High School Preparation
Graduation from high school. Graduation from a high school accredited by the Division of School Accreditation of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, or the Southern Association of Secondary Schools is required of resident students for admission to the University; high school work done in another state normally will be accepted by the University if the high school is accredited by the regional association.
Subject preparation. High school students who intend to enroll at the University should take a college preparatory curriculum.
Entering freshmen must have a minimum of 15 1/2 units of high school work (grades 9-12). At least 14 of these units must be from the areas and courses specified in sections A through E in the table below. The number in the column headed "Units" indicates the minimum number of units that must be taken in that subject or area. One year's work in a subject is counted as one unit. A semester's work is counted as a half unit.
Students may enter the University under the provisions of Texas Education Code 51.803 without meeting the high school unit requirements, but they must remove any unit deficiencies before they graduate.
Applicants who intend to major in architecture, business, engineering, or natural sciences are strongly advised to prepare by taking math and science every year of high school.
Admission will not be granted to applicants who have not completed the required units listed above unless they are qualified for admission on the basis of graduation in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Recipients of bona fide scholarships designated by the president and students whose high school curriculum does not include the courses necessary to complete the unit requirements may apply to the director of admissions for an exception. Students who are admitted by exception must remove deficiencies to graduate. Courses taken to remove a deficiency do not count toward the student's degree.
A deficiency in foreign language must be removed by earning credit for foreign language or classical language courses numbered 506 and 507 (or equivalent), or by earning a passing score on the appropriate placement examination given by the University. A deficiency in mathematics must be removed by earning credit for Mathematics 301 (College Algebra), 303D (Applicable Mathematics), or an equivalent transfer course. For all other subjects, one semester of college credit will be required to remove a deficiency of one year or less of high school credit.
Graduation from an Unaccredited School
For most applicants, graduation from an accredited high school is a prerequisite for admission to the University. However, graduates of unaccredited high schools, home-schooled students, and Texas residents twenty-one years of age or older who did not graduate from high school may be considered for admission. Applicants must provide a copy of GED results, if available, SAT II test results, and a statement of educational goals. Each application is reviewed individually; exceptional circumstances should be discussed with an admissions counselor. Scores on the SAT II: Subject Tests in Writing, Mathematics (Level I, IC, or IIC), and a third test, chosen by the applicant, are required for review.
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