Information for First-Time Freshmen
The Early Admission Program (EAP) at the University of Texas at Arlington is available to applicants who wish to begin their college education following their sophomore or junior year of high school. Applicants who satisfy admission requirements may enroll in university classes while being concurrently enrolled in high school. University credit is awarded for courses that are completed with grades of A, B, C, or D. The Office of the Registrar keeps official transcripts which indicate the department, course number, course title, grade and semester hours earned. Students may request an official copy of their University transcript after their first semester or summer session. International students currently enrolled in U.S. high schools are eligible for admission as EAP students.
Admission to the Early Admission Program requires students to demonstrate college readiness. One way is by demonstrating they are exempt under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI):
- An SAT I score of at least 1070 (Critical Reading + Math only). (SAT math score must be at least 500 with Critical Reading score of at least 500), or
- An ACT composite score of at least 23 (ACT math score must be at least 19 with English score of least 19), or
- A TAKS math score of at least 2200, TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and a TAKS essay score of at least 3.
If a student meets the exemptions for the Reading, Writing, and Math requirements, they will be eligible for the EAP program. If they can not meet any of the requirements they can also become eligible for the EAP program by achieving the minimum passing standards under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). This provision requires the student to take one of four approved testing instruments:
- ACCUPLACER offered by The College Board.
- Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) offered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
- ASSET or COMPASS offered by ACT.
The student only needs to take the portion of the test for which they have not met the exemption requirement stated above. If you take one of these exams, please request to have the scores sent to the UT Arlington Office of Admissions, Records & Registration. Information to take the Accuplacer or the THEA on the UT-Arlington campus is available at the UT Arlington Testing Services website. The following minimum scores must be achieved to meet the TSI requirement in the areas where an exemption cannot be met:
- ACCUPLACER: Reading Comprehension - 78; Elementary Algebra - 63; Writing - 6 on essay, or combined scores of 80 on sentence Skills and 5 on the essay.
- THEA: Reading - 230; Mathematics - 230; Writing – 220.
- ASSET: Reading Skills - 41; Elementary Algebra - 38; Writing - 6 on essay, or combined scores of 40 on Writing Skills and 5 on the essay.
- COMPASS: Reading Skills - 81; Algebra - 39; Writing - 6 on essay, or combined scores of 59 on Writing Skills and 5 on the essay.
Alternatively, an eleventh grade student is eligible to enroll in dual credit courses under the following conditions:
- A minimum combined (Critical Reading + Math) PSAT score of 107 with
at least a 50 on the Critical Reading and 50 on the Math section.
- A PLAN composite score of at least 23 with at least a score of 19 on both the English and Math sections.
Applicants should submit the following:
- Admission application and $50 application fee (applications received after the published deadline will be assessed a $60 application fee). The application fee for international applicants is $50.
- EAP Agreement Form (signed by the principal, the student, and the student's parent or guardian). You can download or print the EAP Agreement Form.
- Official high school transcript showing sufficient credits to be classified as at least a junior.
- Official SAT-I score, or official PSAT score, or official ACT scores, or official PLAN scores. (Test scores posted on a high school transcript are considered official).
A student who is admitted under the Early Admission Program:
- May enroll in at most two (2) UT Arlington academic courses each fall or spring semester while being concurrently enrolled in high school, or up to two (2) courses during the summer. Additional early admission coursework information can be found in the EAP Agreement Form.
- Must follow University rules and regulations.
- Is classified as an Undeclared major.
- Will be advised by the Honors Academy located in College Hall, Suite 100, phone 817-272-7215.
- Must submit a final high school transcript showing final rank-in-class and graduation date upon graduation.
- Is not eligible for financial aid while still in high school and enrolled concurrently at UT Arlington.
An Undeclared major designation is intended to enhance advising. Students may select courses that will apply to their desired major. Following graduation from high school, students may change their designated major.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements are mandated by the Texas State Legislature. Registration information for the THEA exam is available from Testing Services at 817-272-2362, Davis Hall, Room 210.
High School principals should verify that a student who participates in a college curriculum will not be disqualified from a desired University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition.
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