Office of Admissions

Accepted Undergraduate Javelinas FAQ

A: Both domestic and international First Time in College Freshmen and new transfer students are required to attend our new student orientation programs. New Student Orientation is a fun and informative way to get to know Javelina Nation. At these programs, students register for classes and meet other incoming students.

Freshmen who have completed dual credit courses while in high school are still required to attend the freshman orientation even if they have completed 12 or more hours if they were done prior to high school graduation.

Transfer orientation is required for new transfer students. Students who have 12 or more college hours after high school graduation should register for transfer orientation. 

International students may have to attend additional orientations before arriving on campus. Please view our orientation website for more information.

To learn more about orientation, please log onto

A: Our College of Engineering has SAT/ACT test score requirements that must be met to be admitted into any of their undergraduate programs. Applicants who meet the university's general admission requirements, but do not meet the test scores requirements for the College of Engineering will be admitted either pre-engineering or alternate pre-engineering.  

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 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.

A: This means that, based on the information you have provided, we have been unable to code you as a Texas Resident for tuition purposes. Non-Residents pay a higher tuition rate each semester of registration. If you have questions about your residency status, please contact the Office of Admission at or at 361-593-5372, before your first day of classes at TAMUK.

A: All new students are required to take the new Texas Success Initiative Assessment unless they have received an exemption. The purpose of this examination is to assess a student's academic ability in order to correctly identify the correct course sequence for new students. The TSI measures your college preparation level in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math. Students may be exempt from taking the assessment based on ACT, SAT, TAKS, or STAAR assessments. They may also be exempt based on their transferring into TAMUK having already met satisfying TSI requirements, having completed a qualifying associate's degree or being honorably discharged from the US military and can provide an official DD214. For more information, including exemptions and test dates, visit

A: Students with less than 30 hours are required to live on campus unless they have been granted an exemption. If you decide to live on campus, you need to fill out a Housing Application, now available when you log on to Blue and Gold. Exemptions may include residing locally with a family member, military status, or being a parent of a dependent child. Each request will be considered individually. Students living at home within a 40-mile radius will automatically be exempt.  For more information, go to the University Housing and Residence Life website.

A: Javelina Dining offers an array to choose from when eating on campus. We have two dining halls, Turner-Bishop Dining Hall, located in the middle of Turner-Bishop Residence Hall, and Javelina Dining Hall which is in between Martin and Lucio Residence Halls. We also have a great selection of retail venues in the Memorial Student Union Building, including a full service Starbucks, Subway, Chick-fil-A Express, Pizza Hut Express, and Taco Taco. For a quick snack, you can stop by the Cup & Chaucer in Jernigan Library. Javelina Dining is all about options which is why we provide students with meal plan options to choose from to fit their dining style and your budget. To learn more about Javelina Dining please visit our website at or call us at (361) 593-3096.

A: Yes! All students are welcome to bring cars to campus. We only require that students purchase a parking tag which must be displayed in their vehicles while on campus. To learn more about parking tags, please visit