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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%)1170-1380
Texas A&M ACT Scores (middle 50%)25-31
Texas A&M admissions rate67%
Texas A&M GPA average N/A; 63% are in the top 10% of their class, 92% are in the top 20%; 99% are in the top 50%.

Texas A&M SAT Scores

The average Texas A&M SAT scores are 1170-1380. However, that really only gives us part of the picture! The average score is only so helpful. Take a look.

Math (middle 50%)590-700
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (middle 50%)580-680

So what does this mean for you? There’s a big caveat with Texas A&M test scores. The school admits students in the top 10% of Texas high school graduating classes, no matter what their test scores are.

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, unless you don’t meet the State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy, but the higher your score, the better chance you have.

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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.

English (middle 50%)24-32
Math (middle 50%)24-30
Reading (middle 50%)N/A
Science (middle 50%)N/A
Composite (middle 50%)25-31

However, a high ACT score will definitely help, as the students in the review admits pathway have their scores considered. So get that score as high as you can!

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Texas A&M Acceptance Rate

Texas A&M’s acceptance rate was 67% in 2019. This means that applicants have around a 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, 63% of admitted freshmen were in the top 10% of their class, 92% 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, 2% 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 both 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).


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 one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn't strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. LinkedIn

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

  1. Ani Solis says:

    My daughter is interested in Texas A and M.

  2. Maria Villaran says:

    Pls my son has 17 years old and he had 1360 in SAT and 99 in Tofel.

    I want to know ir there are good score for your university and what more we need to apply to your university?


  3. austin davis says:

    how many high school credits do i need to have to attend Texas
    a&m university

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Austin,

      This is something you’ll have to look up directly with Texas A&M. I recommend searching their website or reaching out to an admissions counselor.

  4. Gabe says:

    I have a 4.65 weighted GPA. I take all AP classes doing well (A’s and B’s) i got a 1310 on my SAT and I haven’t taken the Act yet. I am in the top 25% of my class, do you believe i have a good chance at getting in. I have been in a sport 4 years and another one 2 years i also volunteer sometimes. Where do you think that puts me? Can i get in?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Your SAT score is definitely very good for application to Texas A&M, Gabe! 🙂 Your extracurriculars and volunteering are a plus as well. The only thing that might work against you a bit is your class rank– Texas A&M prefers to see people in the top 20%. So if you’re in the top 25%, but not in the top 20%, this could slightly reduce your chances. You do have a good GPA, and while A&M doesn’t normally look at GPA, pointing your 4.65 out in you application letter may help. (But talk to an admissions rep to know for sure.) All in all, I’d say it’s worth applying– you have a decent shot here, I think. 😀

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