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Admission standards. An applicant who is not eligible to continue
at another institution for academic or disciplinary reasons is not eligible
for admission to the University of Texas at Austin.
All transfer applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Office
of Admissions. Admission decisions will be based on the strength of
an applicant's academic background, including the degree of difficulty
of courses selected, the record of achievement, and special or unique
accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Decisions will take
into consideration the University's commitments to managing enrollment
and, within applicable law, to admitting qualified students that reflect
the diversity of the state. As a state-supported public institution, the
University reserves a majority of its places for Texas residents. Consequently,
the admission of nonresidents is more competitive. In those schools
and colleges unable to accommodate all qualified applicants, preference will
be given to applicants considered to have the best qualifications.
Application procedures. Prospective transfer students must submit (1) an application for admission; (2) an official transcript from each
accredited college or junior college attended; (3) the application fee or fee waiver documentation; and (4) an official high school transcript. The high school transcript is not used to determine admissibility, but is necessary to verify completion of units in language and mathematics to satisfy
University requirements. In addition, federal regulations require evidence of completion of a high school or GED program before registering at the University. Transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the high school transcript with other admission credentials prior to the established deadline.
An applicant, whether a new or former student, who has attended
another collegiate institution may not disregard any part of his or her
academic record except as permitted under the "fresh start" option described here. Applicants who fail to report all college coursework are subject
to disciplinary action, including expulsion, and possible loss of credit
for subsequent work taken at the University.
Application materials must be received by the Office of Admissions by
the deadline for transfer students given.
Credit evaluation. Evaluation by the Office of Admissions of course
credit earned at other institutions does not constitute approval of the credit
for use toward a degree; such approval is solely within the jurisdiction of
a student's academic dean. Policies governing the evaluation of
transfer credit include the following:
- Transfer credit is generally awarded for academic
course credit earned from regionally accredited institutions, or from
institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation if the course
credit was earned during the candidacy period. At the discretion of
the director of admissions, in rare circumstances course credit earned
at other institutions may also be accepted in transfer.
- Occupational or vocational courses from junior
and community colleges, developmental or remedial courses, and
courses classified as below freshman level by the sending institution are
not transferable and will not count toward a degree.
- Junior and community college courses transfer as
lower-division (freshman or sophomore) credit. Undergraduate courses
from senior colleges transfer at the same level, lower- or upper-division,
as they were taken. Graduate-level coursework is not transferable
as undergraduate credit.
- No limit is placed on the total amount of course credit
accepted in transfer from either junior or senior institutions. However,
use of transfer credit toward a degree may be limited by the student's
- Credit-by-examination earned at other institutions
is treated as transfer credit only if the sending institution posts
such credit on the student's transcript with regular catalog course
numbers and with a grade of at least C, with the symbol
CR, or with a similar designation representing credit earned without letter grade.
- All academic courses except developmental
courses, whether passed, failed, or repeated, including those in which a grade
of D was earned, are used to compute the applicant's grade point
average for admission purposes. Credit in which a grade of
D was earned is not transferable and will not count toward a degree.
- Grades earned at other institutions are not averaged
with grades earned at the University of Texas at Austin to determine
the student's internal University grade point average.
- Transfer credit evaluations.
- University course numbers may be modified in
transfer credit evaluations to reflect more or less credit value than is
normally offered in a course at the University. For
example, Mathematics 301, a three-semester-hour course, is rendered
as Mathematics 401 when taken as a four-semester-hour course
at another institution, thereby allowing the full amount of
earned credit to transfer.
Course numbers may also be modified to accommodate
sequences not normally offered at the University. For example,
Mathematics 301 may be rendered as Mathematics 601A and Mathematics
601B when comparable content is taken as two
three-semester-hour courses at another institution, the "A" and "B" suffixes each
denoting half of the complete course Mathematics 601.
- Course numbers not in the current
Undergraduate Catalog may be used in awarding transfer credit. For
example, Computer Sciences 301, English 307, English 308, English
308Q, English 310, English 310Q, English 317, English 317M, and
Mathematics 304E are no longer taught at the University, yet are
routinely assigned in transfer evaluations because their equivalents
are still commonly taught at other institutions and because they
may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
- Courses at other institutions often have no
direct University equivalents, but may be accepted in transfer. If such
a course is in a discipline offered at the University, credit without
a specific course number is awarded in the appropriate
academic department. General elective credit may be awarded when
no equivalent department exists at the University; use of elective
credit toward a degree may be restricted by the student's academic dean.
- In some academic departments transfer credit is
not assigned specific University course numbers, for example in
upper-division journalism and in all electrical engineering
courses. Undesignated credit is assigned and the student's academic
dean determines the specific credit to be allowed for degree purposes on
a substitution basis.
- Transferred credit in music performance may not
be counted toward a degree in music until the student has
satisfactorily completed additional music performance coursework at the
- If the University refuses to accept lower-division
credit earned at another Texas public institution of higher education,
the student and the sending institution will be given written notice
that transfer credit was refused. If nontransfer of credit is disputed,
the University will attempt to resolve the matter with the student and
the sending institution according to applicable rules and guidelines of
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If the dispute is
not resolved to the student's or the sending institution's satisfaction
within forty-five days of the initial notification, the University will notify
the Coordinating Board of the refusal of the transfer credit and the
reasons for refusal. The Coordinating Board will resolve the dispute and
notify the parties of its findings.
Catalog eligibility for Texas junior college transfers. A student transferring from an accredited public junior college in Texas has the same choice
of catalog, designating degree requirements, that would have been possible
if the student's dates of attendance at the University had been the same
as the dates of attendance at the junior college. However, the student's
choice of major may affect whether or not transferable coursework may
be counted toward a degree.
Transient Admission (Summer Only)
Undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees at other colleges and
universities during the long session and wish to continue their studies at
the University during the summer only may be admitted to some
undergraduate programs as transient students. A transient student who wishes to be
admitted to the University on a regular basis must apply for admission in
accordance with the procedures and deadlines governing transfer admission.
A transient student may not register in the Graduate School but may
take graduate courses if qualified. If regular admission to the University
is subsequently granted, appropriate credits earned as a transient student
may be used to meet undergraduate degree requirements, but may not be
used to fulfill the requirements for a graduate degree.
Students who attend the University as transient students and then
are admitted on a regular basis are immediately subject to the
University's academic regulations. In particular, such students will be placed on
scholastic probation upon enrollment if their grade point average for
work undertaken as a transient student at the University is below 2.00.