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 not attended a full term (Fall or Spring) at a postsecondary school after high school/GED completion.

Freshman are required to meet one of the following to be admitted to the university:

  • Rank in top 30 percent of their graduating class
  • Have a composite ACT score of 21 or better
  • Have a minimum combined SAT (prior to March 2016) of 980
  • Have a minimum combined SAT (March 2016 or later) of 1060
  • Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 GPA Scale
Freshman students will also be required to submit:
  • Proof they have had the Bacterial Meningitis immunization within the last five years
  • Official college transcripts from dual credit or concurrent enrollment courses
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date
  • Official ACT/SAT scores
  • Proof they satisfied the Texas Success Initiative

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 SAT – 480 EBRW and 530 Math for tests taken after March 2016, or
    • 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

Students attending an out-of-state/out-of-country high school or home school are exempt from the Uniform Admission Policy.

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.

Texas A & M University - Texarkana shall admit other applicants for admission as undergraduate students under section 51.805 of the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy.