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Statistical Summaries

General Information | 2005-2006

Classification of Students

Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, based on the number of semester credit hours accumulated and accepted by the University, whether or not the hours are applicable toward a degree. Semester hours used to determine classification include coursework completed in residence, transferred credit, and credit by examination, extension, and correspondence. A student is a freshman until thirty hours have been accepted; a sophomore until sixty hours have been accepted; a junior until ninety hours have been accepted; and a senior until graduation. Freshmen and sophomores are referred to as lower-division students; juniors and seniors, as upper-division students.

The Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-mandated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program: (1) an assessment to diagnose students' basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing; and (2) developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.

All students are required by law to take an assessment approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The University encourages students who are not exempt to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), offered by National Evaluation Systems. Alternative assessments are ASSET, COMPASS, and ACCUPLACER, and MAPS if the student took it before September 1, 2003. It is the responsibility of the student to see that scores are sent to the University by the testing institution.

A student is exempt from all TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:

  • The student has the following TAAS scores: writing, 1770; reading, 89; math, 86. The scores must be less than three years old.
  • The student has earned a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree.
  • The student is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  • The student was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990.
  • The student is a non-degree-seeking or a non-certificate-seeking student.
  • The student has attended another institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  • The student has transferred to the University from a private or independent institution of higher education, an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education, or an international institution of higher education and has completed college-level coursework.

A student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions. SAT I and ACT scores used to support an exemption must be less than five years old; TAKS scores must be less than three years old. [1]

  • A student with an SAT I score of at least 1070 and a math score of at least 500 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with an SAT I score of at least 1070 and a verbal score of at least 500 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a math score of at least 19 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.
  • A student with a TAKS math score of at least 2200 is exempt from the math requirement.
  • A student with a TAKS English/language arts score of at least 2200 and an essay score of at least 3 is exempt from the reading and writing requirements.

Students may register online for the THEA or pick up a registration booklet in the Texas Success Initiative Office, Flawn Academic Center 22. For further information, students may visit the TSI Office Web site or call (512) 471-8277.

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