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February 2, 2021

Tarleton Academy

Several Granbury High School seniors received automatic college admission during a Tarleton Academy on February 1, 2021, at GHS. 

Graduating seniors had the opportunity to hear more about Tarleton State University – with TSU representatives providing information on admissions, programs of study, financial aid, and residence halls as well as student activities and services.  Students attending were those who interested in going to college but who have not yet applied. 

About 130 seniors participated in the academy, according to GHS lead counselor Claudia Hurst.  Of these, 21 received quick admission that day under provisions of the Distinguished High School Partnership Program, a joint effort between Granbury ISD and Tarleton formalized in October 2019.  Others in the group will receive admission decisions in the next few days. 



“Tarleton has a rich tradition of success, and we are grateful for the chance to provide our students with this unique opportunity,” commented GISD superintendent Dr. Glenn, who encouraged the GHS students during an opening talk.  “This partnership benefits all GISD students, but this especially targets first-generation college students by breaking down admissions barriers and providing quality counseling opportunities for students and their families.” 

The memorandum of understanding between GISD and Tarleton stipulates that the top 25% students of each GHS graduating class receive automatic admittance to Tarleton.  The university also waives requirements for ACT or SAT scores. 

With its main campus in Stephenville, Tarleton is annually providing fifteen scholarships of at least $1,000 each to GHS graduates who attend Tarleton.  One additional scholarship of at least $5,000 will be designated for a GHS graduate in the top ten percent of the class.  Students must meet applicable university scholarship requirements. 


In conjunction with GHS counselors, Tarleton provides ongoing support at GHS to include financial aid, admissions, degree counseling, work-study mentorships, peer mentoring, and more. 

It is expected that the Tarleton partnership will enable GHS students currently taking dual credit classes through Weatherford College to accelerate towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree if they attend Tarleton. 

“With Tarleton now a Division I university and continuing to grow in both Stephenville and Fort Worth, we look forward to strengthening an already outstanding relationship,” Dr. Glenn said.