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Admission Requirements

Hello prospective Buffs! Let us know if you have questions regarding the admissions process.

IMPORTANT - Applications for fall 2018 must be received by August 1, 2018; all documents must be received by August 15, 2018.

Freshman Requirements: By the numbers, 71 percent of freshman applicants are admitted to West Texas A&M University. Your chances are excellent and we want you to make plans to attend this next year.

We  work to make the application process as smooth as possible. There are some items we'll need, but in short we will admit applicants that meet the three conditions below:

  1. Obtain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). 
  2. Meet one of the following class rank and ACT/SAT requirements:

    Class Rank and ACT/SAT* Score

    Top 25% with no minimum ACT/SAT score
    26%-50% with 18 ACT or 860 / 940 SAT
    51%-75% with 21 ACT or 980 / 1060 SAT
    76%-100% with 23 ACT or 1050 / 1130 SAT

  3. *ACT Composite Score and SAT Critical Reading + Math Score. We do not currently require the writing section of the SAT for Admissions purposes; all class percentages that contain decimal points will be rounded up to the next percentile (e.g. 10.1% is equivalent to 11%. second SAT score listed is for the new SAT) 

    Important: Students who do not meet the class rank + ACT/SAT requirements will be reviewed for admission on a competitive, individual basis, with weighted consideration of class rank and standardized test scores (ACT or SAT.) We encourage all students to apply for admission.  
  4. Complete (or have a projected completion) of the Distinguished Level of Achievement on the Foundation Plan or Texas Recommended High School Program* or similar college preparatory program.


 Exceptions to requirement #3:

  • Students who do not meet the Distinguished Level of Achievement on the Foundation Plan or the Texas Recommended High School Program may qualify for admission by satisfying the College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT or SAT assessment: minimum scores of 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics, and 23 Science on the ACT, or 1100 out of 1600 on the SAT.
  • Students from Texas public high schools that did not offer the Distinguished Level of Achievement on the Foundation Plan or the Texas Recommended High School Program or who have only completed a portion because not all the courses were available or other circumstances (and who have not satisfied the College Readiness Benchmarks) may complete HB 3826 Exemption Form below.
  • Students from out of state, private schools, or home schools who have not completed the Distinguished Level of Achievement on the Foundation Plan or the Texas Recommended High School Program (and who have not satisfied the College Readiness Benchmarks) may complete HB 3826 Exemption Form below

Exemptions from the Policy

To claim an exemption from the Policy, students must submit one of the two exemption forms completed by the high school counselor or other school official, in addition to all other required credentials. The forms below can be printed and submitted via the instructions on the form.

HB 3826 Exemption Form

Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a letter notifying you of your admission status about ten days after your application file is complete.

Other Important Information

Application Fee

A one-time-per-degree application fee of $40 is required for all applicants. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA of $0 are eligible for an application fee waiver. Those students should submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the EFC of $0. The SAR can be faxed to 806-651-5285 or a PDF can be emailed to admissions@wtamu.edu.


Arrange for official transcripts to be sent from your high school (as well as any colleges or universities from which you may have received credit). Simply contact the school(s) and request for official transcripts to be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
West Texas A&M University
Box 60907
Canyon, Texas  79016

Unofficial documents may be faxed to 806-651-5285

Test Scores

  • The ACT School Code is 4250 and the SAT School Code is 6938.
  • Texas residents attending public schools will also be required to have taken and passed all sections of the EOC test.

Undergraduate Appeals

Students have the right to appeal the University’s admission decision. An appeal to reconsider an admissions decision may or may not change the decision. There are generally two reasons that a decision will be changed: (1) extenuating circumstances that were previously undisclosed, or (2) if the academic record changed significantly from the information on file.  Information about the appeal process.

Campus Housing

Students who apply for campus housing prior to the May 1 priority date will receive their room assignment no later than June 15. The online housing application.