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Colleges / Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate56%
Acceptance Rate56%

Tarleton Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Tarleton, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Tarleton Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Tarleton's admissions stats.

Tarleton 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 46%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 26.9%
Waitlist No

Tarleton State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Tarleton State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Info Not Available –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 15 ––

Applying Early to Tarleton?

Tarleton does not offer early decision

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Tarleton State University Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Tarleton State University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Tarleton State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Tarleton

Tarleton has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Tarleton?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Tarleton

Curious about the factors that are considered by Tarleton during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Important

Make sure to check with Tarleton for more information on admission factors.

Tarleton 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Tarleton, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Tarleton's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Tarleton?

Tarleton has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 91.5% submitted a class rank. At Tarleton 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 25% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Tarleton State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Tarleton directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Tarleton considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Tarleton is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 46% of Tarleton's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 26.9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tarleton?

To be competitive with other Tarleton applicants, you should aim to score between 970 and 1130 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tarleton 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1130 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tarleton students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tarleton students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Tarleton?

To be most competitive at Tarleton, you should strive to earn between 18 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Tarleton's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Tarleton students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Tarleton State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Tarleton.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Tarleton during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Tarleton Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tarleton?

❌ Students who are admitted to Tarleton must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Tarleton accept transfer credits?

✅ Tarleton accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Tarleton accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Tarleton accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Tarleton accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tarleton?

✅ Tarleton is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Tarleton's acceptance rate?

✅ Tarleton's acceptance rate is 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tarleton?

❌ Tarleton does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Tarleton?

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Tarleton Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Tarleton? Tarleton is a somewhat selective institution. The Tarleton acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 55 out of every 100 applicants.


Tarleton Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Tarleton is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Tarleton is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Tarleton ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


18 to 23


18 and Less


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Tarleton SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1130


Math SAT Range

480 - 560


Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

Tarleton GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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