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Texas Recommended and Distinguished Program

In order to attend a four-year public institution like Texas State University, the State of Texas requires students to graduate high school with one of the following diploma types: (HB5) Distinguished Achievement, (UAP) Recommended Plan, (UAP) Distinguished Plan. For details about the law or the recommended plan, read on below. Talk to your high school counselor about what plan you are on if you have questions.

State of Texas Uniform Admissions Standards

Per state law, TEC 51.803-51.809, Uniform Admissions Standards (UAS) require that 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 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 equivalent in content and rigor to the Foundation, Foundation with endorsements Distinguished Achievement, Minimum (UAP), Recommended or Advanced (Distinguished Achievement) high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Rediness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment

SAT - 1500 out of 2400

ACT - 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science

*Equivalencies must be documented by the students' high school. These forms can be found at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/

For both the Recommended and Distinguished Graduation Programs, 26 credit hours are required. The following is for informational purposes only and is not an official document. For the official class listings, please visit the
Texas Educational Agency.