Freshman

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Track your application status and upload required documents on our Student Hub.

To apply for freshman student admission to Austin College, submit all of the following materials by the appropriate deadline:

  1. Common Application for Admission or ApplyTexas
  2. One Admission Essay (250-650 words; topic of your choice)
  3. School Report or Counselor Recommendation Letter
  4. Teacher Evaluation or Teacher Recommendation Letter
  5. High School Transcript
  6. Testing Options
    1. Submit Standardized Test Scores: SAT (code #6016) or ACT (code #4058).
    2. Test Optional: In lieu of SAT/ACT score(s), applicants need to submit a graded expository writing paper, which should include teacher comments and final grade. Please be sure to indicate on the application that you wish to be considered under the test-optional program. If you have already submitted test scores, or they are included on your high school transcript, we will still honor your wish to be considered for admission without test score consideration.
  7. Admission Interview with a member of the admission staff is recommended for applicants, though is optional. Call 1.800.KANGAROO (526.4276) or contact your specific admission representative to schedule an interview.
  8. For those who apply after the Early Action II deadline, also submit a Midyear Report (once fall grades become available) or a transcript which includes fall term grades.

Although most materials for the application for admission may be submitted online at the Student Hub, you may mail necessary documents as well.

Austin College Office of Admission
900 North Grand Avenue, Suite 6N
Sherman, Texas  75090-4400

Remember to view Dates & Deadlines. Don’t procrastinate and miss a deadline to apply for admission!

Basic Requirements & Our Review Process

To be considered for freshman admission at Austin College, you must graduate (or expect to graduate) from an accredited secondary school or home school equivalent. Your high school coursework should include at least 15 high school academic units with this distribution:

English (4 units)
Mathematics (3 – 4 units, including geometry and algebra II)
Science (3 – 4 units, including 1 or 2 lab sciences)
Foreign language (2 – 4 units, at least 2 units of the same language)
Social studies (2 – 4 units)
Fine arts (1 – 2 units)

Keep in mind that a decent grade in a challenging class is more impressive than an easy A. For applicants that elect to submit test scores for admission consideration, Austin College accepts both the ACT or SAT and as policy we “super score”. (We will take your highest subscores from different test dates and combine them to make a highest “super score”. We feel what is important is that we see your highest potential in each sub-section, not just how you scored overall during one test session.)

We recognize that for select students, standardized test scores do not accurately measure the student’s full potential for success at Austin College. Though each applicant undergoes a holistic review, one in which we look beyond the numbers into the whole person, we are delighted to offer a test optional admission track. The test optional admission track requires students to submit a graded expository writing paper with final grade and teacher comments. We also recommend that test optional applicants complete an interview with an admission counselor. This track is available to all U.S. applicants who attend an accredited private or public high school. Homeschool and International applicants must submit test scores.

In considering your application for admission, we’ll be looking for glimpses of the whole person in order to determine whether you’re right for us and us for you. We expect your extracurricular activities, recommendations from counselors and teachers, admission essay and interview with a member of our admission staff to tell us the rest of the story about who you are and what you value.

We like to hear from students and to answer your questions! To check the status of your application, please contact the Office of Admission (1.800.KANGAROO) or contact your admission representative directly.