The Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission to a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.
- Successfully complete the recommended or advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
- Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
- Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT or SAT assessment.
- 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 State of 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 meet the following criteria. (For information about transfer credit granted for IB Diploma holders, see the Transfer Credit section of this catalog.)
Class Rank and Required Test Scores
Class Rank and Required Test Scores Class Rank SAT Total ACT Composite Score Top 10% No minimum required but must submit test scores No minimum required but must submit test scores 11-25% - 1st Quarter 830 15 26-50% - 2nd Quarter 910 17 51-75% - 3rd Quarter 1030 20 76-100% - 4th Quarter 1140 23
Note: To be admitted as a first-year student to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville applicants are required to have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT (with a minimum mathematics score of 22) or a 1050 on the 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) or an 890 on the 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 may 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 satisfy the College Readiness Benchmark on the SAT assessment.
ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
Benchmarks Subject Score English 18 Math 22 Reading 22 Science 22 Benchmarks Subject Score ERW1 480 Math 480 1
Evidence-based Reading and Writing