Admission Deadlines TAMUK Admission Page
To ensure full consideration, all completed applications and documentation and other supporting materials must be in the Office of Admissions by the following deadlines:
- Fall Semester -- August 15
- Spring Semester -- December 15
- Summer I -- May 15
- Summer II -- June 15
International students should refer to the International section of this catalog for deadline information.
Requirements for Entering Freshmen
Entering freshmen are required to have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT or 970 on the SAT. Students whose test scores fall between 18-20 (ACT) or 810-969 (SAT) will be placed in the Pre-Engineering (PPEN) major status in order to complete preparatory course work. The student will be transferred to an engineering program after successfully obtaining an overall cumulative and math/science GPA of 2.0 in the second semester of course work. (Course work in math and science must include MATH 1348 or higher and CHEM 1111/CHEM 1311.)
Students who fall below the minimum pre-engineering test score (ACT-18/SAT-810) will not be allowed entry into the college until an overall, cumulative and math/science GPA of 2.5 or better has been attained. Once this criteria has been met, the student may reapply for admission to an engineering program.
Application Procedure for Freshmen Student
- Submit a completed application for admission, including the $15 application fee.
- Request that an official high school transcript be sent directly to the Office of Admission, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, MSC 128, Kingsville, TX 78363.
- Notify the testing authority to send official copies of ACT or SAT scores directly to the Texas A&M-Kingsville Office of Admission. (ACT code 4212, SAT code 6822)
- Students attending colleges or universities while still in high school or prior to enrolling at Texas A&M-Kingsville must request the official college transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
- The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP)/Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) is required by Texas law. Although not an admission requirement, students must take the TASP/THEA test prior to enrolling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and submit their test scores. (TASP Code 722)/(THEA Code 299)
Students can either complete the Texas A&M University-Kingsville application or the State of Texas Common Application. The Common Application is available online at www.applytexas.org.
The official high school transcript shows the units completed, the grades earned, rank in class and the date of graduation. Acceptance will be tentatively granted on the basis of a high school transcript showing at least six completed semesters and rank in class.
The Social Security number is used as a permanent student identification number. Anyone who does not have a social security number should obtain one prior to filing an application for admission, or a student I.D. number will be assigned.
Transfer students will be accepted in the college unconditionally if their overall grade point average from the previous institutions is a 2.5. A&M-Kingsville students desiring to chan ge their major to engineering must also meet this requirement.
Non-engineering majors may take one lower level (1000-2000) engineering course a semester. Upper level engineering courses (3000-4000) may not be taken by non-engineering majors. Exceptions to the above policy must be approved in writing by the dean of the student's college and the dean of engineering. Students who enroll in engineering courses without approval will be dropped from the course.
Students who transfer into the College of Engineering from another college within this institution that have a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.49 on a 4.0 grading system will be placed into our Pre-Engineering (PPEN ) major. After two semesters (Fall/Spring), the student will be re-evaluated by his/her adviser. If the student has maintained satisfactory progress, the student will be transferred out of PPEN and placed into a regular engineering major. A special change of major form will be completed and signed by the adviser, the chair of the department and the dean of the college. Students who do not achieve satisfactory progress will remain in PPEN and will be re-evaluated again after the completion of one (1) academic year.
Students planning to transfer to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering from another fou r-year university should apply for admission as early as possible. Once accepted, the student is encouraged to contact the appropriate department chair during the semester prior to enrolling at A&M-Kingsville. Cou -rse transferab ility and course prerequisite requirem ents can be determined to allow a smooth transition into the program at A&M-Kingsville.
Community college transfer students should complete English, mathematics and science courses as early as possible. The basic engineering courses required for a specific degree should also be completed. If some of these courses are not available at the college the student is attending, early transfer or a summer session at A&M-Kingsville may be advisable to enable the student to stay on schedule.
Specific articulation and joint admission agreements are available for several community colleges. These agreements can be viewed on the college's homepage at http://www.engineer.tamuk.edu.
Transfer of Credit
The university has established course equivalencies from the majority of Texas community colleges and universities. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established guidelines on course transferability from two-year colleges to four-year universities in engineering. In addition to the university policies controlling the granting of credit for course work taken at other institutions where equivalency has not been established, the following policies apply to students entering the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering from such institutions:
a. All courses taken at another institution are subject to approval by the dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering and the chair of the degree granting department. Courses are approved on a course-by-course basis to ensure their acceptability in fulfilling requirements for a degree. In making this evaluation, the student may be required by the dean and/or department chair to produce catalogs and other supporting material from the institution from which the student is transferring.
b. All passing grades will be accepted from students transferring under a Joint Articulation Agreement. For all others, degree credit will not normally be granted for any course taken at another institution in which the student’s grade in that course was not the equivalent of at least a C and an overall 2.0 on a 4.0 grading system.
A maximum of 72 semester hours may be transferred from institutions that do not have engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET. Advanced (3000- or 4000-level) engineering courses from four-year institutions that do not have ABET accredited programs may be applied toward degree requirements only if approved by the department chair and the dean.
The student is responsible for timely processing of all course substitutions. This action should be completed during the first semester of work at A&M -Kingsville.
- Complete and submit an Application for Admission. Students must complete
the State of Texas Common Application. The Common Application is available
in paper form or online at www.applytexas.org.
- Pay the $15 non-refundable application fee. The fee must accompany the application.
- Submit official copies of all transcripts from other universities and colleges. Former course work taken at other universities will be translated into Texas A&M-Kingsville equivalents based on whether it is equal in character and content. Even though general credit may be granted, not all course work will necessarily be used for graduation requirements in degree plans. For a timely evaluation all credentials should be sent directly to the Office of Admission not later than three weeks prior to the opening of the term or semester for which the applicant is seeking admission.
- The university permits students to transfer lower division (freshman and sophomore) courses from a community college as long as the work fulfills their particular degree requirements. No work taken at a community college can be transferred as an upper-division (junior or senior) level course.
- Applicants with no more than one semester's work and less than a 2.0 grade point average may be considered for admission on scholastic probation if they can meet admission requirements for freshman unconditional admission. See the Freshman Admission section for admission requirements.
- An applicant who has more than one semester's work must have an overall average of 2.0/4.0 for admission. This average is calculated on all transferred college work the applicant has undertaken, whether passed or failed. To be accepted into the College of Engineering, the overall grade point average from all college work must be 2.5/4.0 or greater.
- A student who is not entitled to continue work at another institution because of academic failure will not be admitted to this university. When the student becomes academically eligible for readmission to the former institution, the student may apply for admission to this institution.
- Transfer course work grade point average is brought in as CREDIT ONLY. Transfer grades cannot be used to raise the grade point average at this university. Work brought in after the initial enrollment will not be used to duplicate previously transferred courses.
A person who is not a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States is considered an International Student.
To be admitted as an International Student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline date: (See Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Requirements in this section for additional requirements.)
General Information: The study year is composed of two semesters of four and one half (4 1/2) months each, beginning in late August (Fall) and January (Spring), plus two (2) summer sessions, beginning in June. Students desiring to enter the university must have all documents listed below in our office before the following deadline dates:
Deadline for Documents Entry Term Requested
- June 1 Fall (August)
- October 1 Spring (January)
- April 1 Summer (June)
- Application for Admission on the appropriate official Application form
(Undergraduate or Graduate).
- Official high school/college/university transcript(s) sent directly from each institution
attended. In addition to the official transcript required for admission as a graduate or
undergraduate student, an English translation must be included to allow for accurate
- ACT OR SAT: Unconditional admission: ACT 21 or SAT 970 is required of all incoming freshmen. ACT(Code#4214), SAT(Code#6822)
- TASP (Texas Academic Skills Program) is not part of the admission requirement; however, all undergraduates are required to take the test prior to registration.
- A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 213 (Computer-based) or 500 (Paper-based) is required. A score of 550 is required for the College of Business and the College of Engineering. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment. Residual TOEFL exams taken at another institution will not be accepted, TOEFL(Code#6822)
TOEFL Exemptions:One year of full-time academic studies at an accredited U.S. College or University with satisfactory grades.
- A Letter of Sponsorship is required from the party who will financially support the applicant during pursuit of degree. The letter should certify the sponsor's commitment to pay the educational, living, health, and personal expenses of the applicant until completion of the degree(s). A sponsor may be the student, student's parents or a third party organization. The sponsor's letter must be dated within six months of the first enrollment according to dates listed below on bank statement requirement.
- A Bank Statement certifying the sponsor to have at least U.S. $15,760.00 (stated on U.S. currency) dated within six months of the first enrollment.
- Proof of sufficient Medical Insurance Coverage. The University requires each international student to have mandatory health insurance coverage while in the U.S.A,. Insurance may be obtained through the International Student Services (ISS) office. For more information contact ISS at Cousins Hall, Room 226, Kingsville, TX 78363, (361)593-3317. Proof of insurance is required for registration.
- International Students transferring from an institution in the United States must submit the following additional documents:
1) International Status form completed by student and DSO (form located in
pdf format on website)
2) Copy of current I-20; copy of student's F1 visa
3) Copy of I-95
4) Written notification requesting dependents to be included on I-20.
- Mail an application fee of $50.00- this must be a bank money order in U.S. dollars
on U.S. banks. It is not refundable.
NOTE: Upon completion of the application process, successful applicants will be issued an I-20 by the Office of Admissions. Students with an F-1 Student Visa are required to enroll full-time while at Texas A&M-Kingsville University.
Immigration status as an approved student will be granted upon submission and review of the stated documents. An I-20 form will be issued from the Office of Admissions. International students applying for admission are reminded that possession of an I-20 form from this university does not relieve them of the responsibility to comply with United States immigration procedures.
This page was last updated on: November 29, 2012