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Want to know if you'll be admitted to Midwestern State University? Use the chart below to find your class rank, and then determine what scores you will need in order to get in!

For the 2024-2025 year, MSU Texas is test-optional. As a result, there are multiple ways to gain admission to MSU Texas, with or without SAT/ACT scores. Please view the appropriate table below to determine your admission criteria.

 Test Optional Pathways for Admission**

Test Optional Pathways for Admission
GPA Requirements Admission Pathway
3.0-4.0 GPA Automatic Admission
2.75-2.99 GPA Unconditional Admission, if curriculum includes at least 2 courses of Pre-AP, AP, IB, Honors or Dual credit
2.50-2.74 GPA Conditional Admission
2.25-2.49 GPA MSU Bridge Program
Rank Options
Top 25% of Class Automatic Admission

**SAT/ACT scores are still required for consideration of TSI Exemption


SAT/ACT Pathways for Admission

SAT/ACT Pathways for Admission
Test/Rank Requirements Admission Pathway

Second Quarter of Class


1070 SAT or 21 ACT

Unconditional Admission

Third Quarter of Class


1140 SAT or 23 ACT

Unconditional Admission

Fourth Quarter of Class


1180 SAT or 24 ACT

Unconditional Admission

Entrance exam scores must be received from the College Board and/or ACT or be on official high school transcripts in order to be reviewed. MSU will super score test results but super scoring will occur only within the same version of the SAT, not across old and new versions.

In addition to your rank and test scores, Midwestern State recommends that applicants have a minimum of a Distinguished or Distinguished with Endorsements diploma type in order to demonstrate college readiness.  Students with a minimum of a Foundation diploma type are eligible to apply for admission to a Texas public institution, according to Texas House Bill 5 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session). 

Students from a private, home school, or out of state high school, must meet one of the following:
Private, home school, or out-of-state high school requirements

Curriculum that is of equivalent rigor and content to the Foundations, Distinguished with Endorsements or Distinguished diploma type


Meet College Readiness Benchmarks:
SAT: Critical Reading/Writing=480 and Math=530 (taken after March 2016).
SAT: Critical Reading + Mathematics + Writing = 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent (taken prior to March 2016).
ACT: English = 18, Reading = 21, Math = 22, Science = 24

This is to ensure our incoming students are adequately prepared for college-level work at MSU!


If You Have Attempted Dual Credit/Concurrent Courses:

If you have attempted collegiate work through a concurrent or dual credit program while in high school, you must meet beginning freshmen admission requirements (regardless of hours earned).  Official transcripts from the college(s) you have attended must be submitted to MSU Admissions.

Individual/"By Review" Process:

Let's say you don't meet the minimum requirements listed above (taking into consideration graduation plan, rank and test scores). At that point, you will go through an individual review process. Rigor of high school curriculum, grade point average, rank, and test scores will all be taken into consideration to render a decision and you may be admitted "by review".

If you have a 3.00-4.00 high school GPA on a 4.00 scale, you can be unconditionally admitted regardless of your test scores.

If you have a 2.75-2.99 high school GPA on a 4.00 scale, and at least two IB, AP/Pre-Ap, honors courses, or dual credits with a 2.00 collegiate GPA, you can be automatically admitted, if the ACT is no lower than a 16 or the SAT is no lower than an 880.

Special Admission:

If you have graduated or intend to graduate from an unaccredited high school or home study program or completed a GED in lieu of the high school diploma, will be considered for admission on an individual basis. ACT/SAT minimum scores are required.