COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) Texas A&M University will change its automatic acceptance process by eliminating the academic admit option in the fall of 2021.
The current academic admit process allows students to be accepted automatically if they are ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating high school classes and meet competitive test scores, specifically, a minimum SAT score of 1360 with at least 620 math and 660 reading and writing; and a composite ACT score of 30 with at least a 27 in math and 27 in English.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, students from Texas schools can only be automatically admitted if they rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
Those who don't qualify for automatic acceptance will be considered through a holistic review process.
"The holistic review process really gives us an opportunity to admit students who are high achieving academically, and non-academic factors, as well as looking at students are very well rounded inside and outside the classroom," said Brandie Eneks with Texas A&M admissions.
Eneks added that the University has seen tremendous growth in the number of applicants with almost 50,000 freshman applications submitted this year.
She also said that in the past years, about 85 percent of the students in the freshman class were ranked in the top 25 percent of their classes and 99 percent ranked in the top 50 percent.
"Students, my child, other people I know and their children are being put into a situation and environment where they have to start producing at younger ages." said the owner of Avant Garde: College Prep Services, Robb Jenson.
Jenson said that while higher education is becoming more competitive, it's important to let your child enjoy life and to not push them too hard.
"It's really to encourage students, find their individual find themselves and find a pathway to which they can sort of blossom who they wish to be as an individual," Jenson said.