The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission may not be offered to every student who meets the minimum requirements. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility.
International student applicants must submit (1) an application for admission, (2) official transcripts of previous academic work, (3) standardized test scores when required, (4) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, (5) evidence of sufficient financial support while studying in this country, and (6) the application processing fee, which is not refundable.
Former University students who were not enrolled the previous long-session semester and students who completed the requirements for a degree from the University in the previous semester or summer session must apply for readmission. Application materials must be submitted by the deadline for former students. To be eligible to reenroll, a former student who has subsequently attended another college must submit an official transcript from each college showing a grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for all transferable coursework he or she has undertaken since leaving the University. This requirement does not apply to work taken during a summer session that falls between consecutive spring and fall semesters in which the student is enrolled at the University. A former graduate student who was in good standing when he or she left the University is not required to submit official transcripts unless they are requested by the student's graduate program.
All graduate students are expected to enroll and pay tuition and fees by the twelfth class day of the fall semester and the spring semester of each academic year until they graduate. A student who does not do so must apply for readmission in order to return to the University. He or she must submit an Application for Readmission to the Graduate and International Admissions Center by the deadline for former students given at the beginning of this chapter and must pay the general application fee of $50. The fee is waived if the student has received an official leave of absence. The student must also obtain the approval of the graduate adviser in the program in which he or she was last enrolled. To change to a different major, the student must submit an Application to Another Graduate Major to the Graduate and International Admissions Center; additional information is given in the Graduate Catalog.
A student who leaves the University on scholastic probation will be on scholastic probation when readmitted, even if he or she has attended another institution in the interim.
Former students who wish to enter the School of Law, the Graduate School, or the graduate program of the Red McCombs School of Business for the first time must meet the requirements and deadlines given in the appropriate sections of this chapter. Additional information about graduate and law programs is given in their respective catalogs.
Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code provides that a resident of Texas may apply for admission to the University as an undergraduate student without consideration of course credit or grades earned ten or more years prior to the semester the applicant plans to enroll. To be admitted, the applicant must meet the admission standards in effect at the time of application. Students admitted under the fresh start option may not receive credit for any coursework taken ten or more years prior to enrollment.
Additional information about the fresh start option is available from the Office of Admissions.
The following rules apply only to undergraduate nondegree students. Information about admission to the Graduate School as a nondegree student is given later in this chapter.
A student who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including the University, may apply for admission as a nondegree student in one of the undergraduate colleges or schools. If admitted, the student is subject to the rules that apply to other undergraduates. The student may, with the approval of the director of admissions, change to degree-seeking status in an undergraduate college if his or her grade point average is at least 3.00. For a student with a bachelor's degree from another college or university, only transferable coursework is used in computing the grade point average.
With the approval of the instructor and the graduate adviser, a nondegree student may take any graduate course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. However, the student may not later count toward a graduate degree any course he or she took while enrolled as an undergraduate nondegree student.
Application for the nondegree option is made by completing an admission application form and submitting it with an official transcript showing the awarding of at least a bachelor's degree. Materials must be submitted by the deadline to apply for undergraduate admission.
Exchange students. A student who is admitted to the University through a reciprocal exchange program is also classified as a nondegree student. An exchange student may not register for more than two long-session semesters and one summer session. The transferability of academic credit to the student's home institution is determined by the home institution.
An exchange student may later apply for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student, but only after completion of the exchange period. If the student is admitted as a degree-seeker, credit that he or she earned as an exchange student may be counted toward a University degree only on a limited basis and only with the approval of the student's dean.
Austin-area high school students who are Texas residents, have demonstrated superior academic achievement in a subject area, and have completed high school calculus, may be considered for admission to the High School Parallel Enrollment Program (HSPEP). Mathematics, foreign language, and computer sciences courses are available in the current program.
Students who have completed the tenth grade, have a high school grade point average of at least 3.50 or the equivalent, and have exhausted the course offerings in their subject area, may be considered for admission in either the fall or the spring semester. Students must submit the HSPEP Application, available from the Office of Admissions. SAT or ACT scores, a statement of goals, and teacher recommendations are required and are considered in determining admission to the program. A student must pass all parts of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) before registering for coursework offered through HSPEP. Application deadlines are the same as those for regular admission. Concurrent attendance at an accredited high school with the intent to graduate from that school is required. Participants in the HSPEP pay regular tuition and fees and have a regular University record.
To remain in the program, the student must earn grades of at least C in all courses. Students are not subject to the normal scholastic probation and dismissal rules while in the program, but credit and grades earned are counted in any future determination of hours undertaken, passed, or failed and in the computation of the student's University grade point average.
A participant in the HSPEP who wishes to enter the University following high school graduation must apply for admission in the usual way and meet the required deadlines. Additional information is available from the coordinator of the High School Parallel Enrollment Program at the Freshman Admissions Center, (512) 475-7440.
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17 August 2004. Office of the Registrar
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