If you’re thinking about applying to Texas A&M, knowing their admissions requirements is the first step to preparing yourself and getting your application in order. Texas A&M admissions requirements are a little more specific than your average admissions requirements for colleges outside of Texas. So be sure to bookmark this page for easy reference!

What are the Texas A&M Admissions Requirements?

In order to be eligible for applying and admission into Texas A&M as a freshman you must:

  •    be a student without college credit OR
  •    earned some college credit from dual enrollment/early college high school AND
  •    are a U.S. citizen or have applied for permanent residency or be qualified for Texas residency under this Senate Bill.

Were You a Freshman Before the 2014-2015 School Year?

If you’re still okay to apply and you started high school before the 2014-2015 school year; you also need to complete the following high school curriculum:

  •    4 years of English
  •    4 years of math, including algebra I, algebra II, and geometry
  •    4 years of science, including two courses from biology I, chemistry I, or physics I
  •    2 years of the same foreign language or American Sign language

Were You a Freshman Beginning In or After the 2014-2015 School Year?

If you became a freshman in high school during the 2014-2015 school year or later, you will need to fulfill a different set of requirements and complete an endorsement in algebra II and biology, chemistry, and physics. I’m going to list the basics below, but you should go to this site and download the Graduation Toolkit so you have all the information you need to graduate. Here are the new requirements you’ll need to fulfill:

  •    4 years of English including English I, English II, English III, and an advanced English course
  •    3 years of math including algebra I, geometry, and an advanced math course
  •    3 years of science including biology, integrated physics & chemistry, and an advanced science class OR biology and two advanced science classes
  •    3 years of social studies including world history or world geography, U.S. history, U.S. government (half-credit), and economics (half-credit)
  •    2 years of foreign language in the same language OR 2 years from computer science I, II, and III
  •    1 credit of physical education
  •    1 credit of fine arts
  •    5 credits of electives

As I said, make sure to check out this site and download the Graduation Toolkit to make sure you have all the information you need to graduate and get into a college in Texas.

How to be Admitted to Texas A&M

Texas A&M admits its students a little bit differently than many of the universities I talk about here. You can actually be automatically admitted if you meet certain criteria! The three main ways you can be admitted to Texas A&M are:

Top 10% Admits

Remember how I said you can be automatically admitted if you meet certain criteria? This is what I was talking about. You can be automatically admitted to Texas A&M if you:

  •    attended a private or public high school in Texas
  •    rank in the top 10% of your graduating class before or on the application deadline
  •    fulfill the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy
  •    complete the recommended graduation coursework
  •    make sure all your required documents are received by Texas A&M by the application deadline

You can help yourself get into the top 10% by taking plenty of AP and IB classes to fulfill the curriculum requirements laid out by the State of Texas. I would also suggest working with a tutor while you’re taking these classes. AP and IB classes are structured very differently than regular high school classes. Rather than risking your GPA, be proactive. A college consultant will help keep you on track and show you other universities you’re eligible to apply to.

Academic Admits

What if you didn’t quite make the top 10%? You can still be accepted if you fulfill the following Texas A&M admissions requirements:

  •    complete the recommended coursework mentioned earlier
  •    rank in the top 25% of your graduating class on or before the application deadline
  •    meet the following minimum standardized test scores
  •    New SAT – at least a 1360, with at least a 620 in math and 660 in evidence-based reading and writing
  •    Old SAT – at least a 1300, with at least a 600 in math and 600 in critical reading
  •    ACT – at least a 30, with a minimum of 27 in math and 27 in English
  •    fulfill the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy
  •    make sure all your required documents are received by Texas A&M by the application deadline

I still recommend that you take AP and IB classes and work with a tutor, even if you don’t make it into the top 10% of your class. It’s also incredibly important that you spend time on test prep for your standardized test so you can meet and excel those minimum scores listed above.

If you aren’t able to satisfy the Texas A&M admissions requirements in either of these ways, don’t worry. You can still be accepted under a Review Admit, which will take a little longer. There are more alternative ways you can be accepted to Texas A&M so be sure to explore their Alternative Admission Decisions section.

At first glance, the Texas A&M admissions requirements may seem complicated, but they’re structured in a way to give more students the opportunity to attend, which is amazing! Make sure to talk with your college consultant if you’re looking to apply to Texas A&M so they can help you keep your application on track. Also remember to download the Graduation Toolkit if you started high school on or after the 2014-2015 school year to make sure you’re on target.

What do you think about the Texas A&M admissions requirements? Do you like the improvements the State of Texas made to its high school curriculum? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!