Freshmen Admission

Freshmen applicants may obtain automatic admission to the University by meeting the Regular Admission Requirements listed below. Those applicants who do not meet the automatic admission standards listed below will be evaluated using a holistic approach that incorporates an individualized and qualitative assessment to ensure that reviews are based on a wide range of criteria within the context of an applicant's life experiences, including classroom performance, to leadership skills and community service. Refer to the Alternate Admission Review Process.


  1. Students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class and completing a college preparatory high school program meet regular admission requirements. Top 10% students must also submit ACT or SAT scores to complete their admission file.  
  2. Students completing the Texas Distinguished Level of Achievement Program, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the Texas Recommended High School Program, the Texas Foundation High School Program with Endorsement(s) or a high school program of equivalent rigor must meet the following criteria.
 Class Rank and Required Test Scores 

Class rank

Old SAT Score*

(prior to March 2016)

New SAT Total (March 2016 and after)

ACT Composite Score

Top 10%

No minimum required but must submit test scores

No minimum required but must submit test scores

No minimum required but must submit test scores

















*The SAT scores reflected in the table above include only the combination of the Critical Reading and Math Sections. They do not include the scores for the writing section of the SAT.

Note: To be admitted as an entering freshman to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville students are required to have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT (with a minimum mathematics score of 22), a 970 on the old SAT (with a minimum mathematics score of 530) or a 1050 on the new SAT (with a minimum math score of 560). Applicants whose test scores fall below the minimum scores for full admission to the College of Engineering but have an 18 or above on the ACT (with a mathematics score of 19 or above), an 810 or above on the old SAT (with a mathematics score of 500 or above) or an 890 on the new SAT (with a minimum math score of 530) will be admitted to the Pre-Engineering (PPEN) program in order to complete preparatory coursework. Students who do not meet either of these requirements will be admitted to the Alternate Pre-Engineering (APEN) program.

3. Students who do not complete a college preparatory high school program* may also gain regular admission if they satisfy the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment, or earn a score of at least a 1550 on the old SAT assessment, including the writing component, or satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the new SAT assessment.

ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

New SAT College Readiness Benchmarks

English   18

Math       22

Reading  22

Science   23

ERW*  480

Math    530


* Evidence-based Reading and Writing


* 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 scoring a minimum of 1550 on the old SAT (including the writing component), by meeting the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT Assessment, or satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the new SAT assessment.

Uniform Admission Policy

Texas Private High School Certification Form 1 (for students who did NOT complete IPC prior to 2010-2011)

Texas Private High School Certification Form 2 (for students who completed IPC prior to 2010-2011)  

Texas Private High School Certification Form 3 (for students graduating under the Foundation High School Program in 2014-2015 or later)


Applicants who do not meet the Regular Admission Requirements outlined above will automatically be reviewed by the Undergraduate Admission Committee using a holistic review that includes the applicant’s rank in class, standardized entrance test scores, performance in specific high school courses, extracurricular activities, community service, talents and awards, leadership skills, employment, and other factors that support a student’s ability to succeed at the university. Applicants who score below a 15 on the ACT, a 740 on the old SAT or an 830 on the new SAT are not eligible for alternate admission review.

Students admitted under Alternate Admission will be subject to the following conditions:

1. Required to attend a new student orientation program for new students.

2. Required to meet with a Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Success to complete a Learning Contract which will include course recommendations for both fall and spring semesters.  Other course enhancement activities such as Supplemental Instruction sessions and tutoring sessions may be required.

3. Register for no more than 14 semester credit hours of course work at A&M-Kingsville during both the fall and spring semesters earning a GPA of 2.0 or above which will result in achieving the academic status of "Good Standing" with the university.

4. Required to enroll and pass UNIV 1101/02, freshman success seminar, during fall and spring semesters. Students that do not pass UNIV1101/02 or other courses in which the student enrolled during the semester will have to schedule a meeting with their Academic Advisor to reevaluate their academic records.  A request to be readmitted to the university must be submitted to the Center for Student Success.

5. Required to meet with an assigned Center for Student Success Academic Advisor a minimum of twice during the fall and spring semesters.

Admission Appeal Process

Upon formal request to the Office of Admission, by phone or email, applicants who are denied admission and wish to appeal will be sent to the Admission Committee for review. In addition to the formal request for appeal, applicants must submit the following items prior to being sent to the Committee:

  1. Personal Statement or Letter of Appeal
  1. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from Core Subject teachers


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 exempt. Students are encouraged to take the placement testing before their new student orientation program so they will not miss any of the orientation program or have trouble registering for certain classes. For more information, click here.   

This page was last updated on: June 30, 2016