4. Academic Policies and Procedures
Except as noted, the following programs, scholarships, and organizations are open to all qualified undergraduates. Honors available through the colleges and schools are described in chapters 2 through 12 of The Undergraduate Catalog.
Honor Societies for Freshmen
Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma are national honor societies that recognize scholastic attainment during the freshman year. Members are chosen each fall and spring. Membership is offered to students who earn a grade point average of at least 3.50 during the first semester of their freshman year while completing at least twelve semester hours of coursework. Students who do not qualify during the first semester may become eligible by earning a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the first two semesters of work combined.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and best known honorary society in America, was founded by students at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The Alpha of Texas chapter was organized at the University in 1904. Eligibility is limited to upper-division students of the Colleges of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences who achieve distinguished scholastic records while taking the Bachelor of Arts; the Bachelor of Arts in Art with a major in art history; the Bachelor of Arts in Music; the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance; or the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, or Physics. The student must have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework at the University.
Elections to Phi Beta Kappa are held in the fall and spring each year. Alumni members are occasionally selected from among graduates of at least five years' standing who have won appropriate distinction since graduation; honorary members are selected for special merit.
Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society recognizing academic achievement in all fields. Members are chosen twice a year. Upper-division undergraduates are eligible for membership if they have completed at least one year of coursework at the University and have a University grade point average of at least 3.70. Juniors must have completed at least seventy-five semester hours of college coursework and must be in the top 5 percent of their class; seniors must have completed at least ninety semester hours of college coursework and must be in the top 7 percent of their class. Graduate students are also eligible for membership.
Leadership and Service Organizations
Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa recognize and encourage scholarship, leadership, and service. Members of Mortar Board are chosen each spring; members of Omicron Delta Kappa are selected in the fall and in the spring.
British Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman Scholarships
British Marshall scholarships allow young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in a system of higher education of their choice in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship offers two years or more of postgraduate study. Up to forty new awards are offered every year in the United States. Students should apply in their senior year. Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts, in early September.
Rhodes scholarships are for outstanding United States citizens who are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four on October 1 of the year of application. Students should apply in their senior year. Each scholarship offers two years or more of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Thirty-two scholarships are assigned annually to the United States. Applications are due to the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts, in early September.
The Harry S. Truman Foundation awards seventy-five to eighty $30,000 merit-based scholarships annually to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Applicants must be in the top quarter of their class, with a grade point average of at least 3.80, and must be United States citizens or nationals. Each scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board, to a maximum of $3,000 for the student's senior year. In addition, Truman Scholars will receive $13,500 yearly if enrolled in a two-year graduate program or $9,000 yearly if enrolled in a three-year graduate program. They also receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission and merit-based aid at some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Students who will be seniors the following academic year should apply to the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts, in mid-October.
Junior Fellows Program
The Junior Fellows Program provides recognition for outstanding students who have completed four semesters, or approximately sixty semester hours of coursework. Chosen annually from about the top 1 percent of the student body, junior fellows are given the opportunity to do independent study and research with distinguished professors of their choice and to have that research supported by small grants, if necessary. The program is administered by the College of Liberal Arts, but undergraduates in all colleges and schools are eligible to take part. Students who wish to be considered should apply in November. Application forms are available in the College of Liberal Arts Student Division.
On Honors Day each spring, the University designates outstanding students as College Scholars. To be designated a College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:
Students eligible for recognition receive invitations to the Honors Day convocation approximately three weeks before Honors Day.
Each semester, undergraduates who complete a full course load and earn outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end of the summer session. To be included, a student must earn at least forty-five grade points and a grade point average of at least 3.50 on courses completed in residence and must have no incomplete grades (symbol X).
Students are notified on the semester grade report of their inclusion on the list.
Graduation with University Honors
To be eligible to graduate with University honors, an undergraduate must have completed at least sixty semester hours at the University of Texas at Austin. Graduation with University honors is based on the average of all grades earned in courses taken at the University, whether the courses were passed, failed, or repeated. Courses taken pass/fail are counted in the sixty-hour minimum, but only letter grades (including Fs in pass/fail courses) are used to determine the grade point average.
The faculty of each college or school determines the percentage of the graduating class of that division to receive honors, high honors, and highest honors and the minimum grade point average for each category, subject to the following requirements:
The faculty may adopt college- or school-wide standards or may designate grade point average and percentage requirements for each program within the college or school, but the percentage of the college or school class receiving honors, high honors, and highest honors may not exceed those above.
Percentage requirements are not applied to August and December graduating classes. The grade point averages established for May graduates are applied to the following August and December classes to determine honors, high honors, and highest honors.
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