System Institution does not matter. All that matters is that the System Institution will allow you to take the courses you need for your intended major at TAMU.
Can I start taking courses at the System Institution during the summer?
Yes, as long as you get everything set up with your System Institution. However, the PSA requires students to complete 2 long semesters at the System Institution to be eligible for automatic admission. Taking summer courses is also very important if you will need to complete any prerequisite courses (i.e., Math).
If I decide to accept the PSA offer, will I have to submit a new application when I’m ready to transition to TAMU?
Yes, you will have to submit the following:
- A transfer application through Apply Texas (applytexas.org). Submitting this application will allow you to be considered for scholarships. When submitting, please indicate the fee waiver option on the payment page. Texas A&M will then waive the application fee for you. Answer ‘yes’ to the custom question indicating that you are applying for admission as part of the Program for System Admission. Please note that you are not required to submit Essay A.
- An official transcript from your system institution showing your in-progress coursework for the spring semester. You will also need to submit a final transcript once the semester is complete.
- A final high school transcript reflecting your graduation date.
- An official college transcript from any other institutions attended including those where dual credit coursework was taken during high school (even if the coursework is included on the high school transcript).
What happens if I don’t satisfy the criteria for automatic admission?
Your only option would be to submit a standard transfer application for a future term.