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Incoming Freshman Requirements

Freshman Requirements for Incoming Fall 2023

Undergraduate Admissions

Admissions Criteria for Fall 2023

Due to COVID-19, the University of Texas at Tyler will be waiving SAT and ACT requirements for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students are still encouraged to send test scores with their application if available.

How to Become a Patriot: Admissions Criteria 

  • Student must complete an accredited high school program.
  • Meet the following requirements:
Top 25%

Automatic Admission

2nd Quartile

Minimum of 2.75 GPA

3rd Quartile

Minimum of 2.75 GPA 

4th Quartile

Minimum of 2.75 GPA


Home School Admissions Criteria

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

  • Must have 2.75 minimum GPA.
  • Official Notarized HS transcript.


How to Become a Patriot: The Application Process

Follow these simple steps, to join the Patriot Family:

  1. Apply to UT Tyler on ApplyTexas. Our application opens up July 1. Watch a step-by-step video tutorial of how to complete the application.

  2. Send UT Tyler your official high school transcripts. Transcripts can either be sent electronically by your high school counselor to processing@uttyler.edu, handed in at our One Stop Service Center or mailed to Undergraduate Admissions.

  • UT Tyler Office of Admissions
    3900 University Blvd.
    Tyler TX 75799

 3. Send us ACT or SAT test scores if they are available. These test scores can help with class placement your freshman year.

  • UT Tyler SAT code: 6850
    UT Tyler ACT code: 4231                

Application Fee

UT Tyler’s application fee is $60 and can be paid when you submit your application, with our One-Stop Service Center or online.

You may also request a fee waiver by emailing Admissions@uttyler.edu or filling out our form linked below. 

Fee Waiver Form


Application Deadlines

UT Tyler has rolling undergraduate admissions and does not have an admissions deadline.


Appealing an Admissions Decision

Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements may appeal their admissions decision. Students must submit an Admissions Decision Appeal form and supply supporting documentation to discuss matters and/or barriers that affected their ability to meet admissions requirements. Appeals will be reviewed by the Admissions Appeals Committee. Consideration will be given to a student’s academic, extracurricular, and personal achievements. To start the appeals process, please submit the appeal form to Undergraduate Admissions. Applications for Appeals must be submitted and completed prior to course registration.


Applying for an Admissions Scholarship

UT Tyler offers both Competitive and Merit scholarships to incoming Freshman. For more information on scholarships, please visit the Scholarships webpage.

To be reviewed for a scholarship, students must submit required documents by the posted deadlines. Students who do not submit required documents will not be reviewed.


How to Become a Patriot: Your Next Steps

After you submit your application to UT Tyler, be sure to check the email used in your application regularly. We will begin sending you updates about your application. Sign into your myUTTyler student portal to keep track of your application status and complete any To-Do list items.

Here is a checklist of next steps to complete once you are admitted:

  • Log into your myUTTyler student portal and activate your Patriot email. This will also allow you to set up your permanent UT Tyler credentials.
  • Submit your FAFSA. Application opens October 1.
  • Pay your $100 Freshman Confirmation Fee.
  • Sign up for Housing in your myUTTyler student portal.
  • Sign up for Orientation and Swoop Camp.
  • Send your bacterial meningitis shot record to Enroll@uttyler.edu.
  • Send in ACT/SAT, AP, or IB test scores and dual credit transcripts.


More Information on Admission Requirements:

Top 25% applicants:

  • The applicant must graduate from an accredited high school and have a grade point average in the Top 25% of the applicant's high school graduating class to be admitted automatically (subject to applicable enrollment limit).

  • An applicant is only eligible for automatic admission up to two years from their high school graduation date.

Regular Admission:

  • An applicant who does not qualify for automatic admission but meets the following listed criteria also qualifies for regular admission.

Minimum High School Units Required

Beginning freshmen must submit an official high school transcript before classes begin in order to verify graduation and completion of required courses.

Required Coursework:

  • English Language Arts (4 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Physical Education (1 credit)
  • Language other than English (2 credits)
  • Fine Arts (1 credit)
  • Speech (Demonstrated Proficiency)
  • Electives (5 credits)

For more information on required coursework, please visit House Bill 5: Foundation High School Program | Texas Education Agency. Also, contact Admissions@uttyler.edu with any questions.


Additional Criteria for Special Circumstances 

In addition to the current university requirements for admission, applicants must also have either: successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the foundation with endorsement or distinguished level of achievement 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 1090 out of 1160 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 foundation with endorsement or distinguished level of achievement 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.


Quick Links & FAQs

Freshman Application

Submit a completed undergraduate application for admission on ApplyTexas.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $60 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. If you have not paid the application fee on your freshman application, pay online now


Freshman applicants who would like to be considered for a competitive scholarship, must complete and submit their scholarship application on ApplyTexas prior to December 1. Students who do not submit the scholarship application and required official documents will not be reviewed. Students may be reviewed for a competitive scholarship, but may not be awarded. 

The Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who are in the Top 25% of their high school class or who meet alternative criteria for non-ranking institutions. Students must be admitted and submit required official documents by March 1 to be considered for this award. Funding is limited on a first come, first serve basis. 

For more information, visit our Scholarships webpage. 

High School Transcript

An official high school transcript with high school graduation verification is required for final admission. Official can be sent electronically from your high school to processing@uttyler.edu. An official transcript signed and sealed by your high school may also be mailed to the address below or hand delivered to the One Stop Service Center. 

UT Tyler Office of Admissions
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler TX 75799

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.

SAT/ACT Scores

You can request that official SAT or official ACT scores are sent from the testing agency. To request that your scores be sent after the exam, use the following codes:

UT Tyler SAT code: 6850
UT Tyler ACT code: 4231

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Unless a student is exempt, the Texas Success Initiative requires all undergraduate students entering a public college or university in Texas to be assessed for readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. For information about testing requirements, visit the Texas Success Initiative page.

AP, IB and CLEP Credit

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.