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 main campus in College Station is a large, selective public university with a 67 percent acceptance rate. Don't let that relatively high number create a sense of false security: as the data below reveals, 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.

Acceptance Rate

For students entering Texas A&M in the 2018-19 academic year, the university had a 67% acceptance rate. This means that for every 100 applicants, 67 were admitted and 33 received rejection letters. The admissions process is selective, and below average students will have a difficult time being admitted.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 36,423
Percent Admitted 67.2%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 45.4%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Texas A&M's main campus in College Station requires all students to submit either SAT scores or ACT scores, although students with very high grades and class rank may be able to get the test requirement waived. The SAT is more popular than the ACT—for students entering in the 2018-19 academic year, 61% of applicants submitted SAT scores.

Texas A&M SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 680
Math 590 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

When we compare these scores to national SAT data from the College Board, we can see that the great majority of students who attend Texas A&M rank among the top third of all test-takers. For the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam, 50% of students scored between 580 and 680. The bottom 25% of students scored a 580 or lower, while the top 25% scored a 680 or higher. Scores on the Math exam are slightly higher. The middle 50% of students scored between a 590 and 700. This means that 25% of admitted students scored a 590 or lower, while the top quartile scored a 700 or higher. Students with a combined SAT score of 1380 or higher will be particularly competitive at Texas A&M. That said, if you compare SAT scores for top Texas colleges and universities, you'll see that there are many schools that are more selective than Texas A&M.

Requirements

Texas A&M does not require SAT Subject Tests, but the test are sometimes used for course placement. The university does require students to take the SAT with Essay although the essay score does not play much of a role in the admissions process other than as a validity check for the application essay. SAT scores must be no more than five years old, and the university does not super-score the SAT. The school will use your highest score from a single test date.

ACT Scores and Requirements

All student applying to Texas A&M must submit either SAT or ACT scores, and the ACT is less popular than the SAT. 39% of students entering in the 2018-19 academic year submitted ACT scores.

Texas A&M ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 30
Composite 25 31

An average ACT score is a 21, so you can see that nearly all Texas A&M students have above-average scores. As national ACT data reveals, the great majority of Texas A&M students placed in the top 25% of all ACT test-takers. The middle 50% of admitted students scored between 25 and 31. This means 25% of admitted students had an ACT score of 25 or lower, and at the top end, 25% had scores of 31 or higher.

Requirements

Texas A&M requires the ACT with Writing. The writing section of the exam is used primarily as a check on the validity of the main application essay. The university will not super-score the exam, so they will use your highest total 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. 63% of Texas A&M students rank in the top 10% of their high school class, and 92% are in the top 25% of their class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Texas A&M Applicants' Self-Reported GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data.
Texas A&M Applicants' Self-Reported GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Data. 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 decent grades and test scores to be admitted. In the graph above, green and blue 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.

These seeming discrepancies exist because Texas A&M has holistic admissions. 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.

Keep in mind that 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.

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).

Sources: Graph from Cappex.com; other data sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Texas A&M Office of Admissions. admissionfrom the National Center for Educational Statistics