College, Career, and Military Readiness

All UTHS students begin their academic plan with the Foundation plus Multidisciplinary Studies or STEM Endorsement Graduation Plan.  The 26 credit graduation plan helps ensure that students have met minimum requirements for Texas state colleges and most out-of-state public universities and private colleges. (Always check to see the particular academic requirements for the colleges of your choice.)

In addition to choosing the right academic plan, students will take college entrance exams. Sophomores should take the PSAT to practice for the SAT and to become eligible as a possible candidate for a merit scholarship. Most colleges require students to take either the SAT or the ACT. Parents and students should start thinking about financial aid and how to find scholarships and grants starting with completing the FAFSA which opens each October 1.

The 2023-2024 deadline for UTSD diploma students to register for the PSAT/NMSQT at other schools because they are unable to travel to Austin to test on October 18, 2023 is September 5, 2023. However, many schools may have their own internal deadline. For more information, please visit You will need to provide our school AI code when coordinating sign up: 440344 with a different school. 

The University of Texas, in partnership with TEA and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, provides free, interactive online resources to help students and families navigate the many academic choices that face Texas high school students. Texas OnCourse helps students and parents create a thoughtful plan for high school graduation, choose a college, and plan for college application as well as learn more about possible career choices. Students can research college costs and learn about financial planning to make sure that they are prepared for post-secondary success.

Use Apply Texas to apply to any Texas public university as well as participating private and community colleges.  Create an account with the Common App to apply to more than 500 universities using one application.


NCAA® Guidelines

Student Athletes must follow NCAA® guidelines to remain eligible to play for Division I or Division II colleges. Learn more about eligibility.