Texas
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Post

Four-Year Institutions

Students who graduated high school in the last two years receive automatic admission to four-year institutions, except for the University of Texas at Austin, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Place in the Top 10% of their graduating class
  • Complete the Foundation Diploma requirements at the Distinguished Level
  • Meet the ACT Benchmarks (i.e., 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Math, and 23 Science) or score 1500 (out of 2400) on SAT.

Students who do not qualify for automatic admission may apply to four-year institutions if they earn the Foundation Diploma or meet the ACT Benchmarks. The University of Texas at Austin admits students through the Top 10% Plan up to 75 percent of enrollment capacity.

Texas Foundation Diploma Requirements

Subject

Units

Course Requirements

English

4

English I, II, III and advanced English course

Math

3

Algebra I, geometry and advanced math course

Science

3

Biology

Integrated Physics and Chemistry or advanced science course

Second advanced science course

Social Studies

3

American history

World history or geography

Half units of economics and government

Foreign Language

2

Districts may waive this requirement to expand number of courses in elective focus

Fine Arts

1

 

Physical Education

1

 

Speech

1

Demonstrated proficiency

Elective

5

 

Total

22

 

To attain the Distinguished level, students must complete 26 units including:

  • four units each in English, math, science, and social studies;
  •  Algebra II;
  • four-unit endorsement in one of five areas — STEM, business and industry, public services, arts & humanities, or multi-disciplinary studies;
  • three levels of the same foreign language; and
  • one half unit in Speech.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Applicants are eligible to apply to two-year institutions if they are 17 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or equivalency credential. Those without diplomas or the equivalent must demonstrate that they can benefit from instruction. Texas public community and technical colleges primarily serve their local taxing districts and service areas offering vocational, technical, and academic courses for certification or associate degrees. Continuing education, remedial and compensatory education consistent with open-admission policies, and programs of counseling and guidance are also provided.