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 Recommended or Distinguished) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; 

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

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 SAT ACT
Top 10% No minimum required No minimum required
1st Quartile 1000 20
2nd Quartile 1090 22
3rd Quartile 1250 26
4th Quartile 1330 29

The SAT score is the sum of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections only.

The ACT score is your composite score.

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 service, work experience, quality and competitive level of courses taken, and grades earned, in addition to other factors presented in the application. 

Students who are not offered freshman admission are encouraged to attend another college, complete 16 hours of transferable credit with a minimum GPA of 2.50, 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). Program participants enroll in courses at Texas State and ACC's Hays Campus each semester. 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 be 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.

Educator Preparation 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. Freshman applicants who wish to pursue a major in the McCoy College are required to meet more rigorous admission standards than those for non-business applicants. Interested students will automatically be admitted when they:

  • Select a Business major as their 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.