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Transfer Admission

The following applicants should complete a State of Texas Common Application for Transfer Admission:

  1. United States citizens and persons holding resident alien visas who have graduated from high school, have attempted college coursework, and wish to apply for admission as undergraduates

  2. Students who participated in the UT Austin Provisional Admission Program at a UT System component institution but did not complete the program requirements

  3. Students who have previously taken only correspondence courses at UT Austin

  4. Students who have previously taken only extension courses at UT Austin

  5. Students who have taken only summer courses under transient status at UT Austin

The following applicants are not considered transfer applicants and must complete a different application for admission. Additional information for these applicants is given later in this chapter.

  1. Former students who have attended the University as regularly admitted students and have had their enrollment interrupted for at least one long-session semester

  2. All international students

  3. Applicants to the Law School

  4. Applicants to the Graduate School

Eligibility. To be eligible for transfer admission consideration, an applicant must have

  1. Graduated from high school or earned a GED

  2. Completed at least twenty-four semester hours of transferable credit, or thirty hours if the applicant is applying to the McCombs School of Business

An applicant who is ineligible to continue at another institution for academic or disciplinary reasons is not eligible for admission to the University of Texas at Austin. There is no probationary or provisional admission for transfer students at UT Austin.

Application procedures. Prospective transfer students must submit the following by the appropriate deadline:

  1. A completed State of Texas Common Application for Transfer Admission.

  2. Separate, official transcripts (not duplicated or faxed copies) from each college attended, including any at which the applicant enrolled while in high school. Summer and fall applicants must submit official transcripts of all coursework completed through the previous fall; spring applicants must submit official transcripts of all work completed through the previous spring.

  3. An official high school transcript. The high school transcript is not used to make an admission decision, but it is used to verify completion of units in foreign language and mathematics to satisfy University requirements. Although the high school transcript does not have to be submitted by the published deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit this transcript with other admissions credentials by the deadline.

  4. A nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver exemption documentation, described in the section "Application processing fee."

  5. Permanent resident alien applicants must submit a photocopy of both sides of their green card.

  6. TOEFL scores: In addition to the requirements above, any United States citizen or permanent resident alien whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An applicant who would otherwise be required to submit TOEFL scores may be exempted from this requirement if he or she meets one of the following conditions:

    1. Earned an SAT I verbal score of 400 or higher.

    2. Earned three years of United States high school English credit, excluding ESL courses.

    3. Resided in the United States for ten years or more.

    4. Earned a bachelor's degree at a United States institution of higher education.

Application materials must be received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline for transfer students. Official transcripts and test score reports submitted to the Office of Admissions will not be duplicated or returned to the student. Faxes of transcripts and applications are not accepted.

An applicant, whether a new or a former student, who has attended another collegiate institution may not disregard any part of his or her academic record. Applicants who fail to report all college coursework are subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, and possible loss of credit for subsequent work taken at the University. After submitting all academic credentials, some students may qualify for admission under the "fresh start" option.

Application review process. All applications for transfer admission are reviewed and evaluated individually. The applicant's grade point average is the primary consideration, but also taken into account are the strength of the applicant's academic background, his or her record of achievement and accomplishment, both in and outside of the classroom, and related factors reported by the applicant in writing.

No specific grade point average or other qualification by itself guarantees admission. In making decisions, the Office of Admissions takes into account the University's need to manage enrollment and its commitment to admit, within applicable law, qualified students who reflect the diverse population of Texas. Because the University is a state-assisted institution, most places are reserved for Texas residents; as a result, admission is more competitive for nonresidents. Enrollment pressures at the University may not permit admission of all who qualify. When this occurs, enrollment in specific programs may be limited to the best qualified applicants.

Grade point average computation. To determine transfer admissibility, the admission grade point average is computed on all transferable college coursework the student has undertaken, whether passed, failed, or repeated. The grade point average is computed on a four-point scale: a grade of A counts as four points a semester hour; a B, as three; a C, as two; a D, as one; and an F, as none.

The grade point average is derived by dividing the total number of grade points the student has earned by the total number of semester hours he or she has undertaken. Credit hours and grade points earned on the quarter system carry two-thirds the numerical value of those earned on the semester system.

A normally transferable course in which the student earned a grade of D or F is included in the admission grade point average, but it is neither counted in the total number of transferred hours nor applicable toward degree requirements. All grades and hours for a repeated course are included in the admission grade point average, but transfer credit for the course is counted in the total number of transferable hours only once.

Transfer and evaluation of credit. Evaluation by the Office of Admissions of course credit earned at other institutions does not constitute approval of the credit for use toward a degree; such approval is solely within the jurisdiction of a student's academic dean. Policies governing the evaluation of transfer credit include the following:

  1. Transfer credit is generally awarded for academic course credit earned from regionally accredited institutions, or from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation if the course credit was earned during the candidacy period. In rare circumstances course credit earned at other institutions may also be accepted in transfer.

  2. Workforce (vocational) courses, developmental and remedial courses, and courses classified as below freshman level by the sending institution are not transferable and will not count toward a degree.

  3. Junior and community college courses transfer as lower-division (freshman or sophomore) credit. Undergraduate courses from senior colleges transfer at the same level, lower- or upper-division, as they were taken. Graduate-level coursework is not transferable as undergraduate credit.

  4. No limit is placed on the total amount of course credit accepted in transfer from either junior- or senior-level institutions. However, use of transfer credit toward a degree may be limited by the student's academic dean.

  5. Credit earned by examination at another institution is treated as transfer credit only if the sending institution records the credit on the student's transcript with regular catalog course numbers and with a grade of at least C, the symbol CR, or a similar designation representing credit earned without letter grade.

  6. All academic courses except developmental courses, whether passed, failed, or repeated, including those in which a grade of D was earned, are used to compute the applicant's grade point average for admission purposes. Credit in which a grade of D was earned is not transferable and will not count toward a degree.

  7. Grades earned at other institutions are not averaged with grades earned at the University of Texas at Austin to determine the student's internal University grade point average.

  8. Transfer credit evaluations.

    1. University course numbers may be modified in transfer credit evaluations to reflect more or less credit value than is normally offered in a course at the University. For example, Mathematics 301, a three-semester-hour course, is rendered as Mathematics 401 when taken as a four-semester-hour course at another institution, thereby allowing the full amount of earned credit to transfer.

      Course numbers may also be modified to accommodate sequences not normally offered at the University. For example, Mathematics 301 may be rendered as Mathematics 601A and Mathematics 601B when comparable content is taken as two three-semester-hour courses at another institution, the "A" and "B" suffixes each denoting half of the complete course Mathematics 601.

    2. Course numbers not in the current Undergraduate Catalog may be used in awarding transfer credit. For example, Computer Sciences 301 and Mathematics 304E are no longer taught at the University, yet are routinely assigned in transfer evaluations because their equivalents are still commonly taught at other institutions and because they may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

    3. Courses at other institutions often have no direct University equivalents, but may be accepted in transfer. If such a course is in a discipline offered at the University, credit without a specific course number is awarded in the appropriate academic department. General elective credit may be awarded when no equivalent department exists at the University; use of elective credit toward a degree may be restricted by the student's academic dean.

    4. In some academic departments transfer credit is not assigned specific University course numbers, for example in upper-division journalism and in all electrical engineering courses. Undesignated credit is assigned and the student's academic dean determines the specific credit to be allowed for degree purposes on a substitution basis.

    5. Transferred credit in music performance may not be counted toward a degree in music until the student has satisfactorily completed additional music performance coursework at the University.

  9. If the University refuses to accept lower-division credit earned at another Texas public institution of higher education, the student and the sending institution will be given written notice that transfer credit was refused. If nontransfer of credit is disputed, the University will attempt to resolve the matter with the student and the sending institution according to applicable rules and guidelines of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If the dispute is not resolved to the student's or the sending institution's satisfaction within forty-five days of the initial notification, the University will notify the Coordinating Board of the refusal of the transfer credit and the reasons for refusal. The Coordinating Board will resolve the dispute and notify the parties of its findings.

Catalog eligibility for Texas junior college transfers. A student transferring from an accredited public junior college in Texas has the same choice of catalog, designating degree requirements, that would have been possible if the student's dates of attendance at the University had been the same as the dates of attendance at the junior college. However, the student's choice of major may affect whether or not transferable coursework may be counted toward a degree.

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