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UT Tyler Freshman Requirements

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Freshman Requirements for UT Tyler

High School Preparation:To be eligible for admission to the university as a freshman an applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent. A high school record that demonstrates achievement in the most challenging academic course work available is the best single predictor of academic success. Beginning freshmen must submit an official high school transcript before classes begin in order to verify graduation and completion of required courses.

Minimum high school units required for admissions include:

  1. Language Arts: Required: Four units of English
  2. Science: Required: Four units of science to include at least one unit of Chemistry or Physics. 
  3. Foreign Language: Required: Two units in a single language effective fall semester 2001.
  4. Mathematics: Required: Four units at the level of Algebra I or higher, e.g., algebra, geometry, elementary analysis, probability and statistics, solid geometry, calculus with analytical geometry. Informal geometry and pre-algebra will not fulfill this requirement.
    Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering and similar technical fields are advised to take at least four units of math in preparation for entering the first university calculus course in their first semester at the university.
  5. Social Studies: Required: Four units
  6. Electives: Required:  Additional courses in the areas above and/or in fine arts and/or computer science to satisfy high school graduation requirements

High School Rank in Class and SAT (ACT) Score

  1. An applicant who graduates from an accredited high school in one of the two years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is apply for admission and who has a grade point average in the top 10%of the applicant's high school graduating class will be admitted automatically (subject to applicable enrollment limit). SAT (ACT) scores must be submitted.
  2. An applicant who does not qualify for for admission under #1 above but meets the following criteria also qualifies for regular admission:
Class Rank ACT SAT (Math & Critical Reading)
Top 25% 20 970
Second 25% 21 1010
Third 25% 22 1050
Fourth 25% 23 1080

Home schooled students: Requirements for home schooled students entering as freshmen are as follows:

  1. SAT or ACT test scores
  2. THEA if applicable
  3. HS transcript or GED scores

Additional Criteria: In addition to the current university requirements for admission, applicants must also have either: successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the recommended or advanced high school program or its equivalent; or satisfied ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment application to the applicant, or earned on the SAT assessment a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent.

The above requirement may be satisfied if the applicants official high school transcript or diploma states that the applicant completed the portion of the recommended or advanced curriculum or its equivalent that was available to the applicant, but was unable to complete the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the applicant at the appropriate times in the applicant's high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the applicant's control.

An applicant may be given additional consideration based upon an evaluation of the individuals' involvement and level of responsibility in extracurricular activities; involvement in responsible non-academic affairs while attending high school, including employment and family responsibilities; status as a first general college student; English not first language; and socioeconomic background.

Application: Submit a completed undergraduate application for admission.

Application Fee: A non-refundable $40 application fee is required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. A non-refundable $75 international application fee is required for all non-U.S. citizens. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.

Scholarships: All freshman applicants are reviewed for scholarship eligibility.

High School Transcript: An official high school transcript with high school graduation verification is required for final admission.

College Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from each college or university attended. Photocopies and faxed transcripts will not be considered for final admission. Course work from one college posted on the transcript of another college will not be considered for final admission.

TSI: Texas Success Initiative: Unless a student is exempt, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires all undergraduate students entering a public college or university in Texas to be assessed for readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the following four testing instruments to be used to determine a student's readiness to enroll in college-level courses. The UT Tyler Testing Center offers the THEA and ACCUPLACER tests. Check their web site for more information.

  • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
  • ASSETransfer Credit: Credit earned at other accredited colleges or universities may be transferred by students presenting official transcripts describing such credit. Courses are acceptable for transfer at the level at which these courses were classified by the institution granting the credit. Only courses in which a student has earned a grade of "C" or better will be acceptable for transfer. The only exception will be if a student transfers to UT Tyler core complete from another college or university, and the transferring institution recognized a "D" as satisfying its Core Curriculum requirements.

College Credit by Examination: Credit by examination may be established through testing programs such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program, (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Guidelines for credit by examination are listed below. CLEP, AP, and IB credit received from a prior college or university will transfer as credit was awarded.