College Advising

College Advising PSAT SAT ACT

College Applications

The most competitive Texas universities recommend completed applications be submitted early in the fall semester of the year prior to requested admission. Texas Academy students who plan to continue their education at Lamar University must submit a new application through Apply Texas. Scholarship applications will not be considered until acceptance is received.

College Admissions Tests (PSAT, SAT and ACT)

All admitted classes are required to take the PSAT exam during their first semester at the academy. The exam is scheduled in mid-October every year. This is the exam used to identify National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended, essentially all of whom become National Merit Finalists, which may qualify them for scholarships. PSAT preparation workshops will be held in early fall. 

Although the SAT or the ACT is one data point as part of the admissions consideration at Texas Academy, students are strongly urged to retake the exam in the spring of their first year in attendance and no later than the fall of their final year. 

Registration materials are available online: SAT or ACT. Students are advised to register for an ACT or SAT that is administered on the Lamar University campus, if available. Students are reminded to send a college admission test report to Texas Academy and the college/university of their choice.

College Counseling

College Counseling

As early as their first semester, students must begin thinking about college majors and areas of interest. The counselor can assist students in not only choosing colleges and universities that offer their program of interest, but also identifying scholarships and financial aid that might serve to assist students in funding their educations.

All state universities in Texas are required to accept transfer credits from Lamar’s core curriculum. Completion of LU core requirements will satisfy core requirements at all Texas public institutions. Please note that enrollment in Texas Academy is not a guarantee of acceptance; students must meet the admissions criteria (grades, service, etc.) of the institution of their choice. Given the selectivity and variety of competitive colleges in the United States, students and their parents interested in admissions to out-of-state or private institutions are strongly urged to begin the process of discussing college options and scholarship opportunities with the Texas Academy counselor as soon as possible after entering the academy. 


The newest graduating class is strongly encouraged to begin investigating their college choices and initiate their application process as soon as possible.