Texas A&M: Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

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 University is a large, selective public university with an acceptance rate of 58%. Considering applying to Texas A&M? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

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: 19:1
  • Athletics: The Texas A&M Aggies compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC).
  • Highlights: Undergraduates can choose from 130 degree programs spread across the university's 17 schools and colleges. Programs in business, agriculture, and the biological and health sciences are particularly popular.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Texas A&M University had an acceptance rate of 58%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 students were admitted, making Texas A&M's admissions process selective.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 42,899
Percent Admitted 58%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 39%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Texas A&M's main campus in College Station requires all students to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 62% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 680
Math 580 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Texas A&M's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Texas A&M scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between a 580 and 710, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Texas A&M.

Requirements

Texas A&M does not require SAT Subject Tests, but the tests are sometimes used for course placement. The university does not require students to take the optional essay portion of the SAT. Note that Texas A&M does not superscore the SAT; your highest total score from a single test date will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Texas A&M requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 38% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 25 30
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Texas A&M's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Texas A&M received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Texas A&M does not require the optional ACT writing section. If students choose to submit the optional writing section, it will be used primarily as a check on the validity of the main application essay. The university will not superscore the exam, they will use your highest composite score from a single test date for admission purposes. Students who take the ACT are not required to take any SAT Subject Tests.

GPA

Texas A&M does not publish GPA data of accepted students, but the self-reported data in the graph below shows us that the great majority of admitted students have high school averages in the B+ range or higher. In 2019, over 70% of students of admitted students who provided data indicated that they ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Texas A&M Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Texas A&M Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Texas A&M's main campus in College Station. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

​Admissions Chances

Texas A&M is one of the top Texas colleges and universities, and applicants will need above average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores to be admitted. However, Texas A&M has a holistic admissions process involving factors beyond your grades and test scores. 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.

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 of 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.

In the graph above, green and blue dots represent accepted students. 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. Note also that a number of students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Texas A&M Undergraduate Admissions Office.