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 to meet college readiness standards by means of completion of a high school graduation program, equivalent or by means of SAT or ACT score benchmarks.

Assured Admission

Assured Admission is granted when the student graduates with one of the following diploma types: (UAP) Distinguished,  (UAP) Recommended or (HB5) Distinguished Achievement 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
1st Quartile 920 20
2nd Quartile 1010 22
3rd Quartile 1180 26
4th Quartile 1270 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.

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.

Admission Review

Applicants who rank in the top 75 percent of their high school graduating class, and their class rank and test scores place them near the assured admission requirements, may be eligible for Texas State's holistic review process. Those who rank in the top three quartiles of their class and earn one of the following diploma types -- Distinguished, Recommended, Distinguished Achievement, Foundation with Endorsements and recommended math and science courses, or Foundation with recommended math and science courses — but do not meet the SAT/ACT scores listed in this section, will undergo a holistic review of their admission file.  This review considers the competitive level of courses taken and grades earned, the admission essay(s), extracurricular involvement including community service, leadership, and work experience.  Spaces fill quickly and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission strongly encourage anyone who is not offered freshman admission to attend another college, complete 30 hours of transferable credit with a minimum GPA of a 2.25, and apply for transfer admission. A limited number of fall applicants who are reviewed through the holistic process may be offered admission to a co-enrollment program with Austin Community College

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

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 Business as a first-choice major and receive assured admission to Texas State
  • Achieves one of the following: an SAT score of 1200 or higher, an ACT score of 27 or higher, or a ranking in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.

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