What factors influence college admissions?

  • High school curriculum
  • GPA & Rank
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Application essays
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership positions

How do I know if I'll get in?

There are several different ways you can be admitted to a school:

  • Top 10% Rule - in the state of Texas, students in the top 10% of their class are guaranteed admissions into all state-funded schools (top 7% for UT Austin).  Important: students do still have to complete an application for admissions to be considered.
  • Assured Admissions - not in the top 10%?  That's ok!  Most schools still set a standard by which students can be automatically admitted.  This standard varies by school, but usually takes into account GPA, rank, and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Holistic Review - don't meet assured admissions standards? That's ok too!  Schools will take into account factors outside of academic performance such as essays, leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and extenuating circumstances.