Program for System Admission
Selected students who are denied freshman admission to Texas A&M University may be offered an opportunity to participate in the Program for System Admission (PSA). Through this alternative admission program, selected students may enroll in one of the Texas A&M University System Institutions that participate in PSA with the goal of returning to Texas A&M University in College Station after successful completion of their first year in college.
- Students must have a complete freshman application for the fall semester on file with the Office of Admissions at Texas A&M University in College Station by December 1.
- Students must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Texas A&M System Institution they wish to attend.
- Students must respond to the PSA offer via the Applicant Information System (AIS) by May 1. The priority deadline to accept your PSA offer is March 15.
To qualify for automatic admission via the PSA, students must meet the following criteria:
- Choose and complete specific course requirements from one of the approved TAMU program-specific degree plans
- Complete at least 24 transferable hours in residence at a single System Institution during the fall and spring semesters
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR at the System Institution AND maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR on all transferable coursework (including dual credit taken during high school)
- Submit all required credentials by the published deadline
It is recommended that developmental course(s) and/or prerequisite course(s) be taken prior to fall enrollment. Example: Some institutions require College Algebra before enrolling in higher level math courses.
Participating Colleges/Departments at Texas A&M University
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- Check Texas Success Initiative (TSI) compliance and Math readiness at the System Institution(s) selected
- Contact the System Institution(s) to determine if developmental and/or pre-requisite Math and/or English courses should be taken prior to the fall semester to stay on track with the chosen degree plan
- Most degree plans require Calculus-level Math courses
- Your participation in PSA allows Texas A&M University to share your contact information and basic admissions criteria with all Texas A&M University system schools for which you have been prequalified for admission.
Students can verify course prefixes and numbers at the system institution by using the Transfer Course Equivalency page. Simply click "Search by TAMU Course," then select the subject and course number then the college to see equivalencies.