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Rachel Kapelke-Dale

How to Get into Texas A&M: SAT and ACT Scores, GPA and More

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Want to be an Aggie? (That’s a Texas A&M student, in case you were wondering! It stems from the school’s origins in agriculture.) If you’re looking for a big school with the nation’s largest ROTC program, a strong Greek system, and a community-spirited student body, Texas A&M might be right for you—but are you right for it? If you’re wondering how to get into Texas A&M, look no further. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what you need to know about Texas A&M admissions, including how to get into Texas A&M, Texas A&M SAT scores, Texas A&M ACT scores, and much more.

Don’t judge a book by its outside cover! Or in this case, don’t judge a book by the way it looks. Texas A&M, while being a very old university (the oldest in Texas as a matter of fact) has some really modern, advanced technological applications in its buildings and classes. So definitely make sure you visit schools of your choice; don’t just apply there because “everyone is doing so!” — aj280598, AdmitSee

First of all, here are the vital stats.

Texas A&M at a Glance

Texas A&M SAT Scores (middle 50%)520-640 (CR)
550-670 (Math)
Texas A&M ACT Scores (middle 50%)24-30
Texas A&M admissions rate66%
Texas A&M GPA average N/A; 66% are in the top 10% of their class, 90% are in the top 20%; 99% are in the top 50%.

Texas A&M SAT Scores

The average Texas A&M SAT score is 1191: 582 in Critical Reading and 609 in Math. However, that really only gives us part of the picture! The average score is only so helpful; a better way to approach Texas A&M’s SAT scores is by looking at the middle 50% scores of admitted students. Take a look.

Math (old test)550-670
Critical Reading (old test)520-640

So what does this mean for you? There’s are two big caveats with Texas A&M test scores. First of all, the school admits students in the top 10% of Texas high school graduating classes, no matter what their test scores are. If that’s not you and you’re pursuing the “academic admits” pathway, Texas A&M requires an SAT score of 1360 with at least 620 Math and 660 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or an ACT composite score of at least 30 with a score of at least 27 in both English and Math.

However, you can also apply through “review admits,” in which case your application will be reviewed (get what they’re doing with the name there?) as a whole, including taking your essay and extracurriculars into consideration. There is no minimum score for admission for review admits, but the higher your score, the better chance you have (and if you meet the requirements above, all the better—check out the “academic admits” pathway!).

The second caveat with Texas A&M SAT scores is that they have only released “old” SAT scores—that is, for the pre-2016 text, which is no longer offered. You can convert your SAT scores here to see how they match up.

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Texas A&M ACT Scores

If you didn’t get a 30 on the ACT, don’t worry; Texas A&M ACT scores run a wide gamut. Here are the middle 50% for admitted students.

English23-30
Math24-29
ReadingN/A
ScienceN/A
Composite24-30

However, scoring a 30 on the ACT will be a big help in Texas A&M admissions, particularly as it gives you a big step up in the “academic admits” pathway to admission (note that there are other requirements here, including being in the top quarter of your graduating class). So get that score as high as you can!

Even if you’re not applying to Texas A&M on the academic admits pathway, a high ACT score will definitely help, as the students in the review admits pathway also have their scores considered.

Liam got a 35 on the act. Get a higher act score.

Texas A&M Acceptance Rate

Texas A&M’s acceptance rate was 66% in 2016. This means that applicants have an almost 2 in 3 shot of getting accepted! Be careful about reading too much into this, though, because certain programs (like engineering) are more competitive. In addition, remember that Texas A&M has different admissions programs, meaning that somebody who meets the requirements for the top 10% track will be accepted with relative ease. This can be a big plus for you if you’re in the top 10% of your class (woohoo!), but if you’re not, it means that you should still take care to put your best possible foot forward on your application.

Texas A&M GPA Average

Texas A&M doesn’t release average GPAs for admitted students, but we do have information about class percentiles. As we mentioned, 66% of admitted freshmen were in the top 10% of their class, 90% were in the top 25%, and 99% were in the top 50%.

Does that mean you can’t get into Texas A&M if you’re not in the top 50% of your class? Well, 1% of Texas A&M students did…but we can’t possibly know what their circumstances were. Maybe they’re Olympic athletes. Maybe their parents are generous alums. If you can get your grades up before applying to Texas A&M, all the better! Also, it’s good to note that 0%–nobody–was admitted to Texas A&M from the bottom 25% of the class.

If your grades are wobblier than you’d like but Texas A&M is your dream school, don’t let that stop you from applying…but keep in mind that other areas of your application should be outstanding. Control the factors that you can control at this point: get killer test scores, great letters of recommendation, and write an awesome essay.

Texas A&M Freshman Profile

At this point, you’ve seen all three ways students can be admitted to Texas A&M: Top 10% admits, academic admits, and reviewed admits. So what does Texas A&M’s Freshman class look like? Taking a look provides an important answer the question “How to get into Texas A&M?”

Out of 21,676 total admits for the class of 2018 (the most recent info Texas A&M admissions has on their website for Freshman Profiles), 10,830 came from the Top 10% program. 3,446 were admitted as Academic Admits, and 2,800 were offered full admission under Review Admit, with an additional 4,000 admitted to TEAM, 600 admitted to Gateway, and 8,200 offered the opportunity to enter the Program for System Application (PSA).

FAQ

Does Texas A&M have more than one campus?

Yes! So glad you asked (well, you didn’t, but you know). Texas A&M has ten associated institutions throughout Texas, although the flagship is in (the appropriately named) College Station. Other institutions include:

  • Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University—San Antonio
  • Texas A&M University—Kingsville
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M International University
  • West Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University—Central Texas
  • Texas A&M University—Texarkana
  • Texas A&M University—Commerce
  • Prairie View A&M University

How to get into Texas A&M will vary slightly by campus, but in this post, we’re focused on the flagship school.

Does Texas A&M have a waitlist?

Nope. Unfortunately, if you’re not admitted, there’s no waitlist. However, you can apply as a transfer student, so keep that in mind as an option.

Does Texas A&M accept the Common App?

Another no. At the moment, Texas A&M accepts ApplyTexas and The Coalition applications.

How to Get Into Texas A&M

If you’re wondering how to get into Texas A&M, one of the most important factors is your GPA, particularly as it affects your class rank. For your best shot at admissions, do the best you can to raise your GPA in the time you have. However, even if your GPA isn’t where you want it to be, scoring at the upper end of Texas A&M SAT scores or Texas A&M ACT scores will give you a big leg up. Finally, don’t forget that reviewed admits will have even more factors, including essays and recommendations, taken into consideration—so it’s not all about the numbers. Good luck!

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About Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Rachel is a High School and Graduate Exams blogger at Magoosh. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She has taught test preparation and consulted on admissions practices for over eight years. Currently, Rachel divides her time between the US and London. Follow Rachel on Twitter, or learn more about her writing here!


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