Freshmen Admissions

Freshmen Admissions

A student is considered a freshman if they:

  • graduated high school or earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED),
  • will graduate high school or earn a GED, or
  • has earned less than 30 hours of college credit after high-school graduation or receipt of a GED.
  • has no prior college credit

Freshmen Admission Requirements

State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas four-year public institution:

  • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT/ACT assessment:
    • SAT: 1500 out of 2400 (Verbal + Math + Writing) or
      • If student has taken the SAT on or after March 1, 2016 the score needed is pending state approval
    • ACT: 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics, and 23 Science; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs.

Exemption:

To claim an exemption from the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, students must submit one of the two Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board exemption forms completed by the high school counselor or other school official and all other documents with our office to be considered for admissions and scholarships.  The forms below can be printed and submitted via the instructions on either two forms.

Form 1 - For Students who entered Grade 9 BEFORE the 2007-2008 School Year

Form 2 - For Students who entered Grade 9 IN the 2007-2008 School Year

Required Coursework for Admission

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Mathematics - Three of the courses must be Algebra I, II, Geometry, and a higher math
  • 4 years of Science - Two courses must come from Biology I, Chemistry I or Physics I
  • 2 years of the same Foreign Language other than English

Students who do not meet the minimum required coursework as outlined by Texas A&M University - Texarkana must meet the college readiness standards as defined in the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy.

Freshmen Admission Standards

Automatic Admissions

Students that meet one of the following criteria will be automatically admitted into the university:

  • Top 10% -  ranks in the *top 10% of the graduating class with no minimum SAT/ACT Score

  • Top 25% - rank in the top 25% (quarter) of the graduating class with no minimum SAT/ACT Score

  • 22 or higher ACT Composite score

    • 1020 or higher SAT Composite score (If SAT was taken on or after March 1, 2016 the needed score will be 1100 or higher)

  • 1020 or higher SAT Composite score

  • 3.4 GPA or higher - unweighted cumulative

Students must submit all required documents to complete their admissions file.

*Student must have graduated in one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they are applying

Full Admission

Students that meet one of the following criteria will be given full admission into the university:

Prior to March 1, 2016

  • 3.0-3.9 GPA    AND   900 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR -  19 ACT Composite score
  • 2.5-2.99 GPA  AND   940 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 20 ACT Composite score
  • 2.0-2.49 GPA  AND   980 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 21 ACT Composite score

On or After March 1, 2016:

  • 3.0-3.9 GPA    AND   980 SAT Total score - OR -  19 ACT Composite score
  • 2.5-2.99 GPA  AND   1020 SAT Total score - OR - 20 ACT Composite score
  • 2.0-2.49 GPA  AND   1060 SAT Total score - OR - 21 ACT Composite score

Alternative Admission (Eagle Access Program)

***After Fall 2016, the Eagle Access Program will only be offered as a Summer Bridge Program***

Students who do not meet institutional requirements for automatic or full admissions are offered consideration through an alternative admissions process, the Eagle Access Program.  The Eagle Access Program is designed to prepare students for success at Texas A&M - Texarkana by providing the curriculum, connections, and support conducive to a smooth transition to college life.

Students accepted into the Eagle Access Program will be required to take a University Student Success course, IS 0300, in their first term.  Students may not drop IS 0300 without facing a forced withdrawal from the university.  Success in the Eagle Access Program and subsequent full admission to Texas A&M University - Texarkana is defined as achieving at least a C or better in every attempted course to receive a minimum term GPA of 2.0 in all non-developmental course work.   Academic advisors work closely with Eagle Access students to assist with their transition into university life. 

In order to be eligible for alternative admission, you MUST meet one of the following requirements:

Prior to March 1, 2016:

  • 2.70 - 2.99 GPA  AND   820 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 17 ACT Composite score
  • 2.40 - 2.69 GPA  AND   850 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 18 ACT Composite score
  • 2.00 - 2.39 GPA  AND   900 SAT Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 19 ACT Composite score

On or After March 1, 2016:

  • 2.70-2.99 GPA AND 900 SAT Total score- OR- 17 ACT Composite score
  • 2.40-2.69 GPA AND 940 SAT Total score- OR- 18 ACT Composite score
  • 2.00-2.39 GPA AND 980 SAT Total score- OR- 19 ACT Composite score