How to be Admitted
Each year, Texas A&M University receives over 30,000 applications for its freshman class, which means there are more academically prepared applicants than can be admitted.
When all credentials necessary to complete a freshman applicant's file are received during the admission application period, one of the following criteria will be used to determine who will be offered admission.
Freshman applicants qualify for automatic top 10% admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice) if they successfully complete the minimum required coursework, and:
attend a recognized public or private high school in Texas, and
rank in the top 10% of their graduating class on or before the application deadline, and
meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, and
ensure all required credentials are received by the freshman closing date.
* Students who are Texas residents in out-of-state schools are also eligible for top 10% admission at Texas A&M University. They must submit a residency questionnaire so that their residency status can be determined. This may take a little longer, but students will be admitted, if qualified.
Applicants qualify for automatic academic admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice), if they successfully complete the minimum required coursework and:
rank in the top quarter of their graduating class;
achieve a combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of at least 1300 with a test score of at least 600 in each of these components; or achieve a composite ACT score of at least 30 with a test score of at least 27 in ACT Math and ACT English (students must take the writing component of the SAT and/or ACT in order for the test score to be considered);
meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy; and
ensure all required credentials are received by the freshman closing date.
The goal of the Office of Admissions' review process is to select from a large and diverse pool of applications those students who have prepared themselves academically and have shown through consistent leadership and activities that they are ready to commit themselves to the complete educational experience at Texas A&M.
If an applicant does not qualify for top 10% or academic admission, but meets the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, the complete application file will be reviewed in a holistic manner on the evaluation of a variety of factors and not by a single formula or point system. The information reported in the application, essays A and B, and any supplemental information including a resume, essay C, or letters of recommendation are considered along with the applicant's academic profile. Applications are subject to a rigorous, accurate and thorough review by professionally trained readers. In addition, admissions managers conduct numerous checks for consistency throughout the entire process. A holistic assessment of a complete application includes recognizing elements of academic excellence as well as commitment through extracurricular involvement, leadership, community service and achievement. Students admitted through the review process are expected to be successful academically at Texas A&M, as well as, bring qualities and insights that will enrich the student body of the university.
Holistic review reflects our reader's thoughtful consideration upon the evidence included in the application. Applicants should take care in presenting themselves in the most complete and accurate way possible.
If Texas A&M University is unable to offer an applicant full admission, they may be offered the following options:
Texas A&M University Blinn Team Program
Some students will be admitted directly to the Texas A&M Blinn TEAM program, a collaborative effort between Texas A&M University and Blinn College. Students are co-enrolled at Texas A&M and Blinn College and have most of the same privileges of a full-time Texas A&M student. They can apply for on-campus housing, join clubs, attend sporting events and use campus facilities such as the libraries and Student Recreation Center. After two years of coursework, a 3.0 GPA from 15 hours at Texas A&M and 45 hours at Blinn College, applicants will be granted full admission to Texas A&M University.
Aggie Gateway to Success
Aggie Gateway to Success (Gateway or AGS) is a provisional admission program at Texas A&M University that is administered through Texas A&M University Transition Academic Programs. Gateway students are given a unique chance to gain full admission by taking summer courses and proving how well they can do academically.
Program for System Admission (PSA)
Some students may be given the opportunity to participate in the Program for System Admission (PSA). Participants enroll in one of Texas A&M’s system schools and complete 24 hours of coursework in one year, and are then guaranteed admission to Texas A&M in College Station thereafter. However, participants may not be eligible for admission to all system schools (list of participating institutions and schools).
Apply for Transfer Admission to Texas A&M in a later semester
Students of any community college or university can apply for admission to Texas A&M as a transfer student. We encourage you to work with an advisor at one of our Prospective Student Centers.
Program for Transfer Admission (PTA)
The Program for Transfer Admission (PTA) offers prospective transfer students a unique opportunity to be automatically admitted to Texas A&M University. PTA is designed for students attending Texas community colleges and offers more than 65 degree plans.
Upon successful completion of the coursework outlined by the degree plan and additional requirements of the program, participants are eligible for automatic admission to Texas A&M.
Admission decisions are made throughout the application period, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible. Final decisions will be announced in mid-November for spring admission and mid- to late- March for fall admission through the Applicant Information System (AIS).
Top 10% & Academic Admits
Notifications are mailed after your complete application file is processed.
Applicants will be notified in mid- to late- March.
Check your application status at the Applicant Information System (AIS).
Students who do not qualify for automatic admission receive a holistic review of all of their admissions credentials. This process takes into consideration all academic and personal achievements. Academic achievements include students' class rank and SAT and/or ACT scores (with the writing component). Personal achievements include students' involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, employment and summer activities as well as any talents, awards and honors. Texas A&M utilizes this information which is found on the application and the essays as part of the holistic review process. Applicants who are high achieving in both areas are most competitive for an admission offer to Texas A&M.
As an applicant who is going through the holistic review process, what is the likelihood that I will get admitted to Texas A&M?
Thirty six percent of review applicants received some form of admission to Texas A&M. There are several different admission options including:
Full Admission to Texas A&M
Blinn TEAM - a collaborative, co-enrollment partnership between Texas A&M and Blinn College
Aggie Gateway to Success - a provisional admission program at Texas A&M that is administered through General Academics
If I haven't received a decision by now does it mean I am getting denied?
No; however, because of the increasing number of students who qualify for automatic admission to Texas A&M, we must closely monitor our class size to determine how many students from holistic review may be admitted and when. The goal is for all students applying for the fall semester to receive a decision by the end of March.
Can I send new information to help with the decision making process?
Texas A&M will only consider credential that were received by the admission deadline. This includes updated transcripts reflecting new class rank.
Should I change my major? Will that give me a better chance of being admitted?
Choice of major is not considered when making the admission decision to the University; however, it is important to note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to your major. While most majors are determined on a first come, first served basis there are several colleges at Texas A&M with additional admissions criteria.
I applied in August but AIS says my credentials are still being reviewed, does this mean there is a problem?
Students will remain "in review" until an admission decision is made. The goal is for all students applying for the fall semester to receive a decision by the end of March.
What if I have an offer to another university but I really want to go to Texas A&M?
It is always a good idea to have a back-up plan. Most universities require students to accept their admission offer by May 1st. Students are highly encouraged to submit the necessary documents to accept admission at another institution should they not gain admission to Texas A&M.
Applicants must submit credentials early for verification of receipt. Please allow two to three weeks for the application and credentials to be processed. Processing time may be longer for applicants submitting credentials as the closing date approaches. Once students apply, they will receive a Universal Identification Number (UIN) and instructions from the Office of Admissions on how to check their application status using the Applicant Information System (AIS). The student has the ultimate responsibility to ensure receipt and accuracy of all credentials.
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