The entry to a major (ETAM) process utilizes a priority method that is designed to place students in the highest rank major possible based upon capacity and student performance. For the case that a student determines that the highest rank major is not a good match, students have the option to pursue a change of curriculum to a different major within the College of Engineering or Texas A&M University.

Students must apply to three majors with the option to select up to five majors and ranked in order of preference. Students are strongly encouraged to apply during the spring semester of their first year. Students who receive entry to a major may choose to remain co-enrolled for the remainder of the two year program without forfeiting their admission to that major.  Students are required to complete the calculus sequence at the two-year institution prior to transitioning full time into the major on the TAMU-CS campus.

All majors are open for applications during each entry-to-a-major cycle.

Application Timeline

First Semester at Engineering Academy location - Fall 2017

Application Term Semester Enrolled Open Closed Decisions Released
Spring 2019 4th April 1, 2019 April 30, 2019 June 2019

All deadlines are by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the date specified. The dates for the additional application cycles will be posted in the near future.

Students have three opportunities to enter a major, starting with the spring semester of freshman year, but no later than the semester in which they are completing their two-year co-enrollment program.  

Automatic Admits

  • The ETAM process includes automatic admission to the first choice major for students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (at each institution as calculated by Texas A&M) and only after their first two semesters of enrollment in the Academy.
  • Students are required to have completed two engineering courses, two science courses, and two math courses (one of which must be at least MATH 2413), all with a grade of C or higher. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student eligibility will be based upon at least two semesters of course work at Texas A&M University or the engineering academy sites.
  • Students are eligible based upon courses completed by the end of the semester in which the application is submitted (e.g., for students who submit an application during the spring semester, the eligibility is based upon the courses completed at the end of the spring semester).
  • Grade Point Average:
    • Engineering Academy Institution:
      • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5
      • Term GPA of a least a 2.0
    • Texas A&M University
      • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0
      • Term GPA of a least a 2.0

Required Coursework

Engineering academy students are required to complete at least the following courses (based upon availability at the partner 2-year institution) with a minimum grade of C or higher:

  • TAMU Engineering Courses: Two engineering courses from the following list – ENGR 111, ENGR 112 
  • Local Science Courses: Two science courses from the following list – CHEM 1411 (CHEM 101/111), CHEM 1412 (CHEM 102/112), CHEM 1470 (CHEM 107/117), PHYS 2425 (PHYS 218), PHYS 2325 + PHYS 2125 (PHYS 218), PHYS 2426 (PHYS 208), PHYS 2326 + PHYS 2126 (PHYS 208).
  • Local Math Courses: Two math courses from the following list – MATH 2413 (MATH 151), MATH 2414 (MATH 152), MATH 2415 (MATH 253), MATH 2320 (MATH 308), MATH 2420 (MATH 308)

Students interested in Civil Engineering:

  • It is recommended that PHYS 218 be completed by the end of the semester the ETAM application is submitted.
  • If PHYS 218 has not been completed by the end of the second semester (first ETAM application opportunity), it is recommended students submit the ETAM application at the end of the third semester (second ETAM application opportunity), when PHYS 218 will be completed.
  • For students that are eligible for automatic admission, they will be placed into civil engineering regardless of the completion of PHYS 218.