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First Time Freshman

The Summer and Fall 2019 applications open on Sunday, July 1!
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) and courses taken immediately following high school graduation during the summer do not classify a student as a transfer student. 

Items needed for application process:

  • ApplyTexas Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores
  • Any other items requested by the Office of Admissions based on application answers

Requirements for Admission

Freshman Admission Requirements
Spring 2018 forward

To determine whether you will be admitted to Tarleton State University, please review the Rank and Score Requirements as well as the High School Curriculum Requirements.

Rank and Score Requirements

Meet one of the combination of high school quarter rank and test scores listed below in addition to curriculum requirements:

Class Rank Old SAT Minimum
(Prior to March 2016)

New SAT Minimum
(March 2016 or later)

ACT Composite Minimum

Top 10%
(90-100 Percentile)

Provide SAT or ACT scores Provide SAT or ACT scores Provide SAT or ACT scores

1st quarter other than top 10%
(75-89 Percentile)

Provide SAT or ACT scores Provide SAT or ACT scores Provide SAT or ACT scores
2nd quarter
(50-74 Percentile)
800 880 16
3rd quarter
(25-49 Percentile)
Individual Review Individual Review Individual Review


High School Curriculum Requirements

Requires successful completion of the Distinguished Level of Achievement under the Foundation High School Program (Foundation with an Endorsement including Algebra II).

The Foundation with an Endorsement without Algebra II may be considered under an individual review process.

Old SAT total consists of Critical Reading (Verbal) + Math only.   New SAT total (March 2016 forward) consists of Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math. 
The writing component can be submitted but it is not required.

Applicants not meeting requirements for guaranteed admission may be reviewed on an individual basis.

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 high school program, the Recommended High School Program or the Distinguished Achievement 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.
    • Old SAT - 1500 out of 2400 (Critical Reading, Math AND Writing)
    • New SAT - 1090 Total (Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math)
    • 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 254-968-9269.

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.

Special Admission

Students not meeting the institutional requirements for full admission may be reviewed for conditional admission which may require participation in an enhanced support or gateway program. Specific agreement conditions for admission will be enforced.

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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