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2019-2020 Freshman Special Instructions


Definition -

A student without college credit or whose only college credit was received prior to high school graduation, or in the summer immediately following high school graduation, and is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; someone who has applied for permanent residency; or who qualifies for Texas residency based on SB 1528.

Application Dates/ Deadline for Term
Spring 2019      -       Opening July 1, 2017                  Closing December 1, 2018
Fall 2019          -       Opening July 1, 2018                Closing August 1, 2019*
Spring 2020      -       Opening July 1, 2018                 Closing December 1, 2019

*Note: Applicants wishing to be considered for the Javelina Scholars Scholarship must apply no later than December 15, 2018

Documents Needed/Required Credentials

All materials must be received



  • State of Texas ApplyTexas Application – Completed.
  • Official high school transcript, showing at least six completed semesters, with class rank and graduation plan; must have original signature of a school official or an original school seal. Electronic submission via TREx is preferred. (Faxed, emailed copies will not be accepted).
  • If school does not rank, this fact must be indicated on your transcript or school profile.
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee $25 or qualified Fee Waiver.  Credit card payments via ApplyTexas are preferred.  Checks and money orders made payable to TAMUK are accepted.
  • If requesting a Fee Waiver, must submit an SAT/ACT application fee waiver request form or a letter on official letterhead, or form, from the high school counselor or school authority indicating that the student participated in the free lunch program.
  • SAT or ACT scores.  Scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.  The Texas A&M-Kingsville SAT code is 6822 and the ACT code is 4212.  (All test scores must contain scores from the writing component.)
  • If permanent resident, must submit a copy of both sides of the permanent resident card or I-485 by the application deadline.  If application is in process please provide copy of  I-797.
  • If Texas resident based on SB 1528, must submit the SB 1528 affidavit prior to enrollment.
  • All students under age 22 entering an institution of higher education (public or private) must provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination within the last 5 years. More information is provided on our website,

Ways to be Admitted

Automatic/Regular Admission Requirements:

1) Top 10%:

  • Complete a college preparatory high school program
  • rank in the top 10% of their graduating class

2) Rank in Class and Test Scores:

  • attend a recognized public or private high school within the State of Texas
  • graduate from a Texas high school under the Distinguished Achievement or Recommended high school program, the Foundation Program with at least one Endorsement, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, or a high school program of equivalent rigor
  • meet one of the following class rank and test score combinations:


Class Rank and Test Scores
Class rank

SAT Score*

(Before March 2016

SAT Total

(As of March 2016)
ACT Score*
11-25% 740 830 15
26-50% 830 910 17
51-75% 950 1030 20
76-100% 1070 1140 23

*These are composite scores; SAT includes Critical Reading and Math only.

3) Meet Benchmark Requirements:

  • SAT 1550, including the writing component (earned prior to March 2016)
  • New SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing 480 and Mathematics 530
  • ACT 18 English, 22 Math, 22 Reading, 23 Science

Alternate Admission Review:

  • Complete application file reviewed and a decision made by the Undergraduate Admission Committee.  Applicants who score below a 15 on the ACT, below an 830 on the new SAT or below a 740 on the old SAT are not eligible for alternate admission review.

Other Important


Non-accredited High School, Home School, and GED Students

  • Students who attended a non-accredited high school or home school and those who received a GED may be admitted by meeting the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT Assessment.
  • GED students must also submit their GED certificate of completion.

Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 (State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy) requires that all students meet one of several college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution. More information concerning the Uniform Admission Policy can be found on the following website - http://

Texas Success Initiative (TSI):

  • The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students to be assessed in reading, writing and mathematical skills before enrolling in a Texas public college or university.
  • ·Students are required to complete the TSI Assessment test before enrolling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville unless they meet one of the exemptions listed on our website,