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First Time Freshman

At the time of application, students with no college credits since graduation from high school or entering Tarleton from a Texas public high school accredited by the Texas Education Agency, a Texas non-public school accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission or an accredited out-of-state high school, are first time freshman.  College credits earned prior to high school graduation (dual-credit) do not classify a student as a transfer student.  To be granted regular admission a first-time freshman must meet the Uniform Admission Policy below.  Students who are potentially interested in attending Tarleton are encouraged to complete a "four by four" program under either recent or current high school standards and to include Algebra II as defined under either set of high school diploma requirements.

For Fall 2015
Application deadline for first-time freshmen is July 21, 2015.

Requirements for Admission

  • Rank in the top 10% of graduating class and provide SAT/ACT scores, including the writing component**;
    Beginning November 2014, students in the Top 10% of their graduating class must complete the distinguished level of achievement under the Foundation, Recommended, or Distinguished High School Program from a Texas public high school.


  • or meet one of the combinations of high school quarter rank and entrance scores listed below (Tarleton will seek to adhere to these guidelines but changing conditions including larger than expected numbers of qualified applications could require change.):

Summer 2015, Fall 2015
Spring 2016, Summer 2016

(To be granted regular admission a first-time
freshman must meet the Uniform Admission Policy below.)

Class Rank Test Score Requirement
Rank in top half of
graduating class
Provide SAT or ACT scores
40-49% SAT = 950 or ACT = 20
0-39% No Admittance

SAT total for test score requirement consists of Critical Reading (Verbal) and Math only.  Student must include the essay writing component from the SAT or ACT.

Uniform Admission Policy

The Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission to a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.

  1. Successfully complete the distinguished level of achievement under the Foundation, Recommended or Advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  2. Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  3. Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT or SAT assessment.
    • SAT - 1500 out of 2400 (Critical Reading, Math AND Writing)
    • ACT - 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Math and 24 Science

For specific requirements based on your entry status please see "Types of First Time Freshman" section above.

Students applying to Tarleton State University from a non-Texas public high school are required to submit a completed high school certification form along with your high school transcript.  Please select one of the forms listed below, download the form to complete and return to:

Tarleton State University
Undergraduate Admissions
Box T-0030
Stephenville, TX  76402

For questions on which form to complete, please contact Admissions at or 254-968-9123.

Texas Schools (including Private or Home Schools):

Out-of-state High School Students:

Requirements are subject to changes outlined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Early Notification of Admission

Students seeking early notification of admission must submit all required application materials. Upon graduation, a final high school transcript showing graduation date and class rank must be submitted.

Texan Gateway Program

Applicants who are very near but below the requirements for regular admission may be considered for the Texan Gateway Program. The number of students granted into this program may be limited by Tarleton without prior notice. The Texan Gateway Program does not constitute full admission to the university. A student who is granted into this program will sign an agreement for one-year enrollment at Tarleton.

Students who meet the qualifications will be contacted by the Office of Admissions. Students who meet the conditions of the contract will then be fully admitted to the university. Students who fail to meet the conditions of the contract will not be allowed to re-enroll at Tarleton State University until they succeed academically at another institution and are able to meet Tarleton's transfer requirements.

This program is to offer an alternative to students not able to gain admission to Texas A&M University as freshmen, with the opportunity for admission after successful completion of their first year in college at one of Texas A&M University's System Institutions.

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