Admission Requirements

Welcome to the world of higher learning.

First of all, congratulations on taking the next step in your academic journey. And thank you, we’re glad you’re making San Jacinto College a part of your plans.

We’re anxious to help you on your way, and that starts with a pretty straightforward admission process. You just need to complete an application, and have your high school transcripts sent to our Admissions Office along with proof that you’ve met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements, which consists of your scores on the TASP/THEA, COMPASS or other state-approved test.

We’ve made admissions pretty simple, but if anything seems confusing or if you have questions that aren’t answered here, just call the Admissions Office at 281-998-6150. We’ll get you some answers.

TSI requirements

Simply put, the TSI is a way to make sure you get what you need to be successful. Students enter college with different academic strengths. So we evaluate your skill levels so we can provide the appropriate course program, as well any needed academic support.

All incoming students, unless exempt, are assessed for college readiness in reading, writing and mathematics. You can demonstrate this readiness different ways – a passing score on an assessment test, completion of a developmental course sequence, or showing that you’ve previously completed a college-level course that meets a subject’s skill requirement.

Assessment Test

The primary test we use at San Jac is called the COMPASS. In some instances we use the ASSET. Other approved TSI tests are the THEA and ACCUPLACER. If your scores show that you’re ready for college, you’re in. If not, you’ll just need to take some developmental courses, which we offer right here at sanjac.

Developmental Courses

If your test scores require you to take developmental courses, the first step is to meet with a San Jac academic advisor. Your advisor will determine which courses you need to take and help you with anything you need to succeed through options such as tutoring and retesting.

Withdrawing from Developmental Courses

Student Initiated Withdrawal
If you’re enrolled in multiple developmental study areas you may withdraw from all but one of them without prior approval. If you’re enrolled in only one area you may withdraw for one semester if there are exceptional circumstances. You’ll need to meet with your advisor to get approval.

Faculty Initiated Withdrawal
If you’re enrolled in developmental courses, we can’t stress enough how important it is to attend regularly and participate. Our instructors may withdraw students who are frequently absent or unengaged. If this happens and you decide you’re ready to try again, you get one more shot at it the next semester.

Retesting

You may retake the COMPASS once each semester at no additional cost any time during the retesting dates below, as long as you get a referral from your advisor. You may retake the THEA at your own expense at any time. Your advisor can give you more information on this option.

Are you exempt?

TSI requirements and developmental courses won’t apply to you in any of these cases:

  1. You hold an associate or higher degree.
  2. You are serving in the military or have been honorably discharged, retired, or released on or after August 1, 1990. This includes service in the Texas National Guard and reserves.
  3. You declare that you’re not seeking a degree or certificate, and have earned fewer than 15 credit hours at all institutions. You still must meet the skill prerequisites for any courses you want to take, so testing may be required. Please note that this status makes you ineligible for most state and federal financial aid.