Texas A&M University Admissions Essay

In order to write this essay, it is helpful to take a step back from the sometimes panic-inducing task of focusing on your college applications and instead look around. As you go about your day, maintain awareness of things that ordinarily seem insignificant, to the point that you may be taking them for granted.

 

For instance, remind yourself of the neighborhood you wake up in every day, the foods available to you for breakfast, and how you feel as you pass through your community on your commute to school. Reflect upon the impact your surroundings have on your day-to-day life and the ways in which they have fostered your personal development. You are probably familiar with your surroundings, to the point where they don’t seem particularly remarkable to you, but you are trying to introduce yourself to an admissions committee that probably knows very little about your hometown.

 

After reflecting on this exercise, you might realize that your work ethic stems from your gratefulness for the sacrifices your immigrant parents have made in order to give you a chance to succeed, or it could take the shape of your precocious desire to study geriatric medicine and hearing-loss pathologies because you have grown up in a town where the majority of your community is of advanced age.

 

This thought experiment is the perfect way to start dissecting what it is about your surroundings that has shaped you into the person you are today. Most importantly, it will show your essay reader that you have matured enough to be able to speak about yourself in a frank and vulnerable way. As long as you speak your truth, there is no wrong answer.

 

That being said, as you tell your story, you will want to avoid clichés and stay true to the complexity of your experience. If you have struggled to overcome obstacles, you don’t need to present yourself as a heroic individual that has achieved success because of your own grit and determination. You can acknowledge the bonds of friendship or family that helped you hold yourself together during tough times. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and indeed having the courage to reach out and the humility to acknowledge your support network is one way to demonstrate maturity.

 

If you needed to watch after your father while he was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, you might talk about how you had to work with your sister to watch him in the evening, and how sometimes you needed to get out of the house and play soccer with your friends in order to be able to come back inside and commit yourself to the work of care all over again. Maybe that experience is part of what made you want to get into nursing, not only to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, but also to encourage patient’s family members to take care of themselves.

 

If you describe poignant tales of overcoming hardship and obstacles in your response, that is fine, as long as it is the truth. Some applicants might think that exaggerating their tales will score with admissions officers, but admissions officers are not judging your essay based on the level of hardship you have overcome. Rather, the question they will ask is what you’ve learned from your experiences and what kind of person you will be when you join the Texas A&M community.

 

One last word: As we’re revising this guide for the 2017 application season, the rains have only just barely stopped falling after Hurricane Harvey. The environmental, economic, and political dynamics of this disaster will be thought about and debated in the coming years as people try to rebuild more resilient cities in a changing climate. The students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M will be taking part in this conversation.

 

If you were affected and feel so moved, you can certainly talk about your experience of the storm in your essay, even if you think that a lot of other applicants will also be talking about the storm as well. A major disaster contains a multitude of narratives, and if you focus on the particularities of your experience — what you lost, what you saw, how you imagine going forward — you will be making a contribution to a conversation about Harvey that will continue for years to come.

Calling all Freshmen!

Get Ready to be an A&M-Commerce Freshman!

1) Prepare!

 

College is the next big step in your academic journey! As you prepare for college, ensure that you continue to excel in your high school career. Most colleges including, Texas A&M University-Commerce require the completion of a recommended or distinguished high school curriculum which includes:

English Language Arts (4 credits)

Mathematics (4 credits)

Science (4 credits)

Social Studies (4 credits)

Language other than English (2 credits)

To see additional information about graduation requirements and how they impact Texas A&M University-Commerce Admissions, please click here.

 

High School Courses

Dual Credit Classes

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

 

2) Consider Majors That Interest You!

 

Begin to consider what field of study/areas of interest/degree program/major you want to pursue at A&M-Commerce. Take some time to research our degree programs!

 

3) Join Our Mailing List!                                                           

Request information about the degree programs that interest you most. A&M-Commerce offers over 100 different degrees, as well as special programs designed to provide the support you need to accomplish your dreams. Our Admission Recruiters want to do everything they can to help you learn about A&M-Commerce so it will be easy to apply, attend, and achieve!

 

4) Explore Admission Requirements!

 

Automatic Admission

At Texas A&M University-Commerce, you qualify for automatic admission if you meet just one of the following requirements:

Rank in the top 25 percent of your graduating class

Have a combined SAT score (Math and Critical Reading scores only) of 950 or better

Have a composite ACT score (composite) of 20 or better

Admissions Appeal Process

If you do not meet the criteria above, we encourage you to retake the SAT or ACT test to improve your scores.  If you decide not to retest and has received noticed that they have been denied admissions, they are eligible to appeal the admissions decision.  Students will be notified in their admissions letter the required documents needed to complete the appeal process.  For more information on how to appeal the admissions decision, please email Admissions@tamuc.edu.

International Students

An International student is any degree-seeking student holding a non-immigrant student visa. Residents of foreign countries who wish to apply must meet SAT/ACT score requirements, provide proof of financial support and submit TOEFEL scores of at least 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT). Please visit our International Student Admissions website for additional information.

 

5) Take College Assessment Exams and Win Scholarships!

 

Texas A&M University-Commerce accepts scores from the SAT (Math and Critical Reading scores only) or ACT (Composite score) and our students are not penalized for taking the test several times. We accept your best score for admission to the university. Plan to take these tests early and as often as you like!

Freshman scholarships are awarded based on your SAT or ACT scores.  The higher your test score, the more scholarship funding you may be eligible to receive.  Click here and see “Freshman Scholarships” to find out what scores you need to achieve to be considered for one of these awards.  Funding is limited, so take your test and get admitted early!

For additional information or to register for the exams, please visit SAT or ACT.

 

6) Complete TSI Testing Requirements, if applicable!

 

All students are required to complete Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and Texas A&M University-Commerce testing requirements. As an undergraduate attending a state supported university, all students must take an assessment or be exempt from assessment according to the exemptions below prior to enrolling in college level courses. Students without assessment scores because of exemptions that are not test or grade based must take a placement test to determine entry level in math and English courses.

You may submit scores from the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment), COMPASS, ACCUPLACER or ASSET to satisfy the assessment requirement.  Students are responsible for providing proof of exemption and will be considered assessment required until documentation is provided of state exemption.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Assessment & Evaluation at TestingOffice@tamuc.edu.

 

7) Experience A&M-Commerce!

 

Come experience Texas A&M University-Commerce, located in the heart of Northeast Texas. A&M –Commerce is home to over 11,000 students, and with more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs, you’re sure to find your niche here. Our small town atmosphere is a wonderful place for you to study and get involved!

Schedule a tour of our campus today!  You can meet world-class professors who are interested in your success, step inside our classrooms and residence halls and meet our friendly staff and current students. We provide group tours of our facilities, including our state-of-the-art science building and planetarium, student center, impressive recreation center and more!

Do not miss Mane Event Preview Day!  Our “open house” is a special day of informative and exciting activities designed just for you and your family!  Register today for our next event!

 

8) Consider Your Financial Aid Options!

 

School Code:  003565

Students interested in applying for financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application period begins on January 1 of each year for the following academic year. As soon as possible after January 1st, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students who are not able to complete the FAFSA due to their immigration status may be able to file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA), which is accepted at Texas A&M University-Commerce and can be found here Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).  As soon as possible after January 1st, students are encouraged to apply and funding is limited, please apply early!

 

9) Apply for Scholarships!

 

Until you are admitted, we encourage you to apply for all outside scholarships for which you qualify.  A&M-Commerce provides a list of Outside Scholarships for your use.  We also encourage you to research other scholarship offers by using the following resources:

–      Department of Education http://studentaid.ed.gov

–      FinAid on the Web www.finaid.org

–      The College Board http://apps.collegeboard.com

–      FastWeb www.fastweb.com

–      FastWeb College Gold www.collegegold.com

–      Mapping Your Future www.mappingyourfuture.org

As soon as you are admitted to A&M-Commerce, we strongly recommend that you complete and submit an A&M-Commerce scholarship application which will be located in your myLEO account as soon as you are accepted. For more information visit the A&M-Commerce Scholarship webpage or email Scholarships@tamuc.edu.

 

10) Get Vaccinated!

 

Important Information Regarding the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination:  During the last Texas State Legislation session, SB 1107 was passed and beginning with the spring 2012 semester, all new entering or readmit students under the age of 30 at a public or private institution of higher education must provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or a signed waiver declining the vaccination. To learn how to upload your documentation and/or for more information, click here. 

We have chosen the services of Magnus Health to collect, review, and securely store all student documents pertaining to the meningitis vaccine. Magnus Health’s SMR (Student Medical Record) is a web-based solution that will allow us to manage the vast number of vaccination records that we have to collect to comply with the new state law. A $10 processing fee payable to: Magnus Health SMR (debit or credit card required).

Please visit your healthcare provider, your local health clinic or a local pharmacy to learn about options for receiving the vaccination. 

 

Apply as an Undergraduate Freshman!

Join the Texas A&M University-Commerce tradition of developing leaders in the region, the nation, and beyond!  We have built a legacy of providing individuals with a high-quality education in Northeast Texas since 1889. Earning a well-respected degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce will give you the confidence to compete successfully in the real world. 

Our success comes from focusing on your success. You will receive close, personal attention every step of the way!  Whether you are talking to world-class professors or friendly admissions recruiters, you can expect our best! Simply follow our easy process and begin to realize your dreams!

 1) Apply Now!

 

Complete the admission application at www.applytexas.org and list A&M-Commerce as your school of choice. The ApplyTexas application is one application for any public 2-year or 4-year institution in the state of Texas. A&M-Commerce does not charge an application fee.

A non-refundable $60 enrollment fee will be charged to your account upon enrollment in your first semester at A&M-Commerce.

 

2) Send Your Official Transcripts!

 

Along with your admission application, freshman applicants need to send official high school transcripts or GED scores. Freshman applicants must turn in their official high school transcript that is complete through their junior year and, if available, should include your class ranking and indicate your participation in the recommended or distinguished high school program.  If you have dual credit coursework, you must submit official transcripts from the community college or university that offered the dual credit classes to receive transfer credit.

Mail official transcripts to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429 -3011

TREx Transcript Options:

The Texas Records Exchange (TREx) system is a web-based software application designed for the exchange of electronic student records. By using the TREx application, school registrars have the ability to electronically request and receive student records for students who have attended or will be attending Texas public schools.  High school registrars and counselors also have the ability to electronically create and send official student transcripts to Texas public colleges and universities using TREx.  Ask your counselor if this option is available at your school.

If you are not familiar with the high school graduation credit requirements, please see the “Get Ready to be an A&M-Commerce Freshman/Prepare!” section above and/or click the following link to read more information on the New Uniform Admissions Policy Requirements requiring the recommended or distinguished high school plan and other options that are available to you.

 

3) Send Your ACT or SAT Score Reports!

Texas A&M University-Commerce accepts scores from the SAT (Math and Critical Reading scores only) or ACT (composite scores) and our students are not penalized for taking the test several times.  We accept your best total score for admission to the university. For additional information or to register for the exams, please visit SAT or ACT.

 

Now that You’re Admitted!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Texas A&M University-Commerce! Today is truly a great day to be a Lion as we celebrate your addition to our illustrious and diverse student body. Now that you are admitted, you will find all the important information concerning enrollment, financial aid, scholarships, payment information and grades is sent to your myLEO email account. Please frequently check your myLEO email account for important updates, announcements and deadlines...the only way to stay connected to your university! Here are a few steps you should ensure are complete prior to enrollment:

1)  Confirm your Financial Aid and Scholarship Applications are Complete!

 

Check your myLEO email account to receive messages regarding your status.  You will receive award notifications with directions on how to accept your offers, missing information requests and other pertinent financial aid and scholarship information.  If you are not receiving email updates, please contact FAO_Web@tamuc.edu. 

All admitted students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit an A&M-Commerce scholarship application which is located in your myLEO account. For more information visit the A&M-Commerce Scholarship webpage.

 

2) Apply for Residential Living!

 

One of the most exciting aspects, and an integral part of the university experience, is the opportunity to reside in one of our campus residential living and learning facilities. Studies suggest that students who reside on campus generally perform better academically, as opposed to students residing off campus.

Please visit the Department of Residential Living and Learning where you may download the housing application and access additional residence life resources.

 

3) Upload your Meningitis Vaccination Documentation!

 

During the last Texas State Legislation session, SB 1107 was passed and beginning with the spring 2012 semester, all new entering or readmit students under the age of 30 at a public or private institution of higher education must provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or a signed waiver declining the vaccination. 

We have chosen the services of Magnus Health to collect, review, and securely store all student documents pertaining to the meningitis vaccine. Magnus Health’s SMR (Student Medical Record) is a web-based solution that will allow us to manage the vast number of vaccination records that we have to collect to comply with the new state law. A $10 processing fee payable to: Magnus Health SMR (debit or credit card required).

For directions on how to submit your documentation and/or for more information, click here. 

 

4) Register For and Attend Orientation!

 

The Office of New Student Orientation welcomes incoming freshman and transfer students to Texas A&M University-Commerce each semester. The purpose of New Student Orientation is to provide students the opportunity to:

Meet with and receive advising from Success Coaches

Register for classes

Acquire Student ID card and parking permit

Pay tuition and fees

Learn about services and resources available to enhance success

Meet other admitted students

Visit the Orientation Website

Orientation is an important and mandatory step in becoming a part of the A&M-Commerce family. All new students (freshman and transfer) attending the main campus in Commerce are required to participate in New Student Orientation. Orientation is offered multiple times during the summer months before the start of the fall semester. For spring students, Orientation is offered late in the fall prior to the spring semester. For more information concerning New Student Orientation, please contact: 903.886.5088 or visit the website above. If you will be a Navarro Partnership student attending classes in Midlothian or Corsicana, please contact 903.875.7617 or email Orientation@tamuc.edu for orientation information. 

Once you have completed the steps above, you are now on your way to the experience of a lifetime!

Welcome to Texas A&M University-Commerce and Congratulations! 

We are so excited you selected to Start Your Legacy Here!!!

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