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Texas State University is proud to have been designated a Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education's 2017 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, ranked 16th in the nation in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017, and consistently ranked in the top 15% of military-friendly colleges by G.I. Jobs magazine since 2009.


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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions welcomes inquiries from interested military veterans. If you are in need of additional guidance regarding the admission process, contact J. Carlos Laird at

The Admission Process

Freshmen Applicants

Veterans who are high school (or GED) graduates, and have not attempted any college course work since graduating, are considered prospective freshmen applicants. You should follow the application procedures and admission criteria for freshman applicants. If you took an ACT or SAT while in high school, your scores are valid for three years. If your scores are less than three years old, you are urged to submit them.

If you did not take an ACT or SAT while in high school, you are not required to do so now. Prospective freshmen who did not test while in high school will have their application reviewed through our holistic review process. This review will consider your high school curriculum, the competitive level of courses taken and grades earned, leadership and level of engagement as a student.

If you have not attended college and are uncertain about the quality of your high school academic record, we suggest attending another college first and then applying as a transfer student. This provides you the opportunity to create an academic profile (i.e., college courses and a GPA).

Transfer Applicants

Veterans with transferable credit hours, taken after high school, are subject to transfer admission criteria and application procedures. All transfer applicants are required to submit both their college and high school transcripts (or GED certificate).*

*After an initial review, some applicants may be asked to submit additional information. Note: Enrollment in dual credit courses while in high school does not make you a transfer student.

Joint Services Transcript (optional)

While not required, you may submit the JST for an official evaluation by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It is recommended that you do so after being admitted to Texas State. After the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has performed its official evaluation, it will forward their recommendations to the Academic Advising Center of the college to which you have been accepted. The Advising Centers determine whether and how much JST course work can be applied to a Texas State degree.

Submitting the CCAF (required)

Unlike the JST, the CCAF transcript is required, and must be submitted for admission purposes. Upon receipt of the transcript, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will perform an official evaluation of the course work. Upon being accepted to Texas State, you should consult with your Advising Center to determine whether and how much course work can be applied to your Texas State degree.

DD-214 (optional)

Although no longer a component of the General Education Core Curriculum, two hours of physical education credit will be awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions upon receipt of a DD-214, as long as the following can be verified:  1) two years of active duty, or 2) honorable discharge after completing a minimum of two years of service or discharge because of a disability.

Additional information is available on the Military Transcripts page.


Information on veterans' benefits and services, including the GI Bill, Hazlewood and the certification process, is available at Veteran Affairs. On-campus and off-campus resources, which include academic, career and wellness services, are available to Bobcat student-vets and include:

Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS)
Student Veterans Resources (the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion - SDI
Texas State Veterans Initiative
Military-Connected Student Guide
Counseling Center
Office of Disability Services

Submit all official transcripts and forms to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Richard A. Castro Undergraduate Admissions Center
429 N. Guadalupe St.
San Marcos, TX 78666

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