Getting ready

Admission requirements vary if you’re comparing Texas universities with ones out of state. But if you’re focusing your college search on Texas, this is what you’ll need to know:

A new state law requires all first-time freshmen to either:

For UNT Admission:

Top 10 percent of high school class:
Submit SAT or ACT score

Next 15 percent of high school class:
Minimum 950 SAT or 20 ACT score

Second quarter of high school class:
Minimum 1050 SAT or 23 ACT score

Third quarter of high school class:
Minimum 1180 SAT or 26 ACT score

Requirements are subject to change Note: SAT score requirement is out of 1600 total, with written proportion excluded.

  • Successfully complete the curriculum requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or its equivalent. Minimum curriculum requirements exist, which includes the successful completion of three years of math including Algebra II or a higher level of math.
  • or

  • Earn an SAT score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or satisfy ACT benchmarks of 18 in English, 22 in math, 21 in social sciences and 24 in science.

Entrance Exams: Which One Should I Take?

The tests primarily used for admission to colleges are the ACT and the SAT. These tests are used with your high school record to evaluate your level of academic knowledge. Which test should you take? Find out which entrance exams are required by the colleges you are interested in — some schools accept either test. If you are undecided about where to go to college, you should consider taking both exams to keep your options open.

Whichever test you take, plan ahead. The registration deadline is about a month before each test, so you must schedule your test in time to get results back for college admission deadlines.

How Do I Apply?

SAT

Measures writing, reading and math skills

Ten separately timed sections lasting about four hours

Range of score is from 200 to 800 on each section

Perfect score is 2400 — the national average is 1509

Find out more at the College Board website.

Your college application, transcripts, class rank and entrance exam scores determine your acceptance to most colleges or universities. Some also may require an essay, interview or references. You can get applications by downloading them from the college’s website. If you’re applying to a Texas public university, you’ll use the Apply Texas Application at applytexas.org. Your college application form will represent you to college admissions officials, so take the time to fill it out completely and correctly. Know the college’s deadlines and complete your application in plenty of time.

Read all the instructions that come with the application, and follow them closely. If you have questions, ask your high school counselor or call the college admissions office for clarification. It’s a good idea to have a parent or other adult double-check your application when you’re finished. Be sure to include the application fee, if required. The ApplyTexas Application, official transcripts and required entrance exams are due to the UNT Office of Admissions by March 1 for the fall semester.

Other Testing Options

ACT

Evaluates English, math, reading and science reasoning

Three separately timed sections lasting about four hours

Highest possible score is 36 — the national average is 21

Find out more at the ACT website.

These include the CLEP test and Advanced Placement (AP) test. The CLEP exam may allow you to “place out” of certain required courses in college based on what you already know about certain subjects. There are 33 different CLEP exams and they are usually administered on college campuses. Check with the colleges you’re looking at before taking the test to make sure they accept the test scores. Find out more at College Board's CLEP website. The Advanced Placement or AP Program consists of 30 college-level courses and exams students take while they’re still in high school. Check with your high school to see what AP courses are offered. If you pass the AP test at the end of the school year, you may get course credit in that subject when you enroll in college. Find out more at College Board's AP site.

Helpful Websites

Adventures in Education

The Adventures in Education site offers resources on a range of higher education topics such as studying for entrance exams, filling out your college application and how to budget for college costs.

UNT Freshman Overview

Discover all that UNT has to offer, from our 214 high-quality degree programs to our Mean Green football team who took home the Heart of Dallas Bowl championship.

CareerOneStop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this website provides tools to help you explore careers and match your strengths with occupations.

The College Board

This website offers resources to help you prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success.

Compare College TX

Compare College TX is a mobile-friendly, interactive website targeted to parents, students and high school advisors to help answer questions that matter most to prospective students.

UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Learn the financial aid basics for UNT and how to apply for it and various scholarships and how financial need is determined.

Generation TX

Generation TX brings students, parents, teachers and community leaders together to support this generation of Texas students by offering guidance on the steps to take on the path to college and career success.

Texas Guaranteed

TG offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management and repay their federal student loans.

UNT Tours

Touring the UNT campus is a great way for you to learn a lot about us in a short amount of time and you’ll get information directly from our experts — current UNT students!