Veteran Admission

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Texas State University is proud to have been designated a Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education's 2015 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, ranked 16th in the nation in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 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're a veteran and in need of additional guidance regarding the admission process, contact Carlos Laird at Information on veterans' benefits and services is available online at Veteran Affairs.

Admission Options for Veterans

As with all new and transfer applicants, admission of veterans is based solely on academic course work; military transcripts are not used for admission purposes. Military transcript credits may be applied to your Texas State transcript, but only after the 12th class day of each long semester or the 4th class day of each Summer term, and only after the academic college to which you are applying has approved the credit. 

  • Prospective students applying with more than 30 hours of transferable college credit are not required to submit test scores or an admissions essay. 
  • Prospective students applying with fewer than 30 hours are urged to speak with an admission counselor to determine what, if any, high school documents are needed. This is especially important for students who have graduated high school within the last three years.  

All prospective students, including veterans, are required to submit an official high school transcript (or GED certificate), regardless of the number of college hours earned or high school graduation date

Prospective students without college credit or whose only college credit was received prior to high school graduation should apply for Freshman admission.

Prospective students who have completed 1-29 transferable credit hours during or after high school but have not yet finished 30 credit hours, are considered a transfer student (1-29 hours) for admission purposes.

Prospective students who have completed 30 or more transferable credit hours are considered a transfer student with 30 plus hours.

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Veterans and Testing

Test scores are not required for application purposes if a student’s date of high school graduation is three years or more prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll. However, applicants can submit scores if they wish to do so. Scores must be submitted if they are from within the three year period prior to enrollment and/or if the applicant has not completed at least 30 transferable hours at the time of application.

Federal Benefits

Students wishing to utilize federal veteran benefits must be enrolled in courses for a specific degree-seeking program. A list of undergraduate degree programs can be found here.

Readmission for Returning Veterans

Former Texas State students who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard who withdrew from Texas State as a result of a call to active duty are eligible to re-enroll without paying the readmission fee or completing a new application. The student must return within a year of being released from active duty.

To re-enroll please submit the Returning Military Information form along with a copy of the DD214 with release information or a letter from the commander with release information. You can also contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to have your status reactivated.

Submit all official transcripts and forms to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
429 N. Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666