Each college or university has specific admission requirements which will indicate which high school credits are required and which college entrance exams students must take. Many require a specific test score along with class rank and/or GPA when determining admissions. For more information on admissions requirements, visit www.everychanceeverytexan.org/about/scholars, and click on Texas Colleges and Universities to find the institution you are interested in. Also, check out Shmoop's College 101. It has all types of useful information about going to college.
Each university has specific deadlines and requirements. Students can find out more information about admissions by searching on the Office of Admissions webpage for their chosen university. A good rule of thumb is to apply to major universities such as UT, A&M, Baylor, etc. by October 31.
Automatic Admission (Top 10% Rule)
If a student is in the top 10% of his/her graduating class, s/he is eligible for automatic admission to any public Texas university except UT-Austin. Students must be in the top 7% to be guaranteed admission there. To meet the requirements for automatic admission, a student must:
-graduate in the top 10%
-enroll in college no more than two years after graduating from high school
-complete and submit all materials for an application to a Texas public university before the application deadline (check with the admissions department of the chosen university for deadlines)
The Common Application
Some private universities, such as TCU and Rice University require you to use The Common Application when applying for admission. More information can be found at www.commonapp.org.
The majority of public colleges and universities in Texas require that you complete your application online to apply for admission. You must notify the Counselor's Office once you send your application so that your transcript can be sent to the college of your choice.