Instructions for Completing Your ApplyTexas Application U.S. Freshman Admission Application

(valid for the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semesters)

Please submit either a paper or a web application, not both.

Biographical Information

  1. Enter your Social Security number. A Social Security Number is strongly encouraged for U.S. Citizens and Permanent residents. Please enter your Social Security Number, if you have one, as it is important for purposes of the identity of your application, grade transcript, test scores, and financial aid.
  2. Enter your date of birth (month, day, year). Do not leave blank; this information is required.
  3. Enter your full, legal last, first, and middle name. Do not use nicknames or abbreviations because this information will be used for your official record if you enroll. Use your full, legal name on all documents sent to the institution to which you are applying.
  4. Enter other names, if any, under which your transcripts or other credentials may be listed.
  5. Enter the city, state, and country (if not the United States) where you were born.
  6. Answer the questions regarding your citizenship status. If you have one, be sure to include with your application a copy of your permanent resident card and/or notice of action from the USCIS.
  7. Provide the information regarding any U.S. military affiliations that you have.
  8. Enter your permanent mailing address. If you are filling out a paper application, use the county code only if you are residing in Texas; if you are not residing in Texas, you do not need to provide a code. If you do not live in the United States, enter the name of the country where you reside.
  9. Enter your physical mailing address , only if different from your permanent mailing address.
  10. Enter your preferred phone number and alternate phone number (if applicable). Enter the phone type for the preferred and alternate phone, if applicable (Home, Work, or Cell). Enter a country code, if applicable.
  11. Enter the title, name, address, phone number, and email address of an emergency contact person.
  12. Enter your email address. The inclusion of your email address may allow institutional representatives to contact you with admission information.
  13. Please indicate the highest level of your parents' or court-appointed legal guardians' educational background, and indicate their relationship to you.
  14. Provide the information regarding your ethnic background and race. The information will be used for federal and/or state law reporting purposes and may be used by some institutions in admission or scholarship decisions.
  15. Designate whether you are male or female.

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Biographical Information (continued)

Although this section is optional, completing this information may assist your admittance. You are strongly encouraged to complete this section.

  1. Please indicate languages you speak fluently and the number of years spoken.
  2. Please indicate your family's gross income (including both taxed and untaxed income) for the most recent tax year.
  3. Please indicate how many people, including yourself, live in your household on a long-term basis. Include brothers and sisters who are in college.
  4. Please indicate whether or not you have family obligations that have prevented you from participating in extracurricular activities. Note whether that obligation is:
    1. working to supplement the family income
    2. providing primary care for family member(s)
    3. other obligations.

    Please explain the nature of your particular family obligation(s) (i.e., type of activity, time required).

  5. Note: This section may not be required by all schools. Please indicate a parent or guardian's relationship to you, their first and last name, whether they are living, whether you live with them, and either an address, phone number and type, or an email address for them. You may add a second parent or guardian's information.

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Educational Background

  1. Indicate whether you are applying as a freshman without previous college work or with college work prior to high school graduation. Consider dual/concurrent enrollment but not Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses as previous college work. If previous college work is indicated, specify in the space provided the number of college credit hours you will earn by your high school graduation date.
  2. Enter the name, city, state, and College Board or ACT high school code of your high school (please use the school search button for the most accurate information). Please enter the month and year you graduated or expect to graduate. Indicate whether you were home-schooled and whether you plan to graduate with an IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma.
  3. If you did not or will not graduate from high school, please indicate whether or not you have earned a certificate of high school equivalency (like a GED) and whether it is the English or Spanish version.
  4. Please list all post-secondary colleges and universities which you have attended or are currently attending, their school codes, their locations, the dates you were enrolled, the number of hours earned, any type of degrees you have received, and the date the degree was conferred. Include colleges and universities you attended while you were in high school.
  5. Please indicate if you are on academic suspension from any college or university you have attended.

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Educational Information

  1. Please indicate whether you plan to pursue a preprofessional program (e.g., pre-law, pre-medicine, nursing, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, physical therapy, or pre-pharmacy).
  2. Check "YES" if you plan to seek a teaching certificate in addition to your degree and "NO" if you do not. If you choose "YES," indicate whether you will be seeking elementary level, middle school/junior high level, high school level or all-level certification. This question is required.
  3. Please provide your senior year schedule. Beside each course, indicate if it is an Advanced Placement ("AP") or International Baccalaureate ("IB") course, and the semesters and trimesters the course was taken. Include any college coursework taken, including dual credit.
    Please be sure to enter each semester or trimester, even if you are taking the same courses in all semesters or trimesters.

Test Information

  1. Please indicate whether you have taken (or will take) the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS. Also indicate the dates you took or plan to take the tests.

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Residency Information

Answer all questions that apply to you. Instructions are noted throughout the questions.

If requested, enter any additional information that would help your college or university classify you as a Texas resident.

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Extracurricular, Personal, & Volunteer Activities

Please check the box to indicate whether you are mailing a resume. This is not required.

Please provide complete information for any or all of the three categories listed. Some possible examples include the following:

  • EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Memberships or offices held in clubs, whether elected or appointed
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteer work
  • TALENT/AWARDS/HONORS: Sports, cheerleading, musical ability, academic honors and any type of awards or certificates received

You may submit a resume you have prepared yourself in place of this list. If you are filling out a paper application, simply attach it to your application and make a note on Part II that you have done so. If you are filling out the online application, mail in a paper resume directly to the school to which you are applying. Be sure to put your full name, Social Security number and application ID number on each page of the resume. Spell out names of organizations, clubs, honors, awards, etc.; do not use acronyms.

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Employment, Internships, & Summer Activities

Please provide complete information for any jobs or internships you have had that indicate special interests, abilities, challenges, or achievements. Please enter your role or job title, the employer name, how many hours you worked per week, and the dates of employment (month and year).

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Custom Questions for this Institution

Many universities and degree programs have additional questions for you to answer. Some answers are required, others are optional. However, even if a question is listed as optional, you must acknowledge that you have seen the optional question by clicking  the "Save" button. When all questions have been saved, you will be able to save the page and proceed with your application.

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Most colleges and universities in Texas do not require essays as part of the admissions process; some, however, do require them. Please check the essay requirements of the institution(s) to which you are applying (see and find the appropriate web site through "Texas Public University Web Sites").

Use a word processing software program to write and save your essay(s). When you are ready to save your essay(s) in Apply Texas, come back to ApplyTexas Main Menu page at . Access your application, go to the Essays tab, and cut and paste your written, saved essay into the text area. You will be able to save, retrieve and edit the essay as many times as you want in Apply Texas prior to submitting your application. If submitting a paper essay, be sure to include your name and Social Security number on each of your essay pages when you submit them, as well as your application ID number.

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Certification of Information

Read the certification statements carefully. If you are filling out the web application, you do NOT need to print or mail this form, just be sure to check the boxes next to the statements. If you are submitting the paper form of this application, it is generally acceptable to make a copy of the application, including the signature page, for submission to more than one institution.

Application Fee Information

See the institution-specific instructions regarding your application fee. Please include the student's name and application ID on your check or money order if you choose that form of payment. Check with the institution to which you are applying regarding a possible waiver of the application fee.

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