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I went to college right after high school and have bad grades.  However, my grades since joining the military are good.  How will that effect my admission?

All college credits are used in the calculation of your cumulative GPR and will have an effect on your admission.  The university minimum GPA requirement for a Transfer student is a 2.5; however the major you are applying for can often require a higher GPA and specific pre-requisites.  It would be advisable to speak with one of our Military Admission Advisors to determine if you qualify for an Academic Fresh Start or if it can simply be addressed in your essay.

Academic Fresh Start http://regcatalogarchives.tamu.edu/07-08_UG_Catalog/gen_info/admissions/fresh_start.htm

How do I apply? Is it like everyone else?

Veterans/Military will apply like everyone else and are required to meet the same requirements for admission as any other applicant.  Go to https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX  If you have questions about meeting the requirements, please contact Karen Cambronero, Military Admission Liaison, or Karen Allen, Military Admissions Counseling Advisor at militaryadmissions@tamu.edu  or 979-845-3161.

Does Texas A&M waive the application fee for veterans?

There is not a specific fee waiver for veterans.  All fee waivers are “need based”.  Fee waiver requests must include documentation of need from a financial aid advisor.

FEE WAIVER

Checking the Fee Waiver box on the application is not sufficient. Instructions

Will Texas A&M University accept my military transcript/credits?

Texas A & M University reviews all transcripts, including military transcripts, at the time of application. Keep in mind that completing the degree plan is the focus and most military transcripts pertain to technical credit that does not apply to your degree plan.  Should you be admitted to the university and feel that you should have received credit for something on your military transcript that was not awarded, you can speak to your Academic Advisor.

Veterans with a DD 214 showing at least 1 year of active duty and an honorable discharge are eligible to receive up to 12 hours of free elective credit depending on the degree plan.

Do I have to take an SAT or ACT since I’m in the military?  Is better to take, the SAT or ACT?

If you’ve not taken college coursework since graduating high school you will be required to take an SAT or ACT. Scores must be taken within 5 years of the semester you are applying for.  Either test is accepted at Texas A&M and no preference is given to either.

Where and when can I take an SAT or ACT?

If you are still active duty, it would be financially beneficial to take it on base at the Education Center.  You can take it for free or at an extremely reduced rate.

It takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to receive scores.  Make sure you confirm all admission deadlines and allow enough time for the scores to arrive.  If the scores do not make the deadline your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission.

What does my essay need to include?

  • Although applicants are asked specific questions, it’s recommended that all veterans have one of your essays answer the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? How? i.e. Who are you?  What are your plans?  Where have you been?  Why do you want the major you’ve chosen? How do you plan to use your degree?
  •  Make yourself stand out as a veteran.  Be specific.  For instance, talk about your military experience. If you are pursuing a commission, mention your family and how your experiences have helped you be prepared for your next challenges.

What is the preferred method to send transcripts?

  • PREFERRED > electronic transcripts sent by SPEEDE
    OTHER METHODS:
  • mail
  • electronic transcripts sent by eSCRIP-SAFE, PARCHMENT, and National Student Clearinghouse

Where do I mail my transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. if i can’t send them electronically?

Freshman Admissions Processing     

Texas A&M University

General Services Complex

P.O. Box 30014

College Station, TX   77842-3014

Transfer Admissions Processing

Texas A&M University

General Services Complex

P.O. Box 40003

College Station, TX   77842-4003

Overnight address (FedEx, UPS, etc.)

Freshman Admissions Processing

Texas A&M University

General Services Complex

0200 TAMU

750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601

College Station, TX   77843-0200

(979) 845-1060

Transfer Admissions Processing

Texas A&M University

General Services Complex

0200 TAMU

750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601

College Station, TX   77843-0200

(979) 845-1060