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Texas State Admission Essay

Eligible prospective freshmen should graduate high school with one of the following diploma types: Recommended (UAS), Distinguished (UAS), Foundations with Endorsement(s) (HB5)**, or Distinguished Achievement (HB5) plans. Additionally:

  1. Automatic acceptance for top 10% regardless of high school GPA or ACT or SAT score. Students automatically accepted into SHSU still need to submit test scores to be considered for certain scholarships.
  2. Automatic acceptance for students who meet the minimum Composite SAT/ACT requirements by appropriate high school GPA ranges as indicated on the chart below (the requirements are based on a 4.0 scale):
High School GPA RangeACTOld SAT Scores*
(Critical Reading + Math only)
New SAT Scores*
(Evidence Based Reading/Writing + Math)
3.5 - 4.017850930
3.0 - 3.49199301010
2.5 - 2.992210301110
2.25 - 2.492511401210
2.24 & belowconsidered by review onlyconsidered by review onlyconsidered by review only

If GPA and/or test scores do not fall within the ranges listed on the above table, applications will receive individual review.

The requirements summarized in the above table are for Texas high school students on the Recommended (UAS), Distinguished (UAS), Foundations with Endorsement(s) (HB5)**, or Distinguished Achievement (HB5) plans. Graduates of a non-accredited high school, home-schooled students and students who earned the GED must meet the requirements listed in the SHSU Undergraduate Catalog (catalog.shsu.edu).

* Old SAT Scores are SAT exams taken PRIOR to March 2016 and New SAT Scores are for SAT exams taken March 2016 and after.

**The Endorsement earned must be noted on the transcript provided.

Note:
Previous SAT - The Essay (included in the Writing score) will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.
New SAT - The Optional Essay (separately scored) will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.
ACT – The Writing section will be required and may be used for borderline decisions.

Non-Ranking Schools and Programs

Non-Ranking Public and Private High Schools

Applicants from non-ranking public or private schools must meet the freshman requirements outlined above and will be considered for admission based on an individual review by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. This review will take into account ACT or SAT scores, curriculum and grades, admission essay, employment and service to community.

For more information regarding the admission process for applicants from non-ranking schools or other educational programs, contact your freshman admission counselor.

Nontraditional Secondary Education: GED and Homeschool Applicants

In accordance with Senate Bill 1543 (SB1543), applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by Texas State. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores. A nontraditional secondary education includes Homeschool and GED graduates. Texas State requires an official homeschool or GED transcript to demonstrate evidence of completion.