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Freshman Admission Requirements

Your overall academic record is the most important part of your application, but we'll also look at what you've done outside the classroom. If you plan to attend Texas State the semester after high school graduation (not including summer sessions), you should fill out the freshman application no matter how many dual credit or transferable college credits you've earned.

State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Policy (UAP) requires applicants to four-year public universities to meet college readiness standards through completion of a high school graduation program or equivalent or through SAT or ACT score benchmarks. If you attend an out-of-state high school, you are exempt from the UAP.

Texas State University Admission Standards

We recommend students complete the following curriculum or equivalent for admission. Students applying without this curriculum will go through our review process.

Four credits of English
Including: English I, II, III and IV

Four credits of Math
Including: algebra I and II, geometry and advanced math courses such as
pre-calculus, calculus and statistics

Four credits of Science
Including: biology; chemistry; and two advanced sciences such as physics; environmental science; anatomy and physiology; or integrated physics and chemistry (IPC) is acceptable between biology and chemistry

Four credits of Social Science
Including: world or human geography, world history, U.S. history since 1877, U.S. government and economics

Two credits of Foreign Language

One credit of Fine Arts

One credit of Physical Education

Assured Admission for Freshmen

Assured admission is granted when students graduate high school with one of the following diploma types:

  • (UAP) Recommended
  • (UAP) Distinguished
  • (HB5) Distinguished Achievement
  • or Equivalent

And meet the class rank and test score requirements listed in the table below. 

Class Rank Old SAT (prior to March 2016)** New SAT (March 2016 and after) ACT***
Class Rank
Top 10%
Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
No minimum score*
New SAT (March 2016 and after)
No minimum score*
No minimum score*
Class Rank
1st Quartile
Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
New SAT (March 2016 and after)
Class Rank
2nd Quartile
Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
New SAT (March 2016 and after)
Class Rank
3rd Quartile
Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
New SAT (March 2016 and after)
Class Rank
4th Quartile
Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
New SAT (March 2016 and after)

*Although no minimum scores are required, you must still submit your SAT/ACT scores.
**The Old SAT score is the sum of the critical reading and math sections only.
***The ACT score is your composite score. An ACT writing section score is recommended.

Non-Ranking Schools and Programs

Non-Ranking Public and Private High Schools

Applicants from non-ranking public or private schools must meet the freshman requirements outlined above and will be considered for admission based on an individual review by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. This review will take into account ACT or SAT scores, curriculum and grades, admission essay, employment and service to community.

For more information regarding the admission process for applicants from non-ranking schools or other educational programs, contact your freshman admission counselor.

Nontraditional Secondary Education: GED and Homeschool Applicants

In accordance with Senate Bill 1543 (SB1543), applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by Texas State. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores. A nontraditional secondary education includes Homeschool and GED graduates. Texas State requires an official homeschool or GED transcript to demonstrate evidence of completion.

Additional Requirements

Majors within the McCoy College of Business can be classified as Limited Access, as student enrollment is limited each semester. The affected majors include accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and computer information systems.

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