Undergraduate Admissions

Freshman Requirements for UT Tyler Incoming Fall 2019

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 admission include:

  1. English/Language Arts: Required: Four units of English to include English I, II, III and IV or higher.
  2. Science: Required: Four units of science to include at least one unit of Biology, Chemistry and two advanced sciences such as Physics, Environmental Science, or Anatomy and Physiology. Strongly recommended: Three units of laboratory science including Chemistry and Physics.
  3. Language other than English: Required: Required: Two units in a single language (American Sign Language courses included).
  4. Mathematics: Required: Four units of math to include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and advanced math courses such as pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics.
  5. Social Studies: Required: Required: Three units to include world/human geography or world history, US history since 1877, US government and economics.

Electives: Required: Additional one credit in fine arts and/or computer science and physical education 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 applying 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  or ACT scores must be submitted.
  2. An applicant who does not qualify for admission under #1 above but meets the following criteria also qualifies for regular admission:
Class Rank ACT SAT (Math & EBRW)
Top 25% 20 1030-1050
Second 25% 21 1060-1090
Third 25% 22 1100-1120
Fourth 25% 23 1130+


Home schooled students

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

  1. SAT or ACT test scores.
  2. TSI, if applicable.
  3. Official Notarized 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 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.

An applicant may be given additional consideration based upon a holistic review process 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-generation college student; English not first language; and socioeconomic background.

Appealing an Admission Decision:
Students who do not meet the minimal admission requirements, or who have special ability, experience, or other circumstances to demonstrate readiness for college level work may petition for admission by scheduling an appointment with an admissions counselor and submitting an application for appeal form and supporting documentation to the Admissions Office, STE 209. Consideration will be given to the individuals' involvement in responsible non-academic affairs (leadership) while attending high school; status as a first generation college student; English not first language; and attending an underrepresented high school and other extenuating circumstances. Petitions for special admission to the university must receive approval from the Admissions Appeal Committee prior to registration.


Submit a completed undergraduate application for admission.

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.


All freshman applicants who are admitted prior to March 1 will be reviewed for scholarship eligibility. To receive any UT Tyler admissions scholarship that is awarded, applicants must pay the $100 freshman confirmation fee by the August 1 deadline.

High School Transcript

An official high school transcript with high school graduation verification is required for final admission. Official can be sent electronically to processing@uttyler.edu or hard copy signed and sealed by your high school.

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.

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.

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.