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First-Year Student

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Application checklist for first year students:

Completed and signed Application for Admission

$25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

High school transcript (final transcript must be submitted upon graduation)

SAT/ACT scores

Apply prior to high school graduation; however, an official final transcript must be submitted

Distinguished Admission Requirements:

3.5 G.P.A. or better

Combined score of 1080 on Evidence Based Reading + Writing and Mathematics sections of the SAT or 22 Composite score on the ACT

Graduate in the top 10% of the class

Graduate from a regionally accredited or state approved high school or home school

Note: Distinguished applicants are recommended for the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program

Regular Admission Requirements:

2.3 G.P.A. or better

Combined score of 940 on Evidence Based Reading + Writing and Mathematics sections of the SAT or 18 Composite score on the American College Test (ACT)

Graduate from a regionally accredited or state approved high school, home school or General Educational Development (GED) program


Placement Tests (COMPASS Test)

All first year or transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer hours may be required to take the University’s placement assessment. The assessments are administered prior to advising and registration each semester. The assessment scores determine a student’s placement in their core curriculum courses. Students whose state or college admission exam scores meet the following standards are exempt from assessment by the University:

  • SAT: Total Score (Verbal plus Quantitative) of 1070 with a minimum of 500 each on verbal test and the mathematics test.
  • ACT: Composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 each on the English test and the mathematics test.
  • TOEFL: Test score equal to or greater that 500 on the paper-based or 61 on the internet based versions.
Every application to Huston-Tillotson University is personally reviewed by one of our admission counselors. Each applicant is considered individually based on scholastic achievement & their personal resume. We realize that the hall marks of a successful student are not always evidenced by high school grades and standardized test scores. Therefore, we utilize a holistic review process that takes into consideration your community service, awards/recognitions, extra-curricular activities, work experience, & special talents. Huston-Tillotson strives to enroll the most diverse student population possible and encourage anyone interested to apply.

Need Help?

For questions concerning admission or financial aid, please contact your assigned counselor.


Enrollment Management is made up of a team of advisors who are interested in assisting you with your official enrollment, matriculation, and graduation plans. The offices responsible for these services are admission, registrar, and financial aid. Team members will provide advice as you begin or continue your college career. We welcome the opportunity to provide a guided tour or assist with a self-guided tour.

Contact an Admission Counselor
Mr. Frederick Bailey, Admission Counselor 512.505.3026 
Ms. Asia Haney, Admission Counselor  512.505.3023