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Colleges / Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate57%

Tarleton Admissions

Tarleton State University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 57% of applicants get into Tarleton State University each year. Out of 11,660 applications received in 2023, 6,701 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Tarleton State University, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Tarleton State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Tarleton State University's admissions stats.

Tarleton State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 53%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
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 8 1

Considering Applying Early to Tarleton State University?

**Tarleton State University does not offer early decision **

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive 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 not residents of Texas, getting into Tarleton State University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Tarleton State University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Tarleton State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating 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 areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Tarleton State University

What does Tarleton State University consider 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important

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

Tarleton State University Application Requirements

To apply to Tarleton State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Tarleton State University'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 State University?

Tarleton State University 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, 89% submitted a class rank. At Tarleton State University 13% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 28% were in the top 25% and 82% 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 State University 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 State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 53% of Tarleton State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Tarleton State University?

To be competitive with other Tarleton State University applicants, you should aim to earn between 960 and 1130 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Tarleton State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1130 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Tarleton State University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Tarleton State University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Tarleton State University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Tarleton State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

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

More Information on Transferring to Tarleton State University

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

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

Transfer students can enroll in Tarleton State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Tarleton State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Tarleton State University?

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

Does Tarleton State University accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Tarleton State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Tarleton State University?

✅ Tarleton State University is not test optional.

What is Tarleton State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Tarleton State University is 57%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Tarleton State University?

❌ Tarleton State University does not offer early decision.

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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 57%. This means that the institution accepts 57 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1130


Math SAT Range

480 - 570


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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