High school students who intend to enroll at the University should take a college preparatory curriculum. Entering freshmen must have at least 15 1/2 units of high school work (grades 9-12), as described in the following table. At least 14 of these units must be in areas A through E. The number in the column "Units" is the minimum number of units the student must take in that 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.
Admission deficiencies. Admission is not 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. 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. To graduate from the University, students who are admitted by exception must remove any unit deficiencies as described in the next paragraph.
A deficiency in foreign language must be removed by earning credit for foreign language or classical language courses numbered 506 and 507 (or the equivalent) or by earning a passing score on the appropriate placement examination. A deficiency in mathematics must be removed by earning credit for Mathematics 301 (College Algebra) or 303D (Applicable Mathematics) or an equivalent transfer course. For all other subjects, one semester of college credit is required to remove a deficiency of one year or less of high school credit. Courses taken to remove a deficiency do not count toward the student's degree.
Homeschooled students. Before applying for admission, homeschooled students should contact the Office of Admissions for instructions on what will be needed for an admission decision. Information about a student's educational progress and academic abilities is essential to an informed decision. Admission to the University is competitive, and a number of factors are considered, including the student's rank in his or her high school class. Since class rank is unavailable for homeschooled students, the Office of Admissions looks at other indicators of academic competitiveness. Some indicators are SAT I and SAT II scores; the curriculum used in the homeschool environment; awards and honors the student won in competition with traditionally schooled students; state, regional, or national academic recognition; Advanced Placement Examination scores; grades the student earned in college courses taken in conjunction with homeschooling; and other indicators that might be available to the student. In a competitive admission environment, it is to homeschooled students' advantage to submit as much information as possible, to help the Office of Admissions place them properly within the applicant pool.
Graduates of unaccredited schools. Graduates of unaccredited high schools may seek admission. Admission to the University is competitive, and a number of factors are considered. In addition to all application material, the graduate of an unaccredited school should provide as much supporting information as possible. Some important indicators of the student's academic competitiveness are SAT I and SAT II scores, Advanced Placement courses, grades in college-level courses the student took while in high school, and an academic profile of the school.
Students who did not graduate from high school. Texas residents who did not graduate from high school and are at least twenty-one years old may seek admission through special consideration. In addition to all application material, the student must provide a copy of GED results. It is important for the student to provide as much information as possible in support of the application. Some important indicators of the student's academic competitiveness are SAT I and SAT II scores, Advanced Placement courses, and grades in college-level courses the student took while in high school.
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17 August 2004. Office of the Registrar
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