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Old 08-29-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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Are the Texas state universities very picky on a student being in the top 8-10% of their class? If they fell in the Top 12-15%, do they need to have a very strong application in other areas like sports, music, etc?
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Competition to get into UT-Austin and Texas A&M in College Station is very picky, because the top 8% occupy so many of the available slots. Outside of those two campuses, a student in the top 12-15% should slide in pretty easily actually, except for to some specific programs.

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Old 08-29-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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There are MANY other state universities besides the big Division 1 schools. The Texas State University System (Lamar University, Texas State, Stephen F Austin and Sam Houston) is a group of very good, smaller schools throughout the state.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Are the Texas state universities very picky on a student being in the top 8-10% of their class? If they fell in the Top 12-15%, do they need to have a very strong application in other areas like sports, music, etc?
Outside of the auto qualifiers, UT and A&M have different auto-admit criteria, and athletic scholarships every other candidate faces competitive admissions. Your kiddo will need high test scores and a solid GPA to have much of a chance at any if the more desirable/competitive majors engineering, bio, comp sci,, business, econ etc.

Also if you are talking about next fall get on it. A&M sends out its first round of rolling acceptances Tuesday.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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It also depends what high school you're coming from; a top 25-33% student from a rigorous school like Highland Park or Austin Westlake who has a strong SAT score and some AP classes will likely get admitted to UT and A&M. A top 25% student from Mesquite or Celina or Frisco has little to no chance of admission.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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It also depends what high school you're coming from; a top 25-33% student from a rigorous school like Highland Park or Austin Westlake who has a strong SAT score and some AP classes will likely get admitted to UT and A&M. A top 25% student from Mesquite or Celina or Frisco has little to no chance of admission.
That's what I've heard. State universities know local school districts well.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It also depends what high school you're coming from; a top 25-33% student from a rigorous school like Highland Park or Austin Westlake who has a strong SAT score and some AP classes will likely get admitted to UT and A&M. A top 25% student from Mesquite or Celina or Frisco has little to no chance of admission.
For TAMU, that's just flat-out wrong. A top 25% student from ANY district in TX, combined with a strong SAT score (1300+, to be specific) is guaranteed an "academic admit" to TAMU. How is that "little to no chance"????.

As for UT, I wouldn't count on anything. There are so few slots left after the auto-admits that you really need a hook of some kind to get in. "Some AP classes" won't cut it, especially from a district like HP, where that just means you were an ordinary student there.

And, looping back to the OP, for most of the schools NOT known as UT or TAMU, you can get in with grades WAAAY below the top 10%. Tech, for example, will auto-admit you with grades in the Top 75% (!!) (that is, in the bottom half of the HS class, but not the bottom quarter), as long as you have an SAT of 1270.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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For TAMU, that's just flat-out wrong. A top 25% student from ANY district in TX, combined with a strong SAT score (1300+, to be specific) is guaranteed an "academic admit" to TAMU. How is that "little to no chance"????.

As for UT, I wouldn't count on anything. There are so few slots left after the auto-admits that you really need a hook of some kind to get in. "Some AP classes" won't cut it, especially from a district like HP, where that just means you were an ordinary student there.

And, looping back to the OP, for most of the schools NOT known as UT or TAMU, you can get in with grades WAAAY below the top 10%. Tech, for example, will auto-admit you with grades in the Top 75% (!!) (that is, in the bottom half of the HS class, but not the bottom quarter), as long as you have an SAT of 1270.
Basically the only people who know what they are doing who like the auto-admit encumbrances foisted on UT and A&M are the brass at OU, KU, CU, OSU etc.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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Tamu is big in repeat offenders--family loyalty and recommends from past alumni w connections can help some kids be admitted
Plus getting a transfer as sophomore w good gpa is often easier for students who didn't take college seriously in high school until senior year...
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Basically the only people who know what they are doing who like the auto-admit encumbrances foisted on UT and A&M are the brass at OU, KU, CU, OSU etc.
For UT, sure.

I think TAMU is more ambivalent about it.

On the one hand, they get stuck with some marginal Top 10%ers - although the completely clueless ones are at UT. The ones at TAMU at least had enough sense to realize they'd be over their heads at UT.

On the other hand, a lot of those "academic admits" at TAMU - the ones in the 11th -25th range - are the very students who would have gone to UT in a completely merit-based system.

I'd guess the overall effect is net positive for TAMU.
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