Admission Decision Appeals
Every applicant who was not admitted through automatic admission criteria to Texas A&M University has had their application file considered through an extensive holistic review. It is because of thoroughness of the review process that it is unusual for an admission decision to be reversed. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the original application. The appeals process is not a re-review of an existing applicant file and appeals will not be accepted from applicants who are not submitting new information.
Guidelines for Submitting an Appeal:
- You are required to speak with an admissions representative to have your appeal option “enabled.”
- You must submit the appeal by April 1st. Appeals from parents/guardians or high school officials will not be accepted.
- Your appeal must be submitted at HOWDY via the Applicant tab. Emails or mailed materials will not be accepted.
- Your appeal must present new and compelling information not included in your original application.
- Your appeal should include an explanation of why the new information was not submitted in your original application.
- Your appeal should include supporting documentation.
- You will be notified of your appeal decision in HOWDY via the Applicant tab no later than May 1st.
- You may only appeal once and the decision is final.
Basis for an Appeal:
- Grade change – an inaccurate grade was reported on your transcript thus impacting your GPA and class rank
- Medical condition – you failed to report a medical condition, illness or surgery which negatively impacted your academics and/or personal achievement
- Extenuating life circumstance – you failed to report a life changing circumstance (such as death of a parent or financial hardship) which negatively impacted your academics and/or personal achievement
- High school transcript showing grade change
- Documented letter from high school counselor referencing grade change
- Documented evidence from health care provider referencing medical condition, illness or surgery which shows compelling reason why your academic or personal achievement were affected
Information Not Considered:
- Interest in attending Texas A&M
- Grades earned after admission decision or admission deadline
- Test scores received after admission decision or admission deadline
- Recent personal achievements, awards, honors etc.
- Interviews with admission representatives
Who is eligible to submit an appeal?
Any student who has received an admission decision from Texas A&M and can present new and compelling academic and/or personal information, including extenuating circumstances, that were not addressed in the original application.
How do I submit an appeal?
Appeals are submitted at HOWDY via the Applicant tab; however, you must first contact an admissions representative at a Prospective Student Center to activate the appeal option. You will be asked to answer a series of questions to qualify your appeal. If you fall within the basis for an appeal, outlined below, the admissions representative will then enable your appeal. You will be required to submit your appeal along with any supporting documents through AIS. All documents should be submitted at the same time.
What kind of situations can someone appeal?
You may appeal about a variety of things, including significant academic or personal achievements that were not disclosed when they submitted the original application. For an appeal to have merit there must be new and compelling information such as a grade change, medical condition or extenuating life circumstance. Students are encouraged to submit any supporting information they feel will help the committee make an informed decision.
Can I appeal if I was offered to participate in Blinn TEAM or PSA?
You may appeal any admission decision if you meet the criteria to do so; however, since it may take some time for a final decision to be reached, it is not a good idea to put off any required paperwork necessary to participate in Blinn TEAM or PSA if these are in any way a possibility you would consider.
I have been admitted to another university. Should I wait for my appeal decision before accepting the other offer?
Since there is no guarantee that your appeal will be granted, it is always a good idea to have a back-up plan. Most universities require students to accept their admission offer by May 1. Students are highly encouraged to submit the necessary documents to accept admission at another institution should the appeal be denied.
How long do I have to submit an appeal?
Appeals must be submitted by April 15th.
What happens after I submit an appeal?
After submitting your appeal, the committee will consider all new information and make a decision about your request. It’s important to remember that only new information will be considered. The appeals process is not a re-review of an existing file. Once a decision has been made, it is final.
How long will it take to receive a decision?
The time it takes for a decision to be made can vary. In some cases, a decision may be reached within a couple of weeks. In other cases, decisions may involve questions that are more complex and so it may take longer. All students will be notified of a decision no later than May 1. Appeal decisions will be posted at HOWDY via the Applicant tab.
Who will make the decision?
All appeals are reviewed by an Admissions Appeals Committee. The committee will meet weekly or more often if deemed necessary.
May I speak with someone on the Admissions Appeals Committee?
No, members of the Admissions Appeals Committee are not available to speak with applicants by phone or in person.
Can someone submit an appeal on my behalf?
Appeals will only be accepted from the student, not a parent or guardian, teacher or alumni.
What is the likelihood that my appeal will be granted?
Historically, few admission decisions have been changed through the appeals process. There is no guarantee that any appeal will be approved or that any specific factor will increase the odds for an appeal to be approved. Appeals are considered on a case by case basis.