INTERNATIONAL FRESHMAN

How to Apply

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)

You are an international freshman if you:

  • are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or
  • are not graduating from a Texas high school after three years in residence in Texas (please review Senate Bill 1528)

 

REQUIRED documents must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline (see When to Apply below).

Required Documents

  1. APPLICATION > ApplyTexas.org
    • When to Apply
    • The name entered on the ApplyTexas application must match the name on your passport. If your name does not fit in the space provided, enter as many characters as the space will allow.
       
  2. ESSAYS
    • Topic A - required
    • Topic B - required
    • Topic C - recommended to students who do not meet automatic admission standards
       
    PREFERRED > submit through ApplyTexas
    OTHER METHOD: upload through the Applicant Information System (AIS)
     
  3. $90 PROCESSING FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

    PREFERRED > pay through ApplyTexas
    OTHER METHODS:
    Checks or money orders (U.S. dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University. Checks or money orders are accepted provided they display an agency bank in the United States and have magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) routing numbers at the bottom.

    FEE WAIVER: International applicants are not eligible for an application fee waiver
     
  4. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
    • Submit an official high school or senior secondary transcript according to the education system of your country (generally the last three to four years).
       
    • If enrolled in the final year of secondary education at the time of application, an official transcript showing completed and in-progress coursework must be received by the deadline.
       
    • If you have attended multiple schools (including US accredited schools) then a transcript is required from each institution.
       
    • If you transferred your foreign credits to a US school then only the US transcript is needed.
       
    • If your educational system includes O-levels and A-levels then the completed O-level results and projected A-level results must be received by the deadline.
       
    To be considered official:
    Transcript(s) must have an original signature of a school official (Registrar, Principal, Controller of Examinations or the Ministry of Education) or an original school seal.

    All foreign transcripts must include an English translation prepared by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and/or signatures.

    PREFERRED > transcript can be uploaded in AIS (final high school transcripts may not be uploaded through AIS)
    OTHER METHOD: mail

    Faxed or e-mailed copies will not be accepted.
     
  5. OFFICIAL SAT or ACT Scores (including Writing scores)
    • 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.

    REQUIRED > to be sent from the testing agency

  6. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
    Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which is satisfied by one of the following:
    • a minimum TOEFL score of: 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT)
    • a minimum SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 500
    • a minimum ACT English score of 21
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band
    • completing all four years in a high school within the U.S.
    • applicants who are citizens of the following countries will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement:

      American Samoa
      Australia
      Bahamas
      Barbados
      Belize
      Canada(except Quebec)
      Dominica
      Grenada
      Grand Cayman
      Guyana
      Ireland
      Jamaica
      Liberia
      New Zealand
      Sierra Leone
      Trinidad/Tobago
      United Kingdom
      U.S. Pacific Trust

    Texas A&M University TOEFL code is 6003
    REQUIRED > to be sent from the testing agency

    IELTS (no institutional code)
    REQUIRED > mail
     

IF ADMITTED

When to Apply

Texas A&M University does not offer an early admission deadline or conditional admissions.

Application term
SPRING 2015
OPEN
April 1, 2014
CLOSED
August 1, 2014

 

Application term
FALL 2015
OPEN
August 1, 2014
CLOSED
December 1, 2014

 

* If the deadline falls on a weekend, the ApplyTexas application will remain open until 12 midnight (Central Standard time) on the following Monday. Required documents will be accepted until 5:00pm (CST) on that Monday.

Acts of Dishonesty

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

The applicants choice of major has no baring on the admission decision. Once admitted, students are placed in their major on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants may be admitted one of two ways:

1. Academic Admits

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
  • achieve SAT or ACT test score minimums, and
    • combined SAT score of at least 1300 (Math and Critical Reading) with at least a 600 in each of these components, or
    • composite ACT score of at least 30 with at least a 27 in the Math and English components,
       
  • satisfy the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, and
  • ensure all required documents are received by the application deadline.

2. Review Admits

If an applicant does not qualify for 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 (including Math, Verbal and Writing components) 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 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.

Notification of Decision

Admission decisions are made throughout the application period. 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).

Academic Admits
Notifications are announced after your complete application file is processed.

Review Admits
Applicants will be notified in mid- to late- March.

Tracking Your Application Status

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).

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


After You’re Admitted

REQUIRED

OPTIONAL


Additional Resources

The Academic Success Center helps students identify roadblocks to academic success, provides access to free comprehensive resources and helps students achieve their highest possible academic potential.

The Office of Professional School Advising offers students the opportunity to learn how to prepare for medical, dental, veterinary, law, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy or nursing school.

The University Writing Center helps Texas A&M students learn to write and speak effectively. Through one-to-one consultations, online feedback, and classroom workshops, the writing center strives to make students more self-aware and self-confident communicators.

Peer Academic Services (PAS) provides academic support free of charge to all Texas A&M University students. They offer Supplemental Instruction (SI), tutoring, transfer student services and Independent Study Labs (ISL) for students who do not meet the Texas Success Initiative requirements. They facilitate a Transfer Student Learning Community, one of many targeted support services for transfer students.

Recognized as a top destination for recruiting talent in rankings compiled by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Texas A&M is home to one of the largest, most recognized Career Centers in the country. They offer countless resources to help students determine their career goals and design a job search strategy. The Center works with thousands of employers each year as they recruit Texas A&M students and seek future company leaders.

Disability Services offers accommodations counseling, evaluation referral, disability-related information, adaptive technology services, sign language interpreting and transcription services for academically related purposes.

Veterans Services is committed to assisting our students who are veterans, active duty, military dependents and survivors. 


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