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Additional Admission Categories

Former Students

If you are a former student please click the link above for more information.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

Students with medical or personal reasons for not completing high school may elect to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests. Texas State recognizes the GED tests from an applicant with no previous college work whose high school class has graduated. Students with a GED certificate may be considered for admission provided they have a minimum ACT score of 26 or SAT score (Reading & Math) of 1180.

Early Admission

Texas State's Early Admission Program offers local high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at Texas State while still in high school. The program may be for you if you have a B average (or higher), meet or exceed the university's freshman admission requirements, and have the recommendation of your high school counselor or principal. PSAT or PLAN scores will be used in lieu of SAT or ACT scores until they become available. All usual deadlines apply. For more information contact Anni Judkins, Assistant Director, anni@txstate.edu.

Students admitted under this option are considered non-degree seeking and are not eligible for financial aid. After high school graduation, those students wishing to continue at Texas State in degree-seeking status must reapply and submit their final high school transcript.

Second Bachelor's

Texas State welcomes students who are pursuing a second baccalaureate degree. To apply, please do the following:

  • Submit the Transfer Student ApplyTexas application (please indicate you are seeking a second bachelor's  on the application). It is important that you fill out all sections of your application completely.
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • Submit transcripts from ALL colleges or universities you have attended. All usual deadlines apply.

For students seeking a second bachelor's degree in business, the McCoy College requires their first degree overall GPA to be 2.5 or higher. Second bachelor degree seekers also cannot seek an exploration or general studies major.

For more information, contact Jodi Torrez, Assistant Director, jt11@txstate.edu.

If you currently hold a bachelor's degree and do not wish to obtain a second bachelor's degree from Texas State, you should apply through the Graduate College.

Non-Accredited High Schools

Graduates of non-accredited high schools must have a minimum ACT of 26 or SAT (Reading + Math) of 1180 and must meet the course unit requirements as outlined in the general admission requirements.

Home Schooled Admission

Admission is extended to the home-schooled candidate whose academic credentials either meet or exceed the State of Texas Uniform Admission Standards and Texas State's admission criteria.

State of Texas Uniform Admissions Standards

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Standards (UAS) require all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.

  • Successfully complete the 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 recommended or advanced (distinguished) 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 (Verbal + Math + Writing)
ACT- 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

For more information about the Uniform Admission Standards, click here.

The Texas State admission committee will render a decision based on:

Standardized tests: Home-schooled applicants must meet test score requirements of 26 for the ACT or 1180 (Reading & Math) for the SAT.

High School/Home School Curriculum: Official transcripts of all course work completed in high school and in college must be submitted to the Texas State Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Other factors: The admission essay, involvement/service to the community, and letters of recommendation are also considered. For more information, contact your local admission counselor. Click here to find your Freshman Admission Counselor.

Special Student Admission

Students with prior college work, and no Bachelor's degree, who are not working toward a degree at Texas State may be considered for admission as a special student. Applicants must submit the Transient student admission application (and select non-degree seeking), the special student approval form, and the non-refundable application fee of $75 by the required deadline. To qualify, students must either:

  1. Verify an overall 2.25 grade point average in previous college work and must be eligible to return to each previous post-secondary institution attended
  2. OR

  3. Have a high school diploma or equivalent and not have been enrolled in any secondary or post secondary institution for the last three years.

Students are limited to a total of 24 semester hours under the special student designation and must reapply each semester. Work earned as a special student will be applied toward a degree only after the student has reapplied and has met general admission requirements. Courses completed as a special student will not be considered in the general admission decision. Students admitted under this option are not eligible for Financial Aid. For more information, contact Jodi Torrez, Assistant Director, jt11@txstate.edu.

If you wish to live in a residence hall, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at 512.245.2382 or stop by their office in J.C. Kellam building, suite 381.

If you have a Bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in undergraduate level courses you should apply for admission as a Non-degree Seeking through the Graduate College.

Transient Admission

Students who have completed college work and are working toward a degree at another college or university may be considered for transient admission to Texas State. Transient admission is available only for the summer sessions.

To apply for summer transient studies, students should submit the following to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

  • The Transient ApplyTexas application, please be sure to list all the colleges and universities attended.
  • Current transcript indicating good academic standing or a Statement of Good Standing from the student's current institution.
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $75 (check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

To qualify for admission, students must be in good academic standing at their current institution. All usual deadlines apply.

Upon completion of the summer work, students may request a transcript for use at their home institution. Credit and grade points earned as a transient student at Texas State will not be used in determining regular eligibility for admission to Texas State at a future date. For more information, contact Jodi Torrez, Assistant Director, jt11@txstate.edu.

If you wish to live in a residence hall, please contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life at 512.245.2382 or stop by their office in J.C. Kellam building, suite 381.