2019-20 Automatic Admission Colleges and Universities







By Rajkamal Rao  

Texas A&M's AIS. Image Courtesy: Texas A&M

Texas high school students know that a good class rank can help you get into many Texas public universities and colleges without much effort. Students in the top 6% of their class are automatically admitted to the state's flagship university, UT Austin, without regard to their SAT/ACT scores or extracurricular activities.

Here's our breakdown of the various automatic admission options which Texas high school students enjoy. Schools generally do not publish class ranks below the top 10%, but are supposed to provide the weighted average GPA cutoffs for the top 25%, top 50% and top 75%, by Texas state law. Simply ask your counselor for the cutoffs and look at your own transcript to find out which quartile you fall into. Also, in the list below, when ACT or SAT scores are mentioned, these are minimum scores.

  1. If you're in the top 6% of your class, you automatically get into UT Austin.


  2. If you're in the top 10% of your class, you automatically get into any Texas public university, including Texas A&M, UTD, UT Arlington, Midwestern, Tarleton State, Texas State, Texas Tech, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Woman's, University of Houston (Top 15%) and UNT.


  3. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 30 OR SAT score of 1360], you automatically get into Texas A&M. This "Academic Admit" privilege is no longer offered to high school students who graduate after 2020.


  4. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 21 OR SAT score of 1070], you automatically get into Midwestern University.


  5. If you're in the top 25% of your class, you automatically get into Tarleton State and UT Arlington.


  6. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 20 OR SAT score of 1000], you automatically get into Texas State.


  7. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 24 OR SAT score of 1180], you automatically get into Texas Tech.


  8. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 21 OR SAT score of 1080], you automatically get into the University of Houston.


  9. If you're in the top 25% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 20 OR SAT score of 1030], you automatically get into UNT.


  10. If you're between 25% and 50% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 24 OR SAT score of 1170], you automatically get into the University of Houston.


  11. If you're between 25% and 50% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 26 OR SAT score of 1260], you automatically get into Texas Tech.


  12. If you're between 25% and 50% of your class AND [have an ACT score of 22 OR SAT score of 1090], you automatically get into Texas State.




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