Getting ready

Most students apply between August and December of their senior year. It’s best to apply as early as possible so that more scholarships are available and you have more options for orientation dates and housing preferences.

How do I apply?

Here’s the application process for most universities:

  • Submit your application for admission (www.applytexas.org for Texas residents, commonapp.org for nonresidents)
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Supply your class rank
  • Send entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Some schools may also require an essay, interview or references

Make sure you fill out your application completely and have someone check your work — it’s really important! And plan ahead so you don’t miss priority dates. If you have questions, ask your high school counselor or call the college admissions office.

The college application, transcripts and entrance exam scores are due to the UNT Office of Admissions by March 1 for the fall semester. Late applications will still be accepted, but will be subject to a late fee.

Admissions policy:

Admission requirements vary if you’re comparing Texas universities with schools out of state. Visit Freshman admission requirements for detailed information.

Admission Requirements

by high school class ranking

Top 10%

Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
no minimum score*
New SAT (March 2016 and after)**
no minimum score*
ACT
no minimum score*

Next 15%

Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
950
New SAT (March 2016 and after)**
1030
ACT
20

2nd Quarter

Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
1050
New SAT (March 2016 and after)**
1130
ACT
23

3rd Quarter

Old SAT (prior to March 2016)**
1150
New SAT (March 2016 and after)**
1250
ACT
26

* Although no minimum scores are required, you must still submit your scores.
** Combined Critical Reading/Verbal + Math on the SAT administered prior to March 2016. After March 2016, the score will consist of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section + Math section.

College entrance exams and placement tests

College entrance exams, and for some, placement tests are a part of your college application. The SAT and ACT are the most common entrance exams, and at least one is generally a required part of your application for admission. You may not need to take both — check each school’s admissions requirements.

The CLEP and Advanced Placement (AP) tests enable you to get a jumpstart on your college course load, allowing you to finish school quicker and save money.

SAT

What is it?
The most widely accepted college entrance exam

What's the difference?
Evidenced-based reading and writing, and math

Find out more at the College Board website.

ACT

What is it?
Alternative college entrance exam

What's the difference?
English, math, reading and science reasoning

Find out more at the ACT website.

CLEP tests

What is it?
Tests your knowledge in certain subjects

What's the difference?
33 exams on different topics, may allow you to “place out” of some college courses

Find out more at College Board's CLEP website.

AP tests

What is it?
You can complete some college coursework while still in high school

What's the difference?
More than 30 courses/exams, may give you 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 220 high-quality degree programs to our NCAA Division I Mean Green football team.

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.

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!