How to Apply
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)
- are a student without college credit or
- earned college credit prior to high school graduation (dual credit/early college high school)
Submit your application through APPLYTEXAS or THE COALITION. The application you choose will not affect your admission decision. Be sure the name on your application matches the name on your passport.
ApplyTexas can be used by any student to apply to any public and many private and community colleges in Texas.
The Coalition application is a shared admissions application and toolkit to schools and colleges across the U.S.
Your documents must be received by the deadline (see When to Apply below).
Topic A - Average length is a page to a page and a half. Additional essays will not be reviewed.
BEST > submit as part of the application
OTHER > upload at HOWDY via the Applicant tab
- $90 APPLICATION FEE (nonrefundable/subject to change)
BEST > pay through the application
OTHER > credit card payment by phone (979) 458-5155 or check/money order by mail using the Alternate Payment Form
FEE WAIVER: International applicants are not eligible for an application fee waiver
- OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
To be considered official: Your 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 or credential evaluation prepared by a recognized service and include all original seals and/or signatures.
BEST > transcripts can be uploaded at HOWDY via the Applicant tab (final high school transcripts may not be uploaded through AIS at HOWDY)
OTHER > mail
Faxed or e-mailed copies will not be accepted.
- Submit an official high school/secondary transcript. If you are in the final year when you apply, an official transcript showing at least three years of completed coursework and in-progress coursework must be received by the deadline.
- If you have graduated from high school, you must provide your final transcript that shows senior courses and date of graduation and a diploma, leaving certificate, or official examination results. Students that complete the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam must submit a WAEC scratch card by the deadline.
- Transcript evaluations from an evaluation service which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services 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 be considered as a translation, but they will NOT be accepted as a substitute for required transcripts.
- If you have attended more than one high school (including US accredited schools) then a transcript is required for each school.
- If you transferred your foreign credits to a US school then only the US transcript is needed.
- If your school includes IGCSE/GCSE and A-levels then you must provide your projected A-levels and AS-levels by the deadline.
- OFFICIAL SAT or ACT Scores
Due to the continued lack of availability of in-person testing opportunities, Texas A&M University will not require test scores from freshman applicants in the fall or spring 2021 or 2022 semesters. The submission of tests scores will not create any unfair advantage or disadvantage for those students who provide them.
- You must send your scores through the testing agency.
- Texas A&M SAT code is 6003 and ACT code is 4198.
- Your highest total score from a single test date will be considered for admission.
- SAT and ACT scores expire after 5 years.
- PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
If your native language is not English, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency. If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement for admission and considered English Language Proficiency (ELP) Verified:
English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Federated States of Micronesia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Turks and Caicos Islands
The institutional code for Texas A&M are:
- a minimum TOEFL score of 80 i-BT (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
- a minimum SAT 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 Academic test score of 6.0 overall band (Texas A&M University does not accept the IELTS General test)
- completing all four years in a high school within the U.S.
- Duolingo English Test and English3: Texas A&M University is temporarily accepting both the Duolingo English Test and English3 online assessments from applicants where TOEFL and IELTS exams are impacted due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Applicants from affected countries may submit Duolingo English Test (105 minimum) or English3 scores (67 minimum) to satisfy English proficiency requirements for spring 2021 and fall 2021 admission.
To report IELTS scores:
- TOEFL - 6003
- SAT - 6003
- ACT - 4198
Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston). Please note: there may be multiple instances of Texas A&M University.
Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results.
The Fall 2021 freshman admission deadline has been extended to December 15.
April 1, 2020 - August 1, 2020
DEADLINE: August 1
August 1, 2020 - December 15, 2020
DEADLINE: December 15
April 1, 2021 - August 1, 2021
DEADLINE: August 1
- The Fall Early Action Deadline for Engineering majors only is October 15.
- The application deadline for Fall is December 15. All other required documents will be accepted through December 21.
- If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application will remain open until 11:59 pm (Central Standard Time) on the following Monday. This does not apply to the Early Action Deadline for engineering applicants. Additional required documents will be accepted until 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time) on that Monday.
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
Your complete admission file will be reviewed holistically based on:
*All applicants to the College of Engineering you will be reviewed for placement into General Engineering including students who qualify for automatic admission.
- your application and essay
- class rank
- SAT and/or ACT scores (Optional and not required to complete your admission file.)
- extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, employment and summer activities
- talents, awards and honors
Engineering Short Answer Question
Applicants to the College of Engineering will be asked to answer an engineering specific short answer question as part of their application.
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?
We make decisions throughout the year. All decisions for spring will be posted by December and fall by late March at HOWDY via the Applicant tab.
After you submit your application you will receive an email with your Universal Identification Number (UIN) and instructions to access the Applicant Information System (AIS) at HOWDY via the Applicant tab. Check regularly to make sure all your documents have been received.
- Allow 2-3 weeks to process each document you submit. (See "How to Apply/required documents")
- Documents you submit within one month of the deadline may not appear on your AIS checklist until after the deadline.
- Please bring any questions about your file to our attention immediately by clicking "Contact Us" in AIS.
If I haven't received a decision by now does it mean I am getting denied?
No, 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 have a decision by the end of March.
Can I send new information to help with the decision making process?
Yes; Texas A&M will consider any documents received by the admission deadline.
I applied in July but AIS says I am still in review. Does this mean there is a problem?
No; students will remain "in review" until a decision is made.
Can I appeal my admission decision? Yes, but there are strict guidelines. Read about them here Admission Decision Appeals
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