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New Requirement for new students - bacterial meningitus vaccination Pre-University Program (PUP) Applicants

For Students from Participating ISDs

West Texas A&M University (WTAMU)  and school districts from across the region have chosen to offer high school students dual credit opportunities through the Pre-University Program (PUP). The purpose of of PUP is to provide excellent campus and online-based higher education experiences for high school students who intend to pursue a university level degree. The best part is that upon approval of an academic adviser, the courses taken for dual credit only cost $150!

Currently participating school districts:

  • Amarillo ISD
  • Ascension Academy
  • Canyon ISD
  • Nazareth ISD
  • Sanford-Fritch ISD
  • Shallowater ISD
  • Townsend Academy

If your district is interested in participating in PUP, simply complete the PUP Agreement and submit it to the Office of Admissions.


High school students are eligible to participate if they have met minimum PUP admission requirements at WTAMU. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a requirement by the Texas State Legislature. Students must have met these requirements in the areas they plan to take classes. More information regarding TSI is available here, or you can call Advising Services at WTAMU (806-651-5300).

Minimum PUP Admission Requirements:

  • Demonstrate college readiness by achieving minimum passing standards under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative unless exempt.
  • Be in the top half of your class or have a 3.0 GPA


Students enrolled in the Pre-University Program:

  • Are expected to follow University rules and regulations
  • Are classified as students not seeking degrees (undeclared majors)
  • Are limited to WTAMU CORE or Foreign Language* courses each fall, spring, or summer session
  • Will receive academic advising for course registration at Advising Services.
  • Must provide to the Office of Admissions, upon high school graduation, a final high school transcript showing rank in class and graduation date
  • Are not eligible for financial aid while enrolled in Pre-University Program

High School designees should verify that a student who participates in a college curriculum would not be disqualified from a desired University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition.

*Please Note: Texas Senate Bill 31 limits all Dual Credit classes to an institutions core and foreign language classes. Classes outside of WTAMU approved core and foreign language are not eligible for PUP and the $150/class rate. See SB 31

High school students applying for admission to the PUP Program must submit the following:

  • PUP Application (one time)
  • PUP Student Approval / Semester Advising and Registration Form (each semester of enrollment)
  • Official high school transcript indicating pursuit of Distinguished Level of Achievement under the Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or other qualifying high school curriculum and showing rank in the top half or 3.0 GPA
  • TSI Assessment scores as required by Texas Success Initiative (TSI) or qualifying exemption. Details at wtamu.edu/tsi. Exemptions include
    • For courses that require demonstration of TSI college readiness in reading and/or writing, exemptions are based on ACT (19 English and 23 composite); SAT (480 EBRW), English II STAAR EOC (Level 2); PSAT/NMSQT (460 EBRW); PLAN (19 English and 23 composite) or ACT-Aspire (435 English) scores.
    • For courses that require demonstration of TSI college readiness in mathematics, exemptions are based on ACT (19 math and 23 composite); SAT (530 math); Algebra II STAAR EOC (Level 2) or Algebra I STAAR EOC (Level 2) AND passing grade in Algebra I course; PSAT/NMSQT (510 math); PLAN (19 math and 23 composite) or ACT-Aspire (431 math) scores.
  • Proof of Meningitis Vaccination or qualifying exemption

Please submit documents to the West Texas A&M University Office of Admissions:

Email: admissions@wtamu.edu

Fax: 806-651-5285

Or in Person: Old Main, Room 124

Contact Information:

WTAMU Office of Admissions - 806-651-2020