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Application Information

Both Texas resident and non-resident students can apply for undergraduate admission to any Texas Public University for freshman, transfer and international admission by using the ApplyTexas Application or Coalition Application.

You may access the appropriate application from the ApplyTexas Application website (www.applytexas.org), the Coalition Application website (http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/) or the Texas A&M University website (http://admissions.tamu.edu).

Texas A&M University has several conveniently located Prospective Student Centers throughout the state, staffed with regional advisors ready to serve you. Please contact the center nearest you to learn more about admissions, financial aid, academic programs and student services. Visit the website admissions.tamu.edu/psc for more details.

Aggieland Prospective Student Center1
Texas A&M University
109 John J. Koldus Building
1265 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-1265
(979) 458-0950

Corpus Christi Regional Prospective Student Center1
5350 South Staples, Suite 405
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 289-7905

Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Prospective Student Center1
3900 Arlington Highlands Blvd., Suite 273
Arlington, TX 76018
(817) 375-0960

Houston Regional Prospective Student Center1
1225 North Loop West, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 454-1990

Laredo Regional Prospective Student Center1
6401 Arena Road, Suite 5A
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 795-0412

Rio Grande Valley Regional Prospective Student Center1
5277 North 23rd St.
McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 683-8647

San Antonio RegionalProspective Student Centers1
40 NE Loop 410, Suite 605
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 212-7016

The admission guidelines presented here are for admission to the Spring, Summer or Fall 2018 semester. While they are the best guide available, admission criteria are subject to change. The Office of Admissions website (http://admissions.tamu.edu) contains the admission policies and procedures in effect for 2018 admission.

Types of Admission and Application Calendars

At the Time of ApplicationTermOpening DateClosing Date
Freshman
An applicant who:
• is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or qualifies for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528
• is a degree-seeking applicant and is without college credit1or
• is still in high school, with or without college credit
Spring 2018
Fall 2018
Jul. 1, 2017
Jul. 1, 2017
Oct. 15, 2017
Dec. 1, 2017
Transfer
An applicant who:
• is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or qualifies for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528
• is a degree-seeking applicant
• has graduated from high school or equivalent
• has enrolled in a post-secondary institution after graduation from high school
• does not have a bachelor’s degree
• does not qualify for readmission
Spring 2018
Summer/Fall 2018
Jul. 1, 2017
Jan. 1, 2018
Oct. 15, 2017
Mar. 1, 2018
International Freshman
An applicant who:
• is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or applicant for permanent residency) and does not qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528
• after high school graduation has never enrolled at a university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student
Spring 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
April 1, 2017
Jul. 1, 2017
April 1, 2018
Aug. 1, 2017
Dec. 1, 2017
Aug. 1, 2018
International Transfer
An applicant who:
•is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or applicant for permanent residency) and does not qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528
•is an applicant seeking a bachelor’s degree
•has graduated from high-school or equivalent
•has enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and
•is not eligible for readmission (has never enrolled at Texas A&M University as an undergraduate degree-seeking student).
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
April 1, 2017
Jul. 1, 2017
Sep. 1, 2017
April 1, 2018
Aug. 1, 2017
Nov. 1, 2017
March 1, 2018
Aug. 1, 2018
Readmission
An applicant who:
• is a former degree-seeking Texas A&M undergraduate student (including an international student)
• does not have a bachelor’s degree
• did not officially register for the previous semester (excluding summer sessions) at Texas A&M
Readmission does not include applicants whose only previous enrollment at Texas A&M has been as a non-degree student.
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Jul. 1, 2017
Jan. 1, 2018
Jan. 1, 2018
Nov. 1, 2017
April 1, 2018
July 1, 2018
Postbaccalaureate Undergraduate
An applicant who:
• has a bachelor’s degree
• wishes to pursue a second undergraduate degree
Spring 2018
Summer/Fall 2018
Jul. 1, 2017
Jan. 1, 2018
Oct. 15, 2017
March 1, 2018
Non-degree Undergraduate
An applicant who:
• does not wish to pursue a degree at Texas A&M
• wishes to take specific undergraduate coursework
Spring 2018
Summer/Fall 2018
Summer only
Jul. 1, 2017
Jan. 1, 2018
Jan. 1, 2018
Oct. 15, 2017
March 1, 2018
April 1, 2018
High School Enrichment Program
An applicant who:
• is a high school junior or senior in the Bryan/College Station area
• has a new SAT score of 1270, or an ACT score of 27
• has completed all levels of related coursework offered at their high school
Each student is eligible to take 1 (one) course per fall or spring semester, and course registration will be completed by the TAMU advisor. No summer classes are offered at this time. Classes will be held on the Texas A&M University campus. Students and their parents/guardians will be responsible for any lodging or transportation considerations.
Admission for this program is on a space-available basis. The applicant pool is competitive, and admission into this program is not guaranteed.
Spring 2018
Fall 2018
Jul. 1, 2017
Jul. 1, 2017
Nov. 1, 2017
July 1, 2018

Items Necessary to Complete an Application File

Please see the Readmission, Post-baccalaureate or Non-degree sections for other items required to complete the transfer application for those types of admission. U.S. citizens completing a non-U.S. high school program should refer to International Admissions for questions concerning transcripts, examination results and foreign credentials.

An application is reviewed to make a decision about admission after all items listed below have been received. The items must be received by the appropriate closing date to qualify for consideration for admission.

In addition, freshman applicants must show proof of meeting the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy to qualify for review.

Application submitted electronically via ApplyTexas

Application Fee (check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express)—All fees are nonrefundable

  • Domestic Undergraduate - $75
  • Domestic Graduate - $65
  • International - $90
  • Checks and money orders should be made payable to Texas A&M University. International checks must be backed by a U.S. bank and be issued in U.S. dollars. The applicant’s name and date of birth should be written on the face of checks and money orders.

Guidelines for requesting application fee waivers:

  • Fee waivers are not available for international students.

Freshman Waivers

Applicants who qualify for federally funded free/reduced lunch programs may qualify for a fee waiver. Please see our admissions website, http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/apply, for instructions for requesting a waiver.

Transfer or Readmit Waivers

To request a fee waiver, please provide your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you will find within your current FAFSA or a copy of an award letter from your current institution. Checking the fee waiver box on the application will not satisfy the fee waiver requirement.

The documents can be uploaded through the Applicant Information System (AIS) page. Documents will also be accepted by fax at (979) 458-4302 or email at d-nichols@tamu.edu, as well as U.S. mail.

Essays

  • Freshman applicants are required to complete Essay Topics A and B. Essay Topic C is strongly recommended for applicants to be considered in the holistic review process.
  • Transfer applicants are required to complete Essay Topic A.

SAT or ACT Scores

  • Required of all freshman applicants, including all international freshman applicants.
  • Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency and must be received by the posted deadline to be considered
  • The SAT code is 6003; the ACT code is 4198.
  • Test scores must be from a test date within five years of the date of planned enrollment.
  • The highest test score from one test date will be used. Texas A&M does not allow combined test scores from different test dates.

Official High School Transcripts

  • Freshman applicants who have not graduated from high school at the time of application must submit an official transcript indicating coursework, credits earned, grades, graduation plan/diploma type and a numerical class rank at least through their junior year. If admitted, the applicant will be required to submit a final transcript with graduation data.
  • If the applicant’s high school does not rank its students, a school profile from the high school must be provided as part of the application file.
  • Freshman and transfer applicants who have graduated from high school at the time of application should submit an official high school transcript that includes grades and credits for all completed coursework, a numerical class rank, date of graduation and graduation plan completed, or a certificate verifying completion of a GED program.
  • Readmit and post-baccalaureate applicants are not required to submit a high school transcript as part of the application file.
  • To be considered official, a transcript must bear an original signature of a school official or an original school seal.
  • Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation. Applicants who have attended high school both in the U.S. and out of the U.S. should submit official transcripts from each school attended.
  • For students enrolled in the U.S., copies of official transcripts from other countries will be accepted provided the copies are on file and verified by the U.S. institution.
  • Faxed copies are not official and will not be accepted.

Official College Transcripts

  • An official transcript is required from every post-secondary institution attended even if the applicant did not earn credit, receive a course grade or the course is not transferable. Coursework from one college posted on the transcript of another college will not satisfy this requirement. Failure to acknowledge attendance and provide transcripts from all schools attended may be considered a fraudulent admissions application resulting in a denial of the application. A college transcript for dual credit coursework earned in high school must also be provided.
  • Official paper transcripts are to be sent by the sending institution in a sealed envelope. The transcript will not be considered official if the student has had access to the actual transcript.
  • Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Faxed copies are not official and will not be accepted.
  • For students enrolled in the U.S., copies of official transcripts from other countries will be accepted provided the copies are on file and verified by the U.S. institution.

Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States

An applicant who has applied for or been granted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is eligible to submit an application as a Domestic Applicant. To qualify, you must include one of the following with the application:

  • a copy of both sides of the DHS-issued Permanent Resident Card, or
  • the I-551 Entry Stamp and Immigrant Visa in the passport, or
  • an approved I-797 Notice of Action or I-797C Notice of Receipt.

If your parent is also a permanent resident, a copy of the parent’s proof of LPR status will be necessary to determine in-state residency for tuition purposes.

Note: If you have applied for adjustment of status to Lawful Permanent Residency and have not received your LPR card or Notice of Action that says Notice Type: Approval Notice, you are considered an international student once you are admitted to the University. There are certain requirements that international students must fulfill upon enrollment. Please contact International Student Services at iss@tamu.edu for more information about these requirements.

Required Immunizations

Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.9192 requires all entering students (under the age of 22) to provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis received within the last 5 years or a signed affidavit declining the vaccine at least 10 days prior to the start of classes for any given semester. Learn more about bacterial meningitis at http://admissions.tamu.edu/meningitis.aspx.

Notification of Application Status

Check the Applicant Information System (AIS) website in Howdy, Applicant channel, to verify your application has been received and to determine if any credentials are missing. Please allow at least two weeks to process credentials.

The Office of Admissions will make every effort to inform applicants of incomplete files through AIS. If incomplete credentials are received within one month of the closing date, there may not be sufficient time for the Office of Admissions to notify applicants. All items necessary to complete an application must be received by the Office of Admissions by the closing date (not postmarked) to assure consideration for admission.

Required Coursework

Applicants who graduate from an accredited Texas public or private high school applying to Texas A&M University must have completed the Foundation High School Program preferably with the Distinguished Level of Achievement with at least one endorsement.  The high school curriculum should be noted on the official high school transcript. Please visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/coursework for a complete description of coursework including information for home-schooled and out-of-state applicants.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 (State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy) requires that all freshman applicants 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.

  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment; or
    • SAT – 1500 out of 2400 (Verbal + Math + Writing) for tests taken prior to March 2016
    • SAT -  480 EBRW and 530 Math for tests taken after February 2016
    • ACT – 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science
  • Successfully complete the State of Texas foundation, recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the foundation, recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs.

Additional Information for Freshman Applicants

  1. Information Presented in the Application
    • Extracurricular activities including time commitment and duration of involvement
    • Leadership and/or exceptional talent as shown in extracurricular activities and/or work
    • Community/volunteer work including time commitment and duration of involvement
    • Awards and achievements earned while in high school
    • Employment and/or internships including dates of work and hours per week
    • Family educational background and household income
    • Number of people in household
  2. Essay Topics A and B

Topics A and B on the application are required. Essay Topic C is recommended for applicants in the holistic review process. Scholarship review by departments may utilize Essay Topics A, B and C in award decisions. Those applying for the Terry Scholarship are required to complete Essay Topic C. Applicants to the College of Engineering will be asked to answer an additional essay question as part of the application.

Freshman Admissions

When all credentials necessary to complete a freshman applicant’s file are received during the admission application period, one of the following criteria will be used to determine who will be offered admission:

  1. Top 10% Applicants from Texas High Schools
    Applicants who are Texas residents or who are enrolled in recognized public or private high schools in Texas with a rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class will be automatically admitted to Texas A&M University if they have successfully met the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy and have successfully completed the recommended or distinguished graduation plan or the foundation distinguished plan. Choice of major is not guaranteed.
    These applicants must submit all required credentials by the closing date in order to qualify for automatic admission.
  2. Academic Admits
    Applicants who rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class, achieve a combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of at least 1300 on an SAT test taken prior to March 2016, with a test score of at least 600 in each of these components of the SAT, or achieve a combined SAT Math and SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of at least 1360 on an SAT test taken after March 2016, with a minimum 620 Math and 660 EBRW score, or earn a  composite ACT score of at least 30 with a test score of at least 27 in ACT Math and ACT English, have successfully completed all recommended coursework and have successfully met the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy will be automatically admitted to Texas A&M University, but not necessarily to the major of choice. These applicants must submit all required credentials by the closing date to qualify for automatic admission.
  3. Other Applicants
    Applicants not meeting the above requirements for automatic admission but who have met the state of Texas Uniform Admission Policy will have their complete application file reviewed in a holistic manner to make an admission decision.

Information for all Freshman Applicants

  • All applicants should use the application questions and the essays to present their academic background and personal strengths as well as personal circumstances.
  • Letters of recommendation are not required. If an applicant chooses to submit letters of recommendation, be sure they validate or certify leadership, exceptional talent or special circumstances. The most helpful letters are from individuals who know the applicant well and who can write about what distinguishes the individual from other applicants. Please submit no more than two letters of recommendation. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • A competitive applicant who cannot be admitted to a major with restricted enrollment (Colleges of Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Public Health) will be offered admission to their second major choice. If the second major choice is full, then an alternate major must be chosen after admission to the university.

Notice of Admission Decision

Texas A&M University receives many more academically prepared applicants for admission than we can accommodate. Admission decisions are made throughout the application period and announced as soon as possible. A final decision may not be announced until early December for spring admission or late March for summer or fall admission. A limited number of applicants may be offered provisional admission that requires the successful completion of a summer school program at Texas A&M. In addition, some applicants may be considered for the Texas A&M Blinn TEAM Program, Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan, Texas A&M Engineering at Galveston, Texas A&M Engineering at McAllen, or participation in the Program for System Admission.

Suspected Fraudulent Admission Applications

Applicants for admission to Texas A&M University should be aware that the information submitted as part of the application process will be relied upon by University officials to determine their status for admission and residency for tuition purposes. By signing and submitting an admission application, the applicant certifies that the information in, and submitted with, the application is complete and correct and may be verified by Texas A&M University.

All students applying to Texas A&M University are expected to follow the Aggie Code of Honor which states “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.” Applicants found to have misrepresented themselves or submitted false information on the application will receive appropriate disciplinary action which may include rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment or any other appropriate disciplinary action deemed necessary. In all instances of disciplinary action, the application fee is non-refundable.

Pursuant to the 2017-2018 undergraduate catalog and Texas A&M student rule 24.4.1, acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Withholding material information from the University, misrepresenting the truth during a University investigation or student conduct conference, and/or making false statements to any University official.
  • Furnishing false information to and/or withholding information from any University official, faculty member, or office.
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.

For prospective undergraduate students (admitted but not enrolled), the initial determination of whether an individual has submitted a fraudulent application will be made by the Director of Admissions Operations, with a right of appeal to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and Director of Admissions for undergraduate students. All appeals will be considered by Admissions Decisions Appeals Committee and a recommendation made to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and Director of Admissions. For prospective graduate students, initial appeals will be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Enrolled students suspected of violating Student Rules will be reported to the Student Conduct Office.

Any University official who suspects that a prospective student or enrolled student has submitted a fraudulent admission application must notify the Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and Director of Admissions.

Residence Requirement for Baccalaureate Degree

A student must complete at least 25% of semester credit hours applied to a baccalaureate degree in residence at Texas A&M University.  A minimum of 36 semester credit hours of 300-level and higher coursework must be successfully completed in residence at Texas A&M University to obtain a baccalaureate degree.  For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Track, a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of 300-level and higher coursework must be successfully completed in residence at Texas A&M University.  In all cases, a minimum of 12 of these 36 semester hours must be in the major.

Abbreviations for Texas A&M Colleges and Majors

Abbrev.
College of Agriculture and Life SciencesAG
AgribusinessAGBL
Agricultural Communications and JournalismAGCJ
Agricultural EconomicsAGEC
Agricultural Leadership and DevelopmentALED
Agricultural ScienceAGSC
Agricultural Systems Management1AGSM
Agriculture and Life Sciences2AGLS
Animal ScienceANSC
BiochemistryBICH
Bioenvironmental SciencesBESC
Biological and Agricultural EngineeringBAEN
Ecological RestorationECOR
EntomologyENTO
Environmental StudiesENST
Food Science and TechnologyFSTC
Forensic and Investigative SciencesFIVL
ForestryFORS
GeneticsGENE
HorticultureHORT
NutritionNUTR
Plant and Environmental Soil SciencesPSSC
Poultry SciencePOSC
Rangeland Ecology and ManagementRLEM
Recreation, Park and Tourism SciencesRPTS
Renewable Natural ResourcesRENR
Spatial SciencesSPSA
Turfgrass ScienceTGSC
University StudiesUSAL
Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesWFSC
College of ArchitectureAR3
Construction Science1COSL4
Environmental Design Architectural Studies1EDAL5
Landscape Architecture1LANL
University StudiesUSAR
Urban and Regional PlanningURPN
VisualizationVISL
Mays Business School6BA3
Business Administration (Accounting, Business Honors, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Supply Chain Management)BUAD
University Studies7USBU
College of Dentistry (Dallas campus)DN
Dental Hygiene2DDHS
College of Education and Human DevelopmentED
Community HealthCHLL
Health (Health Education, Allied Health, School Health)EDHL
Human Resource DevelopmentHRDL
Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood-6; Middle School)EDIS8
Interdisciplinary Studies (Special Education, Bilingual)INST
Kinesiology (Physical Activity, Dance Science)1EDKI
Secondary Education8
Sport ManagementEDSM
Technology ManagementTCML
University StudiesUSEH
College of EngineeringEN
Aerospace EngineeringAERO
Biological and Agricultural Engineering9BAEN
Biomedical EngineeringBMEN
Chemical EngineeringCHEN
Civil EngineeringCVEN
Computer Engineering (Computer Science track)CECN
Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering track)CEEN
Computer Science1 (Computer Science track)CPSC
Electrical EngineeringELEN
Electronic Systems Engineering TechnologyESET
Industrial DistributionIDIS
Industrial EngineeringINEN
Interdisciplinary Engineering ITDE
Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering TechnologyMMET
Mechanical EngineeringMEEN
Multidisciplinary Engineering TechnologyMXET
Nuclear EngineeringNUEN
Ocean EngineeringOCEN
Petroleum EngineeringPETE
College of GeosciencesGE
Environmental GeosciencesENGS
Environmental Studies ENST
Geographic Information Science and TechnologyGIST
GeographyGEOG
GeologyGEOL
GeophysicsGEOP
MeteorologyMETL
OceanographyOCNG
University StudiesUSGE
College of Liberal ArtsLA
AnthropologyANTH
ClassicsCLSS
CommunicationCOMM
EconomicsECON
EnglishENGL
HistoryHIST
International StudiesINTS
Modern Languages (French, German, Russian)MODL
Performance StudiesPERF
PhilosophyPHIL
Political SciencePOLS
PsychologyPSYC
SociologySOCI
SpanishSPAN
Telecommunication Media StudiesTCMS
University StudiesUSLA
Women's and Gender StudiesWGST
College of NursingNU
Nursing2NURS
School of Public HealthPH3
Public HealthPHTL
College of ScienceSC
Applied Mathematical SciencesAPMS
BiologyBIOL
ChemistryCHEM
MathematicsMATH
MicrobiologyMBIO
Molecular and Cell BiologyBMCB
PhysicsPHYS
StatisticsSTAT
University Studies7USSC
ZoologyZOOL
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesVM10
Biomedical SciencesBIMS
University Studies7USVM

Change of Curriculum to Another Campus

Texas A&M offers certain undergraduate degrees at two branch campuses in addition to the main campus. While enrolled as a student in residence at any one of the Texas A&M locations, students may apply for a change of curriculum to another campus for a future semester. Students must comply with the established change of curriculum procedures and requirements of their desired major, department, and college, and space must be available. Final approval is granted by the academic dean or departmental advisor for that major.

Transfer Admissions

Transfer applicants will be reviewed and receive a decision from the college/major to which they have applied. Prospective applicants are encouraged to follow the curriculum and guidelines outlined by that specific college/major.

With the changes to the 2014-2015 University Core Curriculum, the Degree Tracks previously used for transfer admission are no longer valid. Recommended/required coursework for desired majors is available on the Transfer Course Sheets at http://admissions.tamu.edu/transfer/majors. It is to a student’s advantage to follow the guidelines and complete courses as outlined on the Transfer Course Sheets and in the catalog. Applicants who begin a set of courses which have a two-semester sequence are encouraged to complete both courses in the sequence before planning to transfer to Texas A&M.

Admission Criteria

  • Transfer applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade point ratio (GPR) on at least 24 graded semester hours of transferable coursework at the time of application to be reviewed for admission.
  • Students with less than a 2.5 GPR and/or less than 24 graded transferable hours will be denied admission and will not be sent to the academic college for review.
  • Transfer admission decisions are made by the college and major and are competitive; thus, admission standards may change from one semester to another. Preference is given to the applicant with the highest grade point ratio (GPR) and the most courses completed for the major designated on the application. See the College Specific Information for the college of the major for which you applied.
  • Applicants who drop or withdraw from courses frequently and who do not routinely achieve satisfactory grades will be at a disadvantage in the review for admission.
  • Spring grades may be used in the fall admission decision if requested by the Academic College or in instances where the student did not meet the university requirements for review. Spring transcripts must be received by June 1 for review with spring grades. A complete application must be on file by March 1 to be considered for fall admission and to qualify for spring grade review. Spring grade review is not an option for students studying outside the U.S.
  • The entire application, including essay topic A, is considered to identify admissible candidates.
  • Some colleges consider second choice majors. While such admissions may be more competitive since they are made after applicants indicating that major as first choice, the admission decision follows the guidelines for that college presented in College Specific Information. Note that several colleges donot consider second choice majors.

Automatic Transfer Admission through SB 175

A transfer applicant who graduated from a Texas high school and ranked in the top 10% of the student’s high school qualifies for automatic transfer admission to a 4-year university under the provisions of SB 175 if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. The applicant must have graduated in the top 10% of his or her high school graduating class from a Texas high school not more than 4 years prior to the semester for which the student is applying. The top 10% ranking must be stated on the final high school transcript, or the applicant must have been previously offered admission under the top 10% rule to the institution to which the applicant seeks admission as a transfer student.
  2. The applicant must complete the core curriculum at a public junior college or other public or private lower-division institution with a 2.5 GPR on a four-point scale or equivalent.
  3. Transcript should note core completion.
  4. The applicant must expressly and clearly claim in the application that he or she is seeking admission under the transfer top 10% rule (SB 175).
  5. The applicant must provide all of the documents required for transfer admission to Texas A&M by the posted deadline. Transfer requirements can be found at http://admissions.tamu.edu/transfer.

Applicants qualifying for transfer top 10% admission under SB 175 will be admitted to Texas A&M but the choice of major is not guaranteed. Students desiring admission to Business or Engineering are encouraged to select a second choice major of interest due to the limited enrollment capacity in these colleges.

For information concerning the Transfer Top 10% Admission, please see www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/doc/SB00175F.doc.

College Specific Information

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Transfer admission requirements vary greatly across the College. Admission decisions are made by major and are competitive. Most majors have a series of required and preferred coursework to be completed by the student prior to application. It is highly recommended that prospective students contact the academic advisor for the major of interest to inquire about specific transfer admission requirements. Students should also refer to the Texas A&M University Admissions website to review the transfer guides for each major. Also, note that transfer admission GPR requirements vary by major and several exceed the minimum 2.5 GPR. Completion of the essay indicating why the major was selected and how a degree in this major will help meet career goals is required. For more information on transfer guidelines, coursework and contact information for all academic advisors, refer to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website.

College of Architecture

Applicants must have completed 24 hours of transferable coursework at the time of application, and it is recommended that these courses be selected from the degree program electives described elsewhere in this catalog. The essay is an important component in the review process and should explain why the applicant is interested in either the Construction Science, Environmental Design Architectural Studies, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning or Visualization program. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPR are rarely admitted. For more information, visit the College of Architecture website.

Enrollment in Environmental Design Architectural Studies and Visualization is driven by available studio space. Additionally, there are eight sequential studios in those degree programs which make it difficult for students that transfer with more than 36 hours.

DegreeApplicable MajorsCoursesTCCNS Number
Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape ArchitectureLandscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, University StudiesENGL 104, MATH 1411, PHYS 201 or CHEM 101ENGL 1301, MATH 1324, PHYS 1302 and PHYS 1102 or PHYS 1111
Environmental Design Architectural Studies, Construction ScienceEnvironmental Design Architectural Studies, ConstructionENGL 104, MATH 1411, PHYS 201ENGL 1301, MATH 1324, PHYS 1302
VisualizationVisualizationENGL 104, MATH 151, PHYS 201ENGL 1301, MATH 2413, PHYS 1302 and PHYS 1102

Mays Business School

Mays Business School offers transfer admission to the most competitive applicants. The transfer admission process identifies applications that evidence outstanding accomplishments, including academic credentials using the following guidelines.

Transfer admission to Mays generally requires excellence in the following set of eight specific courses. Applicants desiring to major in business are encouraged to plan early, and incorporate this entire body of coursework into their curriculum prior to applying. It is especially important to have credit for both required math courses before applying.

Mays admits transfer applicants for summer or fall admission. Spring transfer admission is not available. Applicants are expected to have completed and excelled in substantially all of the 24 semester hours of Recommended Coursework. Due to the competitiveness of the applicant pool, successful applicants will have a combination of As and Bs in this coursework and a high overall GPR. 

The entire application is reviewed. Successful applicants include carefully written essays that demonstrate clarity of purpose, creativity, and an advanced writing style. Applicants are encouraged to identify their intended upper-level major and to describe why they are well suited for that area of specialization. Applicants who have special circumstances they wish to discuss are urged to share all pertinent information, with appropriate documentation, in their essay(s).

RECOMMENDED COURSEWORK FOR ADMISSION:  Priority courses to be completed before transfer application to Mays Business School are:

Course NumberCourse TitleTCCNS Number
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting - FinancialACCT 2301, ACCT 2401
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting - ManagerialACCT 2302, ACCT 2402
ECON 202Principlies of Economics - MicroeconomicsECON 2302
ECON 203Principlies of Economics - MacroeconomicsECON 2301
COMM 203Public SpeakingSPCH 1315
ENGL 104Composition and RhetoricENGL 1302
MATH 1401Mathematics for Business and Social SciencesMATH 1324
MATH 1421Business - CalculusMATH 1325

College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is actively seeking qualified transfer students who are interested in teacher certification. There is a nationwide demand for teachers. In particular, the College is seeking students interested in high-need teaching fields: math, science, special education, bilingual, English as a Second Language, and foreign language. The College also offers a variety of non-certification programs.

To be competitive for admission, an applicant should, at the time of application, have a minimum 2.75 GPR on at least 24 hours of graded transferable coursework. It is preferred that MATH 141/MATH 1324, MATH 142/MATH 1325 and two science courses from the desired major be taken prior to application.  Students specifically interested in Allied Health or Kinesiology Exercise Science should complete both math and both science courses with a grade of "B" or better and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPR across all transferable coursework in order to be competitive in the applicant pool.

Students interested in certification at grades 8–12 should complete a baccalaureate degree in a discipline area and contact the College regarding certification. The College of Education and Human Development does not consider second-choice majors.

Recommended Courses. Prospective transfer students should refer to the College of Education and Human Development website to identify additional courses that will satisfy degree requirements. Any student applying for a degree in Allied Health or Kinesiology is encouraged to apply with under 60 total hours of transfer credit. Applicants should refer to the College website for more information.

The College of Education and Human Development evaluates performances in all courses and considers all parts of the application. If you have repeatedly dropped or withdrawn from courses or if you are taking courses that do not apply to the Core Curriculum or your major, they may have a negative impact when the application is reviewed. A well-written essay is a student’s opportunity to share information and experiences that could indicate success in a particular major.

The college has identified the following 31 hours of coursework as transferable for all CEHD majors:

Course NumberCourse TitleTCCNS Number
BIOL 111Intro. to BiologyBIOL 1406
ENGL 104Intro. to Rhetoric and CompositionENGL 1302
HIST 105 or HIST 106American HistoryHIST 1301 or HIST 1302
HIST 226Texas HistoryHIST 2301
MATH 1411Business Math IMATH 1324
MATH 142Business Math IIMATH 1325
THAR 101Intro. to Western Theatre and DramaDRAM 1310
POLS 206American GovernmentGOVT 2305
POLS 207State and Local GovernmentGOVT 2306

Guidelines for Transfer Applicants by Program

Health. Applicants who are seeking transfer admission to this program should complete BIOL 1406, CHEM 1411, MATH 1324 and MATH 1325 for admission. Other prerequisite coursework that is recommended is SPCH 1315; and PHED 1304. Students may also take BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 to substitute for BIOL 319 and BIOL 320 for this option.  Students specifically interested in Allied Health should complete both math courses with grades of "B" or better and at least two of the available science courses listed with grades of "B" or better.  It is preferred that these students also maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR across all courses that transfer to Texas A&M University.

Kinesiology–Exercise Science. Students in this program are encouraged to complete at least 24 hours of the science coursework prior to the 60 completed hours. The Texas Common Course Numbers for the required science coursework on the exercise science degree plan (Applied Exercise Physiology, Basic Exercise Physiology and Motor Behavior options in the Kinesiology degree) are BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, PHYS 1401 and PHYS 1402. The remaining 8 hours (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) must be taken at Texas A&M. Other coursework that students could complete include MATH 1324 and MATH 1325 (required for transfer); ENGL 2311 or SPCH 1315; and PHED 1301.  Students should complete both math courses with grades of "B" or better and at least two of the available science courses listed with grades of "B" or better.  It is preferred that these students also maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPR across all courses that transfer to Texas A&M University.

Kinesiology–Physical Education Teacher Certification. Applicants who are seeking transfer admission to this program should complete BIOL 1406, PHYS 1401, MATH 1324 and MATH 1325. Other prerequisite coursework that can be taken prior to admission to Texas A&M and the program and is recommended is ENGL 1301 or ENGL 2311; and PHED 1301. Students may also take BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 to substitute for BIOL 319 and BIOL 320 for this option.

Sport Management. Applicants who are seeking transfer admission to this program should complete two lab sciences that meet TAMU Core Curriculum which could consist of the following science courses: BIOL 1406, GEOL 1403, CHEM 1411 or PHYS 1401.  Check with the Office of Admissions for specific courses that may meet this requirement.  MATH 1324 and MATH 1325 are also required for admission. Other recommended coursework includes ENGL 1301 or ENGL 2311 and SPCH 1315; and ECON 2302.

For more information about admission to the College of Education and Human Development, please contact Casey Ricketts at cricketts@tamu.edu.

College of Engineering

Applicants should complete at least 24 hours of graded transferable coursework at the time of submitting their application, all with a grade of C or better. Transfer admission GPA requirements vary by major, with the majority exceeding the minimum requirements for transfer admission consideration to Texas A&M. Transfer admission course requirements also vary by major. Successful applicants for undergraduate engineering degree programs in the College of Engineering will have completed all or most of the coursework listed before applying for transfer admission. Prospective transfer students should review prospective student information accessed through the College of Engineering website for more information and details specific to each major.

Course NumberCourse TitleTCCNS Number
ENGL 104 (3hrs)1Comp. and RhetoricENGL 1302
MATH 151 (4 hrs)2Engineering Math IMATH 2413
MATH 152 (4 hrs)2Engineering Math IIMATH 2414
MATH 251 (3 hrs)2,3Engineering Math IIIMATH 2415
CHEM 107/CHEM 117 (4 hrs)4Chemistry for Engineering with lab
PHYS 218 (4 hrs)MechanicsPHYS 2425
PHYS 208 (4 hrs)Electricity and OpticsPHYS 2426

College of Geosciences

Prospective freshman and transfer applicants are encouraged to refer to the College of Geosciences website for details on appropriate coursework for their intended major.  Special attention is paid to performance on required math and science courses and to the essay portion of the application. Fall and spring admission preferred. The College of Geosciences will consider second-choice majors.

Overall, the College of Geosciences requires prospective transfer students to be in the process of completing a minimum of 24 hours from the list of courses provided here with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated successful completion of this body of coursework, to present evidence of success in a course in their selected major, and in the mathematics and science courses specified.

The entire application submitted by transfer students is reviewed. Successful applicants include carefully written essays that demonstrate clarity of purpose and an advanced writing style. In the essay, applicants are advised to identify their intended major within the College of Geosciences and to describe why they are committing to study that subject. Applicants who have special circumstances they wish to share are encouraged to address these within the body of the essay(s), which are held in strict confidence.  

Each major requires the courses as listed below:

Applicable MajorsCourses
Environmental Studies (ENST) B.S.At least one course selected from: GEOG 1302, 1303, GEOL 1303 and 1103, 1403 or other introductory courses in the Geosciences (Geography, Geology, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography) Two Math courses: MATH 1324 and 1325 One Science course selected from: BIOL 1306 and 1106, 1406 CHEM 1311 and 1111, 1411
Environmental Geosciences (ENGS) B.S.At least one course selected from: GEOG 1302, 1303, GEOL 1303 and 1103, 1403 or other introductory courses in the Geosciences (Geography, Geology, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography) Two Math courses: MATH 2413 and 2414 One Science course selected from: BIOL 1306 and 1106, 1406 CHEM 1311 and 1111, 1411 PHYS 1301 and 1101, 1401
Geography (GEOG) B.S. University Studies - Geography (USGE) B.S. Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) B.S.One course selected from: GEOG 1301, 1302 or 1303, or the equivalent to GEOG 203 (Earth System Science) Two Math courses: MATH 1324 and 1325 One Science course selected from: BIOL 1306 and 1106, 1406 GEOL 1403 CHEM 1311 and 1111, 1411 PHYS 1301 and 1101, 1401
Geology (GEOL) B.A.

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