INTERNATIONAL FRESHMAN

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)

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)

 

Submit your application through APPLYTEXAS or THE COALTION. Only one application per student. Choice of application has no bearing on the admission decision. The name entered on the 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.

ApplyTexas
Texas residents are encouraged to complete the ApplyTexas application, a centralized admission application to all public and many private and community colleges in Texas.

ApplyTexas

OR

The Coalition
Texas A&M University will begin accepting the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application on September 1, 2016. The Coalition application is a centralized admissions application and toolkit to numerous institutions across the U.S.

The Coalition

 

  1. ESSAYS
    • Topic A - required
    • Topic B - required
    • Topic C - recommended to students who do not meet automatic admission standards
       
    PREFERRED > submit within application
    OTHER METHOD: upload through the Applicant Information System (AIS)
     
  2. $90 PROCESSING FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)

    PREFERRED > pay within application
    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
     
  3. 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).
       
    • Transcript evaluations from an evaluation service which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or from the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of the Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers are recommended and will  be accepted.  We recommend a document-by-document evaluation (with a GPA) for high school credentials and a course-by-course evaluation for college/university transcripts from non-U.S. institutions. Credentials received from a credential evaluation service will be evaluated by staff and must meet all other admission credential requirements. As a reminder, credentials issued in a language other than English must include a word for word English translation, performed by a recognized translation provider, in addition to the credential evaluation. Credential evaluations will not be considered as a translation.
       
    • 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.
       
    • If graduated from high school an official transcript is required; it must include senior courses, a graduation plan and date of graduation.
       
    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.
     
  4. OFFICIAL SAT or ACT 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.
    • SAT and ACT scores expire after 5 years and cannot be used for admissions purposes.

    REQUIRED > to be sent from the testing agency

  5. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
    Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency to be eligible for review. English proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the criteria below.
    • a minimum TOEFL score of: 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 internet-based testing (i-BT), or
    • a minimum SAT:
      • Test date prior to March 2016-Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 500
      • Test date after March 2016-Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 560
    • a minimum ACT English score of 21,
    • a minimum PTE Academic score of 53,
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band, or
    • completing all four years in a high school within the U.S.
       
    Beginning with Summer/Fall 2017 enrollment, applicants who are citizens of the following countries will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement for admission:
    American Samoa
    Anguilla
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Australia
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Bermuda
    British Virgin Islands
    Canada (except Quebec)
    Cayman Islands
    Dominica
    Gambia
    Ghana
    Gibraltar
    Grenada
    Grand Cayman
    ​Guyana
    Ireland
    Jamaica
    Liberia
    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia
    Trinidad/Tobago
    Turks and Caicos Islands
    United Kingdom
    U.S. Pacific Trust

    Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official.

    To report SAT and TOEFL scores: The institutional code for Texas A&M University for SAT and TOEFL score reporting is 6003.

    To report ACT scores: The institutional code for Texas A&M University for ACT score reporting is 4198.

    To report IELTS scores: Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system to Texas A&M University, PO Box 40002, College Station, TX. Please note: there may be multiple addresses on file for the same university. Be sure you reference the PO Box 40002 address.

    Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. We will use your highest test score from one test date.
     
  6. ENGINEERING MAJORS QUESTION
    Describe your academic and career goals in the broad field of engineering. 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
     

IF ADMITTED

Texas A&M University does not offer conditional admission.

SPRING 2018
application term
APPLICATION & REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
OPENS April 1, 2017
CLOSES August 1, 2017

 

FALL 2018
application term
ADMISSION
APPLICATION
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
OPENS July 1, 2017 July 1, 2017
EARLY ACTION CLOSES* October 15, 2017 October 15, 2017
CLOSES December 1, 2017 December 8, 2017


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

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 for Engineering

The applicant's choice of major has no bearing 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.

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
 

2.

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.

All applicants to the College of Engineering, including those who qualify for automatic Academic admission to the University, will be reviewed holistically for placement into General Engineering. To qualify for Early Action notification, your admission file must be complete by October 15.

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

Early Action
Applicants will be notified in early December.

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

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).

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.


REQUIRED

OPTIONAL

 

Additional Resources

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