How to Apply for Engineering

You are a freshman if you:

  • are a student without college credit or
  • earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school) and
  • are a U.S. citizen; have applied for permanent residency; or qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528

You are an international freshman if >

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REQUIRED documents must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline. (See When to Apply below). Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.

Submit your application through APPLYTEXAS or THE COALTION. Only one application per student. Choice of application has no bearing on the admission decision. Applicants are encouraged to select engineering majors as their first and second choice on the application.

The ApplyTexas application is a centralized admission application to all public and many private and community colleges in Texas. It is available to all prospective students and Texas residents are encouraged to use this application option.



The Coalition
The Coalition application is a centralized admissions application and toolkit to numerous institutions across the U.S.

   The Coalition


  1. ESSAY
    • Topic A - Required. Additional essays will not be considered in the admission decision process.
    PREFERRED > submit within the application.
    OTHER METHOD: upload through the Applicant Information System (AIS)
    Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.

    Scholarships may have additional essay requirements.
  2. $75 PROCESSING FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

    PREFERRED > pay within the application.
    Students must certify eligibility on the application. Instructions | Samples

    PREFERRED > upload in AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail
    Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.
  3. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT with a numeric class rank and graduation plan
    • If still in high school, you must submit a complete, official transcript through your junior year/6 semesters
    • If graduated from high school, you must submit an official transcript that also includes senior courses, a graduation plan and date of graduation
    • Home-schooled students must submit a complete, official transcript through their junior year/6 semesters which includes grades earned for all completed coursework. 

    • Home-schooled students will be assigned a quartile rank comparable to the rank of other applicants with equivalent SAT or ACT scores.  Test scores must be received before a rank will be assigned.
    • If your school does not rank, a school profile from the high school must be provided along with your transcript and Texas A&M will assign a class rank based on reported GPA.
    • High schools designated by Texas A&M as non-ranking may provide a numeric class rank for students in the top 10% only. All other students will be assigned a ranking by Texas A&M.
    • Please note: An applicant’s class rank assigned by Texas A&M may be different from his or her rank had it been reported by the high school.
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by TREx (available only to Texas high schools)
    PREFERRED > upload a copy of transcript in AIS (final high school transcripts may not be uploaded through AIS)
    OTHER METHOD: mail

    Faxed, emailed or 3rd party vendor electronic transcripts (ie. Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE or AVOW) will not be accepted.
    • Texas A&M SAT code is 6003 and ACT code is 4198.
    • The highest composite or total score from a single test date will be considered for admission.
    • Texas A&M University offers the institutional SAT/ACT exam through Testing Services.
    • SAT and ACT scores expire after 5 years and cannot be used for admissions purposes.

    REQUIRED > to be sent from the testing agency
    Describe your academic and career goals in the broad field of engineering (including computer science, industrial distribution, and engineering technology). What and/or who has influenced you either inside or outside the classroom that contributed to these goals?
    • Question is a required field on the admission application.
    • Students who select Engineering as a first and second choice major will be required to answer the question twice. It is acceptable to use the same response.
    • This entry will not appear on the student’s Applicant Information System (AIS) checklist.
    REQUIRED > submit within application



Optional documents traditionally have very little impact on the admission decision.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    Once submitted, letters of recommendation are not viewable by the applicant.  No more than two letters will be considered.

    PREFERRED > upload through AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail
  • Resumes
    Resumes are not to be used in place of a complete application. All space on the application must be utilized prior to supplementing with a resume.

    PREFERRED > - upload through AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail


  • Proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis
    PREFERRED > upload through AIS
    OTHER METHOD: mail
    Emailed copies will NOT be accepted.
  • Final high school transcript
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by TREx (available only to Texas high schools)
    OTHER METHOD: mail
  • Official college transcript showing any dual credit (if applicable)
    PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by SPEEDE, eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment/AVOW, and National Student Clearing House
    OTHER METHOD: mail

    Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed school envelope.

    College work from one institution posted on the transcript of another is not acceptable.

    All college transcripts will be evaluated, assigned credit and posted to the student record (viewable in Howdy) upon admission.

application term*
OPENS July 1, 2018
CLOSES October 15, 2018


FALL 2019
application term
OPENS July 1, 2018 July 1, 2018
For Engineering Majors
October 15, 2018 October 15, 2018
CLOSES December 1, 2018 December 8, 2018


* Spring application dates differ for incoming International Freshman.

**Early Action notifications will be displayed on the Applicant Information System (AIS) in mid-December.

  1. Visit campus.
  2. Attend a freshman admission session.
  3. Participate in an academic program.
  4. Submit application early. It is recommended the application be submitted before other supporting documents.
  5. Submit supporting documents early using the PREFERRED METHOD. Allow 2-3 weeks to be processed.
  6. More questions? Contact a Prospective Student Center.

All students applying to Texas A&M University are expected to follow the Aggie Code of Honor which states “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.” Applicants found to have misrepresented themselves or submitted false information on the application will receive appropriate disciplinary action.

Pursuant to the current undergraduate catalog and Texas A&M student rule 24.4.1, acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • withholding material information from the University, misrepresenting the truth during a University investigation or student conduct conference, and/or making false statements to any University official
  • furnishing false information to and/or withholding information from any University official, faculty member, or office
  • forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification

The submission of false information at the time of admission or readmission is grounds for rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, dismissal or other appropriate disciplinary action.

How to be Admitted for Engineering

Applicants may be admitted to the University one of three ways:


Freshman applicants qualify for automatic top 10% admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice) if they:

  • 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
  • satisfy the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, and
  • successfully complete the recommended or distinguished graduation plan*, and
  • ensure all required documents are received by the application deadline.

Texas residents attending out-of-state schools are also eligible for top 10% admission at Texas A&M University. A residency questionnaire must be submitted to determine eligibility.

* Students who change from the recommended or distinguished curriculum to the new foundation curriculum must complete the Distinguished Level of Achievement to qualify.


Applicants qualify for automatic academic admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice), if they:

  • successfully complete Texas A&M's required coursework, and
  • rank in the top quarter of their graduating class on or before the application deadline, and
  • meet test score minimums
    • New SAT:
      • Total score of at least a 1360 with at least:
        • 620 Math; and
        • 660 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)
    • Old SAT:
      • Composite score of at least 1300 (Math and Critical Reading) with at least:
        • 600 Math; and
        • 600 Critical Reading
    • ACT:
      • Composite score of at least 30 with at least:
        • 27 Math; and
        • 27 English
  • satisfy the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, and
  • ensure all required documents are received by the application deadline.


If an applicant does not qualify for top 10% or academic admission, but satisfies the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, the complete application will be reviewed.

Factors considered:

  • academic achievements - class rank and SAT and/or ACT scores as well as completion of Texas A&M's required coursework
  • personal achievements - involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, employment and summer activities as well as any talents, awards and honors
  • information shared in essays - Essays A and B are required. The optional essay is recommended for applicants who fall into the holistic review.
  • the complete applytexas application including the optional “Additional Personal Information” shoebox question

Applicants who are high achieving in all areas are most competitive for admission. Students admitted through the holistic 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.

All applicants who select Engineering as a first choice major, including those who qualify for automatic admission to the University via Top 10% or Academic admission, will be reviewed holistically for full admission to General Engineering and pathways that lead to an Engineering degree. Applicants will not be reviewed for second choice majors outside of Engineering. Students may choose to change their major prior to receiving a decision. To qualify for Early Action notification, your admission file must be complete by October 15.

Each year, Texas A&M University receives over 40,000 applications for its freshman class, which means there are more academically prepared applicants than can be admitted fully to the College Station campus. Applicants may be offered one of the following options (fall applicants only):

Engineering at Galveston provides students an opportunity to begin their engineering studies on the Texas A&M Galveston campus and to complete their engineering degree in College Station as part of the College of Engineering.

Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan provides students an opportunity to pursue their engineering degree in a co-enrollment program between Texas A&M University and Blinn College-Bryan Campus.

Engineering at McAllen offers a uniquely designed degree option specially tailored to meet the expected engineering needs in the Rio Grande Valley. Students who begin their engineering career through this program are eligible to complete an engineering degree in College Station as part of the College of Engineering.

Aggie Gateway to Success is a summer provisional admission program that gives students a unique chance to gain full admission to the university the following fall semester.

Texas A&M University Blinn Team Program is a collaborative admission program between Texas A&M University and Blinn College. Students are co-enrolled at both institutions.

Program for System Admission (PSA) offers students who are denied freshman admission the opportunity to enroll in a Texas A&M system school for one year with the intention of achieving guaranteed transfer admission to Texas A&M College Station upon successful completion of the program.

Decisions will be displayed on the Applicant Information System (AIS).

Early Action
Applicants who select Engineering as a first choice major and have a complete admissions file by October 15 will be notified in early December.

All Other Admission Decisions
Applicants will be notified by mid-January.

Admission Decision Appeals

After submitting your application you will receive an email with your Universal Identification Number (UIN) and instructions to access the Applicant Information System (AIS). Check AIS regularly to ensure all documents have been received.

  • Allow 2-3 weeks to process each document submitted via the PREFERRED METHOD.
  • Documents submitted within one month of the deadline or submitted using a non-preferred method may not be noted as received until after the deadline.
  • Please bring any discrepancies regarding your information to our attention immediately via "Contact Us" on AIS.
  • Your admission decision will be posted on the Applicant Information System (AIS).

I am a Top 10% student.  Do I still have to go through holistic review for Engineering?

Approximately 35% of review applicants typically receive some form of admission to Texas A&M. There are several different admission options including:

If I haven't received a decision by now does it mean I am getting denied?
No; due to 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?
Yes; Texas A&M will only consider documents that were received by the admission deadline. This includes updated transcripts reflecting a new class rank.

Should I change my major? Will that give me a better chance of being admitted?
No; choice of major is not considered when making the admission decision to the University. Most majors are determined on a first come, first served basis. There are several colleges at Texas A&M with additional admissions criteria and enrollment limits; therefore, admission to your major is not guaranteed.

I applied in August but AIS says my credentials are still being reviewed, does this mean there is a problem?
No; 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.

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