by Ashley McCarrick

Last week, we had the privilege of attending the Texas Together Counselor Update hosted by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. The event is always informative, and this year there were some especially interesting updates. Check out the information below for Texas A&M and stay tuned for a later blog about UT-Austin.

Automatic Admission Criteria

http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/admitted

Students in the top 10% of their high school class will gain automatic acceptance into the University, but not necessarily into the major of their choice. Students not accepted into their first choice major will be allowed to choose from available programs.

Students can also be automatically admitted if they are in the top 25% of their high school class with test scores of at least:

  • New SAT ® test: 1360/1600
    Minimum of 620 Math, 660 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)
  • Old SAT ® test: 1300/1600
    Minimum of 600 Math, 600 Critical Reading
  • ACT ® test: 30/36
    Minimum of 27 English, 27 Math

Engineering Program Admission

http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/apply-engineering#admitted

For the Class of 2017, all Engineering school applications will be holistically reviewed. There will not be automatic admission into engineering for students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class. Students will also need to answer an extra question on the application and explain their interest in the engineering field.

Engineering will also have an Early Action deadline of October 15, 2016. If students have a complete application file by this date, they can expect to hear an admission decision from the Engineering school by the first week of December.

Housing Application

To receive priority status for housing, students must apply for housing within 30 days of being admitted. This is not a commitment to attend the University, and the housing deposit is refundable until May 1. Housing is first-come, first-serve and fills up quickly. If Texas A&M is one of your college choices, don’t forget this important step.

Pathways to Texas A&M

The University now offers even more alternatives for students desiring to attend Texas A&M. Visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/admitted to learn more about Summer Gateway, Blinn Team, Engineering at Galveston, Engineering Academies, and Programs for Transfer Admission.

Ways to learn more about Texas A&M University:

  1. Sign up for Aggiebound Magazine at http://aggiebound.tamu.edu/
  2. Attend Aggieland Info Day on November 21, 2016, or Aggieland Saturday on February 11, 2017.
  3. Contact your local Texas A&M representative. The DFW-area prospective student center is in Arlington. http://admissions.tamu.edu/psc/dfw
  4. Set up a campus visit http://campusvisit.tamu.edu

Ashley McCarrick is an Executive Director at KD College Prep. She has been serving KD students since 2007 and enjoys helping teenagers discover their dreams. In her free time, Ashley delights in spending time with her daughter, Lilley, and volunteering with various local organizations. You may contact her at a.mccarrick@kdcollegeprep.com.