Freshman Admission

State of Texas Uniform Admission Standards

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Policy (UAP) requires applicants to four-year public universities like Texas State to meet one of the following college readiness standards, in order to be eligible for admission consideration. (Note: Students who attend an out-of-state high school are exempt from the UAP.)

  • Successfully complete the Foundation (HB5), Foundation with Endorsements (HB5), Distinguished Achievement (HB5), Minimum (UAP), Recommended (UAP) or Distinguished (UAP), high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or 
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is the equivalent* in content and rigor to the Foundation, Foundation with Endorsements, Distinguished Achievement, Minimum (UAP, Recommended or Advanced (Distinguished Achievement) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or 
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment

              SAT - 1500 out of 2400
              ACT - 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science

*Equivalencies must be documented by the students' high school.

TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Policy (UAP)

Assured Admission

Assured Admission is granted when the student graduates with one of the following diploma types: (HB5) Distinguished Achievement, (UAP) Distinguished or (UAP) Recommended high school program (or equivalent), and meets the class rank and test score requirement listed in the table below:

Class Rank Old SAT (Prior to March 2016) New SAT (March 2016 and after) ACT
Top 10% No minimum required1 No minimum required1 No minimum required1
1st Quartile 920 1000 20
2nd Quartile 1010 1090 22
3rd Quartile 1180 1250 26
4th Quartile 1270 1330 29

The SAT score is the sum of the critical reading and math sections only. The ACT score is your composite score.  An SAT/ACT writing section score is recommended.

Admission Review

Applications received from students who do not meet Assured Admissions requirements and are ranked in the top 75 percent of their class will be reviewed through a holistic review process. Texas State will consider high school curriculum, admission essay(s), extracurricular involvement, leadership, community services, work experience, quality and competitive level of courses taken, and grades earned, in addition to other factors presented in the application. 

If time permits, applicants may retest before the application priority date for the purpose of raising their test scores to gain a more competitive advantage in the review process.

Students who are not offered freshman admission are encouraged to attend another college, complete 16 hours of transferable credit with a minimum GPA of 2.25, and apply for transfer admission.

Pathway Program

The Pathway program is a unique one-year co-enrollment partnership between Texas State University and Austin Community College (ACC). As a participant in the program, the student enrolls for courses at Texas State each semester and at ACC Hays. Acceptance into the program is by invitation and is based on the university’s holistic review process.  A limited number of fall applicants will be offered a place in this alternative program based on the outcome of the holistic review.

Academic Program  Entry Requirements

In addition to gaining general admission to the University, some academic programs at Texas State have their own entry requirements. It is possible that some students may be offered general admission to Texas State but not admitted to their major and, as a result, will have to start their program classified as a "pre-major" (for example: pre-communication studies). Students interested in pursuing one of these majors are not eligible to graduate in their program until they have completed the entry requirements, a departmental application and upper-level courses required by the department. 

For a list of majors with additional entry requirements separate from general admission, please visit the Program Entry Requirements page for complete information on each major.

Teacher Education Program

To be eligible for a Texas teaching certificate, a student must first be admitted to the university, then they can apply for admission to the teacher preparation program through the Office of Educator Preparation. Information regarding these requirements can be found in the College of Education section of this catalog.

Limited Access Program

Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration

Admission to the McCoy College of Business Administration is highly competitive. Students who wish to pursue a major in the McCoy College are required to meet admission standards more rigorous than those for non-business applicants. Interested students will automatically be admitted when they:

  • Select a Business major as tehir a first-choice major
  • Receive assured admission to Texas State

Other applicants who have received admission to Texas State will be considered through a competitive review process.

Falsification of Documents

Students found to have deliberately falsified application information either by failing to submit accurate information, altering their application or misrepresenting their academic work, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including denial of admission, withdrawal of an admission offer, or registration cancellation.