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Tarleton Admission Requirements

Stephenville, Texas

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Your chances of getting into Tarleton State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Tarleton State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Tarleton is 56.8%.  Its admission rate is the 16th lowest in Texas.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Tarleton and can you get accepted?

Tarleton is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 6,054 out of the 10,657 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 68 percent on standardized admission tests. Tarleton State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.21. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Tarleton?

57% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Tarleton State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.21 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1050 on the SAT
  • Score 20 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Tarleton GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Tarleton State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Tarleton are to have around a 3.21 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Tarleton accepts 57% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Tarleton is 3.21 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #56 in Texas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Tarleton is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.21 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Tarleton SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Tarleton State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 46% of students submitted SAT scores and 27% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Tarleton State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 960
SAT Scores for Tarleton State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 580
Math 75th Percentile 560
Composite 75th Percentile 1140
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Tarleton State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Tarleton is 1050 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 960-1140. Students who get into Tarleton State University score in the top 68 percent of all SAT test takers..  Tarleton ranks #37 in the state of Texas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1050 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Tarleton regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 960, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Tarleton State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1050 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1050, you have around a 57% chance of being admitted. A 1140 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 72% chance of getting in.

Tarleton State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1140 and Above Good >72%
1050 to 1140 Avg + 57%-72%
960 to 1050 Avg - 41%-57%
870 to 960 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 870 Low <27%
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Tarleton ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Tarleton State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for Tarleton State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 23
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Tarleton?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Tarleton is 20, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 23.  The school ranks #44 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 20. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Tarleton State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Tarleton State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Tarleton for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 20 score has around 57% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 72% with a 23 ACT score.

Tarleton State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >72%
20 to 23 Avg + 57%-72%
17 to 20 Avg - 41%-57%
14 to 17 Reach 27%-41%
Less than 14 Low <27%
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High School Class Rank

75% of Tarleton State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 25% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Tarleton State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 25%
Top 50% of class 75%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Tarleton State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,769 3,888 10,657
Accepted 4,014 2,040 6,054
Acceptance Rate 59% 52% 57%
Enrolled 1,398 752 2,150
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 37% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 308 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Tarleton State University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Tarleton State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Tarleton State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Tarleton State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Tarleton is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.21 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1050 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1140 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 20 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228529 IPEDS survey data for Tarleton State University.


Does Tarleton State University prefer SAT or ACT?

46% of students submit their SAT scores to Tarleton. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Tarleton State University?

57% of those who apply are granted admission to Tarleton. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Tarleton State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 960 and 1140. The average SAT score is 1050. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Tarleton State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 23. The average ACT score is 20. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.