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PSA - Program for System Admissions

Thelma2Thelma2 2562 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
http://admissions.tamu.edu/psa

Program for System Admission (PSA) PSA stands for the Program for System Admission offers students who are denied freshman admission the opportunity to enroll in a Texas A&M system school for one year with the intention of achieving guaranteed transfer admission to Texas A&M College Station upon successful completion of the program. Approximately 10500 students were given the PSA option.

TAMU uses predetermined class rank/test scores minimums to qualify you for guaranteed admission at various System Institutions. Most students are eligible for automatic admission at all 8 System Institutions, but some students aren’t.
The big advantage of PSA is that it does indeed provide a GUARANTEE of admission for any students who successfully satisfy the requirements. It GUARANTEES admission into a specific major as well.

The PSA was designed for students who are interested in a participating major. A&M Never recommends using the PSA to be admitted to TAMU with the intention of switching to a major you really want. They recommend taking the coursework and making the grades for your intended major and then applying as a standard transfer student, directly to your intended major.
You can still attend a system school, or other institution, but you will have to apply as a regular transfer and go through the competitive process.

What if the System Institution doesn’t have my intended major?
The major choice at the System Institution does not matter. All that matters is that the System Institution will allow you to take the courses you need for your intended PSA major at TAMU.

Can I start taking courses at the System Institution during the summer?
Yes, if you get everything set up with your System Institution. However, the PSA requires the students to complete two long semesters at the System Institution to be eligible for automatic admission. Taking summer courses is also very important if you will need to complete any prerequisite courses (i.e., Math).

PROGRAM FOR SYSTEM ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST
http://admissions.tamu.edu/admissions-staging/media/Main/pdfs-pubs/PSA-brochure.pdf

PARTICIPATING PSA SYSTEM INSTITUTIONS
Links provided if the school has a PSA webpage

Prairie View A&M

Tarleton State
https://www.tarleton.edu/admissions/undergrads/psa.html

TAMU International

TAMU Commerce

TAMU Corpus Christi
http://admissions.tamucc.edu/program_for_system_admission.html

TAMU Kingsville
http://www.tamuk.edu/admission/acceptedstudents/PSA.html

TAMU Texarkana

West Texas A&M
http://www.wtamu.edu/advising/advising-program-for-system-admission.aspx
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  • daleNchipdaleNchip 64 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited March 1
    Please help me understand the process. *IF* my kid is offered PSA, is it to a specific college in the A&M system? Or will they give him a choice of a few? Or can he choose from any of the 8 schools?

    Second question--assuming they don't say "Welcome to <we picked a school on your behalf>", how long does my kid have to select a school? We are unfamiliar with those schools--all of them. Not one was on our radar and we'll want to evaluate them, even if he's only looking at being there for a year. How long do we have to do some research? (Yes, I do mean "we." I am holding myself back from just doing everything on his behalf, and that's killing my Type AA personality.)

    He is still "complete and in review" on AIS and has all the buttons and major listed he's had since September. We had a plan for Blinn TEAM, but if it's PSA, we are back to square one and I'm feeling the pressure to decide super fast which college would be right for the first year.

    It might be neither one, I realize. But rather than twiddle our thumbs until an answer comes in. . . thought we could get some info gathered.
    edited March 1
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  • 2xAggieMom2xAggieMom 96 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @daleNchip I will let @Thelma2 answer the question of how quickly you will need to respond. In my sons cases, they were allowed to choose the school they wanted, as long as the classes needed for their major were offered there.
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  • texas99texas99 13 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I have a question about GPA, it said maintain cumulative GPA 3.0 and transferable coursework 3.0. Let's assume my kids got 2.0 on a course, is that ok to retake the class to prompt GPA? My understanding dual credit is counted in this 30 points. Is that correct. How about PA?
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  • 2xAggieMom2xAggieMom 96 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The student must have a 3.0 in their class work at the system school and a 3.0 in their cumulative class work (system school + dual credit or community college courses combined) The student will have at least 4 classes that are listed in bold print that they are required to complete at the system school and then a list from which they may choose the rest of their required hours at the SS. The bold print classes will usually include courses like biology 101 and 102 or business math 101 and 102. If you do not score as highly on the first course as you would like, I don’t know if the university would let you take both at the same time. My oldest son made a C in one of his 1st classes and had to make sure he had enough A grades to balance it out.
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  • texas99texas99 13 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you for your information. I just found that the major "nutrition" which my daughter want is not on the list. This is not an option for me any more. It's weird that the department page said they have 25 majors participate in PSA, however there is only 20 is list on admission PSA website.
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  • BlueBayouAZBlueBayouAZ 307 replies9 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited March 2
    @texas99 - is it not the department of nutrition (Food Science and Technology) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences? If so there is a PSA. http://admissions.tamu.edu/admissions-staging/media/Main/pdfs-psa/AG-Food-Sci-Tech.pdf
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  • texas99texas99 13 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    It is different. My daughter wants nutritional science.
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  • rynetexas0301rynetexas0301 33 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    West Texas A&M is a very amazing school if you are offered WTAMU. I live 3 mins from the college and Canyon is a very small community with great support. I'm currently attending Canyon High School and I absolutely love this town. It's about a 20 min drive from Amarillo and Palo Duro Canyon is pretty much in our backyard. WTAMU has is building an amazing football field and should house games in the fall. The campus is so community based and beautiful. If anyone has any questions yall can private message me!! Consider WTAMU!!
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  • tisullitisulli 117 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    thanks @rynetexas0301 that's very helpful information. is that where you plan to do your time in PSA (if that's what you receive)?
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  • Thelma2Thelma2 2562 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @rynetexas0301 I am a HUGE fan of Canyon, TX! @tisulli check out WTAM facebook page. Very A&M centered and Maroon Out days. Seems like lots of school spirit
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  • texas99texas99 13 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    We traveled prairie view school today. It is the closest to our home. Don't feel good. Among these participate schools, which one is better one? Anyone knows about Tarleton?
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  • 2xAggieMom2xAggieMom 96 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @texas99 I love Tarleton! The staff that I met were very warm and they have a 1 hour course that every freshman has to take in which they have a faculty advisor that helps them learn about 1st year college topics such as how to budget money, time management, etc. It’s almost like a “home room” in that the students have a friendly adult face that they can turn to if they need help. I know that TAMU-Corpus Christi has a similar program for freshman, too. Stephenville is a very small town and has a rural feel so, depending on where your student is from, the town itself might feel “boring.” All of the freshman dorms (except 2) were built within the last 10 years and are all clustered together so everyone lives close to each other no matter which dorm they select. There is only 1 dining hall, so students have a chance to see the same people on a consistent basis, which helps to develop friendships. My son found a church very close to campus that has a huge service on Thursday evenings that a somewhat similar to A&M’s Breakaway.
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  • texas99texas99 13 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @2xAggieMom Thank you for the information. I am interested in this school now and try learn more information about the location. One more question, does PSA have any scholarship?
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  • 2xAggieMom2xAggieMom 96 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @texas99 I am unsure of what scholarships are available. I would think any scholarships would come from the system school that you choose so your best bet would be to contact that school.
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  • TexasTrueTexasTrue 34 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    All who have majors NOT participating in PSA:
    Admissions may still give you PSA. My correspondence with admissions this week on this very topic yielded the below response from them:

    "The Program for System Admission (PSA) program is a pathway that we offer students whom we were not able to offer full admission to but wanted to be able to provide an alternative pathway. PSA students complete 24 hours at the system school and if they have a 3.0 GPA and complete the required courses, they will be admitted to Texas A&M for their sophomore year.

    You are correct, Visualization will not be a participating major for the 2019-20 school year. We will still offer PSA to students even if they do not have a participating major as a first choice on their application. This is because high school seniors change their mind on their major quite frequently and we want to give them an option to get to A&M."
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  • rynetexas0301rynetexas0301 33 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    How do you change your name or delete your profile
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  • Thelma2Thelma2 2562 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @rynetexas0301 College Confidential does not allow you to change your screen name or delete your posts after 15 minutes or delete your profile.
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  • ScotsfiScotsfi 87 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited March 3
    Have only just found out how to access all these subject specific threads - love it! Will def be scrolling thru this one again .....and several more of the listed ones for sure. Thank you :)
    edited March 3
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  • Thelma2Thelma2 2562 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member

    Thank you @TexasTrue for the inquiry and sharing the response from TAMU.

    I do want to clear one thing up that some may read more into because it is a bit ambiguous, even on the website if you are not reading it from their point of view.

    This is taken directly from the FAQ page for PSA.
    The PSA was designed for students who are interested in a participating major. We never recommend using the PSA to be admitted to TAMU with the intention of switching to the major you really want.

    This means that if the major you want at A&M is not a participating major through PSA, then PSA is not a vehicle to get to A&M via a participating PSA major and then switching majors at A&M.

    In the response above, "This is because high school seniors change their mind on their major quite frequently and we want to give them an option to get to A&M." The representative is talking about Seniors changing their minds on the major they put on their Apply Texas application in July after their Jr year and may change their mind by by August after their senior year. It does NOT mean that they accept PSA under a participating major and then change their mind to a non PSA participating major to get into their preferred major at A&M.

    Under the FAQ page, it has a question that reads:
    What if the system school doesn’t have my intended major?

    The major choice at the system school does not matter. All that matters is that the system school will allow you to take the courses you need for your intended major at Texas A&M.

    What this is saying is for example, if your PSA participating major is Visualization and Tarleton does not offer Visualization, it does not matter that Tarleton doesn't offer the Viz major. What matters is that you are allowed to take the required courses for transfer into Viz at Tarleton. When looking at the transfer course sheet for Viz, this can be achieved.

    PSA also suggests that you contact the PSA school that you accept for any prerequisites needed for classes.
    For example, the Viz major requires Math 151 and 152. Many schools will require a math placement test to enter that class or a prerequisite math. If you need a prerequisite math, that can be taken over the summer at a community college or give you time to study up for the Math Placement Exam. Some schools will allow this to be waived by a minimum math score on the SAT/ACT.
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