Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a legislatively mandated program designed to guide Texas public institutions of higher education in helping determine whether entering, non-exempt students are ready for entry-level college coursework in the areas of English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) and mathematics.

Students are EXEMPT from this program if they meet college readiness benchmarks on the SAT, ACT, STAAR English III or Algebra II EOCs. Other students may qualify for an exemption via Multiple Measures Assessment based on their high school GPA and coursework after completing the TSI Assessment.

Students may also be (temporarily) WAIVED from TSI requirements by successfully completing an approved House Bill 5 College Preparatory Course in high school.

(Click here for a complete list of TSI exemptions and waivers.)

All entering students who do not meet a TSI exemption or waiver will need to take the TSI assessment in order to be eligible to register for classes. Students who do not meet one or more of the established benchmarks of the TSI assessment at TAMU-CC are required to receive academic support via college readiness courses


TSI College Readiness Deadlines

Starting in 2023-2024, first-year students who are Not College Ready must attempt their required college readiness coursework within their first 24 credit hours, and complete them within the first 45 attempted credit hours. Transfer students must complete their college readiness requirements within their first 30 attempted credit hours at TAMU-CC. Students who do not meet these deadlines will be limited to no more than 11 credit hours in subsequent terms. For more information regarding TSI policies, refer to the undergraduate catalog.