PSA

Program for System Admission

The Program for System Admission (PSA) is an alternative admission program for selected students not offered freshman admission to Texas A&M University. PSA provides students the opportunity to attend a Texas A&M University system institution with the goal of enrolling at Texas A&M in College Station after one year.

  • Freshman applicants to Texas A&M are pre-qualified for admission to the system institutions based on requirements provided by each school.
  • PSA is a one-year program that guarantees admission to Texas A&M to students who successfully complete all program requirements as defined on the PSA web page.
  • Applicants must choose a major from the list of those participating (not all majors participate). 
  • Applicants must attend the fall and spring semester (after high school graduation) at the system institution. 
  • Applicants must complete at least 24 hours during the fall and spring semesters at the system institution and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at that school AND maintain a
    minimum 3.0 GPA on all transferable coursework (including dual credit).
  • Engineering applicants must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA at the system institution AND a minimum 3.0 GPA on all other transferable coursework (including dual credit) to guarantee admission.

PLEASE NOTE

Most PSA degree plans require calculus-level math.
Prerequisite math courses may be required prior to fall enrollment at the system institution.
Students admitted to Texas A&M through PSA will be required to follow the curriculum for the major to which they are admitted. Change of major requests are not guaranteed.

  • You must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Texas A&M System school you wish to attend.
  • Students are pre-qualified for PSA based on admission criteria provided by the system schools.
    Some students may have all system schools on their list while others may only have one.
  • ​You must respond to the PSA offer via the Applicant Information System (AIS) by May 1.

To enroll at Texas A&M University, College Station after PSA, you must:

  • Complete specific course requirements from one of the approved TAMU program-specific degree plans.
  • Complete at least 24 transferable hours in residence at a single system school during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR at the system school  AND maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR on all transferable coursework (including dual credit taken during high school). NOTE: Engineering applicants must maintain a 3.25 system school GPA and a 3.0 overall to guarantee admission.  
  • Submit the transfer application along with all required documents by the March 1 deadline.

It is recommended that developmental course(s) and/or prerequisite course(s) be taken prior to fall enrollment. Example: Some institutions require College Algebra before enrolling in higher level math courses.


  • Check Texas Success Initiative (TSI) compliance and Math readiness at the system school(s) selected.
  • Contact the system school(s) to determine if developmental and/or pre-requisite Math and/or English courses should be taken prior to the fall semester to stay on track with the chosen degree plan.
  • Most degree plans require Calculus-level Math courses.
  • Your participation in PSA allows Texas A&M University to share your contact information and basic admissions criteria with all Texas A&M University System schools for which you have been prequalified for admission.
  • Dual credit can be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. However, you will still be required to complete at least 24 hours in residence at a single system school by the end of the spring semester of your first year of college.
  • Dual credit grades will be factored into the cumulative GPA calculation. PSA requires you to have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on all transferable coursework, which includes dual credit. Additionally, you will need to have a 3.0 GPA or higher on coursework you complete at your specific system school. Some degree plans require a grade of ‘B’ or better in certain courses.
  • Credit by examination (AP/IB/CLEP) cannot be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. Bolded italicized courses must be taken for a grade, either at the system school or via dual credit in high school. Credit by examination can be used to satisfy coursework from the lower box on any degree plan. However, those hours will not count toward the 24-hour residence requirement.

or more information about any of these campuses, including their requirements for admission, please click on any of the following links:
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Prairie View A&M University
Kathleen Vandyke
kgvandyke@pvamu.edu

Tarleton State University
Molly Stewart
mstewart@tarleton.edu

Texas A&M International University
Juan Vazquez
juan.vazquez@tamiu.edu

Texas A&M University — Commerce
Jody Todhunter
jody.todhunter@tamuc.edu

Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi
Bill Coari
william.coari@tamucc.edu

Texas A&M University — Kingsville
Sasha Diaz
sasha.diaz@tamuk.edu

Texas A&M University — Texarkana
Chrissy Gonzalez
cgonzalez@tamut.edu

West Texas A&M University
Alyson Ries
aries@mail.wtamu.edu


Participating Colleges/Departments at Texas A&M University

  • You must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Texas A&M System school you wish to attend.
  • Students are pre-qualified for PSA based on admission criteria provided by the system schools.
    Some students may have all system schools on their list while others may only have one.
  • ​You must respond to the PSA offer via the Applicant Information System (AIS) by May 1.

Why can't I see all 8 system schools on AIS?
The system schools use class rank/test scores minimums to qualify you for admission. Most students are eligible for admission at all 8 system schools but some students are not.

If I accept the PSA offer, do I have to send anything to the system school(s)?
Your information will be shared with the system school(s) you select on AIS. You are not required to submit another application through ApplyTexas. Some system schools may require additional items if you decide to attend (i.e., final high school transcript, AP/IB scores, etc.)

What if I’m not interested in one of the participating majors (i.e., Business)?
The PSA was designed for students who are interested in a participating major. We never recommend using the PSA to be admitted to TAMU with the intention of switching to the major you really want.

I have a lot of dual credit coursework from high school. Is the PSA right for me?
It depends on the specific classes you have already taken and your intended major at Texas A&M. Before accepting the PSA offer, please visit with an Admissions Counselor in the Aggieland Prospective Student Center by calling 979.458.0950.

What if I already have dual credit for a bolded italicized course?
Dual credit can be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. However, you will still be required to complete at least 24 hours in residence at a single system school by the end of the spring semester of your first year in college.

What if I have AP/IB/CLEP credit for a bolded italicized course?
Credit by examination cannot be used to satisfy a bolded italicized course. Bolded italicized courses must be taken for a grade, either at the system school or via dual credit in high school. Credit by examination can be used to satisfy coursework from the lower box on any degree plan. However, those hours will not count toward the 24-hour residence requirement.

Will my dual credit grades be factored into my GPA?
Yes. The PSA requires you to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on all transferrable coursework (including dual credit). The PSA also requires you to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on the coursework you complete from your specific system school. In addition, some degree plans require a grade of B or better in certain courses.

What if the system school doesn’t have my intended major?
The major choice at the system school does not matter. All that matters is that the system school will allow you to take the courses you need for your intended major at Texas A&M.

If I decide to accept the PSA offer, will I have to submit a new application when I’m ready to transition to Texas A&M?
Yes, you will have to submit the following:

  1. A transfer application through ApplyTexas or The Coalition. Submitting this application will allow you to be considered for scholarships. When submitting, please indicate the fee waiver option on the payment page. Texas A&M will then waive the application fee for you. Answer ‘yes’ to the custom question indicating that you are applying for admission as part of the Program for System Admission. Please note that you are not required to submit Essay A.
  2. An official transcript from your system school showing your in-progress coursework for the spring semester. You will also need to submit a final transcript once the semester is complete.
  3. A final high school transcript reflecting your graduation date.
  4. An official college transcript from any other schools attended including those where dual credit coursework was taken during high school (even if the coursework is included on the high school transcript).

 

Students can verify course prefixes and numbers at the system school by using the Transfer Course Equivalency page.  Simply click "Search by TAMU Course," then select the subject and course number then the college to see equivalencies.