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Undergraduate Admissions

First-Time in College Requirements


A first-time in college (FTIC) student is an applicant with no college credit or whose only college credit was received prior to high school graduation (or in the summer immediately following high school graduation).

A domestic applicant 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 Senate Bill 1528.

Application Deadlines have been extended to the first day of the term during this time.
The application for each academic year opens July 1.
The Summer 2020 application deadline is May 29, 2020.
The Fall 2020 application deadline is August 24, 2020.
The Spring 2021 application deadline is January 19, 2021.

First-time in college (FTIC) applicants may obtain automatic admission to Texas A&M-Kingsville by meeting the assured admission criteria as shown below.

Students who do not meet the assured admission criteria can be admitted through Texas A&M-Kingsville's individual review process. The individual review process involves a holistic review of academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, talents, awards, and other factors that support a student's ability to succeed at Texas A&M-Kingsville. We encourage applicants who do not meet the assured admission criteria to include their achievements in their Apply Texas application.

Please contact us if you experience any issues with your application process at admissions@tamuk.edu.

COVID-19 Related Admission Information

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.  

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.

 

 High School Rank and SAT or ACT 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

11-25%

740

830

15

26-50%

830

910

17

51-75%

950

1030

20

76-100%

1070

1140

23

*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: First-time in college students desiring to be admitted to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 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.

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

* Nonaccredited High School, Home School, and GED Students
Students who attended a nonaccredited 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.


Students who do not meet the assured admission criteria can be admitted through Texas A&M-Kingsville's individual review process. This process involves a holistic review of academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, talents, awards, and other factors that support a student's ability to succeed at Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

For Summer and Fall 2020, we will now allow students to be considered for admission without requiring SAT/ACT test scores before the applicant file can be reviewed by the individual review committee.

We encourage applicants who do not meet the assured criteria to highlight their achievements on their Apply Texas application.

It can take up to seven days to process regular applicants. All students who are reviewed without test scores will go through the individual review process and committee review. It can take two weeks to a month to consider students in individual review based on what the applicant submitted. We oftentimes request more information to make a decision. 


You may request a Fee Waiver by completing this form with supporting documentation, including SAT/ACT application fee waiver request form, a letter on official letterhead (or form) from the high school counselor or school authority indicating that you participated in the free lunch program.

 


Upon formal request to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 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
  2. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from Core Subject teachers (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)


Required Application Materials

All materials must be received by the first class day of the starting semester.  

  • State of Texas ApplyTexas Application. You may complete the application at www.applytexas.org.
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee of $25 or qualified Fee Waiver.
    • Credit card payments via ApplyTexas are preferred.
    • Checks and money orders made payable to Texas A&M-Kingsville are accepted.
    • You may request a Fee Waiver by completing the form (located below on this page) with supporting documentation, including  SAT/ACT application fee waiver request form, a letter on official letterhead (or form) from the high school counselor or school authority indicating that you participated in the free lunch program.
  • Temporarily we are accepting unofficial high school transcripts for Summer and Fall 2020.
    • You may upload your unofficial transcript online
    • By the end of the first semester, we must have an official transcript showing at least six completed semesters with an original signature of a school official or an original school seal.
    • Electronic submission via TREx is preferred. (Faxed or emailed copies will not be accepted).
    • If the school does not rank, this fact must be indicated on the transcript or school profile.
  • Temporarily we are waiving SAT or ACT scores for Summer and Fall 2020
    • If you already have scores, they 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 you are a permanent resident, you must submit a copy of both sides of the permanent resident card or I-485 by the application deadline.  If the application is in process please provide a copy of  I-797.
  • If you are a Texas resident based on Senate Bill 1528, please must submit the Senate Bill 1528 affidavit prior to enrollment.

Please see Testing and Other Resources for more details on AP courses and test scores for admission.

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)