As a Texas Academy student, you will take classes from university professors, receiving an education far superior to that found in high school in both instruction and curriculum. 

You will be integrally involved in the course selection process in subsequent semesters as a learning experience. You are also highly encouraged to take the honors sections of courses for which you are eligible.

Lamar University's General Education Core Curriculum satisfies the criteria for compliance with the mandates of the Texas State Senate and the rules, recommendations and statement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board found in Chapter 4 B §4.28-4.31. The curriculum spans the humanities and sciences and provides an interdisciplinary foundation to pursue intellectual inquiry, make critical evaluation of the findings and communicate those findings in the classroom and the broader academic environment. The academy uses core curriculum courses whenever possible to fulfill Texas Academy graduation requirements.   


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Class of 2023 College Acceptances

Drexel University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hollins University

Lamar University

Louisiana State University

Loyola University - Chicago

Loyola University - NOLA

Mary Hardin-Baylor

McNeese State University

North Carolina State University

Oklahoma State University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Texas A&M University

Texas State University

The Ohio State University

University of Alabama

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Missouri

University of New Hampshire

University of New Mexico

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma

University of Tennesse at Knoxville

University of Texas - Austin

University of Texas - Dallas

University of Texas - San Antonio

University of Vermont

University of York

Washington State University

Scholarship Awarded Total: $2,165,226

All Things Academic

  • Cost of Tuition
    Texas Academy students receive a scholarship that covers 15 credit hours per fall and spring semester. Students choosing to exceed the 15 hours are required to cover those additional expenses. Eligible students may file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help with those costs. All students are required to purchase their books and supplies, as well as cover room and board expenses if choosing to live on campus.
  • Distinguished Achievement Plan
    Texas Academy strives to ensure that all students are provided the opportunity to pursue the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). This is accomplished by successful completion of the four by four curriculum in addition to 1 PE credit, 3 LOTE credits and 4.5 credits of electives. A student may also become a DAP graduate by completing a minimum of 4 credits in Math, including Algebra II, a total of 4 credits in science and at least one endorsement set by the TEA. For more information regarding endorsements and graduation plans, refer to the Graduation Toolkit published by the Texas Education Agency.
  • Honors Courses

    All Texas Academy students have the option to take honors courses while enrolled. 

    As a Reaud Honors College scholar, you will be empowered to achieve your maximum intellectual and personal potential in our welcoming and supportive community of students from all academic disciplines at Lamar University’s five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business; Education and Human Development; Engineering; and Fine Arts and Communication. 

    Our college helps you develop essential marketable skillsnetworking, teamwork, self-presentation, problem solvingand leadership skillscommunication, delegation, creativity, trustworthinessin ways that will complement your major and prepare you for a career, graduate school, or wherever your path takes you.

  • National Honor Society and Academic Recognition

    The goal of the Texas Academy National Honor Society chapter is to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter will strive to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four ideals are considered as the basis for selection. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all these areas.

    The standards used for selection are:  

    • Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA while at the Academy.  No rounding. 
    • Leadership as reported by the student and observed by the Texas Academy staff 
    • Service and documented in the established Texas Academy system 
    • Character based on review of school disciplinary records and any input faculty from Lamar University offer over the course of the fall and spring semesters 


    The committee includes five staff members from the Texas Academy and Reaud Honors College.  A majority vote of the council is necessary for selection.   

    Candidates will be notified regarding selection or denial by email.  Following notification, a formal induction ceremony will be held in the Lamar University Event Center on May 1 at 6 to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection, act as a role model in and out of school, and pay dues of $20 per year. 


    Lamar University Deans and Presidents List

    Students whose semester GPA is a minimum 3.5 are included on the Dean's List of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students with a 4.0 GPA are included on the President's List. 

    Any student whose academic record includes an "I" (Incomplete) is ineligible for Dean's and/or President's List consideration until the course requirements have been met and the grade officially recorded. 


  • Pathway to Major

    All students choose their own pathway. Our advisor works diligently to review and customize each degree plan by the students needs. Once a student completes all courses required for highschool our goal is to guide the student into courses for their particular path or major. 

    For the students first semester, our advisor will pre-register them for their courses. Starting their second semester, the student continues to meet with the advisor to map out their desired courses, however, the student is responsible for registering themself for courses with the guidance of the advisor. This helps with the transition from high school to college life. 


  • Class Attendance

    We are proud to offer high-achieving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits for free. Since the Texas Academy is a Texas legislative program, funding is contingent on demonstrated attendance. Students must attend all classes, regardless of any professors' absentee policies. Regular and punctual attendance is required. 

    If a student must be absent, the student must report the absence in writing to the director within three class days of the absence. Absences not reported will be recorded as unexcused. 

  • Class Registration

    First-Year Students: After the Texas Academy evaluates student transcripts, the counselor registers students for their first semester course load. For all other semesters, students will register per Lamar University guidelines. 

    All Students: Prior to registration for the upcoming semester, students are required to meet with the Advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their class options with their parents. After students complete the advising process, they will select their class times and the administration will complete the registration process. 

    NOTE: All courses, including electives, must be taken in standard format (none can be taken online). 

  • Adding, Dropping and Retaking Courses

    Any change in a student's course load and schedule requires written approval of the Texas Academy director.

    Texas Academy students may not drop a required course. Students must complete a student drop request form available from the counselor, get written parental approval and obtain written approval of the Texas Academy director. After approvals are obtained, the counselor will complete a Lamar University drop form for the student to process. Students are responsible for knowing appropriate deadlines as published on the Lamar University website. 

    Texas Academy students may repeat courses for credit with the approval of the Texas Academy director. Lamar University's course repetition/grade replacement policy applies. 

    Note: Students are responsible for the total costs of any repeated course. Students may also be required to pay all tuition and fees for a dropped course. Undergraduate students are not permitted to drop more than six courses. 

  • Academic Probation

    One of the main goals of the Texas Academy experience is academic success. Texas Academy academic probation is designed to focus effort on reaching this goal. A student may be placed on academic probation for one of the following reasons: 

    • Failure to maintain a 3.0 semester GPA in any fall or spring semester
    • Progress report(s) that indicate poor academic performance (less than a "C")
    • Excessive absences (more than three unexecused per semester)
    • "D" or "F" in any course, regardless of overall GPA

    Students who do not maintain a cumulative or semester GPA of 3.0 risk dismissal from the program. 

    Note:  Mini sessions and summer sessions may not be used to eliminate academic probation status. 

    While on academic probation, the student:

    • Must attend study hall/tutor sessions Monday through Thursday at the designated time
    • Must meet weekly with the counselor for an academic conference
    • Must sign and abide by the Texas Academy Academic Probation Contract
    • May be removed from leadership office in Texas Academy organizations
    • May be required to meet weekly with the Academic Counselor
  • Highest Ranking Graduate
    The State of Texas Highest Ranking Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest cumulative GPA after completing eight semesters with a minimum of 60 credit hours at Lamar University. In case of a tie for highest ranking graduate, additional criteria will be considered — such as number of courses taken, difficulty of courses (level, prerequisites, etc.) and the number of honors courses completed — to decide the recipient of the State of Texas Highest Ranking Graduate Scholarship.