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Freshman Admission Criteria

You qualify for admission to UHD if you meet the Texas Uniform Admissions Policy and the requirements below:

Class Rank Minimum New SAT Total* (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing & Math) and H.S. GPA ​ACT Composite and H.​​S. GPA
Top Quarter 1-25%Guaranteed Admission
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Second Quarter 26-50%930 or 2.5 GPA18 or 2.5 GPA
Third Quarter and Fourth Quarter 51-99% or No Rank930 and 2.5 GPA18 and 2.5 GPA
GED or Home School93018
​* New SAT Scores are for SAT exams taken March 2016 and after. The total consists of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores only.​​​

UHD freshman applicants have the option to apply for admission with or without a SAT and/or ACT test score for the Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Fall 2023 terms. 
On your application, you will select whether you want your application to be reviewed with a test score or without a test score. The test optional policy applies to both domestic and international freshman students.

Please note, freshman-transfer and GED/Homeschool students are not eligible to be test optional. These applicants must submit an SAT and/or ACT test score in addition to the official transcript.

The test optional policy provides a level of flexibility and removes a barrier that many face. Our team of Admissions experts are prepared to review each applicant carefully to ensure they meet our admission requirements.


State of Texas Uniform Admissions Policy
Texas Education Code (TEC) 51.803-51.809 (State of Texas Uniform Admission Policy) requires that all students meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible for consideration at a Texas Four-Year Public Institution.
  • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment
    • SAT: A minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test and a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test (no combined score)
    • ACT: 18 English, 22 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 23 Science

Last updated 8/29/2022 4:05 AM