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2. Admission



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.

A. Language arts 4
  Required: Four units of English, one of which may be writing, world literature, speech, or journalism. (English for speakers of other languages may not be used to fulfill the language arts requirement, but may be counted as an elective in area F.)

Strongly recommended: The fourth unit of English should include the development of writing skills.


B. Foreign language 2
  Required: Two units in a single language. American Sign Language may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.  

C. Mathematics 3

Required: Three units at the level of Algebra I or higher: algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary analysis, probability and statistics, solid geometry, calculus with analytic geometry, number theory. (Informal geometry and prealgebra are below achievement level courses and will not fulfill the mathematics requirement, but may be counted as electives in area F.)

Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering, or other technical fields are advised to take at least four units of math. The additional unit may be counted as an elective in area F.


D. Science 2
  Required: Two units of physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, physiology and anatomy, geology, meteorology, marine science, astronomy.

Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering, and other technical fields are advised to take at least three units of science, including chemistry and physics. The additional unit may be counted as an elective in area F.


E. Social studies 3
  Required: Three units of anthropology, area studies, ethnic studies, economics, geography, government (civics), philosophy, social science, psychology, sociology, Texas history (advanced), United States history, world history, work/study programs.  

F. Electives 1 1/2
  Required: One and one-half units including (1) any units beyond the minimum required in areas A through E; (2) any units in area G; (3) vocational and other subjects except drill subjects (e.g., driver training, military training) and physical education.  

G. Fine arts  
  Strongly recommended: One-half unit of theatre arts, art, music, dance.  

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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Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - Admission
Chapter 3 - Registration, Fees, and Deposits
Chapter 4 - Academic Policies and Procedures
Chapter 5 - Student Affairs
Chapter 6 - Libraries and Other Academic Resources
Chapter 7 - The Texas Exes
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