A new partnership between Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Tarleton State University will grant some students automatic admission to the university.

GCISD’s board of trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with Tarleton State University at its board meeting March 23, outlining the terms of the partnership. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Tarleton will grant automatic admission to all GCISD students who graduate within the top 25% of their class. The school will also waive the requirement that students submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission.

Additionally, Tarleton will waive the admissions application fee for all GCISD students who meet the university’s criteria to receive an application fee waiver.

GCISD students also have an opportunity to receive a scholarship if the student is ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class and go to Tarleton State University, and a smaller scholarship is offered for students in the top 25% of their graduating class who attend the university.

“This is a really good opportunity for our students,” Superintendent Robin Ryan said.

The district will plan a ceremony to celebrate the partnership once concerns around the novel coronavirus pandemic settle down, Ryan said.