Study: Check for differing requirements between universities, colleges

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By Kathya Anguiano

Students planning to attend a public Texas university, whether it’s straight out of high school or transferring, may face requirements that differ from the requirements for applying to any of the Alamo Colleges.

Most universities require an application fee, according to Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, University of New Mexico and Northwood University representatives at a transfer fair at this college Oct. 16.

Application fees range from $20 to $75. Other universities may not charge a fee to apply, such as Northwood University with campuses in Cedar Hill; Midland, Mich.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

“Some universities may waive the application fees or have a different admission process depending on the completed credit hours of the applicant, Jessica Foreman, Texas State admissions counselor, said. The fee is $75.

Most universities require a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores and college transcript if there are less than 29 to 24 credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 to 2.5 grade-point average.

“It is important for students to start planning early for these kind of things because scholarship deadlines do sometimes come sooner than admissions, plus it gives you a perfect way to figure out finances and adjust your budget to figure out how are you going to pay for admissions,” Counselor Rosa Maria Gonzalez said.

In regard to the requirements for universities all over the country, Alamo Colleges’ core process differs in many ways.

According to the Alamo Colleges website, after completing the admission application at, students are required to log in to their Alamo Colleges Education Services (ACES) account at to view the “Start Here” tab for next registration steps and to complete the required MyMAP modules are completed

Official high school transcripts must be submitted along with proof of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five-year period prior to the enrollment.

If required, students must take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment Test and tuition payment must be made online.


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