Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students who meet the following general admission requirements at the time of application are assured admission to Texas A&M University-Central Texas:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • Minimum 30 academic, college-level transferable semester hours; and
  • Must be eligible to return to all previously attended colleges or universities.

How to Apply

  • Complete the undergraduate application by visiting www.applytexas.org;
  • Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee via your electronic application or pay by cash, check, money order, or credit card in the Business Office; and
  • Provide official copies of transcript(s) from each previously attended college or university.

Program Entry Requirements

Some undergraduate degree programs at A&M-Central Texas have additional entry requirements separate from general admission. Students admitted to the university who have yet to be formally admitted to one of these programs may be eligible to enroll in certain coursework; however, the number of courses a student may complete prior to official program entry may vary by department. Students are not considered eligible to graduate until they fulfill the entry requirements and upper-level courses required by the department.

If you plan to pursue one of the below degree programs, be sure to review additional program entry requirements. For additional information regarding undergraduate degree programs offered at A&M-Central Texas, please see Undergraduate Programs.

Biology

Students will be admitted into the Biology major by the faculty once the application criteria are met. To be accepted into the Biology program, students must:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Nursing

Admissions
General Education and Course Requirements

Texas A&M University-Central Texas is an upper-level university, therefore, the core curriculum/general education courses and non-nursing courses must be taken at another institution. Core curricula may also be accepted from other institutions. 

Admissions Requirements

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Admission to A&M-Central Texas;
  • Have a current unencumbered Texas Registered Nurse’s (RN) license; and 
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher with a "C" or higher in the general education and support science courses.

How to Apply for Admissions

  • Submit the Application to the Nursing Program
  • Submit a reference form (Nursing Handbook Appendix A).  The reference form validates safe and recent practice experience as a registered nurse within the last three years prior to acceptance. Or, submit a form from a nursing faculty member if graduation was in the past year and you have not practiced as a registered nurse. Alternatively, applicants may complete a RN refresher course.
  • Submit unofficial transcript(s) for review in applying to the program. Official transcript(s) must be submitted to the university for all courses to be transferred in for credit. Provide official copies of transcript(s) from each previously attended college or university. See the "Official College Transcripts" page for additional details.
  • Prior to enrolling in the program, applicants must complete all non-nursing courses listed in the degree requirements. Exception of up to six semester credit hours may be made in consultation with program faculty.  
  • International applicants and applicants with foreign credentials must adhere to additional requirements

Progress Policy

Students may progress in the program when the following conditions are met:

  • Successful completion of required nursing and non-nursing courses with a minimum grade of C.
  • Transfer students from other programs must complete a minimum of 30 hours from A&M-Central Texas.
  • Students must request permission to repeat a nursing course due to failure or withdrawal.

A.   A letter of petition must be written to the nursing department chair and must include:

  1. The reason for withdrawal or failure to successfully complete the course.
  2. Steps which the student will take to ensure successful completion of the course when repeated.
  3. Date corrective steps will be completed.

B.   The department chair will take into consideration:

  1. The student’s overall academic performance, GPA on required courses, and review the transcript for a pattern of withdrawals, and the number of repeated courses.
  2. The student’s plans for corrective action and reasons for failure. The feasibility of the plan is also assessed.
  3. The student file, to determine adherence to the program standards and performance in the present or previous courses.

C.   If permission is granted to repeat a course, it will be on a space available basis.

Readmission Policy

  • Students who have an interruption--as defined as an inability to achieve a passing grade, withdrawal, or non-enrollment--must gain permission before taking any nursing course.
  • The Division of Student Affairs, along with the Nursing Program Director, evaluates the student’s request for readmission or to retake any nursing course.
  • The student’s general academic history, nursing course grades, and potential for success will be considered. Readmission or permission to retake any course is based on professional judgment and space availability.
  • Students who withdraw from a course or courses or receive a grade below a “C” should follow the procedure in the Progression Policy.
  • After lapse of one long semester, students wishing to return to the program

A.   Must notify the Nursing Program Director

B.   Must submit a physician’s clearance in order to return to classes if the absence was due to a health problem

C.   Must meet with a nursing faculty member prior to registering to develop a degree completion plan

D.   If the student has been out two long semesters or more, the student must also:

  1. Submit an updated Application to the Nursing Program
  2. Adhere to the most current catalog requirements
  3. Fulfill any requirements specified by the Nursing Program Director
  4. Complete the Nursing Program within five (5) calendar years from their initial enrollment

Social Work

Admissions

Applying to the A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. Program

Students enrolling and declaring a major in the A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. Program may apply and gain acceptance for admission once they have completed specific criteria, as follows:

Applying to the Major

A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. students must follow a clear application process to apply for admission to the program. The process includes:

  • Admission to A&M-Central Texas;
  • Declaration of social work as their major, which includes initial advisement with a faculty advisor;
  • Enrollment in or completion of the three Foundation Level courses: Methods and Skills of Interviewing, Introduction to Social Work, and Social Work with Diverse Populations;
  • Submission of a separate application for admission to the A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. Program (Appendix A), which includes a letter of reference and an evaluation from a supervisor at a volunteer placement (Appendix B), two additional letters of professional reference (Appendix C), an essay, and approval for completion of a legal background check (Appendix D);
  • Submit all materials by April 15, July 15, or November 15.

Please pay close attention to the deadlines. Materials submitted after the 15th will be placed with the next semester's applications.


Social Work Program Admission Requirements
Nondiscrimination Policy

All social work majors must apply for acceptance into the B.S.W. Program. No person shall be discriminated against for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, (dis)ability, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. The B.S.W. Program is committed to having a diverse student population.

Acceptance to the Major

Once the application criteria are met, to be accepted into the B.S.W. Program, students must:

  • Complete the three Foundation Level sequence courses;
  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA;
  • Have a "C" or better in all social work courses;
  • Attend the New Social Work Student Orientation (held the first Friday of every semester), at which time they will receive and review the Bachelor of Social Work Program Student Handbook and appropriate forms for completion;
  • Demonstrate the ability to attain high academic and professional standards as outlined in the B.S.W. Program Student Handbook, which includes
    • having an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and having a grade of "C" or better in all social work courses, and
    • having scores of 3 or higher on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors (RAPB; see Appendix E) or demonstrating the ability to attain scores of 3 or higher throughout the program;
  • Be willing to discuss with faculty any legal or other concerns that may impede the student's successful placement at a field agency (such as a legal or criminal background) and, if necessary, complete a Corrective Action Agreement (see the B.S.W. Program field manual for more information on field admission procedures).

Once students demonstrate eligibility to apply to the major, they compile all components for submission as outlined in the application procedures. Students have the ability to work with the program's administrative assistant to ensure all documents are submitted appropriately. All department faculty members review the application for eligibility.

Once each faculty member reviews the application, they have the option of providing one of two recommendations:

  • Admit Unconditionally, or
  • Interview Needed.

The category of Admit Unconditionally provides a student with immediate admission to the program without conditions, as all criteria have been met.  The Interview Needed designation is indicated when students have had a previous criminal background, mental health hospitalization, substance abuse treatment, a concern based on the program’s Code of Conduct, any scores below 3 (average) on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors, or concerns have been identified regarding the information provided in the student’s narrative essay in the application. The faculty conduct interviews with the student in order to make a determination regarding program admission.

NOTE: The applicant is considered on the basis of academic performance and commitment to and suitability for generalist social work practice. Emotional and professional readiness are prerequisites. These include demonstrated emotional maturity and self-awareness in areas such as the ability to effectively manage current life stressors, the ability to reflect on personal strengths and areas for growth/development, and willingness to receive feedback and supervision in a positive manner throughout enrollment in the program.

Students must also demonstrate the following professional behaviors, including but not limited to:

  • Fitting well within the social work profession and the generalist framework for undergraduate social work education;
  • Upholding ethical principles as defined by the NASW Code of Ethics, Texas social work licensing criteria, the A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. Program Code of Conduct, A&M-Central Texas student rights and responsibilities delineated in the University Student Handbook;
  • Advocating for themselves and others in a professional manner;
  • Using proper channels for conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrating respect for the confidentiality and rights of others;
  • Demonstrating accountability in turning in assignments on time and maintaining a good attendance record in classes.

Other Requirements

While programs that contain Teacher Certification Preparation courses do not have any additional entry requirements, there are specific requirements students will need to complete before entering into the Certification Preparation portion of these degrees.  For further information on these requirements review the specific program pages or contact Educator Preparation services.