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Texas State Admission Requirements

San Marcos, Texas

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Your chances of getting into Texas State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

87.7%
Admission Difficulty for Texas State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Texas State is 87.7%.  Its admission rate is the 56th lowest in Texas.

Admission Selectivity

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

Texas State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 25,353 out of the 28,908 who applied were admitted.

Texas State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.38. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Texas State?

88% 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.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.38 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1080 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Texas State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.38*

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Texas State are to have around a 3.38 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.38 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Texas State accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Texas State is 3.38 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #41 in Texas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Texas State 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 3.4 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. 3.38 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Texas State SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Texas State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 49% of students submitted SAT scores and 8% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

980-1180

Applicants Submitting SAT 

49%
SAT Scores for Texas State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 500
Math 25th Percentile 480
Composite 25th Percentile 980
SAT Scores for Texas State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1180
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Texas State is 1080 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 980-1180. Students who get into Texas State University score in the top 64 percent of all SAT test takers..  Texas State ranks #34 in the state of Texas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1080 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Texas State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 980, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 880, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Texas 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 "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1080 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 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 1080, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1180 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Texas State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >93%
1080 to 1180 Avg + 88%-93%
980 to 1080 Avg - 79%-88%
880 to 980 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 880 Low <67%
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Texas State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

19-26 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

8%
ACT Scores for Texas State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 18
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for Texas State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Texas State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Texas State is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 26.  The school ranks #26 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

8 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Texas State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Texas State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Texas State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 94% with a 26 ACT score.

Texas State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >94%
22 to 26 Avg + 88%-94%
19 to 22 Avg - 81%-88%
16 to 19 Reach 71%-81%
Less than 16 Low <71%
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High School Class Rank

81% of Texas State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 42% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Texas State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 14%
Top 25% of class 42%
Top 50% of class 81%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

Texas State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,334 10,441 28,908
Accepted 16,550 8,681 25,353
Acceptance Rate 90% 83% 88%
Enrolled 4,723 2,799 7,604
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 32% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jun 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

43

Applicants have 43 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Texas State University is $75.

Application Requirements

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

Texas State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Not considered for admission, even if submitted
High School Class Rank Required to be considered for admission
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Texas State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.38 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1080 and ACT of 22 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228459 IPEDS survey data for Texas State University.

FAQs

Does Texas State University prefer SAT or ACT?

49% of students submit their SAT scores to Texas State. 8% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Texas State University?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Texas State. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Texas State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1180. The average SAT score is 1080. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Texas State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 26. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.