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Admission Options

Welcome! Our hope for this page is to provide you with possible options for gaining eligibility for admission to West Texas A&M University.  You have shown potential to be a great student. We hope the options below will assist you in achieving your academic goals.

Denied Admission

Students may be denied for various reasons, many of which can be addressed by the student and changed or adjusted.  Once there is a change to your academic record, your file will be reviewed again for admission eligibility.  Students have many avenues to pursue higher education at West Texas A&M University.  Our desire is to help you achieve that goal.

Low ACT/SAT

Students denied because of a low test score have options for improving their score.  We recommend one of the following:

  • Retake the National ACT/SAT as soon as possible.  We suggest students invest time in a study guide or online resource to prepare and improve their chances of increasing the exam score. West Texas A&M University does offer students the opportunity to take a Residual ACT exam on campus if a national exam is not available.  For information about this exam and available dates and times, please contact Educational Services at 806-651-2341.
  • Attend a community college during the summer after high school graduation and complete 6 hours of core college level credit with grades of C or better.
  • Apply for the Buff Bridge program by May 15th. The program will be offered during the fall term. Students who apply and submit required information will be evaluated by a freshman review/appeal committee. Up to 50 students will be selected to participate in the fall Buff Bridge program. A waiting list will be selected to fill spots that might become available. If a student chooses not to apply for, is not selected for the Buff Bridge program or completes the admission process after the selection deadline, he or she is encouraged to explore one of the first three admission pathways above. An appeal option will not be available.
  • Attend a community college during a fall or spring semester to earn 12 hours of core college level credit with a 2.0 GPA and reapply to WTAMU for a later term as a transfer student.
Low Class Rank and/or GPA

Students denied for reasons of having a low class rank and/or GPA are encouraged to pursue the following options:

Prior to high school graduation:

  1. Contact high school counselor and teachers about what additional opportunities may be available to boost your class rank or GPA.

After high school graduation:

  1. Attend a community college and obtain 12 hours of transferable credit with a 2.0 GPA and reapply to WTAMU as a transfer student.

 The grid below offers another look at the available options:

Reason for Denial

Prior to high school graduation

After high school graduation

Low ACT/SAT score

Retake the exam after 30 days from the previous test date.

We suggest each student invest time in a study guide or online resource to prepare and improve chances of increasing exam score.

WTAMU offers students the opportunity to take Residual ACT exam during scheduled testing days throughout the year. For information about these dates and times, please contact Educational Services at 806.651.2341.

Apply for the Buff Bridge program by May 15th. The program will be offered during the fall term. Students who apply and submit required information will be evaluated by a freshman review/appeal committee. Up to 50 students will be selected to participate in the fall Buff Bridge program. A waiting list will be selected to fill spots that might become available. If a student chooses not to apply for, is not selected for the Buff Bridge program or completes the admission process after the selection deadline, he or she is encouraged to explore one of the first three admission pathways above. An appeal option will not be available.

Attend a community college during the summer after high school graduation and complete 6 hours of core college level credit with grades of C or better.

Attend a community college during a fall or spring semester to earn 12 hours of transferable credit with a 2.0 GPA and reapply to WTAMU for a later term as a transfer student.

Low Class Rank and/or GPA

Contact high school counselor and teachers about what additional opportunities may be available to boost your class rank and/or GPA.

Apply for the Buff Bridge program by May 15th. The program will be offered during the fall term. Students who apply and submit required information will be evaluated by a freshman review/appeal committee. Up to 50 students will be selected to participate in the fall Buff Bridge program. A waiting list will be selected to fill spots that might become available. If a student chooses not to apply for, is not selected for the Buff Bridge program or completes the admission process after the selection deadline, he or she is encouraged to explore one of the first three admission pathways above. An appeal option will not be available.

Attend a community college during the summer after high school graduation and complete 6 hours of core college level credit with grades of C or better.

Attend a community college during a fall or spring semester to earn 12 hours of transferable credit with a 2.0 GPA and reapply to WTAMU for a later term as a transfer student.

Transfer students should consider retaking courses at the same institution for which grades below C were earned to improve the overall GPA.

Extenuating circumstances for transfer applicants

Transfer students may have provided academic criteria below minimum standards due to unforeseen or unavoidable situations.  If you feel you have a situation that can be considered extenuating or believe there is additional information the university should be aware of when processing your admissions file, you have the option to appeal your admissions 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.

Contact Us

We always have time to assist our future Buffs and encourage you to contact your admissions counselor to discuss your academic record and the many options you have for becoming a BUFF.  We are here to help you through this process.