High School Guidance Counselors
As an educator, we applaud you for advocating for your students and working to promote your students' academic, career, personal, and social development. We recognize that you provide individuals and groups with career and educational counseling. We value your insight and experience in guiding your students to the right college choice.
In an effort to assist you with advising students about admission requirements, entrance exams, financial aid, scholarships and college majors, we've structured our Admissions web pages in such a way as to provide you with the information you need.
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Admissions Counselors will be available to speak with guidance counselors, as well as, applicants and their families to assist with questions about college admissions and the application process.
Additionally, Texas A&M University has Prospective Student Centers throughout the state where students can meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor or Financial Aid Advisor to learn more about admissions, academic programs, financial aid, housing and student services. Admissions Counselors and Financial Aid Advisors answer questions, organize events and help students with every step of the application process.
Undergraduate students at Texas A&M University may earn course credits by demonstrating superior achievement on tests offered through several examination programs.
Credit by examination is available to freshmen who plan to enter the University and to students who are currently enrolled. Credit earned by examination does not contribute to a student's grade point ratio.
The University awards credit for scores on certain tests published by the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program Computer-Based Testing (CLEP CBT), the SAT Subject Tests, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Texas A&M also offers qualified students opportunities to earn credits by taking departmental examinations prepared by the faculty.
Information concerning credit by examination may be obtained from Data and Research Services, (979) 845-0532.
Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, an innovative high school graduation option will be available to Texas students. This option was created by House Bill 3 (81st Legislature). Under the provisions of the statute, research universities may partner directly with Texas school districts to offer an alternative route to a high school diploma to students who demonstrate early readiness for college.
What is an early readiness diploma?
Under this program, students who meet the placement standards of the research universities in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and a language other than English may be eligible to receive high school diplomas, notwithstanding any other state or local requirements. Diplomas awarded under this option will be treated as recommended high school diplomas for other purposes, such as eligibility for enrollment in universities or for financial aid. This option may permit students to enroll in additional courses while in high school or to enroll in college early. This high school diploma option does not guarantee admission to Texas A&M University (College Station), The University of Texas at Austin, or to any other college or university or academic program; it does signify that students have met a rigorous standard that is aligned with the placement standards of a leading flagship institution.
What are the requirements1?
Students must attend a high school in a Texas school district that has entered into an agreement with a research university and must meet the requirements that demonstrate sufficient mastery in each subject area for which the state has adopted college readiness standards and in a language other than English. Students interested in pursuing this unique opportunity should speak to their high school counselors.
What if I am not enrolled in a partner district?
Under the requirements of the statute, only students from participating school districts are eligible for the early readiness diploma option. Students interested in participating from other school districts should contact their school district or the Early Readiness High School Graduation Option office at The University of Texas at Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does an early readiness diploma guarantee admission to Texas A&M University (College Station)?
No. Students must still apply and meet admission standards in effect at the time of their application.
I'm interested in participating. What should I do next?
Interested students should view the detailed requirements. Students who are in a participating district and meet the requirements for participation can register here.
Interested districts should download, execute, and return the District Agreement.
For any questions, contact the Early Readiness High School Graduation Option office at email@example.com.
1 TEC 28.0253 (b)(1)
(A) the specific competencies that demonstrate a student’s mastery of each subject area for which the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the commissioner have adopted college readiness standards;
(B) the specific competencies that demonstrate a student’s mastery of a language other than English; and
(C) acceptable assessments or other means by which a student may demonstrate the student’s early readiness for college with respect to each subject area and the language described by this subdivision, subject to Subsection (c); (c) The assessments or other means filed by a research university under Subsection (b)(1)(C) must be equivalent to the assessments or other means the university uses to place students at the university in courses that may be credited toward a degree requirement.
Texas A&M University is pleased to offer the High School Enrichment Program (HSEP) for qualified high school students in the Bryan/College Station area that will provide college credit and may also provide credit toward high school graduation.*
This program provides a chance to further your knowledge in a subject you have completed in high school and earn valuable credit for graduation at both levels. For example, if you are interested in Physics and you have completed all of the classes your high school offers, you may qualify to continue to study Physics at the college level.
To be considered for this program, students must have completed all levels of related coursework offered at their high school. Each student is eligible to take 1 (one) course per fall or spring semester, and course registration will be completed by the TAMU advisor. No summer classes are offered at this time. Classes will be held on the Texas A&M campus, and students and their parents/guardians will be responsible for any financial, lodging, scheduling or transportation considerations. The course offered are Texas A&M University courses, students accepted into HSE are expected to adhere to the Texas A&M Student Rules.
- You must be a junior or senior in high school in the Bryan/College Station area
- You must meet one of the following test score minimums:
- New SAT - total score of at least a 1270
- Old SAT - combined Verbal and Math score of 1200
- ACT composite score of 27
Please note: Admission for this program is on a space-available basis. The applicant pool is competitive, and admission into this program is not guaranteed.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must furnish the following:
How to Send Your Documents
PREFERRED> Most documents may be uploaded via the Applicant Information System (AIS) which you can access after you have submitted your application for admission and have received your Universal Identification Number (UIN).
OTHER METHOD: mail
FALL - July 1 is the deadline to apply for fall entry. Acceptance into the program will be announced in early August.
SPRING - November 1 is the deadline to apply for spring entry. Acceptance into the program will be announced in early December.
For more information about this program please contact an Admissions Counselor at the Aggieland Prospective Student Center by calling (979)458-0950 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Note: All students who complete this program and earn college credit will be subject to the following rules: Texas A&M University Student Rules and Regulations, the Aggie Honor Code, and tuition charged for excess credit hours (this could affect your eligibility for a future $1000 tuition rebate).
* It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Records Office in the Office of Admissions to request official documentation of program participation to be sent to their high school