Texas A&M Admissions Statistics

Learn About Texas A&M and the GPA, SAT and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Texas A&M Academic Building at the heart of the main campus in College Station
Texas A&M Academic Building at the heart of the main campus in College Station. Denise Mattox / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0​

Texas A&M's main campus in College Station is a large, selective public university. In 2017, the university had a 71 percent acceptance rate, but don't let that relatively high number create a sense of false security: nearly all admitted students have grades and standardized test scores that are above average.

Why Texas A&M?

  • Location: College station, Texas
  • Campus Features: Texas A&M's massive 5,200-acre campus includes an 18-hole golf course, polo fields, and Kyle Field, the football stadium that seats over 102,000 fans.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
  • Athletics: The Texas A&M Aggies compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC).
  • Highlights: Undergraduates can choose from 128 degree programs spread across the university's 19 schools and colleges. Programs in business, agriculture, and the biological and health sciences are particularly popular.

Texas A&M Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For the class entering Texas A&M in the 2017-18 academic year, the university's acceptance rate was 71 percent. Below are the score percentiles for SAT scores and ACT scores of admitted students.

SAT Score Percentiles

Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 670
Math 570 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The SAT is slightly more popular than the ACT among Texas A&M applicants, and you can see that the great majority of admitted students had scores that were above average. That said, if you compare SAT scores for top Texas colleges, you'll see that Texas A&M is less selective than many of those schools.

ACT Score Percentiles

Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 24 29
Composite 25 30

An average ACT composite score is about 21, so you can see that Aggies typically score well above average.

Texas A&M GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Texas A&M GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Texas A&M GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission.

The GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph is self-reported by the actual applicants to Texas A&M. GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into Texas A&M with a free account at Cappex.

​Discussion of Texas A&M's Admissions Standards:

Texas A&M in College Station accepts roughly two-thirds of all applicants. Admissions aren't painfully selective, but applicants will need decent grades and test scores to get admitted. In the graph above, green and blue represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of of those admitted had a GPA of B or higher, an SAT score (ERW+M) above 1000, and an ACT composite score of 19 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up, and an ACT score of 24 or higher and SAT of 1150 or higher will place an applicant in a more competitive position.

Note that because of policies in the state of Texas, a student with a qualifying GPA or class rank may be able to apply without using SAT or ACT scores.

It's important to realize that there's a lot of red (rejected students) hidden beneath the blue and green in the middle of the graph. Some students with scores and grades that are on target for Texas A&M still get rejected. You'll find a version of the graph below that shows only the rejection data so that you can see the important data hidden beneath the blue and green in the graph above.

Note also that a number of students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. Texas A&M has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are considering qualitative as well as quantitative information. Students with exceptional talent (in, for example, athletics or music) will typically receive a closer look even if their numerical measures are a bit below the norm. Like all selective universities, Texas A&M is trying to enroll students who will contribute to the campus culture in meaningful ways. Strong application essays, positive letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities are all important pieces of a successful application. Engineering applicants have an additional essay requirement.

Finally, Texas A&M recommends (but does not require) that prospective students visit campus, attend a prospective student session, and/or participate in an academic program for visiting students. All of these opportunities allow you to get to know the university, and they help demonstrate your interest in Texas A&M. The university also recommends that applicants submit their applications as early as possible (you might want to consider the Early Action option).

Texas A & M University Admissions Data for Rejected Students

Texas A & M University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students
Texas A & M University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

This graph of rejection data for Texas A&M shows that even high grades and standardized test scores are not a guarantee of admission. Some students with "A" averages and SAT/ACT scores that are well above average did not get in. This may seem strange since Texas A&M has guaranteed admission for students who graduate in the top 10% of their class. This state policy, however, does have a couple restrictions. For one, students must be in the top 10% of a Texas school, so out-of-state applicants have no admissions guarantees. Also, Top 10% admits must have completed enough college preparatory classes to qualify.

Other reasons why a seemingly strong student might be rejected include red flags raised by the applicant's essays or letters of recommendation, an incomplete or late application, criminal background problems, failure to demonstrate English proficiency (for non-native speakers), or any factors that suggest the applicant doesn't have all the required academic preparation for college.

More Texas A&M Information

The information below can help you figure out if Texas A&M is a good match for you. You'll see that the in-state tuition offers an excellent value. Also note that while the 52% 4-year graduation rate isn't overly impressive, it's not unusual for a university with a lot of STEM fields. Engineering in particular tends to have rigorous academic requirements as well as co-op and internship experiences that can delay graduation.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 67,929 (53,065 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52 percent male / 48 percent female
  • 88 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,234 (in-state); $36,606 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,054 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,368
  • Other Expenses: $5,820
  • Total Cost: $28,476 (in-state); $53,848 (out-of-state)

Texas A&M Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 75 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 52 percent
    • Loans: 34 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,748
    • Loans: $7,033

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Agribusiness, Animal Science, Biology, Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Economics, English, Finance, Global Studies, Health and Physical Education, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Political Science, Psychology, Sales, Speech and Rhetorical Studies
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 15 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Swimming, Tennis, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Equestrian, Basketball, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis

If You Like Texas A&M University, You May Also Like These Schools

Students who apply to Texas A&M tend to look at other public universities in Texas including Texas Tech University, the University of North TexasSam Houston State University, and, of course, the University of Texas at Austin.

If you're also willing to consider private universities, be sure to check out the University of HoustonTexas Christian University, and Baylor University. Keep in mind that the higher price tag of private universities may not matter if you qualify for financial aid.

Finally, if you're looking beyond Texas, applicants to Texas A&M are often interested in Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and farther to the north, Purdue University.

Data Source: Graphs from Cappex.com; other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics