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How to be Admitted

You may be admitted one of two ways:


You qualify for automatic admission if you:

Texas residents attending out-of-state schools are eligible for top 10% admission at Texas A&M University. A residency questionnaire must be submitted to determine eligibility.


If you do not qualify for top 10%, but meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, your application file, which includes all academic and non-academic factors you noted throughout your high school career, will be reviewed in a holistic manner. Holistic review is a thorough, individualized, and complete assessment of your application file. We will consider the following:

  • Information found in your application, essay and academic record
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Leadership and employment opportunities
  • Talents, awards and honors
  • Hardships, challenges and unique experiences

Students applying for Fall admission may receive a decision within a month of file completion.  However, applying early does not guarantee an early decision.  Generally, most students in review will receive a decision between January 1 and late-March.

Each year, we receive more than 50,000 applications for our freshman class, which means we have more qualified applicants than we can admit.

If we are unable to offer you admission, you may be offered one of the following options (fall applicants only):

Aggie Gateway to Success is a summer provisional admission program that gives students a unique chance to gain full admission to the university the following fall semester. Due to coursework limitations, students with more than 40 hours of college credit are not eligible to participate in the Gateway program.

Texas A&M University Blinn Team Program is a collaborative admission program between Texas A&M University and Blinn College. Students are co-enrolled at both institutions. Due to coursework limitations, students with more than 40 hours of college credit are not eligible to participate in TEAM.

Texas A&M Engineering at Blinn provides students an opportunity to pursue their engineering degree in a co-enrollment program between Texas A&M University and Blinn College-Bryan Campus.

Engineering at Galveston provides students an opportunity to begin their engineering studies on the Texas A&M Galveston campus and complete their engineering degree in College Station as part of the College of Engineering. Students are eligible to change campuses after one year through the Entry-To-A-Major process.

Higher Education Center at McAllen (HECM) offers a uniquely designed degree options specially tailored to meet the needs in the Rio Grande Valley. Students begin their college career at HECM and may change campuses after one year.

Program for System Admission (PSA) offers students who are denied freshman admission the opportunity to enroll in a Texas A&M system school for one year with the intention of achieving guaranteed transfer admission to Texas A&M College Station upon successful completion of the program. 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.

We make admission decisions on an ongoing basis throughout an admission cycle.  Applying early does not guarantee an early decision.  Once a decision is released it will be posted in the Applicant Information System.
Top 10% - Students who qualify for Top10% admission will typically receive a decision within three weeks of completing their admission file. 
Students in Review - All students applying for spring admission will receive a decision by early December. Most students applying for fall admission will receive a decision between January 1 and late-March.

Applicants who apply to the College of Engineering and have a complete admission file by the Early Action Deadline of October 15, will receive a communication regarding their admission decision by mid-December. The communication will notify the student of admission or deferral to the January-February decision timeline

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.

I am in review. What are my chances of getting admitted?
About 35% of review applicants receive some form of admission to Texas A&M. There are several different admission options including:

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

Many of your questions can be answered at Aggie Answers.