Applying to College
You've worked hard for years, and now it's time to reach the next stage in your life path. Let's break down the college application process.
Students will use the Apply Texas application for Texas public colleges and universities. The Common Application will be used to apply to most out-of-state universities, including a handful of Texas schools like Rice University.
Texas public universities follow the state's automatic admission policy. Depending on your class rank, you can be automatically admitted to a public university given you submit your completed application on time.
Transcripts, test scores, and essays are common requirements across all applications.
If your high school or university does not grant fee waivers, you must pay an application fee.
Letters of recommendation are often optional at Texas public universities, but required for most schools on the Common Application. Certain scholarship programs at Texas public
universities may require letters of recommendation.